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Common Waxbill

Common Waxbill
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa II, Kruger National Park 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-26 9:14
Viewed: 6457
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 78
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Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild)

I took this at Lake Panic near Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. This tiny bird weighs in between 6,3 and 11 grams. I hope you like it.


Africa South of the Sahara. In Southern Africa it is absent from the Kalahari basin. It was introduced to many parts of the world.


Rank vegetation, usually in grass, reeds and rushes near water; also gardens, rank growth along cultivation, tangled vegetation along watercourses.


In pairs or family groups when breeding; otherwise gregarious in flocks of up to 30 or more birds. Feeds on the ground or on standing grass. Flies in tree or bush when disturbed. Host to Pintailed Whydah.


Seeds, ripe Ficus sycomorus fruit and insects.


Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa, Sixth edition.

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Nice detail, well exposed, good work.


Hi Jan Hendrik,
the nicely blurred green BG is perfect to contrast with its compelentary colour red in the beak and eyestripe. Colours are brilliant, detail is amazing. You captured a very nice pose sitting on that bit of grass with bits of seeds still clinging to the beak. Excellent!

Superb shot Jan!
Very good technically, nicely framed and exposed.
I like it very much.

Hi Jan Hendrik,
Fantastic details of the bird.
Excellent positioning of subject in th frame.
Good blurred background
TFS - Shir

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-26 10:31]

Hi Jan,

Excellent capture and well done on the composition and details. Beautiful work.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-26 10:43]

Hello Jan!
Wonderful capture.I liked POV,blurred BG,colors,contrast,clear details,sharpness and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2005-11-26 10:44]

Truly excellent shot of this feeding waxbill. Lovely contrast between the reds and the green background, and the exposure retains all the fine details in the grey areas of the plumage. Very professional result.

excellent capture. Clear and sharp work, with excellent details. Good depth in the background as well.

Hi Jan Henfrik,
This is an excellent composition. The front lighting is beautiful. The colors and detail are superb. Perfect DOF with a great OOF backround, Nice Work!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-26 12:11]

A new one for me, Jan Hendrik. Sharp details, great POV, perfect light and composition. Well done and TFS. : )

Wow another excellent bird shot this day. Jan Hendrik this is a brilliant picture also. Excellent colours/lighting and brilliant POV. I like it very much too. That´s a first class composition. Thanks for this wonderful picture.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-11-26 13:22]

Jan de nieuwe Callie,
Dit is bedoeld als een groot compliment. Uitstekende foto, goede kleuren, uitstekend in pov, echt een geweldige foto, goed werk.
gr. jaap

Great picture with great colours and composition, the bird looks very interesting.
I like the contrast between the red on the bird to the green in the BG, well done!

How lovely!

Beautiful composition with excellent details, colors, lighting, BG, POV and wonderful catchlight in its eye.

Well done, thank you.

Great capture, good note. Well done on this.


This cute little finch you captured has a fantastic DOF, and POV. Very nicely done. :)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-26 16:35]

Superbe prise, l'oiseau est magnifique et l'exposition est excellente.


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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-11-26 18:46]

Very sharp and interesting photo. Very nice model :-)
Excellent pose, very beautiful composition,
amazing colors. Perfect.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2005-11-27 0:50]

Excelente fotografia, colores hermosos, gran definicion, buen encuadre. Hermoso trabajo en general.
Un saludo de circe.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-11-27 4:24]

Well caught Jan, this is an excellent composition. Colors that blend well, good sharpness too. Grants Didier.

Hi Jan-Hendrik

Awesome shot. Great detail. Crisp, clear and so sharp. Lovely depth of colour. Nicely composed. Great work. Thanks.

Superb capture!
Excellent sharpness and great details,
very nice colours and great pose.

great lighting and colours, excellent composition with great OOF BG and a great looking bird to add with great sharpness and detail.

Well done.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-11-28 1:18]

Très belle photo. Tout y est. La lumière, les couleurs et la netteté.


This is another excellent capture Jan. Well composed with an excellent POV. Very sharp & detailed with great color. Excellent work! Thank you.

Very nice bird. I did not see it this summer in Kruger. Excellent details and composition.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-29 20:09]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent in all aspects.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Jan Hendrik for sharing a so beautifull picture and for the enjoyment which it give to me.

Wonderful capture of this bird! Colors are beautiful and I like the contrast between the red and green. Very sharp and detailed. Good POV and composition. Nice blurred BG. TFS!

this is perfection! what a shot! so sharp, fantastic composition, beautiful bg. well done! cannot wait to go back to kruger again. TFS!

I just love this photo. An excellent close up and the detail and definition is great. Well composed too. A great shot. Sheriff

The pose composition and colors are excellent. Love the subject placement. The DOF is a little shallow with the tail dropping out of the DOF but I get this often when shooting birds close up. Great shot!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-13 10:12]

Jan, this is very nice.

Excellent composition, pov and sharpness.

I like colors and pose too.

Lovely blurred bg, catchlight and great details.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-14 14:00]

This is excellent Jan, I think I got shot of one of these but no where near as good as this. The exposure and focus are spot on, very well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-15 21:28]

Jan Hendrik, you have a beauty here. What a beautiful red beak and facial colours. Wonderful capture, thank you for showing us this little fellow. Well done...

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-12-23 2:40]

this is a perfect shot Jan...
I love it...

Wow, Jan, that's a perfect bird.
You captured it with excellent sharpness and the colours are so brilliant. I realy love it.
Thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-06-23 18:20]

Wow what a pretty bird. I have never seen one like this before. exposure and details are spot on. Composition and soft background looks great. Very nice.

A really great photo. DOF, exposure, background, composition are all perfect. Stock photo quality!

Very good technically, nicely framed and exposed.

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