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Zosterops lateralis

Zosterops lateralis
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Theme(s): Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-29 8:42
Viewed: 5225
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye)

One of Australia's more common and delightful birds, the Silvereye is found throughout the southwest of Western Australia, from south of Exmouth to Esperance and across the Nullarbor. It does not survive in the arid interior. There would be few people who have not seen a Silvereye cheekily stealing food from outdoor picnics, whistling quietly in hedges or flocking noisily around bird baths. They are also infamously known by orcharders for their fondness of soft, ripe fruit!

The Silvereye is a distinctive bird. It is small (110-130 mm), olive grey-green in colour with a grey upper back and neck and white underneath. Its most obvious identifying mark is its namesake silver/white ring around its eyes.

The above obtained from http://www.westernwildlife.com.au/western/birds/silver.html


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 11:16 a.m.
Date: 20th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/125
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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cool idea, a banana as bait for birds. *g*
superb clear shot, pam! :-)
that´s a real pretty fellow you are presenting us here -
perfectly sharp, with wonderful colors and a great "opened-beak"-pose.
i like his white eye-ring.
perfect job & take care, thorsten.

Hi Pam,

Beautiful capture, composition, details, lighting, POV, DOF, Excellent work.


Thanks for your gracious visit, Pam.
I see another of your great classic shots here.
The image is perfect in every respect.
Thanks for sharing it and take care.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-29 9:48]

Splendid shot, Pam!
The sharpness and colors fo this little bird are amazing!
Also great POV, DOF and framing.
I don't know who had it, but great idea with the bananna :)
Bravo and TFS

Very good capture with very good sharpness, the branch on the foreground is little bit distractive.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-29 10:17]

Hi Pam.
It’s really outstanding shot with inimitable in their beauty BG and colour palette. perfect composition, details and sharpnes. My compliments.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-29 10:34]

Hi Pam,

Lovely capture of the bird enjoying a banana, the detail & colours of the bird are excellent, well done.

TFS Hilary

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-29 11:03]

Hi Pam, very good shot and great details in the plumage of the bird. I like your composition and framing, beautiful colors too, very well done, Didier.

Hi Pam,
Nice shot of a beautiful small bird, eating banana. Well captured and greatly composed.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-29 12:21]

Hi Pam,
A beauty! Excelent sharpness on the bird, and soft grey background who does not compete for attention .
Well done and TFS

Hi Pam,
This is a very good catch of this beautiful bird. Details an sharpness are wonderful. I like the POV and BG too. How a so little bird could hold such a big chunk of banana like this? Amazing!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-29 14:05]

Woow ! I like very this lovey bird and its nice pose on the banana ! As always : colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are excelent... Without the branch ahead it would have been perfect. Bravo Pam and TFS.

hi Pam,

lovely shot.. good, clear details. you can see he is ready to attack his banana :D
pity the twig was in the way.


Hi Pam,
Thats one razor sharp capture...and hand held at that too! Great colours and exposure. Framing is great.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-07-29 17:20]

A beauty, Pam. Incredibly crisp and great compo. The lighting is soft and subtle.
I don't remember a bird sanctuary in Otago (though I do remember a wonderful plant garden), so the banana makes me wonder if you did this in the backyard. But this is really an Aussie bird, he's a bit lost, especially in the winter.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-29 23:12]

Hi Pam

The detail in this photo is amazing.It is an excellent composition and image . Wonderful on everything.TFS


Very good photo, Pam! Excellent sharpness, light and colours. Very nice composition. Congratulations!
Best regards

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-30 2:49]

Hi Pam,
beautiful bird, good captured, fine pose and colours. I like it. Well done photo.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-30 7:01]

No hay mucho que decir de la calidad que logras en tus imágenes Pam.
Un bello retrato de esta especie, con adecuado DOF y POV, con suaves detalles en el plumaje del ave.
Es bueno volver a ver tus trabajos... realmente.
Saludos... Ricardo

There is no much to say of the quality that you obtain in your images Pam.
A beautiful picture of this species, with suitable DOF and POV, smooth details in the plumage of the bird.
It is good return to see really your works... indeed.
Regards... Ricardo

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ***

Oops... :) tomorrow

Hi Pam,
the bird is in lovely colours and the details are very good, I can count evety feather. Well composed and good POV.
Very well done, my friend

Over 23 GB Raw. WOW, it means you have a lot of PP to do;-)
I'm going for a 1 or 2 week vacation tomorrow so maybe I will come back with the same numbers. ;-))

Hello Pam, this is an excellent photo.
Excellent POV, sharpness and very nice bg. As usual a great note too. This is a very nice prestentation. Thank you for posting.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-31 5:56]

Hi Pam,
Great picture of this bird.
Very sharp picture with excellent details.


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-01 10:30]

Hello Pam,

Remove that branch in front of the bird and this picture will be perfect!!! (But we don't have always the choice with nature). Colors and the grey bg are perfect! I like the avidity he is shpwing about the banana! Great position of the bird. Details are awesome (like all your pictures!).

Great job and TFS,


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