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Common, or St. Helena Waxbill

Common, or St. Helena Waxbill
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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: 2012-12-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-15 10:23
Viewed: 3168
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a species of bird that has been posted a couple of times before on Trek Nature.

Common, or St. Helena Waxbill, Estrilds astrild

Swedish name: Helenaastrild

This is basically an African species of small finch that has been introduced into Portugal and Spain as well as Gran Canaria and Tenerife, the Americas, Hawaii and some of the West Indian Islands.

Every evening a flock of Waxbills would feed in these red-flowering shrubs on the hotel grounds.

This was taken in the late afternoon light at a distance of about 10 meters with the compact camera on full zoom at 50x.

After slight cropping and size reduction and light adjustment the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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There is this uncanny matching of colours between the flowers and the bill and eye patch of this Waxbill, Ivan.
For me, this is a new species of birds and I love its look.
You have managed a super shot with your compact gizmo.
Thanks and regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-15 10:39]

Hi Ivan,an excellent capture of this rare guest of TN,a very good work in a difficult light,especially in background and under the beak,a very good choice of exposure,nice details and bright colors...we are waiting the snow too..ehehe..don't worry,be happy! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-03-15 10:59]

Hej Ivan,
A strong light source, and vivid colors are very nice ..
A nice capture of this beautiful bird. Good sharp details and a nice composition.
Best wishes,

Hi Ivan,

A flower that compliments the beak and eye makeup :). Excellent detail and colours which compliment each other. A really good composition, brightens up the weekend.
TFS, have a nice weekend, regards Bill.

Hallo Ivan
this is so beautiful with so many colours
great details to see and good sharpness
thanks greetinglou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-15 11:35]

Hello Ivan,
I've seen them lately in the Algarve. These birds are really beauties.
The colours of the bird matches very well with the colours of the flower. That makes this photo extra beautiful. Great sharpness and a fine composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Ivan, lovely composition with nice bird on beautiful flower, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan

Beautiful photo and beautiful bird this
African species of small finch, fine POV
and framing, beautiful light and soft color tones,
lovely pose of the bird, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello sir..
very beautiful pic of a beautiful bird ...The colours are looking so nice and natural ...amazing sharpness and details ...TFS ...

Hello Ivan,
Astonishing! I wonder if you painted the bird to get the color of the flower or if you did the opposite...
It's a ramarkable photographer's eye.
Composition is very nice.
A great picture, tfs. Philippe.

Great photo Ivan! Interesting subject, excellent composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

Hello Mr.Ivan,
Against bright sunlight you have captured left eye very well.Sharp and clear focus.Stripe on body is really nice.Beautiful colour combination.I like its sharpness and POV too.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,

鳥很可愛 羽毛很美麗 還有眼睛的那到紅彩

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-16 6:50]

Very colorful image..both the flowers and the bird..looking exotic..beautifully captured with fine lighting. tfs.

Hello Ivan,
wonderful capture with great colour harmony.
sharpness and light management is very perfect.
thank you for sharing this nice picture of St. Helena Waxbill.
best wishes,

Salam Ivan,

An excellent capture with fine colors, details & POV. Great composition & presentation. Nice work & TFS. Regards & best salam!


Hello Ivan
A wonderful species that was introduced in Portugal but now quite common.Lucky meeting on that beautiful flower.Great POV and composition,wonderful colour combination and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-03-16 14:17]

Hi Ivan,
A joy of colours and light ! Outstanding composition ! Great POV ! TFS Tina

Hello Argus.
I like the colors in bright harmonious warm tone in the frame. The St. Helena Waxbill itself is well perched and your capture is immaculate. The red band around the eye blends well with the color of the flower.
Thanks and have a great WE.

Hello Ivan,the harsh light has burnt out a small area on the Waxwing`s chest but it has illuminated the flowers beautifully making a perfect match for the birds bill,a lovely capture.

Hello Ivan,
Lovely composition,taken from a beautiful PoV,nicely exposed the details of plumage and its pattern.
Thanks for sharing,best regards,

Magnifique! Great colour and composition! Bravo pour cette belle photo!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-03-21 10:48]

Hi Ivan,
Nice coloured photo with excellent
details and composition.
Regards Jiri.

Bonjour Ivan,
La lumière me paraît un peu trop forte, principalement sur le cou de l'oiseau, mais son attitude est majestueuse et bien mise en valeur.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-03-23 12:35]

Hi Ivan,
Love the colors on this image. A very pretty bird with an eye-mask matching the flowers!
It is a rather uncommon bird, despite its name.
I have never seen it before.
TFS. : )

Hi Ivan,
Now, when I booked a holiday to Gran Canaria for the next March, I'm looking at your images with extra interest, and I mean not only from the photographic side. Your pictures give me an impression about what I can expect there as a nature lover and amateur photographer - looking out even from the balcony. :-) Great shot, maybe with a little more brightness than what I'd feel optimal, but the composition's nice. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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