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Yellow sunbird

This week's theme is: Animals

Photo #2 - From the little Titmice of the British Isles yesterday, we now move on to the exotic birds of Singapore. This small fella is a male Olived-backed Sunbird - only about 10cm from beak to tail. I snapped this shot in the botanical gardens. There's an area with a lot of heliconias and the Sunbirds often come here to drink their nectar (their main source of food).

If you're interested in visiting Singapore, let me tell you that it is a garden city. At one time I had a lot of heliconias in my garden, and Sunbirds used to frequent my house. It's pretty amazing for a country that has over 4 million inhabitants in an area that's smaller than some cities.

Now for a RANT.. I have no idea why people choose to call this bird "olived backed". The first colour I notice when I see it is yellow. And the back looks yellow to me too.

Do you know of any other inappropriately named animals?

Update: see Denosha's even more impressive shot of a
Sunbird

Yellow sunbird

This week's theme is: Animals

Photo #2 - From the little Titmice of the British Isles yesterday, we now move on to the exotic birds of Singapore. This small fella is a male Olived-backed Sunbird - only about 10cm from beak to tail. I snapped this shot in the botanical gardens. There's an area with a lot of heliconias and the Sunbirds often come here to drink their nectar (their main source of food).

If you're interested in visiting Singapore, let me tell you that it is a garden city. At one time I had a lot of heliconias in my garden, and Sunbirds used to frequent my house. It's pretty amazing for a country that has over 4 million inhabitants in an area that's smaller than some cities.

Now for a RANT.. I have no idea why people choose to call this bird "olived backed". The first colour I notice when I see it is yellow. And the back looks yellow to me too.

Do you know of any other inappropriately named animals?

Update: see Denosha's even more impressive shot of a
Sunbird

comments (26)

I am quite new here but I can tell you without doubt that this is my favorite picture so far. The bird is in perfect focus with a nice blurred background.
A great composition with this diagonal branch crossing the image.
Excellent !
The Maven: Thanks for the great comments Sidney smile I'm going to post another animal shot tomorrow (trying to start a theme).
Nice. The colors are unique.
The Maven: A warm welcome to you Andrew. Cheers for the comments, please do visit again! smile
Very very good shot!. Nice colors, very good use of the DOF, postion of the subject on the frame, and "life" in the eye of the bird!!. Just Wonderful!!!
The Maven: Glad you liked the shot Marçal! BTW, I am just wondering.... do you take any photos that are not square? I noticed that's your style. I like it.
  • Micki
  • 28 Feb 2006, 07:11
How could you not smile looking at this little guy? Great composition with the diagonal of the stem!
Great! Perfect framing, nice colour. I like the contrast of the bird with the blurred background
  • jlc
  • 28 Feb 2006, 07:48
I like this photography. All the more than the bird is small. Congratulation wink
  • John
  • 28 Feb 2006, 08:33
Very nice shot, great colour and composition.
  • Suby
  • 28 Feb 2006, 08:47
Nice shot. However all starting to blur into one image, have I not seen 2 other similar bird images on shutterchance in the last day? smile

Nice Shot bro.

Suby
Duane this is one of the best shots I've seen you take. Well done.
A certain 'Take my Breath Away' image, Fantastic shot. The composition just makes this bird stand out from the screen and scream LOOK AT ME!. Brilliant.
Tena koe ehoa
I've spent sometime looking at tweety who is captured very well in your image. Oh and another inappropriately named animal is.... "Cockatoo"
Man I haven't seen one cock on any of those birds!
Yeah, yeah, I know....
I'm a G^00^F!
The Maven: Hehe...the Cockatoo was such a bad joke that it actually cracked me up! grin BTW, what is "Tena koe ehoa"? Is that some saying from your country? I've seen you use it many times and have always wondered.
I like it, crystal clear with great colour composition. 10/10 from me.
Hee hee, i think i posted my sunbird photo a few hours earlier than you (didn't see yours this morning before i left the house). Anyway, I think you could have cropped or better yet, snuck up closer to this little fella to capture more of it's details. The bit of leaf poking in from the left is tad distracting as well. But overall, this is still a strong image in terms of colour, composition and use of DOF. Come back soon to try again! >=^)
The Maven: LOL... I think you did very well on that one. I've just put a link to your Sunbird photo in my blog. Hope some people will visit yours shot. It's truely amazing.
Hey, thanx for the promo. hee hee. Not getting many visits these days. =^(
Great colors here and I really like the composition.
I like the diagonal composition, Duane. It's sharp too.
You may want to crop away the leaf on the right side of the photo. But, that's being picky.
The Maven: Hi Hendra! Thanks for visiting my photoblog. It's a good suggestion about the leaf on the right. 1 other person has pointed that out to me before. Maybe I can do a bit of retouching on the PC. Cheers!
hello there, he looks like a Cydney with a 'C'. Look at his curly claws. Such amazing detail, thankyou smile
Duane... not much other than "perfect" can be said.
Also my favorite.
The Maven: Thanks a lot VelviaPix! I'll be putting up another animal tomorrow. BTW, really like the name "VelviaPix". It's a strong fashion statement. Very cool.
I like the overall composition but most of all the colour palette. The nice tints from the sunlight gives it a very nice tropical feel as well. A nice creative shot!
The Maven: Thanks for visiting old friend. It's good to see you here. Hope you'll make this a habit wink I'm sure Denosha also will appreciate your comments very much. Actually, you may have met Denosha online before - back in the BBS days. He ran a board too. Small world hehe..
nice shot Duane
Tena koe ehoa
Yes it's a greeting in the maori language. The indigenous people of Aotearoa, yes I'm an ndiginiz smile person. Translated it equates too "Hello My Friend" My joke wasn't that bad was it? sad(:
The Maven: Thanks for the explanation. I've learnt something from you today! My parents visited Aotearoa some time back - I've got a T-shirt with the name on it. Never been there myself and would love to visit your country one day to see Lothlorien, Rohan and the Shire... hmm...
This shot is so perfectly-composed and perfect! The DOF is just great.
Very beautiful, Duane. I'm not an expert on animal/nature shots, so I'll be brief. That said, however, I would enjoy seeing this with the right side intrusion cloned out. It's very, very fine shot.
  • Rich
  • 3 Mar 2006, 03:46
Wow Duane that is incredible! I've been staring at it for two minutes.
This is just PERFECT!
excellent capture. nice positioning

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