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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: 2016-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-12-04 1:02
Viewed: 2273
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I am 10 YEARS ON TN.
This is my 1000th POSTING.
The Splendid Sunbird is my 500th BIRDSPECIES.

The Splendid Sunbird (Cinnyris coccinigastrus) 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.
Their flight is fast and direct on short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.
The splendid sunbird breeds in west and central tropical Africa. One or two eggs are laid in an oval suspended nest in a tree. It is a seasonal migrant within its range.
Splendid Sunbirds are 15 cm long, and have medium-long thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding. The adult male is mainly glossy purple, with a dark green back and wing bar, and a crimson breast patch. The female is greenish-brown above and yellowish below.
This species is a common breeder in wet savannah and woodland with oil palms Elaeis guineensis. The latter provide sap from the incisions made in the trunk to collect the liquid to make palm wine.

Source: Wikipedia


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Hi Peter
Congrats for the 10th year in TN and for the 1000th posting. This picture is really special. More than the bird, I like the flower. The picture is full of action. Really special.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-12-04 2:10]

Hi Peter,a great day for you....1000 pics,10 years and 500 species....all in one for a great fest. A lovely capture of this sunbird,the sharpness isn't the best but still good,and i like a lot the perfect capture of the metallic colors of plumage,well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
Congratulations for all 3 anniversaries, thanks for being here on TN and educate us, thanks for the beautiful photos and for the informative notes. Perfect pic to celebrate with, fantastic composition and light management, not to mention colors. Stunning photo, bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

hallo Peter
toch nog 10 jaar + 1000 foto's op TN
wie had dat gedacht
gefeliciteerd met deze prachtige gekleurde foto -vogel-bloem zijn super mooi
hoop toch nog wat meer te zien van jou en natuurlijk ook van mij
bedankt weer gr lou

Hi Peter,
congrats for your anniversaries. A decade on TN and still very active its' something to celebrate.
Always nice photos and very good informative notes.
The picture is fine with nice colours, well exposed with accurate WB.
Well done.


Hello Peter,
Great achievement indeed! 1000 pictures plus 500 different species!
Congratulation for your 10th years here in TN.
Well captured this 'Splendid Sunbird'. Nice composition as well as exposure. I like colours of the birds feather.
Thanks for sharing,

What an eye-catching composition, Peter!
Both the bird and the flower framed against the sky look magnificent.
The word 'splendid' in its name is well justified.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Peter, congratulations for your 10 years on TN and for your 1000 post here, thanks for all your beautiful photo, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic metallic colors, splendid light, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

A very big congratulations. 1000 is up there. Ive lost much time but if i can even get close to a shot like this, i shall try to post often. Since im in a wheelchair again, its been hard getting images. Thank you for this and for all the years of fine work. This example is excellent for 1000.

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