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Cedar Wax Wings

Cedar Wax Wings
Copyright ©2007, Leon Plympton
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I happened to glance out the kitchen window this afternoon and caught ~30 Cedar Wax Wings devouring the fruit off one of the loquat trees in the backyard. They were polite enough to allow me to swap lenses for an afternoon shoot. Then they continued to gorge themselves while I took 100+ photos - under less than desirable conditions.

We had a heavy cloud cover this afternoon and the the long end of the zoom lens only has a maximum aperture of f-4.5, which meant rather low shutter speeds - even with relatively high ISO. I began shooting at ISO 200, but then switched to ISO 400.

Photographer: Leon Plympton
Folder: Common area
Uploaded: 08-Apr-2007 23:08 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/200
Aperture: f-4.5
Focal length: 150 (300) mm
Lens: ZD 30-150 mm
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: SHQ / 50% crop / tweaked-brightness+saturation+sharpnening
Image resized to: 600x800

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You have done very well for "less than desirable conditions - Mike

Mike Babson at 20:35 CEST on 09-Apr-2007 [Reply]

Cedar Wax Wings

G'Day Mike:

Thanks very much, and don't get me wrong; it was a fun shoot. I would have taken another hundred photos or more, but all of a sudden - POOF! The birds vanished.

I looked around wondering what in the world had spooked them. Then, as I looked around I saw the fluffy black tail of a young cat I know quite well. Another mystery solved.


Leon Plympton at 21:58 CEST on 09-Apr-2007 [Reply]

Amazing shot!

Like it very much!!!
Such a cute little angry buddy!

Natasha SS

Natasha SS at 18:50 CEST on 11-Apr-2007 [Reply]


Well done again Leon, missed this one at the first day of posting I guess..


Fonzy - at 11:20 CEST on 12-Apr-2007 [Reply]

Cedar Wax Wings

G'Day Natasha:

Thank you very much.

It appears this little fellow doesn't play well with others. There was plenty of fruit to share; maybe this fellow woke up on the wrong side of the branch ;-)



Leon Plympton at 16:17 CEST on 12-Apr-2007 [Reply]

Cedar Wax Wings

G'Day Fons:

Thanks again; looks like one birdie has a lot to say and the other birdie doesn't want to hear it ;-)


Leon Plympton at 16:27 CEST on 12-Apr-2007 [Reply]