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Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -II-, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3-, Fauna of PALAEARCTIC Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-22 8:24
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Points: 90
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Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
Swedish name: Sidensvans, which means ‘silk-tail’.

The English name refers to the red-tipped wing tertiary feathers that look like red wax.

As I was driving home from a short trip I saw a large flock of at least 100 waxwings feeding on Rowan berries. It was in the middle of a heavy rain-shower and it was very windy.
I had to slow down to avoid running over them as they fed on the berries that had blown on to the road. When I came home the sun came out again and I suggested to Ulla that we could try to take some shots of them.

They were still there and we took a lot of shots from the car. This is one of my best ones

Bohemian Waxwings nest in the far north of Europe and America and overwinter further south to feed mainly on fruit and berries. Usually they are not that rare and can sometimes appear in flocks of up to a hundred in the autumn and early winter. In Sweden they are especially fond of Rowan berries (Sorbus aucuparia) that are common. In other parts of N. Europe they may feed on Hawthorn (Crataegus sp,) berries

Another image of this species was taken by the road verge showing them feeding on berries that had dropped to the ground is shown in the WORKSHOP. The BG is too busy to have it as the main image.

This was taken at a distance of about 6 meters (20 ft) from the car. After moderate cropping and size reduction it was sharpened somewhat.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-22 8:29]

Wow, this is splendid, Ivan.
What a fantastic photo. Everything in this photo is really amazing. The second bird gives a perfect DOF. One of the most beautiful photos of a Bohemian Waxwing I´ve ever seen. A new jewel for TN.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-22 8:31]

Hello Ivan
Superb capture with this specie I never seen. May be I'll be lucky this winter.
thanks for sharing

Hej Ivan,
nice picture of the beautiful Sidensvans.
I doubt I will see any this year, our rowan trees up here have no berries this year.
Nice soft colors, finbe sharpness and DOF.
Well done.

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • PhilC Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
  • [2010-10-22 8:41]

Hi Ivan - when I first saw this I thought that it was a shame that you got th esecond bird in th ebackground, but actually having opened it up I have changed my mind. I like the second bird and you have to look closely to check if it a reflection or the first bird or not. I think it works - well done - Phil

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-22 8:42]

Oooh! What a fantsstic perspective my friend!IT seems to be a mirror behind the bird! And what a impressive DOF ,light and colors,this is a truly masterpiece!My greats compliments,have a nice weekend and thanks for share,Luciano

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-22 8:43]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent photo of this beutiful bird, rare visitor by us, TFS!

Fantastic shot, interesting set focus.

Gorgeous shot filled with briliant pastel natural colors Ivan. The dept of field is great and the second bird in the background looks like a reflection in a water which obviously is not. In my opinion the sharpness here is a bit to moderate for my taste. Good interesting notes as well! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Iva,

neighbour of the day again.
Very good angle with the second unsharpGood depth of field and with exellent sharpness.
Fibe colours.
Sometimes they come in the Netherlands.
Nice bg.


beautiful shot of a beautiful bird
perfect focus nice details good one

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations for this photo taken with fine details, lovely colours and excellent POV. Well done!

Hello Ivan
shooting clear and beautiful with vivid colors
thank you for sharing.
Best Regards,

hello Ivan
very nice pose and great details
beautiful colours
i like this bird very much
greeting lou

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-22 10:13]

Hello Ivan,

Berries food, perfect vitamin C, excellent for these wonderful birds.
Splendid bird, lovely plumage, splendid eyes too.
Very well taken, perfect of colors too.
Nice done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Ivan. An interesting artistic compo with special colours and contrast. Magnificent light too.


Hello Ivan,
Shoted from your car?... Just awesome friend!... Really impressive picture, with interesting POV and masterly managed DOF (the bird in background is like a "mirror" of the foreground bird!).... Nice effect, and very interesting note!

PS: 100 point for this colors, I like a lot the colors here!

Regards, TFS and happy WE for you and Ulla.


Hi Ivan
I have not yet had the opportunity to see this species with their eyes. And that is why I find it interesting and "exotic." A great picture, with both birds busy feeding and seemed indifferent that someone is shooting them.

Kind regrads,

Bonjour Ivan,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement, sous une excellente profondeur de champ et une belle lumière, par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Ivan,
Perfect capture with superb colours and outstanding details.
Wonderful composition with great focus, very good clarity and perfect POV.

Hola Ivan

Preciosa composición de estos dos pajaros alimentandose de estas pequeñas semillas, una imagen realmente bella, colores y suavidad en el plumaje estupendos.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hej dostum Ivan,

Awesme capture of this beautiful bird, nicely positioned in the frame with flawless details.
TFS and have a nice night/weekend!


lovely image of a most beautiful bird.

We usually get these around February in the UK depending on how hard a winter it is in northern Europe.

One from your top drawer...this reminds me now of Mario Belanger who did some of the best shots like this...and yours is of equal if not better quality. Simply super!

Hälsningar Ivan,
A beautiful capture of this beautiful Waxwing. Superb composition with another waxwing in the BG. Good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ivan,
What an impressive bird! I never see it in Belgium. This is a great capture, so well composed, with fantastic colours and natural habitat. Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ivan,
excellent capture of this two bird, colors, details and light perfect. Excellent picture. Regards, Paolo

Ciao Ivan, lovely couple of beautiful birds in a wonderful natural ambientation, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan,

Colorful and crowned with the head of a very nice kind of structure. Feeding time is a great shot too. Successfully with other birds in the background and details of a composition with a great work. TFS ...Mehmet

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-23 5:14]

Bonjour Ivan,
D'abord un grand merci de ton aide! Tu es vraiment d'une grande serviabilité et gentillesse.
You have been very lucky to have seen so many of these beautiful birds and I suppose that Ulla made some shots too. Very pleasant double presentation of the birds feeding on Sorbus berries. Amazing how the second bird is almost like the shadow of the first. Fine and pleasant shot. I'm waiting that they will come down south to have the chance once to see them. Last year they were here, unfortunataly I missed them.
Bonne fin de semaine à vous deux

Qué delicadeza, qué maravilla, qué suavidad en los colores y que bien
combinados que estan. Un gran documento y obra de arte Ivan.

Hello Ivan, excellent shot of these beautiful birds. I saw them firstly. Sharpness, details and colours are great.
TFS and regards,

Bonjour Ivan

Une belle image de ces oiseaux, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs.
Bonne journée....JP

Hello Ivan
a wonderful scene of this two Bohemian Waxwing eating berries, it's a very beautiful bird species with colorful wings, he bird in the front is very well focused, light and colors are also very good
the grey sky highlight the birds and the red berries very well
Have a great sunday

Hi Ivan. This is one fine looking bird and you have managed very good details in this shot. Beautiful reflection and pleasing natural tone. Excellent work with your favorite setup in presenting this well defined composition. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday. Best regards - Jusni.

hello Ivan

very very beautiful photo of the Bohemian Waxwing,
shot with superb POV, DOF and framing, great focus
sharpness and details, beautiful catch-light, for the
photo of the WS i prefer to see them perched on trees
than to see them in the ground, TFS


Very nice Ivan, I think the second OOF waxwing brings a lot to the image.
You know, I haven't seen a one Cedar Waxwing this year, don't know why.
Years past we've had multiple flocks passing through here..
I especially like the colors & details I see, and the neutral gray BG works well here :)

hello Ivan,
very good capture with good details and beautiful colours.TFS

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-24 14:07]

Hello Ivan,
Superb photo of this beautiful bird in splendid light and colors.Great clarity and wonderful details.TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-24 17:57]

Hello Ivan,
this is a classical shot again. It gives me a thought on Chinese painting.
Indeed a very clean shot of the birds and the berries. The branches gives a good artistic view and the red berries gives a pleasant contrast. Mostly, the two birds mirrored each other very well.
Excellent presentation and it is such a rare ocassion to see this image.


merhaba Ivan
nowadays I have been in field again in southernmost coast of Turkiye. I found now this awesome capture of my dream species, Bohemian Waxwing. it is very beautiful with colorful plumage and crista on head. sharp focus, POV and eyes contact wonderful as like coloration and light using. rare one gives a richness to the shot, with its blurry appearance. workshop shot is also very nice. thanks for sharing these beauties.
ellerine sağlık. iyi geceler dostum.

Hello Ivan,
an eye-catchingly beautiful capture in pleasantly subdued contrasting colours, composed with perfectly elegant tension. Superb portrait of that lively species that always seems to come in flocks. My congratulations. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-06 8:47]

Hello Ivan,
Just perfect, what a nice capture. I love the pose by the two Bohemian Waxwing,very nice, great POV and composition.Best regards Siggi

hello Ivan, a very beautiful scene moment with great photo output!
TFS Nasos

Hallo Ivan,
very nice pictures, WS too, outstanding sharpness and splendid natural colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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