Masked Flowerpiercer

Posted by Cindy Marple on Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:33 pm

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Masked Flowerpiercer
Nikon D500, 500mm f/5.6 PF, ISO1250, 1/1250, f/6.3

Flowerpiercers are nectar eaters that "cheat" the flower they feed from.  With their strongly sideways curved bill, they pierce the flower at the base to obtain the sugar, bypassing the pollination parts of the flower.  

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by paul fletcher on Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:04 pm
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An excellent " close-up " image, Cindy, showing great details and colours, plus a fine perch, and nice neutral background. A very good pose, as well.
Certainly, a very beautiful bird!

by david fletcher on Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:09 am
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Striking close up Cindy. Superb details. Like the way the eye stands out.
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:02 am
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Great alert pose and good details, love that eye.
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by ADKShooter on Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:04 am
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Great pose and overall image of a beautiful songbird. While looking at it, it occurred to me that if it's head was covered up it would be an Indigo Bunting.  The black mask and red eye really makes the bird stand apart. Interesting info as well.

by peter makuch on Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:51 am
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a perfect angle of view, well done.

by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:49 am
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Lovely shot-and what a story! It does look rather rascal-ish.... ;)
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by Carol Clarke on Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:10 pm
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A beautifully taken and detailed image of this lovely 'flower cheater' Cindy!

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