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Sun Conures

Sun Conures
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Copyright: Stephanie Loh (greenpinkorange) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 94 N: 415] (1789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Singapore, Parrot Paradise [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-06 20:55
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sun Conures (Aratinga solstitialis)

The personality of the sun conure can best be described as inquisitive and playful. They are active, spunky and curious, and love to play with a multitude of toys. Their antics during play-time are comical, and they are quite entertaining to watch as they jump, swing, and generally have a wonderful time, seeming to proclaim to the world that they are happy to be alive! During play, they seem to prefer wooden toys that can be chewed up since they have strong chewing tendencies, and can reduce a medium-sized wooden toy to shreds in a matter of hours. They also love toys that promote activity and require a high energy level, (as opposed to "puzzle" toys that require work or intense manipulation); such as swings, rings, and long plastic chains to swing from. Bells are also a big hit, and the louder, the better! Toys are wonderful environmental enrichments, and are vitally important for the psychological well-being of any bird, as well as being fun and entertaining. Providing adequate toys and rotating them on a regular basis will prevent your bird from becoming bored. Suns are also active climbers and will hang by one foot from the top of the cage, while swinging back and forth. I also like to provide my suns with vertical chains and rope, as I feel this helps to promote exercise and aids in the prevention of foot problems. Sun conures are also very adept at learning tricks, and can be potty trained with minimal effort on the owner's part.

Sun conures love attention, and like to be handled and cuddled by their owners, but many tend to be cautious and reserved with strangers. One trait I have seen in several companion sun conures (including my own two) is the willingness to lean back into their owner's chest while sitting on the owner's hand or arm.

The talking ability of the suns is a bit limited although they sometimes can learn to speak several words quite clearly. Their natural call can be loud and raucous.


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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-03-07 0:32]

Hey Stephy,
what a beautiful shot with vivid colours on the parrots,
goes very well with your id :)
It seems the one on the right is chirping away,"cmon' lets go, lets go" and the 'lazy' one on the left is like,"let me sleep" :D haha

Beautiful work :)
Cheers :D

hi steph,
nice shot, the two of them look great together,
the sharpness is good, fine detials capture,
colours are vibrant, saturated well,
nice dof resulting in a nicely blurred bg,
cloning the bright white spot on the upper right may imrove the bg even more.
very beautiful shot,
tfs & regards

great composition good focus good DOF and nice expressions on the birds. i'ld lighten the birds just a tad though.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-07 1:57]

Hi Stephanie,

A very nice compo of this pair ,nice colors and good sharpness,maybe with the use of some fillflash the picture would have been bit brighter and detailed ,well done and TFS


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-07 2:36]

Hello Stephanie,
great shot;lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.TFS

Hi Stephanie

Well done on a super shot of these beautiful birds. I love the vibrancy of their plumage. Congrats!

Hola Stephanie,
Una imagen muy bonita, los colores son muy bellos, la nitidez y fondo son excelentes. Un cordial saludo

Hi Stephanie,

Beautiful photo with beautiful birds!
Very good framing, exposure and colour!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-07 11:31]

Hi Stephanie.
What a sweet couple you have pictured. Amazing details and colours. Tree branch with birds on it is looked perfectly. I like composition of the shot, excellent DOF and nice blurred BG. BRAVO and my regards.

Hi Stephanie, splendid couple of sun conures with wonderful colors and splendid details, excellent sharpness, good blurry BG, very well done, BRAVA! ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-07 21:14]

Hello Stephanie

A very nicely balanced composition of these two beautiful conures.The rainbow plumage is very eye catching.Very good POV and DOF.The birds stand out well from the OOF BG.TFS


Hello Stephanie what lovely shot the colours are beautifull and the detail is great will have to visit the park next time I go great place. TFS and best rgds Necip.

Hi Stephanie,
Outstanding image here!
It's really amazing the colors and saturation got here. I'm impressed with it :-)
Excellent POV to present us this colorful couple of conures.
With it's different positions, one of them complements the other one in terms of colors.
Did you aware of the heart like form got with their pose?
Magnificent the vertical composition made, and the exhuberant background got, so soft to not interefere with the main subjects.

We are blessed by nature in our tropical countries. I'm thankful to you to present this excellent image.
My compliments and best regards,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-08 8:17]

Lovely pair Steph, if a bit sleepy. Nice tight composition and good exposure that gives vibrant colors. Very well done.
Best wishes,

  • simon182 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
  • [2007-03-08 20:25]

Hi there Steph,

It looks to me like Mrs Sun Conure is sending Mr Sun Conure to sleep!

Nice details and excellent colour rendition. I love that they are back to front, had enough of each other it seems! This shows nice timing on your behalf.

There is a tasty bokeh and the image is well composed and framed.

Great work!

bonjour Stephanie
Excellente prise en portrait de ces deux beaux perroquets.
Les couleurs sont éclatantes et la netteté est parfaite. Félicitations pour la qualité et le beau Bg.

Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

Hi Steph,

Nice DoF, well focused, great sharpness.
Lovely colors.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Steph, I don't know much about those kind of birds but I saw quite a few on TN (not the same but in the same family I guess) and they always look like they are having fun or telling each others some secrets. It is so nice to see creatures that seem so "happy to be alive" as you said in your notes :) This is a beautiful and colorful capture with nice POV and composition. I like the fact that you caught two different poses and expression from the birds :) Details and exposure are very good too. Thanks,

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-03-15 12:25]

Hello Stephanie,
Very nice composition with very vivid colored parrots. I also liked the macthing colored framing. Clonning out that blown highlight would have been better.


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