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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, RAW ISO 200, Hoya 77mm SuperHMC Pro 1D UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-07 1:42
Viewed: 3451
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pair of Bohemian Waxwings, part of a flock of 25 birds enjoying the berries.

From Birdguides:

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

In: Bohemian Waxwing Ca: Ocell sedós Da: Silkehale De: Seidenschwanz Es: Ampelis europeo Fi: tilhi Fr: Jaseur boréal It: Beccofrusone Nl: Pestvogel No: Sidensvans Pt: Tagarela-europeu Sv: Sidensvans US: Bohemian Waxwing Ru: Свиристель

Even non-birdwatchers get excited about these distinctive, colourful and famously approachable birds. They usually offer ample opportunity to appreciate their sandy plumage with a full crest, black bib, yellow tips to the tail feathers and white markings in the wings. Even the little red waxy tips to the secondaries can often be seen very well.

Breeds in coniferous woodland with deep undergrowth. Winters in gardens, parks, hawthorn thickets and hedges.

In winter they feed in tight flocks which take part in 'feeding frenzies'. The whole flock may spend a great deal of time at the top of a tall tree, calling loudly, then, as if at a signal, they will descend 'en masse' into a bush full of berries, feed like crazy for a few minutes then all suddenly return to their treetop vantage point. In those few minutes they can completely strip at least part of the bush, sometimes leaving another part of the same bush totally untouched.

A partial migrant with some birds travelling south to eastern and central Europe during most winters.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-07 2:10]

Hello Pekka,
a wonderfull capture a beautifull pair, nice plummage detail good light and good close composition. Good focus and DOF .
Best regards Siggi

Hej Pekka,
I can see you got a 50d. And used a short zoom for a bird shot.
You managed well with the 24-105, the waxwings must have been close.
Nice pose abd well composed but it's about 1 step to dak on my monitor but it's still a very nice picture.
Well done.

Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful waxwing couples. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Pekka, lovely couple, may be in nice conversation, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

I am sure that TN introduced me to this species..they almost look unreal, perhaps hence the name...very nicely posed...as if you had a say, but then again a nice time to click eh?

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-07 12:21]

Hej Pekka,
This is a very nice view of the two Waxwings posing very nicely on a branch. They're sharply in focus and I like the composition. A trifle too dark though, but I expect the light was poor.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-07 12:48]

Hi Pekka,

You captured this pair in wonderful poses having a staring contest. I've never seen a Waxwing except in pictures but they are easy to recognize. I love the crests which are so visible in the side views. It is a bit dark but still a great catch.


hello Pekka

excellent photo of the Waxwing with a fine POV
that in French we say « en contre-plongé »,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Pekka,
A great capture of a couple of Waxwings taken from a fine POV with good sharpness and set in a fine composition on what looks like a crab-apple tree. Just a bit dark perhaps but not easy to adjust without spoiling the image, but I gave it a try in the WS.
I was hoping to take a good shot of these in the late autumn but the few flocks that I saw didn't settle.
Kind regards,

Ciao Pekka,
bella immagine di beccofrusoni catturati con buona definizione in una bella posa, hai gestito bene il forte contrasto di luce, l'immagine offre un buon impatgto visivo con BG del cielo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-08 12:50]

Yet another unusual bird for your huge collection.
Excellent sharpness.
Great poses.
Well composed.

Great work, Pekka!


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