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Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-09 14:23
Viewed: 2885
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hungry Cedar Waxwing - Done in Wabukayne Park - Mississauga

This is an extensively edited photo in Corel Photo Paint. The lighting was very difficult late in the evening and against the light. In the original the bird was completely dark and because of that the image is noisy but I like the action and I decided to post it.

The Cedar Waxwing is one of the most frugivorous birds in North America. Many aspects of its life, from its nomadic habits to its late breeding season, may be traced to its dependence upon fruit.

Medium-sized songbird.
Gray-brown overall.
Crest on top of head.
Black mask edged in white.
Yellow tip to tail; may be orange.

Size: 14-17 cm (6-7 in)
Wingspan: 22-30 cm (9-12 in)
Weight: 32 g (1.13 ounces)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-09 15:06]

Hola Mario.- Siempre he sido admirador de esta especie de aves, sus colores son muy bellos, y ademas son muy sociables, por lo general siempre vuelan en parvadas. Esta foto es muy bella, exelente colorido y nitidez. Luis52.

And you did right to post it even with the noise as this is one of my preferred birds that I don't see often... This is a beautiful action shot well done under those difficult circumstances. I had the same problem photographing them; they always come in my neighborhood at the end of the day when the sun is setting down... They are such beautiful and elegant birds! Thanks,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-09 17:50]

Hi Mario, you did a good job on this photo because it doesn't show much that you've edited it. They are such beautiful birds, it is well captured and I the composition is perfect, good idea to post it. I haven't seem many of those birds in my area, up north in the mountains, only once. Lucky you!


As others have said, the pose and action in this image more than compensate for the noise. You did a good job on overcoming the effect of shooting against the light.

Hi Mario,
this is very nice shot against not good light condition. Action, moments, POV and composition with reddish berry. I try to make WS with Photoshop CS2. I hope you will like it.
thanks for sharing of this beautiful bird, one of my favourite bird.
Best wishes

2 points for action. Nice to see this pose. You must have shot this guy for awhile. Nicely done.

bonjour mario
cet oiseau est vraiment tres beau,de plus ici il est en action est cela donne de la force a l'ensemble.dommage qui le ciel ne soit pas bleu.

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  • arunk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 19] (272)
  • [2007-11-10 9:36]


Good picture ! fruits is adding more value to the bird/picture

Arun krishnaiah

Hi Mario,
that's a wonderful shot, I like the moment and the good sharpness so much.
I'd like to see such a bird with my own eyes, but we don't have them here in Germany.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-10 15:18]

Hi Mario
Excellent action image.Very nice pose from the bird.Details in the plmage ids still good.
TFS Michel

hello Mario

what a excellent timing to do this photo,
we can feel the movement on his head,
the colours are nice and the sharpness and details excellent



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