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Pair of tiny wax-eyes perched and preening on a grape vine stem in Winter, Manawatu, New Zealand

Pair of tiny wax-eyes perched and preening on a grape vine stem in Winter, Manawatu, New Zealand
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animals
 
animals August 09, 2018
so beautiful
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catherinethompson September 05, 2018
Thank you very much.
llowzz Platinum
 
llowzz February 11, 2019
A stunningly beautiful and endearing capture Cathrine !
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catherinethompson February 11, 2019
Thank you - your feedback is much appreciated.
NaturesHaven
 
NaturesHaven February 16, 2019
Such a beautiful image.....
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catherinethompson February 16, 2019
Thank you so much.
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margaretgodfrey August 20, 2020
Lovely shot, congrats on people's choice :)
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catherinethompson August 20, 2020
Thank you Margaret. Very much appreciated.😀
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RickL August 21, 2020
This is an extraordinary photograph,it reminds me of Japanese art.
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catherinethompson August 22, 2020
Thanks so much Rick. I really appreciate your positive feedback.😀
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JayneBug December 24, 2022
Sweet capture. Congratulations on your PC award.
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catherinethompson December 24, 2022
Thank you very much. One of my favorites. 😊
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franceswinslow December 24, 2022
Congratulations 👏 so cute
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catherinethompson December 24, 2022
Thank you. Much appreciated. 😊
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in my garden in the Manawatu, Winter, New Zealand.
Time
This was a cold bleak day in Winter in New Zealand but it didn't stop these wee native wax-eyes from taking the time to look out and care for each other. It was such a beautiful sight and I couldn't help but watch these two preen each other as they perched on a grape stem covering my pergola. I stopped watching when I recofnised what a stunning shot the birds created and quickly ran inside to grab my camera. The resulting shot is so calm and beautiful set against the grey background. The photo was taken on 8 August in Winter at 4.01pm as the light was fading.
Lighting
I lucked out with this shot as the light was fading in late afternoon, 4.01pm in Winter. The softer light highlights the birds and their feathers against the grey background with their white eyes popping out.
Equipment
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, 1/160 sec. f/6.5 247 mm, ISO250. I was holding the camera in my hands and pointed upwards.
Inspiration
This was one of those lucky moments when you see something so beautiful you just have to get a shot. Walking around my garden I spotted this pair and knew I had to get a photo. Seeing these birds caring for each other in the cold of Winter brings into focus the natural world and all it can teach us about love and sharing. The birds truly look like they love each other, with one snuggled back against it's mate as it gets preened. The other is very intent on the job at hand.
Editing
No post processing with this photo.
In my camera bag
I always carry my camera with me. The Canon Powershot SX60 HS is light and easy to use. I have a monopod attached which I can drop very quickly for easy balance and also provides a handle when required. I also have a spare SIM card and battery at all times. I learned the hard way in my early days of photography when my battery ran out at crucial times or the SIM was full and I missed a great shot.
Feedback
Keep looking around you. Great shots are everywhere. We can't all get into the truly wild, isolated areas and take amazing landscapes or into the jungle to capture that leopard or the majestic lion eating its prey. We have to see what is near us. In the tiny insects and their environment, the flowers and the birds.

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