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Green grass of home

Green grass of home
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/6.8, 1/20 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Things in and around my house., 40-49 Points (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-16 17:34
Viewed: 7596
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Zosterops virens

Alternate common name(s): Pale White-eye, Pallid White-eye, African Pale White-eye, Green White-eye

Japie did a previous post with lots of data. I'll share some other interesting facts I found.

Digestive processes determine whether the particular diet of a bird is utilized efficiently and whether energetic demands are met. Assimilation efficiency is often used as an index of whether a diet is digested optimally. Studies on the digestive processing of generalist feeders are scarce. Cape White-eyes (Zosterops virens) have a diverse diet of fruit, nectar and insects. The nutrient contents of these three diets vary considerably and require quite different digestive processing. This study compared the digestive efficiencies of Cape White-eyes on these three diets by measuring transit times and assimilation efficiency. Cape White-eyes lost body mass significantly when fed fruit, while they maintained and gained body mass on nectar and mealworm diets, respectively. Assimilation efficiency varied significantly between the three diet types (nectar>mealworms>apples). When given a choice of diets, Cape White-eyes selected the diet, which was most efficiently digested and yielded the greatest energetic reward. Diet preference trials further showed that Cape White-eyes regulated daily energy intake. Assimilation efficiency depends on the accessibility of nutritional contents of a diet. Cape White-eyes did not maximize assimilation efficiency. Instead, they adjusted transit time to maximize the rate of energy gain per gram of food in order to maintain energy balance.

Anyway... I am back at home for a day or two and then off to some other venue. Hope to here from you all soon.

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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2004-12-16 17:36]

Beautiful bird

I am always fascinated with this green birds you have. I have never seen here a green one in nature, we have all colours, but not green, I think.
Very nice picture, I was going to critic the blur, but when I saw 1/20 surely you did very well.

Taken through the foliage with oof leaves both in front and behind, if I'm not mistaken ;-) This gives the photo an almost dream-like quality which I like. Little birdie himself is nice and sharp and he looks quite alert ;-)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-12-16 17:46]

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

Esta imagen me recuerda a algunas de tus grandes presentaciones de insectos, por la composicion de colores entre el ave y el fondo y la suavidad lograda... gracias por compartirla.

This image remembers me to some of your great presentations of insects, by the composition of colors between the bird and the background and the obtained smoothness... thanks for sharing.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-12-16 17:50]

Oh My, Gerhard, this is stunning. I just love all the shades of green...they are so delicate in the BG making this bird stand out harmoniously with it's surroundings. Truly a beauty!

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-16 17:58]

Wonderful tones of green color.Excellent details and sharpness.Super capture.

Marvelous little bird Gerhard. The soft focus around the bird looks really nice. Great note.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-16 18:38]

Gerhard, great shades of green here, on this beautiful composition. Judging from the position of his body, the bird seems happy.

Great capture.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-16 19:53]

Beautiful bird Gerhard. He tones in so well with all the green background. He must be hard to find sometimes. You have caught him so well. TFS, Janice

Gerhard, Seems birds are "in" lately! Wonderful capture & pose of this little one. These smaller birds pose quite a challenge at times because they are usually moving so quickly about...The overall effect of all this green is dramatic! Well done my friend!!

  • Great 
  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2004-12-16 23:08]

Very nice shot. Good framming. Well done. *

Great shot Gerhard.
Very nice colours, great details, pose and DOF.
A very good note.
Excellent work.

Hi Gerhard

Great shot. Looks very similar to our Waxeye or Silvereye as they are also known. Always full of nervous energy! I love the colours in this image. TFS.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-17 4:13]

A great post, Gerhard: picture and note.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-17 4:43]

Green bird on green BG. Surprisingly - it looks great! Good details and pose of this little one.

Yep...this sure is a lot like the New Zealand White eye,Wax eye or Silver eye, although ours is shorter and rounder with a tiny thin beak.

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

Stunning shot, just great! it would have been better with another BG (other color)

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-17 11:01]

This is great! I like how the blurred BG supports the image. The greens are excellent and at 1/20 on a bird the sharpness is stunning.

Very well done and thanks for posting

  • Great 
  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-17 12:05]

Gerhardt you doring. Excellent shot. I am extremely jealous. I had one of these guys in my yard the other day and they move so quickly from branch to branch that I never had a chance. he was about 8 feet from me at one stage and I never even got 1 shot in.
Very well done
Into my favourites.
Points tomorrow

  • Great 
  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-12-20 8:14]

beautiful, lovely! the green palette on this shot is perfect.

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2004-12-20 20:53]

Great capture with good detail. I have a feeling we have a similar bird here called the Silvereye or Zosterops lateralis. They are always fun to capture, although they never stay still for long and its always a challenge to get capture as you have above. You can get more information on the bird found in New Zealand via this link http://www.nzbirds.com/Tauhou.html

Thanks for the intresting note and thanks for sharing.

Hi Gerhard
This sure is a very nice cutie, and one of the best pics I have seen of them. Well done.
I also have a strange bug, can I mail some pics to you - it looks mean enough to eat you.

Beautiful portait!
I love the monochrome effect and espacially diagonal created by the line joining the tail and the beak. As usual, only good comments on technic. Great shot and TFS

Hi Gerhard Theron ,
Great shot Of CAPE WHITE-EYE . Very bright colours in this image.Perfact DOF.Note also useful.Speed makes it a great shot.Thanks for sharing.

Very nice shot! The predominance of the green colour gave a particular effect!
Nice work
Bye Tom

Beautiful colors, beautiful bird, beautiful work, just magnificent!!!!!

Cześc Gerhard,
Dla mnie rewelacja !
Super foto z super kompozycją i kolorem.
Regards from Poland - BratAni.

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