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Black Capped Lory 1 (18)
Seabird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)

thanks Kathleen for the pointers for making this photo look better. pls take a look of the workshop photos : ) thanks.

Dear all,

this Black Capped Lory was taken in the Edward Youde Aviary of Hong Kong Park, where an elevated walkway allows visitors to walk through the tree canopy and get really close to the birds.

I hope you'd like this photo - I like the eye contact with this bird - as if it is trying to study the one - me - who took the photo : )

I look forward to your comments and pointers for improvement. many thanks!

Man Yee


The Black-capped Lory, Lorius lory, also known as Western Black Capped Lory or the Tricolored Lory, is a parrot found from Java through New Guinea. It is a colorful and relatively robust lory (31 cm). There are seven subspecies, all with green wings, red heads and body around the wing, a black cap, grey-black cere, yellow underwings, and blue legs and belly. Most also have a blue nape and mantle (area between wings on the back).

Inhabits the primary forest and forest edges in most lowland areas up to 1000m (sporadically to 1750m), but not monsoon forest or coconut plantations. Usually found in pairs and occasionally in groups of 10 or more. Their diet includes pollen, nectar, flowers, fruit and insects. The cyanuchen subspecies is somewhat endangered, with fewer than 5000 individuals remaining.


The Black Capped Lory is a medium sized stocky bird with a short, slightly rounded tail. In the wild they are seen in small groups of up to ten but most frequently live as single pairs. In their native habitat, the have an excellent food supply from dense rainforest. These birds typically form very strong bonds with there owners, a characteristic consistent with their wild habits of bonding only to one or two other birds. The Black Capped Lory is playful and animated and makes an excellent pet for those willing to provide significant and meaningful attention. The Black Capped Lory can be very noisy and requires ongoing obedience training to prevent this from becoming an issue.

Size: 31cm in length

Pet Status: Excellent

Talking Ability: Excellent

Noise Level: Extremely high

Lifespan: 20-25 years

Breeding Ability: Good

Courtship display: Male perches in very upright position with wings spread and head turned to one side, whilst bobbing his whole body up and down.

Number of Eggs: 1-2 eggs

Compatibility with other species: Very good

Feeding: Nectar/Wet mix/Dry mix

Altered Image #2

Seabird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
cropped, lightened.
Edited by:Seabird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)

thanks Kathleen for the pointers and the workshop photo. I have also tried to work on the original, based on Kathleen pointers.

Altered Image #1

Seabird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
Lighten & Crop
Edited by:Kathleen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 375 W: 101 N: 68] (232)

I have done a crop, my preference is to make the apple blend into the corner a bit instead of it being a stand alone object competing for attention with the Lory. This means the eye cannot move below or to the side of the apple, so your eye follows through onto the Lory.
Slight lighten is also an individual preference.
Hope you think this gives another option. You have a great photo and your Lory deserves all the attention with no distracting objects. He stands out beautifully against the lovely out of focus background, well done.