Posted by gregc on Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:51 am

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Although she is cut off in the corner, this is the only image I have so far of a female Victoria's Riflebird (Lophorina victoriae) Ptiloris victoriae close up to the displaying male. She tends to move around quickly, not sit and watch while the photographer gets his images... the male might keep the display, moving around depending on which direction she moved, for a minute. The roundness of this particular perch is unusual, but gives too many opportunities for bad angles from the one direction it can be seen. More often than not the female will land the other side closer to the trees she will climb up. They behave like treecreepers when feeding.

ISO 400 840mm, f8, 1/250, flash, by Canon, some PS trickery.

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by david fletcher on Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:51 am
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Outstanding image Greg. Large view so worth it! Congrats.
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by Carol Clarke on Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:18 am
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Brilliant capture, Greg! She certainly is looking impressed with his display - who wouldn't be! Great view of this behaviour - and her reaction. I love it!

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by paul fletcher on Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:03 pm
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A very special image, including the female in the frame; no doubt, a difficult photograph to take- very unique !

by John Meade on Mon Oct 11, 2021 9:22 pm
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What a unique capture. I like the inclusion of the female as she sits and watches. Great story telling with this image.

by Karl Egressy on Wed Oct 13, 2021 7:19 am
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Striking image.

by Cindy Marple on Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:03 pm
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This is just so cool. Love it.

by Axel Hildebrandt on Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:52 pm
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Cool pose and iridescence. Great to see the inquisitive look of the female.
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