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Bombycilla garrulus - Bohemian Waxwing
Bombycilla garrulus - Bohemian Waxwing
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2008 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: Oct 14, 2008
Aperture: 4.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Oct 17, 2008

This was a bit of luck shot.

My colleague at work who is a birder, happened to mention on the day the challenge was announced that there were a lot of Waxwings in Tampere, some were quite close to the office. So, next day I popped the camera in my bag and went out for a walk at lunch time. This is the best of the shots I got, but happily seemed to fit the challenge.

WOW. Pretty surprised to get in the top 10. Thx

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.7363
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.6892
Avg (non-participants): 6.7638
Views since voting: 2192
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 201
Comments: 47
Favorites: 2 (view)


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05/13/2009 04:28:50 AM
this is massively excellent sarah .. its a brilliant bird shot ... :)
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11/04/2008 02:28:04 PM
I voted on this during the challenge, its always good to see photos from people who specialize in one type of shot, do something different and do it very well.

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11/04/2008 10:10:28 AM
Just noticed this is a new PB for you.. well done girl.
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10/31/2008 07:29:48 PM
Congrats on your top 10 finish. Beautiful shot!
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10/30/2008 08:06:09 AM
amazing
perfect timing
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10/30/2008 04:11:21 AM
Hey, just came back to this and noticed you got both a top ten and a new PB! Excellent - congratulations!!
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10/28/2008 02:41:53 AM
absolutely amazing photograph .. so clear and sharp .. catching the bird at just that moment .. BRILLIANT .. !!.. :)
congratulations on a great place in the challenge and a new pb .. :)
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10/27/2008 04:11:49 PM
Congratulations on your top ten placing, I think this picture is superb, I had it down for a ribbon.
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10/27/2008 03:43:57 PM
Oooh way to go Sarah, your first top ten and a whopping PB to boot girl :)

Well done :)
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10/27/2008 12:09:07 PM
Excellent with the berry in its beak and below its feet! Congrats on top 10!
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10/27/2008 10:50:22 AM
Sarah!!! WOW! Congratulations on so much more than just winning a spot on the front page. This photo will be a collector's item in your portfolio loooong after the challenge is forgotten.

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10/27/2008 07:14:56 AM
WOOHOO!!! Rollover really was good to you, congrats on top 10 and a GREAT score! :o)
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10/27/2008 04:50:24 AM
Good 10th place. A really great shot and it got a 9 from me during voting.
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10/27/2008 03:40:08 AM
I just wonder what kind of Bohemian lifestyle this bird enjoys. Well-captured. ;-Þ
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10/27/2008 03:28:59 AM
Sarah - many congrats on your top ten finish (or should that be Finnish ? )

Very nice shot and a new PB thrown in as well !!
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10/27/2008 02:58:06 AM
DElightful. Also what ThingFish and Saker said.
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10/27/2008 02:15:09 AM
Congrats on the top 10 finish - well deserved!
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10/27/2008 01:08:17 AM
congrats on the top 10 ;), this is really beautiful!
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10/27/2008 12:25:17 AM
Hotdamn! Top 20 - totally awesome, Sarah!! Beautiful photo. I'm so happy for you!!!

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10/27/2008 12:07:47 AM
Congratulations on the great finish Sarah!! I knew this would do well. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/26/2008 11:25:24 PM
Beautiful shot of the Waxwing. They are gorgeous birds.
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10/26/2008 08:44:09 PM
Excellent. The angle and background are just right. Had to bump up your score the second time I looked at this.
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10/26/2008 12:59:20 PM
Some lovely use of colour here; the red berries, that lovely peachy-tan cheek and the little splash of yellow on the tail. Really pretty shot.
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10/26/2008 01:33:11 AM
What a great picture!!
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10/25/2008 11:49:59 AM
Terrific image has great detail & is tac sharp, wish something was done with the background however. 8
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10/24/2008 07:59:40 PM
A nice shot of this waxwing
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10/23/2008 11:07:11 PM
Perfect timing - love the splash of color.
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10/22/2008 11:43:29 PM
you could sell this....
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10/22/2008 10:15:42 PM
This would make a beautiful calendar shot. 7
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10/22/2008 11:58:56 AM
Lovely capture. I like your minimalistic background and bokeh and the detail and color of the bird are super. The red berries create a nice contrast and the single berry in the birds beak is the proverbial berry on top.
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10/22/2008 08:22:43 AM
Great capture! Good luck. 8
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10/22/2008 03:11:47 AM
Well balanced.
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10/21/2008 03:10:06 PM
Very nice.
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10/21/2008 02:44:04 PM
Nice and sharp and colorful. I wish the view weren't from so low, though...
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10/21/2008 09:52:43 AM
What a cool bird and a perfect story-telling capture! I can even see his little tongue :-) A blue sky might have been a better background but really, this is darn close to perfect.
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10/20/2008 10:07:55 PM
GREAT SHOT LOVE THIS PICTURE GREAT SHARPNESS AND DETAIL GREAT SHOT AMAZING WHAT KIND OF SLR DID YOU USE TO SHOOT THIS AMAZING PICTURE
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10/20/2008 08:20:27 PM
Coming back to comment:

This is a wonderful shot and suits the spirit of the challenge well - the color of the red berry in the bird's mouth is echoed in the color of the bird's face.. just a delight on the eye.. great detail in the feathers.. excellent job getting the catch light in it's eye.. the composition of this photo is strong.. well done
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10/20/2008 04:05:35 PM
Very lovely contributing elements - great capture of a bird in its element, doing its thing.
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10/20/2008 03:57:29 PM
Excellent capture - just enough of the habitat to set the Waxwing in its environment and provide additional interest and aesthetic appeal.
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10/20/2008 03:43:57 PM
fantastic image
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10/20/2008 03:07:30 PM
Great shot, love the expression on her (his?) face, the tongue sticking out a little bit and the colours! 9!
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10/20/2008 12:54:04 PM
Beautiful detail and love those red berries. Not sure about the perspective, from below, but do like the view of his eye and beak.
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10/20/2008 12:53:55 PM
oh i love waxwings, they are so elegant and beautiful, great subjects, especially with those bright berries
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10/20/2008 10:46:59 AM
nice comp and good colours. Sky a little flat. 7
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10/20/2008 10:44:10 AM
I really like this shot, the bird and the bright berries make a great composition
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10/20/2008 08:57:13 AM
Looks like a Christmas card. Loving the red berries.
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10/20/2008 02:58:41 AM
Great capture!
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