01 August 2010

Tauhou (silvereye)

One of the big problems of photographing tauhou (Zosterops lateralis) is their propensity for feeding among dense foliage. The only solution is persistence — eventually, one will pause in the right position in the right light for just long enough, as this one did in the Massey University grounds on Saturday morning.

This I'd consider a fairly standard bird portrait; for a different approach, you might like to view the photo on my latest Pohanginapete post: Being a bird.

[31 July 2010; Canon 20D, 300 mm f4 L, ISO 400, 1/800 at f5.6] 

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Zhoen said...

Had to come over and take a look at you, find out why you'd been there so long.

Love the spectacle look of the white around his eye.

Barbara said...

I am loving this 'direction' you've been exploring in these latest photos. Your eye, your patience, your skill are amazing. This little one looks so sharp and full of life - as always I love the details of the plumage - but there's a softness, too, in counterbalance. These latest posts have been particularly inspiring!

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, the "spectacle" look is even more apparent when they're looking directly at you. I might have one I can post.

Barbara, thank you :^) "Full of life" describes them very well.