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Cape White Eye.

Cape White Eye.
Photo Information
Copyright: Frans Swanepoel (fransswanepoel) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 29 W: 18 N: 192] (1286)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-26
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-03 3:58
Viewed: 3581
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The little Cape White Eye (Zosterops virens) is one of the smallest birds in South Africa and appears in different areas with different shades of yellow and green. The Cape White Eye is also slightly darker than the other three species.
They love fruit and also feeds on nectar and small insects and are found in forests, woodlands, savanna, exotic plantations and suburban gardens.
Shot taken with the Canon 40D fitted with a Canon 100-400 zoom lens.
I used the build-in flash on the camera as fill flash but because the bird was only +- 3 meters away, I covered the flash with a single layer of paper tissue to create a soft box effect and eliminate the flash from showing the glare in the eye.
Old trick but it works well.

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Hi Frans,
delicate picture of this nervous little bird. Nice! I missed it during my south african holidays.

Perfect capture with incredibly clarity and very good use of fill in flash here, Frans! Your notes are valuable as well! Amazing work indeed! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-03 7:00]

Hello Frans
Perfect capture with great details and natural colors
Thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-03 7:54]

Hello Frans,
Very impressive photo of this Cape White Eye. It is NEW ON TN. There aren't a lot of photos of this bird on internet, only a few. Unique in this quality, absolutely the best. Superb sharpness and details and very beautiful natural colours with a great DOF. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-03 10:41]

Hello Frans,
very fine capture, nice pov , good dof, liked the composition too, lovely colours, sharp image, good focus.Best regards Siggi

Bonjour Frans,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

I am always impressed with your bird shots. This one is just perfect!

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