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Supper Before Bedtime

Supper Before Bedtime
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-08 3:37
Viewed: 3803
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 65
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Silvereye, White-eye or Wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis) is a very small passerine bird native to Australia but also found in New Zealand. It is common to abundant throughout the relatively fertile south-west and south-east parts of the continent (including Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands), and through the well-watered coastal zone of tropical Queensland, including Cape York Peninsula.

Silvereyes breed in spring and early summer, making a tiny cup of grass, spiderweb, and thistledown, suspended from a small tree or shrub, and laying 2 to 4 pale blue eggs. Once the young have fledged, Silvereyes gather into flocks and many migrate north during late summer, making their way north along the coast and ranges, foraging busily through the day with much calling and quick movement through the shrubbery, gradually working north, then flying long distances at night.

Most of the Tasmanian population crosses Bass Strait (an astonishing feat for 12 cm birds weighing only a few grams) and disperses into Victoria, New South Wales, and south-eastern Queensland. The populations of these areas tend to head further north, and the northern-most birds remain resident all year round. The Silvereye was first recorded in New Zealand in 1832 (its Maori name Tauhou, means "stranger"). It arrived in greater numbers in 1856, and it is assumed that a migrating flock was swept eastwards by a storm. Since there is no evidence that it was artificially introduced into New Zealand, it is classified as a native species there and consequently protected.

Silvereyes are omnivorous but have a particular fondness for fruit. Some orchardists, grape growers, and home gardeners regard them as a pest particularly as, being so small, Silvereyes simply ignore bird nets, popping in and out through the netting at will.

The above obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvereye


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:35 p.m.
Date: 8th June 2006
Weather conditions: Dusk
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-08 3:44]

What a lovely composition, Pam. : )
I love the texture of the bark, the lines of the apple slice, and the pose of the silvereye. The color scheme is beautiful, especially with the dark green BG. Excellent focus and exposure throughout.
TFS. : )

Great shot ! It is a cute little bird. Excellent details and colors, nice POV, and very beautiful BG. Fantastic composition. I love the pose of the bird and the shape of the tree very much. Very well done !

Hi Pam,
amazing bird with great colors,
nice compo and details.

Hello Pam,
Nice shot of this delicate silvereye. Sharpness, colors, and exposure are great. Good compostion, and POV. Very well done. TFS.

Hi Pam
It's interesting picture with beautiful colour
and lots of details.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-08 5:53]

HI Pam, well done on this one - it's a stunner. Beautiful exposure and lovely compostion and pose, fantastic shot.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2006-06-08 6:07]

HI Pam,
Great shot. They are such a cute little bird. You have captured him well.
Fantastic details and true colours

Wonderful work with vey nice details, colours and POV! Well done!

Excellent composition and sharpness as usual. A common species where I live, but a much better shot than anything I've managed to take.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-06-08 8:14]

Very strong picture, very nice subject well photographed. Great background and very sharp, thanks !


Hello Pam, What a very creative way to attrack bird, Excllent colors, BG, POVm DOF perfect derails, everything is so crisp, Good kob, TFS Kyle

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  • omer Silver Star Critiquer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 4] (185)
  • [2006-06-08 9:09]

Dear Pam
Very nice composition of a lovely bird.The soft colors make the photograph easy to watch.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-08 10:14]

Hello Pam, excellent shot with a great composition and sharpness. I like the tree on the first plane and the nice colors of the bird too, very well done, Didier.

Great sharpness and composition. However i think feeding Silvereye with well cut apple is not as 'natural' as wanted.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-08 11:05]

LOVELY, I like very much this photo, the bird is so cute and the pose is nice. I appreciate the smart composition with wood, slice et neutral BG. Difficult for me to critique, the quality and all parameters are excellent.
Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

hi pam
tres bel oiseau,je ne connaissais pas cette espece.
bonne capture.

Excellent capture. The lighting is just right, the details are perfect with a very nice soft background. Superb quality. :)

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-06-08 13:42]

Hi Pam,
excellent capture of a moment, interesting picture! Nice colours!

Hi Pam,
this bird is so phantastic - even the name is wonderful. You captured it in such a nice pose, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Tack sharp!!! Noce compo and pose. Exposure spot-on... etc, etc, etc. :)

Perfect, I love to look at your work Pam.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-08 16:12]

Hello Pam,
excellent POV, you really caught him in action ;-); he seems very focused on his food. Excellent sharpness, great colors and excellent exposure.
Beautiful composition.

Hi Pam,

Another great shot, like the apple bait, great focus and DOF. TFS


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-08 17:11]

Excellent picture of this silvereye, Pam!
Colors looks so natural: I'm impressed! Composition, pov, dof, quality of details cannot be better in my opinion! You did a wonderful job on this one, Pam... TFS


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-08 21:25]

Bonjour Pam!

Félicitations pour cette prise trčs agrŕble ŕ regarder.

Merci pour l'envoie.

A wonderful close-up. The detail and colour are superb.
Very well composed...

Pam your pictures are fantastic. I just love this little bird. It seems that the bird will sing from my monitor! Nice lunch moment and wonderful POV. I wish I can visit New Zealand one day. I love nature and I love sailing! The perfect place...Greetings from Brazil!

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-06-09 18:33]

Hello Pam,
Just great! Colors, action, composition, details, frame even your title is great. TFS Donald

Now that's what I'm talkin' bout!! ;)
Very well done!!!
TFS have a Great Weekend Pam!

This is just magnificent Pam, the way this little fellow grip the apple and his look its refreshingly different. Great details, compo and presentation to set it of. Very fine work.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-10 12:16]

Hi Pam,

Amazing shot!
Great colors and composition, wow!
Excellent details, POV and BG.
Nice framing.
Very well done!!!

TFS :-)

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-11 9:14]

What an amazingly beautifull shot in all aspects. what can I say? its a delight!
thank you so much for sharing this beautifull shot. deserves much much more than 2 points..
best regards

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-06-11 14:58]

Hello Pam , A Great shot fantastic , what a pose ,good colours details pov bg framing ,everithing is good ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

These are beautiful birds and this wonderful scene has captured one well. Amazingly clear details in the feathers (great lens!) and a good composition.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-12 9:39]

Una perfecta y conmovedora escena Pam, grandiosamente captada.
Gran nitidez, perfecto POV y DOF con un limpio trasfondo que resalta aun más la belleza del ave y la composición de la imagen.
Felicitaciones y saludos... Ricardo

A perfect and stirring scene Pam, magnificently captured.
Great clarity, perfect POV and DOF with a clean background that it even stands out more the beauty of the bird and the composition of the image.
Congratulations and regards... Ricardo

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