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This is an adult male Amethyst (African Black) Sunbird. It's very difficult to get a good shot that shows the colours perfectly and this one doesn't quite manage that, but it does at least show some of the purple shimmering patch on his throat that gives rise to the 'amethyst' in his name. He also has a shimmering green patch on his crown but because of his dark colouring, it's difficult to show all three colours properly exposed. All the same, I was quite pleased with this shot which was taken at close range on macro at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 70-300mm APO DG
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sunny Boy
Username:ShedMan ShedMan
Uploaded:15 Sep 2009 - 8:48 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
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Imagephotographics
Imagephotographics e2 Member 5Imagephotographics vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 8:53 AM

Nice shot - Oops, wrong way up.

Chris

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ShedMan
ShedMan e2 Member 9ShedMan vcard South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 9:01 AM


Quote: Oops, wrong way up.

Chris

It's not the wrong way up, he was perched sideways on the upright stem of the plant, as sunbirds often are. This is a straight crop from a landscape shot exactly as it came off the camera, so no rotation required.

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 9:15 AM

A lovely capture, great detail

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 9:19 AM

A superb capture, excellent detail. Carol

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WalesRocs
WalesRocs e2 Member 6WalesRocs vcard Wales
15 Sep 2009 - 10:14 AM

Great Shot

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Alan_Baseley
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15 Sep 2009 - 10:25 AM

Good capture,
Alan

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Image123
Image123 e2 Member 5Image123 vcard United Kingdom
15 Sep 2009 - 10:48 AM

great detail

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janet e2 Member 1227 forum postsjanet vcard England
15 Sep 2009 - 11:29 AM

A superb capture!

Janet.

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 12:10 PM

A great image.
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Bob_V e2 Member 7Bob_V vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 3:03 PM

A fantastic capture Graeme, so well taken.
Bob

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15 Sep 2009 - 4:13 PM

brilliant picture

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maratsuikka
15 Sep 2009 - 8:30 PM

fine image my friend

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WalesRocs
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16 Sep 2009 - 2:24 AM

I have bookmarked this page so that I can show the family. Great shot and perfect angle.

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ShedMan e2 Member 9ShedMan vcard South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 1:04 PM


Quote: I have bookmarked this page so that I can show the family.

Thank you, much appreciated.

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26 Sep 2009 - 11:51 PM

great capture.

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jammbulator e2 Member 4jammbulator vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2010 - 9:43 PM

very nice pic all that detail with a small bird

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artcubis e2 Member 7artcubis vcard United States6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2010 - 10:03 PM

Beautiful capture of the amethyst sunbird.
They are like my hummingbirds. I cant see the iridescent colors unless they want to show them to me, which they do, they hover near me in such a way that the sun catches their brilliance.
You are an amazingly talented photographer.

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