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Posted By: Frogfish, 03-23-2012, 07:39 AM

A lovely day here it was yesterday, to be sure ! Topped out at 22C and sunny blue skies !

So not a day to be in work .. and of course I wasn't. No I prefer to be birding on days like that. However this bird is not one you'll typically find living close to the city unless it's as a guard bird or in a zoo. And in this case it was the later, the Shanghai Wild Animal Park. Anyway more of that later but this is the first of roughly 150 shots of have of this bright young thing right after I frightened his date off !

The fluorescent blues were amazing as we enter prime mating season - I even had to tone them down in PP as people would never believe they were real !

It looks much better here by the way if you open it fullscreen : Birds - Shanghai Safari - Kevin Harding | SmugMug


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Stunning shot, love it.
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What a great photo!!!
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That's a lot more difficult to shoot then most know. The blue always gets washed out or shows very little detail. Not the case here. Well done. JIM

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An absolute knock out - I've not seen anything like this. Congrats.

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It's amazing, great pic.
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perfect framing of the bird, great color here Kevin.
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Thank you SC, Rense, Jimbo, Jer, NKK and Bob for your very kind comments - much appreciated !

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Well, if I had plumage like that, I'd strut my stuff too. Excellent classic shot, and the light background helps show the texture of the feathers and also really makes the "eyes" seem to float.
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Your timing was spot on as was the outcome. Well done.
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Well, if I had plumage like that, I'd strut my stuff too. Excellent classic shot, and the light background helps show the texture of the feathers and also really makes the "eyes" seem to float.
Thank you Baro-nite. They are seriously gorgeous birds and this is a shot I've wanted to get for a long time.
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Your timing was spot on as was the outcome. Well done.
Thanks Susan !
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