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Trapeze Artist

Trapeze Artist
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Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony PDX10
Exposure: f/3.4, 1/300 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-02-11 13:03
Viewed: 7628
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Waxbill
( Afrikaans - Rooibekkie or Rooibeksysie )
Estrilda astrild

Size : 12 to 13cm

Very small seedeaters. Very colourful but easily overlooked. Most waxbills are ground feeder and often feed in mixed groups on open tracks in thornveld, darting off into the bush at the slightest disturbance. Most species frequent thornveld and all rely on access to water. The common waxbill frequent reedbeds and rank vegetation associated with wetlands. They are constantly on the move.
As the flock flies off in straggling procession the " chik chik ZEE " calls confirm the identity of the birds.

This shot was my most challenging shot yet. The waxbills don't hang around for pictures. Luckily the grass is full of seeds and as such, they have
one thing on their minds " Dinner "

I got two got shots out of 30 as the wind was blowing strong and the grass was thick which hardly gave me any chance. To say the least, I am very happy with this shot. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am proud of it.

Shooting details
Time 15h30
Cloudy / Hot and Humid
Original Photo 1152 x 864
Cropped, Framed and Resized for web
Sharpened slightly with Paint Shop Pro
Camera - Sony DSR-PDX10P
No Flash
Automatic focus
Tripod No - Handheld
F/Length 43mm
F Number F/3.4
Exposure Time 1/300sec

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-02-11 13:05]

This little bird is absolutely divine, I like her shade of lipstick too (smile) excellent shot Willie, well done!

Excellent shot Willie,
Nice detail and colours.
Great shot with the conditions you had to shoot in.
Thanks for posting

Cute bird :)

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-02-11 13:42]

Well done, Willie, on this capture. An interesting bird indeed. Excelent composition and details.


Beautiful shot, Willie! Main quality IMO is the wonderful contrast between the bird and its surroundings. It's one of the advantages of the cloudy sky here I believe. Great details and instructive note. TFS

Very nice Willie great looking bird and its a good quality image. Great composition with the vegetation in the background. Well done.

Lovely shot in natural surroundings. Very well done to catch this fellow at rest. Funnily enough, I just read a novel by Jonathan Raban, a great travel writer, called "Waxwings' - now I know what they look like!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-11 14:15]

Nice one Willie I like it a lot,
The colour combination is very nice, the red and the green very nice, good composing shot, fantastic capture, good pof and nice dof, very good job

Very cool looking bird Willie! Great color & I really like the environment you've found it in...Composed well with good details..Yes, the birds pre-occupation with seed works in my favor also! Well done!!

Great shor Willie.
Very good details, colours and composition.
Very well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-11 15:22]

Un très belle oiseau et une magnifique photo Willie. La composition est très belle et les couleurs sont juste et réelles. Félicitation et bonne journée.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-11 15:26]

Really good Willie. I love the stance of the bird and the composition. It's very sharp for the video cam. Very good work.

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. I dared a WS: seemes a little dark to my eyes.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent
Personal assessment of the note: great
You worked hard here Willie. I give you the WS as a bonus. Congratulations is just a word, but the WS means I really like it.
Thanks a lot.

Hi Willie,
This is a very nice shot, where, most of all, I like the bird colors and plumage. You've catched it also very well in situation. Another good point for me is the soft green leaving the bird in evidence. It's a really good bird shot. I would just remove the noise inherent to your camera, admitting that for a motion camera, the results are very good on the photographic side.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-11 16:18]

Great shot Willie, a beautiful little bird that has been well captured.
Good colours and composition, great contrast and excellent note.
Thanks for sharing.

Sometimes that cam of yours seem to like one subject and has better focus. Taking into account your limitations I must say this is a very good work.

Beautiful little critter you've captured here, alert and with a catchlight in the eye ;-))
The red bits make this bird stand out nicely. There's some noise in the photo, but you probably know that.

Willie, great capture on this colorful little fellow. Excellent detail and composition. Nice Work!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-12 4:34]

Great picture! The composition is wonderful and details are sharp. I like the colors of the bird (expecially the red) contrasting with the green BG. Well done!

I love his make-up :-) He looks like a wamp :-)
Great photo as alway ;-)

Nice shot Willie, just a bit noisy. Great pose and POV.
Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-12 14:48]

Willie, very beautiful colors and nice composition. I had never seen one of these. The green shades work like a nice contrast.

Great job.


Nice shot. Looks very similarto our Red-browed Finch. Its a good pose and you have excellent POV to capture the details of the bird while showing the habitat as well. Good job.

Graet shot!
Very good composition and great colours.
I love this green BG.
Well done!

Its a lovely bird and shot, Willie. I have never seen them in the wild only caged. :(

Great shot.

What a beauty Willie. Never seen this bird before. And it is "common". You really got some very nice birds down there. You captured this bird in a lovely manner, and your frame is in perfect harmony with the picture.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-02-15 5:16]

Excellent shot. Good note with details.I like it. Goodjob.

never seen a bird with make-up before :D
nice shot, the bird contrasts well between all the green.good compo,dof and focus too!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-16 14:41]

Good shot Willie. And from your notes, you were lucky to catch a still clear shot. Cute bird with his red beak. I like the grasses he is standing on. Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-02-16 14:51]

Pragtige sysie, Willie
I like the vivid reds and greens juxtaposed her, stron colours that really compliment.
Well done.
PS Kana jy Aug gaan en moet ek bespreek? Ek en Philip is "reg" Bel of mail asb, ek wil more met Leen reel.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-02-25 2:00]

Hi There,
Great work:)I love the red mask on bird's face .Just like Zorro with red mask instead of black mask and looks so cool.Nice shot Willie.

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