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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: 2007-08-04
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, Workshop
Theme(s): jmp *2, Birds of New Zealand, Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-03 16:03
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Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Description: The Silvereye is a small (9.5cm - 12cm) bird with a conspicuous ring of white feathers around the eye, and belongs to a group of birds collectively known as white-eyes. The Silvereye shows interesting plumage variations across its range. The grey back and olive-green head and wings are found in birds through the east, while western birds have a uniformly olive-green back. Breeding birds of the east coast have yellow throats, pale buff flanks (side of the belly) and white on the undertail. Tasmanian birds have grey throats, chestnut flanks and yellow on the undertail. To complicate this, the birds in the east have regular migrations within Australia and may replace each other in their different areas for parts of the year. Birds in Western Australia have yellowish olive, rather than grey, backs. The contact call, a thin "psip", is given persistently.

There is only one similar species found on Australia's mainland. The Yellow White-eye, Z. luteus, lives in Australia's north and north-west. It is more brightly coloured above, is lemon yellow below and has a smaller white eye-ring. The ranges of the two species do overlap slightly.

Distribution and Habitat: Silvereyes may occur in almost any wooded habitat, especially commercial orchards and urban parks and gardens. They are more common in the south-east of Australia, but their range extends from Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, through the south and south-west to about Shark Bay, Western Australia. They are also found in Tasmania. In the south of their range, Silvereyes move north each autumn, and move back south in late winter to breed.

Food and Feeding: Silvereyes feed on insect prey and large amounts of fruit and nectar, making them occasional pests of commercial orchards. Birds are seen alone, in pairs or small flocks during the breeding season, but form large flocks in the winter months.

The aboive obtained from: http://www.amonline.net.au/factsheets/silvereye.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 10:31 a.m.
Date: 4th August 2007
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/40
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,

Nice capture and steady hand for a 1/40sec at 400mm. Good details and nice colors. The blurry dark BG focuses well are attention to the bird. Well done.

PC :)

Hi Pam,
This is an exquisite image!
I like so much the colour palette used here, with that sober tones, that makes this picture very special to look at.
It's very good the pose of the bird, hanging from the tree but twisted horizontally to the center of the frame.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Finely detailed Silvereye image Pam.
Great light ,pose, color,and composition make this a pleasure
to view.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-03 19:51]

Hello Pam

A beautiful capture of this silvereye.The plumage detail is superb.The lighting is very good and the colours are vibrant.The focus is spot on...and the eye detail is wonderful.Excellent POV and DOF.TFS


Hi Pam,
Great capture, I like the BG very much here, with the green shift top rt. Super color, exposure, and details. Lovely composition, POV, and pose too..Nice!
Have a Great weekend!
PS - And let me know your first impressions on the MIII..please :)

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-03 21:35]

Hi Pam,
A beautiful photo with exceptional details and stunning colors. The details in the feathers is perfect. The light is nice and even, and the colors are rich and well saturated.
Best Regards,

Hi Pam,

What a beauty. Marvelous naturel colours. A great composition so sitting (-: tribe of the tree. BG, POV are oké. Only the nozzle of these silvereye is a bit out of focus. Very interesting info. Great shot. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-03 22:54]

Hello Pam, Absolute beauty and what a clarity. The shot is brilliant focus and clear. Ganesh

Hi Pam
Un retrato como los que nos tienes acostumbrados, muy bonito. Pero si me permites mi opinión, quizás le hubiera dejado más espacio por la zona de la izquierda hacia donde mira el ave, creo que ganaría en fuerza y no perderíamos detalle tampoco.
Un saludo

Hi Pam,
Beautiful looking bird. The plumage, especially the transition between the colours of the plaumge is well shown and interesting to look at. The low pov work nicely,

Hello Pam,
Silvereye..wish they called me like that:-)
Well composed image. Beaytiful 'Silvereye'

Excellent capture of silver eye.great plumage details and nice lighting.beautiful colours and sharpness.
well done.

White eye also a common species in India.
A nice shot with sharpness and composition.

Hi Pam,
Great capture...Fantastic colors, detail and POV with an excellent BG that puts emphasis on the subject...Very well done...


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-04 4:18]

Delightful composition!
I love your unusual (to me) decision to place the bird in the bottom third instead of the to as I'd have been tempted to do. It works very well.
Congratulations on the outstanding details in the eye-feathers
Superb work all around

Most beautiful bird portrait - with great detail and colors. Like the pose lot! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-08-04 5:35]

Hi Pam,

The colors of this bird are superb. Never seen this bird. I'm afraid it doesn't live in Europe. I also like the typical pose. Well done.


Hi Pan.
Veri nice capture,good BG and color.
Beautiful bird.

Hi Pam,
A beautiful bird. Excellent composition and colors. Very nice Details, POV and DOF. Thanks a lot for sharing.

PS Why aren't we able see any captures of Kiwis (national bird of New Zealand) here is it against the law? Please answer.

Hello Pam,
And a real great poser this small bird is.
Very beautiful captured.
Technically flawless with perfect sharpness and exposure.
Composition and DOF are excellent and the feather details, colors and soft background are wonderful.
Perfect work.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great Sunday,

Hi Pam,
What a beautiful colored bird you captured here. The white rim around the eye is very interesting to see, and does make you look at it instantly.
Love your composition again and the wonderful dark toned BG.

Hello Pam,

This is a technically and artistically perfect picture! I love the dynamic composition and the large empty space above the bird. The background is wonderful and isolates the Silvereye very good. I like the natural and well saturated colors of the bird very much and even more the fact that I can find similar colors in the background. The details are outstanding! I can count every feather in the plumage. This bird species is completely new to me and it just gives me a hint of how beautiful wildlife in New Zealand is. You did an outstanding job! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-08-04 15:45]

Hi Pam,
WOW! Simply stunning! The details are totally superb and the colors are wonderful.
Great work! TFS

Stunning Pam just Stunning :)

Hi Pam,
Wonderful I must say, thanks for sharing such a beautiful bird. Congratulations in a fine capture, great POV, composition, and excellent collors.. well done


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-05 3:55]

Hi Pam,
Outstanding photo!! Pose, sharpness, exposure... everything is so neat and clear!
TFS, José M.

Hi Pam,

Excellent sharpness with fine details
Amazing coloured Bird with a beautiful eye
Pose, POV, DOF and BG are PERFECT

TFS Thijs

selam pam,wow excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely bird nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done !
Regards ridvan

WOW excellent catch and what a pose details are outstanding lovely colour and light. tfs rgds Necip.

HI Pam,
I don't know how I could missed this beauty.
Great pose and POV, fine details and lovely colours.
The bird standout nicely against the beautiful BG.
Great work, my friend.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-09 0:41]

Hi Pam,
Very nice capture of this cute Silvereye. I liked the POV, colors, contrast and composition.TFS
Best wishes,

j'adore la pose de cet oiseau , ces couleurs sont superbes et nettes sur bon bg, bravo, bien vu merci

A gorgeous capture Pam, these little birds are strikingly beautiful and your picture does them justice as both details and colors are superb. :)

Although I'm not expert in birds I've to say that this picture is really very impressive. I very like it, thanks


Hi Pam,
Another amazing shot from you,

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-09-08 7:34]

Hi Pam... its great to see this silvereye... the white-eyes have started to breed in my garden and they are now a family of six. :) They do not leave the fruit alone and have become accustomed to me and the camera. Nice pose and details. Very well done.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-21 0:58]

Hi Pam, I have just stumbled over this wonderful image. What cute little bird! It is indeed a fine poser and you caught it beautifully. Such an array of colour and tones, the bird is pin sharp with a perfect exposure and good catchlight on the eye. Great shot.

Nice capture and steady hand for a 1/40sec at 400mm. Good details and nice colors Great light ,pose, color,and composition.

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