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The Nomadic Bohemian Waxwings
The Nomadic Bohemian Waxwings

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Beauty In The Everyday II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
Date: Mar 7, 2013
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2013

Bohemian Waxwings, Bombycilla garrulus. On their way to Alaska from the southern edge of their winter range.

So, how are they imperfect? >>> Bohemian Waxwings are susceptible to intoxication and even death due to eating fermented berries.
In the common name, Bohemian refers to their nomadic life style in search of fruit and berries; Waxwing, refers to the bright red bead-like tips of the secondary feathers on its wings, which look like drops of sealing wax.
The genus name, Bombycilla, comes from the Latin Bombyx (silk) and cilla (tail) and refers to the silky-soft plumage of the bird, The species name garrulus means 'noisy' or 'quarrelsome.'
A group of waxwings are collectively known as an "ear-full" and a "museum" of waxwings.

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[Mar. 11th, 2013 10:09:27 AM]

4.9524 at 21 votes. That is an insult. No comments. I assume people think this image dnmc. There must have been a narrowing of the challenge description occur in the forums which I did not read.

[Mar. 14th, 2013 01:31:30 PM]

Two good comments, so far. Some improvement in the score, but this image really was treated harshly in the first 21 votes. Those people are going to kill DPC.

[Mar. 17th, 2013 02:15:35 PM]

Last day of voting with score at 5.6200. Very disappointing.

[Mar. 17th, 2013 08:18:29 PM]

Rare sighting of these birds for me. I really like the photo. The comments I have rec'd so far are supportive. But, really weak votes, which started with the first 21 votes. Really hard to recover from the low ball stuff.

Place: 39 out of 103
Avg (all users): 5.6916
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.5476
Avg (non-participants): 5.7846
Views since voting: 295
Views during voting: 203
Votes: 107
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2013 07:41:58 PM
I have seen these birds only once - what a glorious experience. The light is truly lovely here. Voted earlier; back to comment.
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03/13/2013 01:32:47 PM
Very nice background. Love these birds.
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03/13/2013 02:59:40 AM
The light and colors are just AWESOME!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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