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Diamond Firetail

Diamond Firetail
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-07 6:54
Viewed: 7616
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Diamond Firetail captured with 20D @ 400mm, handheld.
This is pose #2 :)

Diamond Firetail

Scientific name: Stagonopleura guttata
Family: Passeridae
Order: Passeriformes


The Diamond Firetail is a small bird sometimes described as one of the most stunningly coloured birds of the finch family. The top of its body is ash brown with crown, forehead and neck grey. The under feathers are white with a crimson rump. There is a black band across its neck which continues down the flank to be dotted with white. The bill and eye ring are coral, and the legs and feet are dark grey. The female is similar to the male although sometimes smaller. The juvenile Diamond Firetail has a black bill and is duller in colour. They fly low and flocks travel in long lines. This species may also be called the Diamond Finch or Java Sparrow.

Similar species

The Diamond Firetail is very distinctive, being larger and more heavily built than the Red-browed Finch, Neochmia temporalis, and slightly smaller and shorter-tailed than the much duller House Sparrow, Passer domesticus.


The Diamond Firetail is endemic to south-eastern Australia, ranging from Carnarvon Ranges in Queensland to the Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island in South Australia.


Diamond Firetails are found in open grassy woodland, heath and farmland or grassland with scattered trees.
Mostly resident or sedentary with some local movements.


Diamond Firetails feed on the ground and generally eat ripe or partially ripe seeds and can be seen hopping around on the ground. They occasionally eat insects and their larvae.


The Diamond Firetail builds a nest with green grass blades and stems and lines it with fine grasses and feathers. The nest can be found in trees and shrubs with dense foliage and has sometimes been known to build in the base of a hawk's nest. The nest is built by both partners but only the female does the weaving. Both partners incubate the eggs and care for the young. Usually only one clutch is laid per season.

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Very nice shot such amazing colours You Australians have some beautifully colourfull animals you did a fine job of this with great detail and a nice composition including its natural surrounds without any significant distractions and perfect DOF rgds Necip

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-10-07 7:15]

Really beautiful bird, Ralf!
Nice camera work

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-07 7:30]

Hej Ralf,
Beautiful shot. Finely captured pose and very sharp. We missed this species when we were in Australia, But you can't see them All!
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-07 7:37]

Hi Ralf,

Very nice shot of this colorfull bird,sharp and detailed,on my screen the red on the back looks a bit over satured,but for the rest a perfect shot,


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-07 8:00]

Hello Ralf,
Wonderful capture.POV,vivid colors,contrast,crisp clear details,sharpness,catchlight in eyes,framing and composition are excellent.

A beautiful bird which you have captured very well, Ralf. I love the colours on its feathers.
The image is sharp, clear and colourful.
The composition is outstanding in terms of its overall beauty and appeal.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image.

Hej Ralf,
a beautiful bird from yoy again, the colours and tthe texture in the plumage are amazing.
Very good details and nice DOF.
One of the claw on the right foot looks a bit malformed.
Mycket snyggt.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-07 9:31]

Bonita imagen Ralf, me agrada el POV que permite apreciar muchos detalles del ave en su entorno.
Muy buenos colores, DOF y agudeza, con adecuado OOF hacia el fondo difuso.
El encuadre es apropiado mostrando la estética rama vertical de la izquierda.
Bonito disparo.
Saludos... Ricardo

Cute image Ralf, I like POV that allows to appreciate many details of the bird in its environment.
Very good colors, DOF and sharpness, with appropriate OOF toward the diffuse bottom.
The framing is appropriate showing the aesthetic vertical branch of the left.
Nice shot.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-07 9:49]

What luck to be able to picture this beautiful bird! You've got a crystal-clear image here and the colours are fabulous. Excellent composition too!
Thanks, Ulla

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-07 9:52]

Hi Ralf.
Very beautiful colours.Nice POV,perfect DOF,great details.Very good composition.Well done,good work!!
Greetings Milos.


What a beautiful colored bird. Great capture.



hi ralf
excellentes couleurs ,tres bons details et point de vue.
la netteté est impeccable.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-10-07 12:42]

You have the most beautiful birds over there. And this shot really sets it off so nicelyl


  • fartash Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1013 W: 54 N: 1431] (5161)
  • [2006-10-07 13:31]

Hi Ralf
Very nice shot.
Great sharpness and nice colours.
Also nice details.
My daily rating is used up I'll be back soon :)

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-10-07 16:15]

Hello Ralf,
wonderfull picture, very well composed, excellent colours and shatp details, excellen note. No more to say :-)

Hi Ralf

This guy looks like he has been playing in a painters pallet. Stunning colours. What a beautiful sight. You have done an awesome job here. Congrats on a great quality shot. :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-08 2:41]

Hi Ralf,
That is indeed a beautiful bird.
I love the colors on it.
You captured it in a great POV, with sharp details and in excellent light.
TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-08 2:59]

Hello Ralf,
This bird is so lovely and you made an excellent portrait of him. I like the composition. Exposure, colors, sharpness and DOF are excellent. Useful note too...
Congratulations and TFS

Hello Ralf,
This is a coulourful guy!
Well captured in all his shining glory, wonderful details in this nice close-up work...
Good composition, well balanced and with good lines!
Pablo -

Great shot. Perfect in colour, sharpness, macro, DOF. I like it. TFS.

Hi Ralf,
Very nice capture! the compostion, POV and colours are beautifull! Well done. TFS

Estupenda imagen. Enfoque perfecto que permite observar con detalle todo el plumaje y colores con detalle. Gran profundidad de campo. Excelente.

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