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Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing
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זכות יוצרים: Aivar Mikko (metcher) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 510 W: 12 N: 990] (4284)
ז'נר: Animals
מדיום: צבעוני
תאריך צילום: 2004-01
קטגוריות: Birds
מצלמה: Canon 300D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS + 1.4x EXT
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Europe, 50-60 points chapter 4, Birds. [view contributor(s)]
תאריך טעינה: 2005-11-30 13:15
נצפה: 9090
Favorites: 3 [view]
נקודות: 68
[Note Guidelines] הערת הצלם
Bohemian Waxwing (scientific name: bombycilla garrulus; Spanish: Ampelis Europeo; French: Jaseur borיal), more rare in this hemisphere, is common in the Northern latitudes throughout Europe and Asia, from the British Isles to Siberia.
Appearance: smooth, silky plumage, with "bandit mask" and wax-like droplets on tips of secondary flight feathers. Waxwings are small birds, but not tiny. The Cedar Waxwing is between the size of a sparrow and a robin; the Bohemian Waxwing is somehwat larger and more grayish than the cinnamon-brown Cedar Waxwing; the Bohemian also has a pattern of black, yellow and white on its wings which the Cedar is lacking, and the undertail coverts of the Bohemian are rust colored while those of the Cedar are white. When viewed at a distance, Waxwings offer two distinct profiles: when flying and moving about they are sleek and lovely; right after feeding (gorging themselves) they have a more plump or squat appearance ... fat and contented. The waxwing head is adorned with a sleek crest; waxwings are the only brown crested birds. The crest lays flat or elevates to show contentment or fear/agitation. Males and females have a similar appearance and it is generally difficult to tell them apart by sight.
Gender differentiation: Males and females have a similar appearance and many observers find it difficult to tell them apart by sight. However, there is one clue that can be easily recognized for determining sex in Cedar Waxwings. The feathers of the chin, extending backward a little from beneath the black bill, are darker than the surrounding tawny-brown feathers. In males, this is a dark, shiny black; in females it is a much lighter shade of brown. This technique does not work for identifying gender in Bohemian Waxwings, whose entire throat is a dark black for both males and females.
Habitat: Preferred habitat is open woodland (such as that found in many parklands or at the edges of forests), with proximate access to running water and food sources. Examples of ideal sites would include parks, golf courses, landscaped commercial/industrial/apartment properties, college campuses, gardens and cemeteries that have berry plants used as ornamentals and ponds or creeks to supply water for bathing and drinking.
Identification: Watch for identifying "appearance" features described above, but also for flock movement patterns. Despite moving in large numbers, waxwings flocked in trees or shrubs blend in with the foliage and may be difficult to spot. Key to finding them is to locate likely habitats for the season, and then listening for their distinctive call. When surrounded by a large flock, the sound echoes gently from all directions. Other keys are to watch for movements of the flock in flight.

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Hej Aivar.
"Sidensvansen" is very beautiful bird.
Well composed, very nice colours and very good details.
I like the pose, it's a very acrobatic bird.
Great work.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-11-30 13:30]

it is so beautiful..
but the composition is a little bit comlicated

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 462 W: 14 N: 366] (2689)
  • [2005-11-30 14:35]

This is fantastic. SO cleare and bright. But whan I saw your wquipment lot of this is more simple. But not only equipment, you have a excelent eye for good motive.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-30 14:53]

wauuuuuuuu excellent shot :o)
I like it very much !!!
Superb details and colors

Hi Aivar,
your shots are one of the best I've ever seen on TN. This one is loke from paradise with the yellow parts, also excellent sharpness as usual. Thank you very much and I hope you will show us much more of those pretty birds, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-11-30 15:30]

Hi Aivar,
Great captured moment!
Excellent colours and details,

Good POV of a very nice bird ! We can see clearly the colorful wings and tail. Perfectly sharp and good lighting. All the ingredients for a good shot. Well done !


It's a wonderfull photo with fantastic colors !


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-11-30 17:22]

Well caught Aivar, this is an excellent shot. Colors are gorgeous and composition too. Very well done, congratulations Didier.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-11-30 17:38]

WOW !!! Colours, detail, pose ..
This one really stands out! The only small nit is that the tail feathers and the head compete for the main point of attention. As is, a gorgeous shot.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-11-30 18:37]

Very beautiful! Well seen and captured!

Simply beautiful, and well captured waxwing, Aivar.

Colors are vibrant, details, POV and lighting are great.

Well done on this fine composition, thank you.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-30 22:47]

Une des plus belle prיsentation de Jaseur sur ce site. Les couleurs sont יblouissantes et juste. L'יclairage fait bien ressortir les dיtails de l'oiseau.

Merci pour cette trטs jolie composition.

Defintely one of my favorites birds, and your capture of the shot is excellent, detail and exposure are spot on. I really like what you have presented!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-01 3:46]

Hello Aivar!
Wonderful shot.I liked vivid colors,contrast,POV,moment you caught,blue sky at BG and composition a lot.Very well done!TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-01 4:55]

Hi Aivar you have a real beauty here. Excellent capture with it swinging on the fruit. What stunning plumage and you show it very well. Nice and sharp with good colours, Well done and TFS.

Superb clear image. Brilliant sharpness. Great pose and DOF.

Hi Aivar,
A superb shot on this Waxwing. Very beautiful colors, and the detail is very sharp. I love the composition, framing, and DOF here. Excellent notes. A great job all around!

Brilliant display of the waxwings beautiful markings and coloration from this POV Aivar. Very sharp and detailed with a fantastic pose. An excellent note.
Very well done!

Hi Aivar!
Next time you surprised me! It's ABSOLUTELY GREAT photo!
I love it very much!

Hi Aivar

You have nailed this guy well. Nicely composed. I like the open beak, looks like he is talking to you. Good depth of colour and nice surroundings. Top shot! Thanks.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-01 18:06]

NIce range of colours, good job on sharpness, great composition all together. Thanks for the note. Reina

Great DOV and that is certainly a useful note you have. TFS

Excellent POV the perspective on this is different from most bird shots. Well done Aivar. :)

  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2005-12-03 19:17]

What a wonderfull shot ...
... all details of this wonderfull bird and we could see him (or her) in action ... searching for fruits ...
Thanks for sharing
Donald L.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-05 18:46]

My dream bird ! I'd like to phtograph one some day. It's a beautiful shot, perfectly composed, exposed and focused. A masterpiece.


another superb shot m8 well seen and taken

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1836 W: 303 N: 4300] (14767)
  • [2006-01-18 20:16]

Thank you, Aivar.
Sorry, I have no time these days to write complete comments... but I must add that your gallery is superb.

Simply superb !

A beautiful image, good colorful excellent composition and. Congratulations for your work and thanks to share it with all we. We waited for more photos yours like this

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-02-15 13:20]

Wonderfull moment Aivar. Pretty bird with vivid colors. Perfect details and good lighting, wonderful background.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1330] (10711)
  • [2006-02-28 13:20]


Another great waxwing. Very sharp and impressing colors.



hi Aivar,

This is just fantastic, good details and exposure.


I don't think you could have gotten a better shot of this bird Aivar. Beautiful!

Hi Aivar,
This Waxwing is SIMPLY FANTASTIC...!!!
What cristal clear details and rich vivid colours!!! Very nice position on the branch. DOF and BG are WNODERFUL... A MASTERPIECE. In my favorites now!!!


Dear Aivar,
Excellent photograph of this unique bird. Very sharp, good details & POV. Bravo. TFS.

Absolutely "SPOTLESS".
Without a blemish.
A MASTERPIECE of photography work.
Thanks for sharing.
Mario with friendly greetings from Canada.

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