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Beautiful Sunbird

Beautiful Sunbird
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-02-11 6:50
Viewed: 1630
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Beautiful Sunbird (Cinnyris pulchella) (formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia), is a sunbird. The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.
The Beautiful Sunbird is a common breeder across sub-Saharan tropical Africa. One or two eggs are laid in a suspended nest in a tree. It is a seasonal migrant within its range.

Beautiful Sunbirds are tiny, only 10 cm long, although the breeding male's long tail adds another 5 cm. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding.

The adult male is mainly glossy green with a yellow and crimson breast band. He has long tail streamers. The female is greenish-brown above and yellowish below.

This species is found in a variety of open habitats with some trees, including savannah and hotel gardens.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Beautiful photograph of this 'Beautiful Sunbird'. Excellent BG as well as its composition. Attractive long tail too...
Nice work.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Peter
Prachtige compositie met super achtergrond erbij
leuk die lange staart en prachtige kleuren
bedankt gr lou

Hello Peter,
Nice bird with colorful plumage. Excellent details and focus. The composition is great,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-02-11 12:27]

Hi Peter,magnificent capture of this sunbrid,very good sharpness despite the distance and bright metallic colors too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter

Great shot this Beautiful Sunbird with wonderful light and color tones,
fine POV, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Hi Peter
What a colourful bird! I love his long tail and iridescent plumage. You captured him nicely hanging onto the branch. Excellent DOF, detail and light. It's very interesting to see so many different species on TN. Good notes.
TFS Janice

Boa noite Peter
Fantastic bird and excellent capture.Great composition,wonderful colors and light,beautiful clean BG. Excellent sharpness. Thanks for share this beauty my Friend.
Have a good evening and thanks.
Best wishes!
Josť Diogo

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-02-25 22:28]

Hi Peter
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was a hummingbird.
Interesting beak and long tail, as well as nice colors.


Whoa... There is even a small highlight in the eye. Perfect.

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