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The lunch
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-01 3:20
Viewed: 3201
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What is relation price of apple and Waxwings? Last year apples was high-priced and on the apple-trees didn't left of the fruits and Waxwings we had had two days but this year price was so low that all fruits are on the trees. The Waxwings have rich meals and keep here enough long time from half of October.
The Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) is a member of the waxwing family of passerines. A sleek bird, 18-21 cm long with a pointed crest, it travels in large, nomadic groups with a strong, direct flight. It breeds in coniferous forests throughout the most northern parts of Europe, Asia and western North America. While the Cedar Waxwing inhabits only North America and the Japanese Waxwing lives exclusively in Asia, the Bohemian Waxwing is the only member of this family whose range circumnavigates all the continents just below the sub-Arctic latitudes.Like other waxwings, its diet consists primarily of berries supplemented by insects, especially during the breeding season.

This species is irruptive, moving in unpredictable migration patterns from year to year, and particularly moving south, often in huge numbers, if the berry supply fails in winter.

The call is a pleasant ringing sound, similar to that of the Cedar Waxwing but lower pitched.
Birds in winter can be very confiding and will come into gardens for berry bushes and trees, a favourite being the rowan.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-01 3:27]

Hello Pawel,
It was worth sacrificing an apple to achieve such a fine capture of the Waxwing, taken with fine lighting and sharpness from a good POV and set in a pleasing composition against a blue sky.
Well done and thanks!

Hi Pawel,
ooohhh, that's my great wish - to see this bird with my own eyes. I only know it from photos, never seen it in nature.
So you can be happy, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-01 12:52]

Hi Pawel. This is bird i have neve seen in the wild so thanks for showing this one today. You have taken it with good detail and warm colours. Wit ha good POV looking up at the bird. well done TFS.

Hi Pawel,
Very beautiful capture of Waxwing with good pose and composition, sharp details, good action and natural BG.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-12-02 13:44]

Hello Pawel, good capture of the Waxwing, well seen and well done, nice composition, thanks!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-03 6:18]

Hello Pawel,
You're lucky to have captured a Waxwing this winter, I have only seen and heard them flying over once! I like your composition showing the bird next to a fine apple. Nice details and lovely colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-07 9:13]

Hi Pawel.
You have met and captured a very nice bird. And it looks on apple tree with impressive fruit so attractively. I like composition of the shot, nice bokeh, impressive lights and shadows. However, shot is over sharpened a bit. Halo is visible enough. Thanks for sharing and all the best.

Hello Pawel,

Good picture of this beautiful bird.
In the Netherlands are this bird rare and sometimes they come with hundreds.
Beautiful colours.


Hi Pawel,
This is a very colorfull shot with good sharpness and composition. It seems that this Waxwing saw you just when you took the photo. Maybe I would remote the little dead leaf which touch his beak. I wish you a Happy New Year,

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