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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Jan 2017, 00:32

He's wearing a bright cardigan, Louis!
Louis: Very noticeable when they flit around in the bush, but they never sit still for the camera, so I was quite lucky with this one.
WOW! That's some coloring!!! Lovely crisp shot, Louis!
Louis: Thank you, Elizabeth. That red is indeed, very red.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 23 Jan 2017, 04:39
Quel superbe ventre rouge !
Louis: Merci, Martine. Ils se distinguent dans la brousse.
More crimson you cannot get, I'm sure, Louis. It almost looks like "fake news." smile
Louis: The red is so red that the camera's colour spectrum has a tough time with it - you almost cannot see the individual hairs that build a feather.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jan 2017, 06:10
Incredible to have such a red breast! I understand that you are so interested in birdwatching in SA.
Louis: Ja, daar is van de oudere mensen op de platteland wat naar deze vogel verwijzen als de duitsche vlag. Bedoelende de banieren in de tijd van Bismark en de snorrevent daarna.
Wow, is that red enough Larry.
Louis: I'll pass on the question to Larry. He may have an opinion grin Don't worry, you are already forgiven.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Jan 2017, 07:32
Yikes - now that is R E D Louis!
Louis: A bit more than the British postal red smile
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 23 Jan 2017, 07:49
And I thought our Robins were red, Louis!
Louis: What we referred to as rufous brown or maybe a shade of orange - in comparison. I have pictures of little red robins I have taken in the UK.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Jan 2017, 08:03
My goodness he is aptly named!!! Puts our Robin Redbreast, which is really rusty brown, to shame.
Louis: Oh, there are worldwide strange references to bird colours. We have a violet-backed starling with all upper parts an iridescent ripe plum colour. In Afrikaans the name translates to white-breasted starling - the under parts are all white. The outstanding colour, however, are the upper parts. And so on ...
He is vibrant! What a delightful bird
Louis: Very noticeable when they flit around in the bush, but they never sit still for the camera, so I was quite lucky with this one.
What a 'show off', presumably to attract the Ladies of the specie
Louis: Although your assumption is true of so many birds, this time around, the 2 sexes look the same smile
What a great looking bird! I can imagine you can see it easily in the trees.
Louis: It also has a tell tale almost metallic call sound, so it happens many times that I first hear it and then see it.
wow! i mean fall off my chair, wow!
Louis: Oops, then this red is dangerous smile Thanks Ayush.
Red doesn't come much brighter than that.
Louis: I agree, Brian. Even the camera struggles with it, while I am using AdobeRGB, which provide a broader spectrum.
Wow, that is some red!
Louis: I thought so too, Tom.
isn't he a proud little thing Louis....petersmile
Louis: ... and the hoppers are afraid of it, peter
wow no camouflage here!
Louis: Yes, the bird stands out like a lit christmas tree in our tawny bushveld, Larry.

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