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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300 1:2.8 L IS II USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-27 19:31
Viewed: 2182
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken from a second level balcony in sunny conditions.
The photo has been cropped and lightened.

Zosterops lateralis

Silvereyes are widespread in many parts of Australia, and there are many different populations throughout their range, some of which are highly mobile. Thus, in some places, local populations may be augmented or replaced by birds moving in from other areas. Although the species may be present at a particular location throughout the year, they may be birds from different populations that are being seen at different times.


The Silvereye is a small bird with a conspicuous ring of white feathers around the eye, and belongs to a group of birds known as white-eyes. The Silvereye shows interesting plumage variations across its range. The grey back and olive-green head and wings are found in birds through the east, while western birds have a uniformly olive-green back. Breeding birds of the east coast have yellow throats, pale buff flanks (side of the belly) and white on the undertail. Tasmanian birds have grey throats, chestnut flanks and yellow on the undertail. To complicate this, the birds in the east have regular migrations within Australia and may replace each other in their different areas for parts of the year. Birds in Western Australia have yellowish olive, rather than grey, backs.

Similar Species

There is only one similar species found on Australia's mainland. The Yellow White-eye, Z. luteus, lives in Australia's north and north-west. It is more brightly coloured above, is lemon yellow below and has a smaller white eye-ring. The ranges of the two species do overlap slightly.


Silvereyes are more common in the south-east of Australia, but their range extends from Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, through the south and south-west to about Shark Bay, Western Australia. They are also found in Tasmania.


Silvereyes may occur in almost any wooded habitat, especially commercial orchards and urban parks and gardens.


Silvereyes feed on insect prey and large amounts of fruit and nectar, making them occasional pests of commercial orchards. Birds are seen alone, in pairs or small flocks during the breeding season, but form large flocks in the winter months.


Silvereye pairs actively defend a small territory. The nest is a small, neatly woven cup of grasses, hair, and other fine vegetation, bound with spider web. It is placed in a horizontal tree fork up to 5m above the ground. The nest is constructed by both sexes, who both also incubate the bluish-green eggs. If conditions are suitable two to three clutches will be raised in a season.

Source: www.birdlife.org.au

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Hi Colin,
beautiful presentation. I like the point of view. Excellent composition with these flowers. Amazing blue sky as a background.
Have a nice week,

Hello Colin,
Very well captured.Nice POV and sharpnes.Depth of the field makes it splendid.Soft and natural colour is soothing for eyes.Background and flowers very nice too.Well done.
Kind regards,

這鳥照的很清楚 姿式可愛
還有花也不錯 光線足夠

Impressive photo Colin! The pose, the composition, the colors and the sharpness are excellent!

nice bird - good pic of this silvereye with the colour contrast with the red flowers.
thanks for sharing.

  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-01-28 0:20]

Hello Colin,
A fine and luminous light enhances the the beauty of this Silvereye, a very cute species which we can easily recognize now, after some pictures shown on TN by different members. Perefct focus on the bird too.
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-28 0:59]

Hello Colin
this is a real beauty. So well balanced composition. How I love the blue sky and the red flowers.
Not to mention the splendid image of the bird.
Excellent work.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-28 2:24]

Hello Colin,
Very nice photo of this Silvereye in excellent sharpness and beautiful colours, nicely contrasting against the blue sky in the background. Beautiful composition, including the flowers too.

Hello Colin,
Nice capture with beautiful softness and details,excellent composition with lovely colours.
TFS,my regards,

Hello Colin
Beautiful photo of this bird, excellent setting and detail, nice background, good pose.
regards yiannis

We have Oriental White-eye with similar features here in India, Colin.
Fantastic capture against the deep blue sky.
Superb focus, nice natural colours and a pleasant composition.
Thanks and regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-28 6:08]

Beautiful portrait and lovely bird. tfs.

Hello Colin,
an excellent picture indeed.
you chose the angle and composed it superbly.
Good colour and sharpness as usually good.
with best wishes,

hello Colin'
Super good sharpness composition with great details nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-01-28 8:47]

Hi Colin,
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Excellent blue background. Perfect point of view.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Colin. Super professional pic MF. Stunning details agains the soft blue BG. Great POV.


Ciao Colin, lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blue sky, nice composition with flowers, fine detailss, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-28 15:08]

Hi Colin,perfect capture and very nice composition too,the red flowers looks like a natural border under the bird,perfect DOF for the best plumage details too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-28 17:42]

Hello Colin.
I see that Australia has it's share of gorgeous birds as evident by your attractive gallery. Great shot of this gorgeous Silvereye, I love its unique markings and beautiful colors. Excellent detail and wonderful eye contact. Great job!!

Very sharp shot Colin. The tripod gave you a very clear image of this Silvereye. It's a perfect side profile. I think the DOF was a bit narrow for the fruit that blurred a bit though. I love the blue sky against his yellow. One great shot! TFS Trevor

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-01-28 22:25]

nicely photographed with good angle. i love the carpet of flowers lining up. good work. tfs.

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