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Copyright: Sandy Garfinkel (messenger1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 741 W: 39 N: 1513] (7055)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-14
Categories: Nature, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-15 4:27
Viewed: 780
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I paid a visit to the National Aviary yesterday. I was absolutely amazed at the variety and density of birds for me to photograph. Pittsburgh is fortunate to have this institution, as pointed out by Wikipedia:

"The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is America's only independent indoor nonprofit aviary. It is also America's largest aviary, and the only accorded honorary "National" status by the United States Congress.The Aviary is home to 600+ birds of more than 200 species, many of which are threatened or endangered in the wild. This is one of the most diverse collections in North America (exceeding, for example, the esteemed National Zoo in DC, and Niagara Falls Aviary).
As a result, the Aviary has many species that are rarely found in other zoos or aviaries, for example: the Bare-necked Fruitcrows, Paradise Tanagers, White-tailed Trogon, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Yellow-throated Laughing Thrush, Blue-winged Mountain Tanager, Pompadour Cotinga, Blue-necked Tanager, and Lesser Green Broadbill."

It was difficult to find the right shutter speed to capture these birds, most of which were constantly moving their wings or heads, or were flitting from branch to branch. I was lucky to catch this one holding relatively still against this background of circular ripples caused by drips of condensed water from the glass ceiling of the enclosure.

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HI Sandy..great shot...nice details and tones...perfect light.


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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-03-15 7:08]

very sharp with excellent details and nice water ripples in the blurry BG.. very effective and I like the fantastic focus on the bird! lovely frame..
congrats Sandy and my compliments

Boa noite Sandy
This an amzing capture.
The bird is amazing and you make the water speak.
Both were posing to u.
Have a great weak.
Um abrašo

Beautiful strange bird, which look a little like a pigeon but with a bill seeming able to break stones...
Nice shot, well composed, very sharp, with a nice blurred bg (cirles in water ?)

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