Damaged Wax Eyes
Hello, I hail from Invercargill in the deep south of New Zealand. Amongst my photographic pursuits, I like to study the behaviour and antics of the birds that visit my garden every Winter. In order for me to have greater numbers attracted to my little woodland area, I put out feeders, fruit and sugar water and add convenient places for birds to congregate.Most days I have a mix of our native birds, from the SilverEye or Wax Eye as it is commonly called.This blog is about these birds or rather one particular individual that I noticed visiting. Once you see the photos, you will see why I chose this as my subject. I hate to see any creature maimed or injured and a little damaged bird leaves one feeling quite helpless.
I first saw this bird, a Wax Eye native to New Zealand in a tree but it managed to come down for a drink so I took the chance to catch a few angles of the injury.
I can still drink and fly as well. Despite all but one tail feather missing this little fellow seemed to be coping.
Brave little bird. I watched out for him after he left the container. He had no trouble flying and was still mixing it up and playing with his other Wax Eye mates. Don't know if he will fully recover. I can only hope so.
I used my new HS30EXR on the continuous mode. I shot 16 frames on best capture, using film simulation Astia soft. I am delighted with what I can acheive with this camera.
As to the little bird.I did not observe it today but will keep an eye out. Last Winter, I saw losses with these birds, two drowned, one collided with a door.
I am happy if their numbers continue to grow, usually they number up to about fifty visiting every day until Spring will arrive, then I will be totally ignored as they will have other pursuits in mind.
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