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Copyright: mikael pettersen (Tamrock) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 337 W: 0 N: 290] (1928)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Selen's Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-05 8:44
Viewed: 5042
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
this beautiful birds come near my house
to eat berrys and i took the chance to
take some pictures on them!

info about the waxwing:

Bohemian Waxwing (scientific name: bombycilla garrulus; Spanish: Ampelis Europeo; French: Jaseur boréal), more rare in this hemisphere, is common in the Northern latitudes throughout Europe and Asia, from the British Isles to Siberia.
Appearance: smooth, silky plumage, with "bandit mask" and wax-like droplets on tips of secondary flight feathers. Waxwings are small birds, but not tiny. The Cedar Waxwing is between the size of a sparrow and a robin; the Bohemian Waxwing is somehwat larger and more grayish than the cinnamon-brown Cedar Waxwing; the Bohemian also has a pattern of black, yellow and white on its wings which the Cedar is lacking, and the undertail coverts of the Bohemian are rust colored while those of the Cedar are white. When viewed at a distance, Waxwings offer two distinct profiles: when flying and moving about they are sleek and lovely; right after feeding (gorging themselves) they have a more plump or squat appearance ... fat and contented. The waxwing head is adorned with a sleek crest; waxwings are the only brown crested birds. The crest lays flat or elevates to show contentment or fear/agitation. Males and females have a similar appearance and it is generally difficult to tell them apart by sight.
Gender differentiation: Males and females have a similar appearance and many observers find it difficult to tell them apart by sight. However, there is one clue that can be easily recognized for determining sex in Cedar Waxwings. The feathers of the chin, extending backward a little from beneath the black bill, are darker than the surrounding tawny-brown feathers. In males, this is a dark, shiny black; in females it is a much lighter shade of brown. This technique does not work for identifying gender in Bohemian Waxwings, whose entire throat is a dark black for both males and females.
Habitat: Preferred habitat is open woodland (such as that found in many parklands or at the edges of forests), with proximate access to running water and food sources. Examples of ideal sites would include parks, golf courses, landscaped commercial/industrial/apartment properties, college campuses, gardens and cemeteries that have berry plants used as ornamentals and ponds or creeks to supply water for bathing and drinking.
Identification: Watch for identifying "appearance" features described above, but also for flock movement patterns. Despite moving in large numbers, waxwings flocked in trees or shrubs blend in with the foliage and may be difficult to spot. Key to finding them is to locate likely habitats for the season, and then listening for their distinctive call. When surrounded by a large flock, the sound echoes gently from all directions. Other keys are to watch for movements of the flock in flight.

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Very good capture, very good tones and the wings' movement adds a lot to this frame, you captured very good the moment.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-05 8:55]

The photo quality is superb. The pose, the details in the composition, color tones, light, the shiny eye and the blurred wings are very good. Great capture with great clarity. Bravo and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-05 9:02]

Hej Micke,
Beautiful timing here - I suppose he is just landing. I really like the way he has turned to look a you and I like the perch too. Very sharp and lovely colours. Excellent composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-05 9:08]

Hello Mikael, a brilliant shot of thie bird. very good colour and sharpness. i like the way his wings are out of focus it makes him stand out in the photo more.TFS>
Well done.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-05 9:31]

Hi Mikael,

Lovely bird and wonderful composition. I like to see this bird sitting on a thorny branch. Great colors as well.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-03-05 10:05]

really wonderful

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-05 10:06]

Hej Micke,
Very nice capture of a Waxwing, with fine lighting composition and sharpness of the bird and berries and contrasts well with the bokeh Bg,

Hej Mikael
Nice action shot with great details and colours.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-05 10:51]

Hi Mikael,
Superb composition, with details being razor sharp on a bird I have trouble getting details to show. The colors are fabulous also, thanks for sharing.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-05 10:53]

Beautiful shot of this Waxwing. Wonderful soft colours and hues. Great action shot and DOF is just spot on. Lovely POV and composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-05 11:02]

Hi Mikael,

This Waxwing is beautiful! You caught him at such a wonderful time with the wing in motion. The colors are amazing and I love the setting.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-05 11:12]

Hi Mikael,

I see them as well here sometimes in big groups,however I did not manage to come close enough to make some proper shots,maybe because we dont have berrys in our garden


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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-03-05 11:29]

very good moment, very good capture,

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  • Dejv Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (75)
  • [2007-03-05 12:57]

nice shot good sharpes and colors !!!
I like this foto!
TFS David

Hi Mikael,
a wonderful bird, I wished I could also see one some time. You captured it just at the right moment, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-05 14:23]

Hello Mikael
What a beautiful and wonderful capture!!
I love the pose of this pretty bird. The composition and colors are really gorgeous!
Sharpness, DOF and lighting are great.
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

the yellow at the tip of the tail and the red of berries adds a unique punch to this brilliant photo. really like it. TFS!

Den är för jäkla läcker den här Micke!

Fantastic, beautiful shot of this Waxving! I realy love the motion blur on the wings and the suberp lighting.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-05 17:50]

Hola Mikael,
original y bella captura,
magníficos detalles,
excelente composición.

Hi Mikael

Wow... I love this shot. The motion of the wings is very well captured and the eye contact is brilliant. Beautiful work. :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-06 3:06]

These waxwings are so beautiful, Mikael.
You are so lucky to have them come to your backyard.
This is a great capture. Very soft and exquisite.
Looks like a painting. Gorgeous colors and soft light.
I like it a lot.
TFS. : )

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-06 6:20]

Beautiful capture with skillful technical execution. Very nice pose and color. Love the wing blur. Very well done, Mikael. Regards,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-03-06 21:15]

Excellente photo et bravo pour l'action et la netteté.

Very nice shot Mikael.
Excellent colour presentation. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-08 17:59]

Hi Mikael,
Wonderful pose, composition and image!
TFS, José M.

Hello Mikael,
I missed many of your last posts. This is a real work of art; it is so beautiful. This pose you captured is priceless with those great details, colors, POV and composition. This is outstanding and this specie is so wonderful! Well done! Thanks,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-04-11 19:33]

Bella captura con gran efecto logrado Mikael a partir de la combinación de la velocidad utilizada, la profundidad y la definición obtenida, con apropiada iluminación y el acorde encuadre.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful capture with great effect achieved Mikael starting from the combination of the used speed, the depth and the obtained clearness, with appropriate lighting and the accordant enframed.
My best greetings... Ricardo

Hi, Mikael,

this is such a beautiful photo!! an excellent photo in all aspects - composition, colours, details... and the bird is so lovely!!

thanks for sharing!!

Man Yee

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