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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
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-11 5:04
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Points: 12
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Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye)

Size: 12 cm

The waxeye is an Australian immigrant and a common and welcome visitor to the Maple tree. Boisterous and acrobatic, the spectacle of a flock of waxeyes tumbling through the autumn maple foliage is a wonderful thing.

Waxeyes are often to be seen at the feeder, it appears they will eat just about anything!

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 and http://www.visionary.co.nz/webcam/waxeye.html


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:33 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
Focal Length: 220mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-11 5:06]

Hi Pam
It is a lovely capture of this little apple inspector. The colours and details are excellent.
I have been knocked down real bad by the flu bug and struggle to concentrate. So, please forgive me for not giving a complete critique, but I just wanted to deliver this well deserved smiley.
Good work and TFS.
PS. You can rest assure that next time I will present my usual critique.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-06-11 5:17]

Very nice picture of this bird. You can see the colors or the bird in the background and i like that as i like the POV. Well done and thanks.
Gr. Hans

Hi Pam,
An excellent shot on this Silvereye. Flash exposure looks very good here. Beautiful saturated colors. Detail is very shatp. Comp. and framing are very good also. Looks great!

Now just how did he get that apple up there? ;) Good detail and exposure, well taken.


Hi Pam.
What an excellent image, what a combination.
It is so clear with the nice colors, great frame. Bravo and thanks for share.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-14 10:27]

Hello Pam,

Another great picture of this silvereye bird! I like your composition (the diagonal done by the branch) and the natural colors. Nice bg similar to the color of the bird. Very well done and TFS,


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