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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Masks, !Birds of a Feather [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-05 22:05
Viewed: 5326
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bombycilla cedroum. I realy like this guys, they are very friendly with me, I almost can touch him.
I hope you like to.

Saludos Luis52
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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-02-05 22:25]

Hola Primo!
Que bela captura! Um close up e tanto, nos revelando bonitos detalhes desta bela criatura!
Um abraço amigo,


Genial tua foto!!!
Belíssimas cores, foco, nitidez,detalhes...rsrsrs, ele parece estar de óculos e bigode...um gangster e dos charmosos!!
Saudações do Brasil!!

i like eye contact on birds but thats only my opinion

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-06 0:04]

Hi Luis,
Good portrait! You could also title this one, "Hollywood" with those high dollar shades it looks like it is wearing. That is pretty neat that that they are that friendly.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-06 0:30]

Hi Luis what a beauty this fellow is with his sunglasses on!! I have never seen a bird like this before. His eye patterns are really quite startling. Very well captured, TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-06 1:01]

Hola Luis,
Fantastic face! Fine close frontal capture odf a Cedar Waxwing: sharp and well-presented. Our waxwings get so drunk on fermenting berries that we can almost touch them too, but we didn't have many this year
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-06 1:17]

Hello Luis, very nice portrait; sharpness, colors, light, very good. TFS

Nice portrait of this colorfull bird!!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-06 2:47]

hi luis,
mais il s'agit du vengeur masqué :)
très beau cadrage pour un portrait original. Belle lumière.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-06 4:05]

Hello Luis,
Funny face,well caught,framed and composed.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-06 7:32]

Hi Luis,
A fine closeup of this waxwing, I love the berries on the right. The composition, colors and details are all great.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-06 8:49]

Hi Luis

This is a truely unique post!
Is this Batman or Zorro? :))
You were very fortunate to be able to come so close to this wonderful bird and catch it so well.
The frontal POV here is excellent and the colors are outstanding. The exposure is very good, the details are very nice and the vertical composition works very well.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Luis, well done on this wonderful subject, great colors bg POV DOF nicly composed and capture details crisp colors BG POv DOF well done

TFS Kyle

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-06 12:17]

Hi Luis,

What a strange looking bird - love your closeup. From the smaller picture I thought he was wearing a Halloween mask. I have never seen one of these and I thank you for sharing.


Hola Luis,
Una foto bien diferente, no es habitual ver a las aves con el pico apuntando a la cámara, ellas siempre se ponen de costado para observarte. una foto muy linda y con algo de comicidad, parece tener un antifaz...será ratero ese pájaro?

Hola Luis,

This is the BEST portrait of a cedar waxwing! This capture is unusual and stunning! I like it a lot! Unusual as it is ;)

Thanx, Jay

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-07 4:11]

Hola Luis,
Buen retrato de este dello pájaro, agradables detalles,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-07 5:45]

Un primer plano Luis mostrando un ángulo muy interesante de esta bella ave ya presentada en su totalidad anteriormente.
Me gusta la simetría que muestra con bellos colores y ese antifaz tan bonito con buen desenfoque posterior, aunque es evidente el ruido de fondo... utilizaste un ISO elevado en esta captura?.
Me gusta... si señor.
Cordiales saludos... Ricardo

Hello Luis,
These guys look friendly indeed! This is so close... This is an impressive picture with excellent eye contact and nice details! I like this nice BG too. Well done and well seen! Thanks,

Muy buenas Luis
Vamos que un poco más de acercamiento y te come el ampelis. Pedazo retrato.
Un saludo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-26 3:36]

Hola Luis,
Queda impresionante ver este pájaro con antifaz mirándote fíjamente. Original y pulcra foto.
Saludos desde España!
José M.

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