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The beauty in blue

The beauty in blue
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Copyright: Wilson Beckett (jaywalker) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3111 W: 140 N: 3130] (16105)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-13
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 60D DIGITAL, 18 - 55 mm EF-S 3.5:5.6
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My favorite photos on my sight, My favorite animal photos, My favorite photos (1) (Gatti Matti) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-04 6:57
Viewed: 5925
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 214
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the last in my mini series on the South Lakes Animal Park, although the peacock is not as endangered as the rest, it is a very beautiful bird & welcome at any nature park,
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To Eatlovepray: The beauty in bluejaywalker 1 2007-07-18 03:51
To Matthew-Watt: peacock shotsjaywalker 1 2008-02-13 03:19
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Hi Wilson,
You must been very close with that 18-55 and i wonder even at 6.3 the dof is so beautiful as we see here. If you would say it was taken with a 300m/m 2.8 i also believed you.
Sharpness and colours are perfect. High on detail in his feathers, great pose.
Good work...almost unbelieveble that that was taken with that simple (with all kind respect) kit lens.
Have a nice weekend, Henk

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2007-05-04 7:02]

Hi Wilson. Splendid shot in terms of colour, composition and details. Nicely framed too. Regards. Klaudio.

Hi Wilson,
Beautiful photo. Well composed portrait ... good DOF and natural vivid colors. Well done ... good job and tfs. Have a nice weekend.

Hello Wilson

Excellent close up.
The colours look magnificent, deep powerful blue.
Maybe a little bit grain and noise in the photo but I guess it is ok. You couold maybe fix it with a little post processing, but that is up to you to decide.
Thank you for sharing.

Odd Jarle

Salut Wilson,
Superbe image de cette tête de paon, parfaitement nette et joliment colorée. Bravo. Amitié, Patty.

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  • Muse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2048 W: 149 N: 6385] (35010)
  • [2007-05-04 7:27]

Hello Wilson,
Superbes couleurs pour ce bel oiseau. Le cadrage est très bon. Belle netteté qui permet d'admirer beaucoup de détails.
L'encadrement convient bien.
Best regards

Hi Wilson

Great dof. Very sharp where it needs to be with good detail. Vivid colors. Well done.

Hallo Wilson!
Another great photo of bird, Peacock this time. Awesome vivid colours, good datail and well managed small depth of field. congratulations, nice work.
With kind regards,

Hi Wilson,

Good Macro on the peacock head. I happen to have the tail in Malaysia.


A peacock from a unique perspective. Most shots are of the back feathers but this shows how pretty and ornate the head shot can be. When I was little my grandfather had a peacock and he told us that it had bitten his toe off. I was scared to death of those birds for a long time! Good news is the bird didn't bite it off an unfortunate placing of a foot under a falling object did. Nice photo

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  • ls7902 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 986 W: 194 N: 1670] (7348)
  • [2007-05-04 10:21]

Hello Wilson,
Very nice close-up shot. It was shot at a focal length of 300/1 mm, not exactly consistent to the stated lens used. Anyway, I like the details & the DOF in particular. Regards. Latiff.

Hello Wilson,
A magnificent bird!, no other word. Very nice colours and well framed. Simple but efficient photo.
Good week-end

Hi Wilson, a beautiful shot of this beautiful bird. The colours are so vivid and with very good detail. Excellent, what more can I say? Regards, Jean

Hello Wilson,
An excellent portrait and an atypical photo of this peacock. Not the usual pose that people take. A truly oustanding photo!

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  • sadeik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 550 W: 181 N: 673] (3282)
  • [2007-05-04 11:05]

Now this is a fantastic blue image, excellant composition and framing.
A blue hair day. Or is it the blue rinse brigade!


Wow. Color, focus, DOF, POV...Perfection (and eye is "alive" also). Thanks.

Hello Wilson,as others have said this is an unusual shot of a peacock, but nevertheless even without the tail it is still recognisable as a peacock.Your sharpness is fantastic and I like the lighting.Your colours look true too.
Well done,tfs, regards Jean.

Hi Wilson. A perfect shot of this crowning glory with good sharpness. Eye is to be seen to be believed. The real peacock blue! TFS. Regards.

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  • prumod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1085 W: 148 N: 296] (8300)
  • [2007-05-04 13:09]

wow! he is very serious! may be because of his cap...
or someone pushed a shuttle cock to his head?

it's a nice composition wilson... nature shows it's variety of blues thru this bird...

Hello Wilson

Another good nature shot from you. The detail and colours are superb. The tight crop on the birds head works well. Nice one!

All the best


Bonjour Wilson
Une très bonne Photo.La netteté est parfaite et la DOF très bien gérée.
Bonne soirée

Hello, Wilson,
this is brilliant!! Superb color and DOF, razor sharp detail and a perfectly blurred background. I love the way you've composed it with his comb in the corner and so closely cropped. Beautiful shot!! Kind regrads,

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2255 W: 203 N: 2719] (12516)
  • [2007-05-04 17:46]

Hi Wilson. A really unusual bird with a very fancy arrangement of feathers, just like a hat for horse race day! Beautiful colours and clarity. Good work. TFS. Murray.

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2007-05-04 21:19]

Hi Wilson,
What a handsome dude and I think he knows it. Stunning blue contrasts beautifully with the white markings on his face.
Regards, Tom

Hello Wilson
Une très belle réalisaation avec ces couleurs bleues trés profonde et une bonne gestion de la DOF qui isole bien le sujet du fond de l'image. c'est une photo très agréable par sa netteté et par "l'expression" de l'oiseau.
C'es très bien vu!!

Hi Wilson
Great , great and great.
Wonderfull image,
Congrats my friend
TFS/ind regards

Hi Wilson. Excellent portrait. Sharp as a tack, good catchlight in the eye, excellent colour, beautiful soft background. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Cheers, Paul.

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  • robob Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 59 N: 762] (3648)
  • [2007-05-05 6:01]

Hello Wilson,
Une très belle image très riche en détails. Excellente netteté et cadrage impeccable !
Amicalement et très bon week-end,

Hi Wilson, lovely portrait with great details and wonderful colors, well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Great picture! Lovely colours and great POV. Composition and DOF are perfect. Very nice close-up shot. I also liked the lights in the top of it! Thanks for sharing with us.
Best regards,
Marco Aurélio

Hi Wilson,
How nice you continued your last series with this peacock in a pure blue colour.And also very nice lighting.Enjoyable!

Have a nice weekend,


Hi Wilson,
Beautiful shot. This is a very spectacular and fine photo. Splendid composition and superb clarity. Vivid colours and very nice details. Excellent image. Have a nice weekend, thank you

Hello friend after seeing your criticizes to my photography between in your gallery and I like much in this case not only I speak of this photo I speak of but that already hire commenting with you from my but which humble opinion, in this photo this perfectly polished and marked to the blue color that is my favourite and focused and emphasized the animal very well a greeting and thanks I hope to be able to comment and to see but photos and in addition learn, a greeting

Hi Wilson,

Very good use of the focus, I like the perfect sharp against the blur, very intense the blu color, and beautiful the compo, very well balanced. Thanks!


Hi Wilson,
This is just a beautiful shot, the colours are so strong and rich, and the DOF is just great, also well framed excellent portrait of this bird with great detail, ten out of ten in my book Wilson well done.
Regards Irene

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  • Gustaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2500 W: 722 N: 202] (21670)
  • [2007-05-05 17:05]

Hi, my friend!
I like your zoo...! Beautiful bird with beautiful colours. I like his head! Good frame. Nice light and composition.

HI Wilson!
What a beautiful porteait of this noble bird, great colors and POV, and nice neutral BG,well done!TFS!

Fantastic shot Wilson! The tight framing is an excellent idea and the detail you have captured in his feathers is magnificent. The tighly curled feathers on his head look like a candlewick bedspread ;)The reflection in his eye is also an excellent feature of the shot.

nice head of this bird ! i like the colour of the frame, it fits well

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15437 W: 159 N: 26991] (141698)
  • [2007-05-06 14:35]

Hi Wilson,
C'est la premiére fois que je vois un paon tout de bleu ou pradiquement, il est superbe et...oups quel regard...magnifique prise, compliment
good evening

Hi Wilson, oh yes i'm discovering your last wildlife uploads and yes they are high quality. A hard choice to pick one, so i pick the last one, even if the previous was excellent too ;)
All in blue, all is blue, very classious and elegant shot for an elegant animal.
Well framed and composed, good DOF
Serious work, excellent result

merhaba dear wilson
wonderful blue colours.wonderful.magnificent animal and composition.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1745 W: 292 N: 2671] (10163)
  • [2007-05-06 19:38]

A perfect frame in blue..
I have no doubts, this will be loved by many...
Sharp in details and in colours, is what turns this fantastic, Wilson.

congrats and have a good day.

jean paul

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-07 0:45]

Hi Wilson!
A beauty in deed and a great shot.Amazing sharpness and fantastic blue tones and good contraswt with the nice background color.My next post will be a bird,too.

Hello Wilson,

Superb closeup with brilliant colors and definition. In the bird kingdom, it is always the male that dons these remarkable colors. I have no idea what it is that gives the male peacock its variegated vivid colors, but in the case of one bird, the cardinal, it is the berries of the holly bush that is the cuprit. (You might remember critiquing my photo, "The Birch and the Birch Tree").

Warm regards and have a good week,

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  • veve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 13 N: 546] (4189)
  • [2007-05-07 12:38]

Hi Wilson,
Very beautiful picture!
Great framing,nice colors and good details!
Well done!
Best wishes,

Great animal portrait !
Always hard to catch a nice attitude with spot on technical parameters, and it appears you succeeded in this one.
Great job,

Hi Wilson
Vivid colors and great sharpness on blurred background, perfect.
Pierre Lacombe

Really nice blue picture. your framing makes a good emphasis on the feathers on top of the head.

All the best,


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2007-05-08 2:53]

Hi Wilson,
amazing portrait, well composed. Good DOF and colours. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

Hi Wilson
grat portrait of this peacock, wonderful colors, well done!

Bruce W.

Hello Wilson,
Oh, I like this fine portrait!
You make him look like someone who has eaten something he shouldn't, hehehe....
Jokes aside, I guess that somewhat sceptical look is permanent!
Great details are captured, and subject is very well framed!
Pablo -

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2007-05-08 9:07]

Hi Wilson,

Very pretty portrait of this splendid peacock. The focus one gives much relief to the animal. Obviously the colors of its feathers are very beautiful and give much value to the photograph. Beautiful work and I see that many of our friends liked, which is justified, cheer.

With all my friendships,


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24402 W: 523 N: 40817] (175634)
  • [2007-05-08 12:41]

Hi Wilson,

I think that I the photographer in eye of the bird can see, what a nice sharpness, also a good macro on the peacock head, simple splendid, Wilson.

Best regards,

Hi Wilson
A superb portrait of this peacock. The details are well seen thanks to the sharpness of the image. The blue contrasts so nicely against the grey background - superb use of DOF. Well framed too. Very nice work.
Best wishes

Hi Wilson
Beautiful colour and very interesting face of this bird. Good depth of field. Excellent image.

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-09 17:24]

Bonjour Wilson,
souvent cocasses et amusantes tes photos animalières.
Ici, belle palette de bleus et une netteté incroyable pour une DOF bien adaptée pour une mise en relief.
Très bon résultats avec cette optique basique.
Best regards.

Hi Wilson,
Another excellent portrait. Blue tones, details and sharpness are marvelous. Well done my dear friend...
All the best...
Ali Rıza

Wonderful colors of the Peacock and beautiful portrait of it very well made, it's amusing and lovely in the same time, compliments Wilson, well done shot.

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  • nels Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 754 W: 24 N: 466] (2623)
  • [2007-05-10 10:35]

hi wilson,, stunning !! love the deep blue of the peacock , the sharpness and glint in its eye , and the blue frame all help to make a perfect shot

one to add to my favorites

Hello Wilson
Very superb shot, nice full of colors and good POV. Beautiful bird and his color.

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  • pady Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 880 W: 60 N: 445] (4800)
  • [2007-05-11 16:01]

Hi Wilson,
Nice cpature with briliant colors.

Hello Wilson,
Il est splendide ce shot et l'oiseau aussi.
Que la nature nous donne de si belle chose,ta photo est très nette.
A+ Joseph

Hi Wilson,

A good close-up photo of the peacock, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Wilson,

I was reading your reply to Henk and that is what I'd call getting very close! Wonderful rich blue (indigo?) contrasting very well with the small amount of B&W on the head and beak. The sharpness and dof are perfect and the detail in the feathers is amazing. A superb capture, one of your best.



Lovely image, Wilson. The colour is quite amazing. The lack of background or any other distractions enhances the detail of the bird. Very well composed/cropped to position the bird's handsome headgear in the corner. Outstanding shot.

I think that's called the beauty.
Perfect cropping, sharpness and colours.

Hello Wilson,

very nice animal shot because of an excellent sharpness in the eye and excellent colors. Congratulations.

WithR regards from Luxembourg


Hi Wilson,
This is one amazing close-up, fantastic details. We are more used to seeing the coloured feathers of the peacock, but this a well chosen POV.
With Greetings from India

Hi Wilson,

What a great blue bird. Excellent sharpness/details, color and Dof. On a larger format you probably see yourself in the "eye". Excellent work. TFS


Wow, what a perfect peacock close-up. Perfectly sharp and well blurred bacground. Nice colors and frame corresponding with the prevailing color. Well done, Wilson. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Michael

Hi Wilson
Excellent close up of the peacock with fine texture of feathers with their strong deep blue color.
I like how you put the eye in the middle of the frame.

hola Wilson, postal con gran luminosidad, color y definicion.
los colores en azul del ave son excelentes.
felicidades, un saludo.

Hi Wilson,
Proud to be the 75th admirer of this photo :)
Friends all told you but of course i also have to praise the sharpness and colors of this work. It is amazing how you got so close till it pecked your hand, well this is a good photographer's burden. Congrats,

Hello Wilson,
It is really beautiful bird. I like the blue color, excellent focusing and sharpeness here. This bird posed very well for you, I like the "fan" on her had.. :-) Very good shot, Bravo!
With BEST Regards,

Hi Wilson,
Perfect focus and spontaneous attitude, lovely result, congratulations.

Hi Wilson
Most peacock photos show the tail spread out but I like how you captured the colourful head and his earnest look. You've composed it very well with the head feathers well placed in the top corner. The bokeh is superb and contrasts really well. The blue frame is the finishing touch.

Yap, that's blue beauty. You've captured this peacock in a good pose..it looks a bit curious. The DOF works very, very fine! Good sharpness, contrast too.
The presentation with the blue border is well chosen.
I agree with Floydian, wonderful that you could reach this result with the kitlens!


Although this is probably more suited to TrekNature, Wilson, I couldn't go past this without adding some comments. The composition is perfect, and technically the shot is excellent, but it is the strong blue colour against the neutral OOF background that makes this such a striking image. Cheers . . . David

Hi Wilson,
simply beautiful, the colours are amazing and the composition is just right!!! great work! TFS,
kind regards,

Hi Wilson,

What a great portrait :O)

Love that blue colour of this beautiful bird. Nice details you have managed to capture. Good use of dof giving all the focus to the bird.

So simpel and so beautiful.

:) Tina

Hi Wilson
"The beauty in blue" ! Et quel bleu ! Extraordinaire -
best regards

Hello Wilson,
I think everything has been said already about this picture... the colors are just splendid... very well done.

Wow! I love this photos....it's so beautiful & colorful..I love it!:)

Hi Wilson,
Superb, outstanding image. Wonderful colors and superb sharpness and use of the background. Absolutely wonderful.
Best regards. Salvator.

Elegant profile of the proud peacock, you have captured it very well,

Hello Wilson.

Excellent picrute, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

wow! this is splendid. the colour on the bird is sooo rich and so pretty. a fantastic capture. tfs

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  • atus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2152 W: 208 N: 4536] (15856)
  • [2007-09-11 13:42]

Hi Wilson,
amazing portrait of great clarity and very good sharpness. It is very nicely framed and the completely blurred dof is fantastic and enhances the beauty of the bird. Very nice work!
Tfs and best regards.

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  • PJE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2045 W: 133 N: 4148] (20758)
  • [2007-09-13 5:00]

Hello Wilson. I have been checking out this site and stumbled upon your intro ( which I found interesting ) and thought I would stop by to say hello.

The peacock is a fantastic bird of calm in my opinion. I love the colors. The fact that you captured this with the kit lens is amazing. I was able to use a longer zoom to get in close when I took this photo in Mexico Thanks for sharing!

dear wilson
it's a great shot

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  • Lee30 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 3] (78)
  • [2007-11-02 11:44]

Excellent, Blue's my favourite.

Ola Wilson ,
Que bela macro deste pavão , tem uma penas azuis fantasticas , muito bons os detalhes , gostei muito do fundo desfocado , parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Hello Wilson,

There are some 'wild' peacocks that live in some parkland on the Gold Coast which I occasionally visit. I know from this that they are quite a shy bird and will not allow you to get particularly close. They also move their head around often, so to capture this in 1/200 of a second is nothing short of remarkable. I think perhaps a faster speed would have provided more sharpness for you around the crest, but what you have presented us with here is remarkable, surely one of the best peacock shots on Trek Earth. The neutral background is perfect to allow the viewer to focus on this regal bird's head.


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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2008-02-25 13:03]

Me too Wilson, I like very much this king of your photographic work. Let's look for a queen. Congratulations for champion!


Hi Wilson
incredible sharpness on this bird. Excellent colors also
Beautifull work

Hi Wilson,

Superb close up photo!
This bird looks magnificent
and you captured it brilliantly.
The colors are phenomenal,
I like the details and the matching frame
you chose to artistically present us
this beauty.

Thanks and warm regards...

Maryori :)

Hello Wilson!

O Yes! This one is incredible good shot! It depends for more then 192 points ;) Great clarity sharpness and DOF. Excellent!


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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2009-02-09 12:18]
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Hi Wilson,

Since you have no new posts to comments. I give you another 2 pts for this one. The beautiful blue colour of the bird is very, very attractive and you positioning of the bird is perfect. The matching frame also contributes to the attractiveness of the picture. TFS and have a nice evening!



Hi, Wilson.
the crazy thing is : every time I pass by your intro I see this thumbnail, which I love, a picture that makes me think of some weird & crazy tropical bird, like... a Flying Tasmanian Blue Devil, or something... so, I finally decided to comment on it. I'll be damned, it turns out to be a PEACOCK in Cumbria! Can I blame it on myself growing up in the psychedelic '60s? LOL!!! Awesome shot, buddy. Have a nice evening, I'll be seeing you.

Hi wilson
Beautiful peacock. Colors, sharpness and DoF even at f/6.3 are fantastic, well done rgds - JCarmo

hello Wilson,
Submitted in 2007, but I have to give this nice photo of the blue some more points. Very good composition, sharpness and nice colours.
Best wishes,

ciao Wilson,
splendido primo piano di questo animale con grande nitidezza e bellezza di particolari,
buona serata

Hi, Wilson.
My keywords:
rare, original, funny, interesting, natural beauty.

Well done!

Hi Wilson,

Wonderful bird, excellent depth. Good job.

Best regards,


  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2011-01-16 12:48]

Sharpness and colors setting excellent to show us the beautiful bird. Very well taken.



Great! I have never seen this amasing bird, Wilson.
Fantastic reaction of our public. Well done. Impressive capture!

Hi Wilson
As I was not yet on TE at the time this one was posted, i missed it !
I'm glad that I had another chance, looking at the critiques page of TE
A splendid crisp and razor sharp image, beautiful natural colors, perfect neutral BG
Have a nice evening

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