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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: 2005-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Digital Raw 1000, Hoya UV 77mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-16 3:41
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Points: 24
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Silver-Eye (Zosterops Lateralis)

The silvereye, also known as wax-eye, or white-eye, has a conspicuous white ring around the eye, thus giving the bird it's name. The head and upperparts are olive green with a grey band across the back which extends around the chest. The underparts are a peachy brown with white under the tail. Quite an attractive colourful bird when seen through the lens.

Silvereyes feed on a variety of foods, invertebrates, fruit, nectar and will feed in flocks over winter in gardens and parks from bird tables, eating fats, cooked meats, and bread and sugar water. They have a specially adapted tongue, with bristles, which allows them to lap up nectar. They prefer the fruit of native trees but do feed on other fruiting species.

Silvereyes stay in pairs all year but in the winter they form big flocks, often flying at night in search of food. As the breeding season approaches the pairs break away to form individual territories and the first year birds pair up. Prolific breeders, they raise 2-3 broods per season, with between 2-5 eggs per brood. Both adults incubate for about 11 days and the chicks fledge at about 10 days. The young are independent at 3 weeks and will breed at about 9 months old.

Silvereyes are very talkative giving a plaintive 'cree' not unlike a horses neigh. There are many silvereyes Tiritiri Matangi.

The above obtained from Tiritiri Matangi

Vital Statistics

Conservation Status: Partially Protected Native
Mainland Status: Widespread and locally abundant
Size: 12cm, 13g
Life Span: Oldest recorded in NZ: 12 years
Breeding: September - February
Diet: Invertebrates, fruit, nectar


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 1:32 p.m.
Date: 15th May 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-Stop: F/6.7
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-16 3:50]

Lovely presentation Pam! Bird is cute, you've captured it very well in different poses. Note is interesting and completed your post. TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-16 3:50]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful presentation.I liked your cute model,colors,lighting,details and composition very much.TFS...:-)

Hello Pam!
Beautiful and cute bird in superb presentation.
Thank you Pam!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-16 4:29]

Great presentation Pam, with 3 ex shots of this cute little bird. Composition, details all good. Well done.
That wattle weed is worth growing isn't it?

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-16 5:16]

Fantastic presentation of this wonderful bird, Pam. I remember having seen this bird for the first time in a post of Janice (her cat had caught this bird and Janice had rescued it). It really is a beautiful bird. Good colors, great POV and well composed. TFS!


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-05-16 6:45]

Good shot Pam, nicely present! great colours, details and composition.. Well done, thanks for sharing

Hello Pam!
Very cute bird with great presentation.Every scane is good lighted,framed and composed.Very well done!Thanks for sharing.

Cute photo and detailed note. Your lens information is different betewwn your note and the post details, though!

A very good presentation Pam,
Each shot is nicely detailed, good colours and sharpness.
Great notes, thanks for posting

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-17 0:59]

beautifully composed with great frames...
so cute she is... and so nice shots together... I like it ...

I remember this critter. :) Lovely set of photos you have of it. I have to say (..again) how much similar it looks to ours. Very well done, Pam.


quelle belle composition ! c'est un très bel oiseau en plus !

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