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In the Winter Sunshine

In the Winter Sunshine
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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: 2012-01-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-27 1:08
Viewed: 2719
Points: 59
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We went to the other side of town to follow up a report of a flock of Barred Crossbills. We missed the crossbills but came a across a flock of Bohemian Waxwings instead.

Bohemian Waxwing , Bombycilla garrulus

Swedish name: Sidensvans, meaning, 'silk-tail'.

This is the only European species of waxwing. In N. America there are two species, that include this one and the Cedar Waxwing.

This one is resting and is quite puffed up. The red sealing wax-like tip to the outer feather of the wing can be seen here.

It breeds in the very North of Europe where it feeds on insects. The winter is spent further south, where the main source of food is berries and fruit.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 10 meters in the morning lighting. After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Hello Ivan,
Excellent photo of this interesting Bird species, rare visitor in Transylvanien!
Regards, Joska

Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on a beautifulblue sky, fine details, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ivan. What exciting low POV! Brillinat colours and good contrast. Amazin light.


Hello Ivan

Beautiful photo of the Bohemian Waxwing, i love
the POV « en contre-plongé », fine framing,
beautiful catch-light that always improve a photo,
i love the contrast effect between the warm light
and warm color tones of the bird against the
cold color tones of the sky, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-27 5:44]

Hi Ivan,a fresh pic of this beautiful bird,and whitout snow as i can see in your country too.Magnificent light and details and excellents colors and perspective.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-27 5:58]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice photo of this Bohemian Waxwing. Beautiful light and colours and good sharpness. Excellent composition.

hello Ivan
super composition with great details lovely light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Good point of view, nice light, excellent detail.
Interesting background with good colour.
A lovely bird.
regards yiannis

hej Ivan,
det ser kallt ut, med tanke på den uppburrade sidensvansen. :-)
Nice natural colours , fine sharpness and well exposed.
Sidensvansen is one of the birds who is difficult to get sharp because of smooth and silky plumage but you managed more than well.
Fine work, mf.

Even if we had a cold weather here in Ayia Napa the last week I'm not longing home.
And hopefully I get a own internet connection in the apartment next week so I can be here on more regular basis.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-27 7:13]

Hello Ivan.
A lovely shot of this beautiful bird,they are so elegant looking.The composition is very good.Good plumage detail and colour.The pov is well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-01-27 9:08]

Hej Ivan,
Great shot of this Bohemian Waxwing ..
Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, great pose of the bird.
Best wishes,

Beautiful photo Ivan! Very good composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.
Interesting and beautiful bird too!

Hi Ivan,
nice photo of this bird. Amazing colours. Very good point of view.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-27 18:23]

Hello Ivan!
This is really a wonderful pic with a lovely lighting and fine details.Bravo! Good job,indeed! TFS
Nice w-end,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-28 0:09]

Reasonably good image with difficult viewpoint, good to see this healthy bird. tfs.

Hi Ivan,

Thanks for sharing this lovely photo... I really like the soft morning light, the natural color & the composition.

Warm Regards,

Hello Ivan,
I like this golden winter sunshine against the blue sky. We only get perches like this early in the morning. I like this bird's pose and your capture in the frame.
Thanks and kind regards,

I like the fluffy rounded look of the bird Ivan.
Nice color, details, DOF, and catchlight.
Great morning light, well done!

Hello Ivan,Lovely birds with fantastic details, excellent sharpness,splendid light and wonderful natural colors.
Have a nice weekend!

excellent light and very good details, I like the colors in this picture Ivan, and the subject too,

congratulations !

ciao, tino

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful bird caught with nice colours and good details. Well done!

Hi Ivan,
Very nice shot on this Bohemian Waxwing. Lovely sparking eye and the red sealing wax-like tip are well seen. POV and composition are perfect. TFS, and have a nice weekend.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-29 4:06]

Hello Ivan,
nice view of the fluffy bird. Excellent sharpness and details in an attractive colour combination. The red smooth feathers are well composed and balanced. Right balance of light and white.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2012-01-29 13:20]

Hi Argus,
a kind of aesthetic, very nice photographed.
Congratulations ..

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-29 17:40]

Hello Ivan,
I love the uniquely marked and colorful plumage of the Waxwings. This particular one has it's feathers all puffed up, making it appear much larger then it actually is. Nicely composed with beautiful natural colors and wonderful detail. Well done!!

so beautiful winter pose, colors and details have great performance, very good photo!
regards Ivan

I have always been intrigued by the name Bohemian Waxwing. I think it was Mario of Quebec who first introduced me to one relative of this bird, the Cedar Waxwing.
You have captured yours well in its natural setting. It isn't paying any attention to you for sure....at least in its eye but perhaps you know better. A very pleasing image Ivan.

Hi Ivan, Great effort here my good friend, lovely lighting, splendid capture in its natural habitat, however the sharpness unfortunately lets this image down,
Best Regards,


Primero muchas gracias por tus comentarios. Apreciaste esta especie ! La verdad es que para
mí fue emocionente el poder fotografiarlas... hay personas que vienen desde muy lejos para poder admirarlas.
Tu toma es excelente. La combinación de tu experiencia más esa canon y esa lente hace maravillas.
Captaste muy bien la luz. En Catalunya se e denomina popularmente "ocell sedós"(pájaro sedoso), pero
no se da en la Península Ibérica.
Veo que tenemos los mismos gustos en cuanto a cámara... hemos pasado los dos de la eos50 a la 7D.
Ahora estoy valorando comprar la lente 70-200 ya que en fotografías de aves es muy práctica y mi presupuesto económico no da para mucho más :o)
Un abrazo y que te vaya todo bien:
Josep Ignasi.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-02-01 18:03]

Hello Ivan,
He is all fluffed up against the cold making him look so plump. The colours and details you captured give us a great look at this beautiful species, thank you. We have unusually large flocks of these in our area this winter.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-03 4:57]

Bonjour Ivan,
Contente de retrouver TN et de découvrir tes dernières images. Un oiseau que j'aimerais pouvoir photographier aussi, mais il n'est présent chez nous que pendant les hivers rigoureux. Alors peut-être cette année..
Image naturelle et plaisante et qui documente bien le froid qui sévit actuellement.
Amitiés à Ulla aussi

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful capture of the Bohemian Waxwing, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, very nice composition with a lovely pose of this colourful bird among teh branches
Have a good Sunday
Ciao Maurizio

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