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Silver Eye Montage

Silver Eye Montage
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Copyright: Paul Kettel (pauljk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 64 N: 65] (226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2Xs, 300mm AF-S F4 Nikkor, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-15 16:17
Viewed: 4984
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Too busy to post for a long time! This was shot on a very dark rainy day. Set the camera up for total flash exposure and fired away through my kitchen window capturing a good range of images. Then combined the three best three images in PS via blending with layer masks. The use of flash has thrown the BG into a very dark rendering allowing easy blending.

Thanks for looking.

Zosterops lateralis novae-seelandiae

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.

Source: www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz

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A nice presentation of these Silvereyes Paul.
Well composed set of images with a very good note to accompany it.
Good work.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-16 0:40]

Hi Paul,
Each of the photos are very nice, and your presentation is very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-16 2:18]

Hi Paul and an imense pleasure to see you again here!

I've missed these charming regular subjects of yours and the sublime way you usually present them.
Here is a different way to do it - with a strong flash and therefore a black BG - but it seems they look great no matter what ;)
Their lovely colors are well emphized here by the dark BG and therefore stand out well.
The 3 poses we see them here are adorable! Personally, i think that my favorite is teh one in the left...but the other ones are very beautiful, too.
Anyway, wonderful, wonderful work my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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