Golden-headed Cistacola

Cistacola exilis.

Hills Rd, Cedar Creek, Qld.

Uncropped image from the 30D. :)

Thought I'd take the advice of some fellow birders today and stop down somewhat instead of shooting wide open. Seemed to work quite well, although I discovered the 30D's sensor is very dirty.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 13th August 2009, This photo: 9:23am


  • StarkImages said:
    Great shot, love the contrast of the rusted barbed wire. Cute little guy!
  • accesser said:
    f/10 looks good for this shot not much background to distract from the subject, 30D is still going strong by the looks of things other than a little dirt
  • David de Groot said:
    And relatively ok with humans (more so than the Finches and Fairy-wrens).
    Yeah I didn't realise how dirty the sensor was on the 30D as I've always shot wide-open. I've blown it out, but it looks like it'll need a professional clean.
  • accesser said:
    I've heard good things about the $50 clean over at Canon Brisbane
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Golden Headed Cistacola? - Sparrow would have sufficed :-)
    Nice exposure Dave :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Bah, nothing like a sparrow :P
  • Red~Star said:
    Wow...outstanding ....full frame? Wow. Very sharp. Lovely light and pose on the barbwire fence.
  • David de Groot said:
    Well full frame on a 30D (so APS-C sized).
  • Mitch Lahey said:
    Excellent composition David. Loving the light blue and natural lighting
  • David de Groot said:
    Well mostly natural lighting, I did hit him with fill flash (high speed sync mode), in order to soften the shadows.
  • sheelz said:
    Beautiful he stands out against the blue sky too.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, hopefully in another few weeks they'll be in full breeding plumage.
  • James Lagden said:
    Nice shot. Use a bit of wire wool to clean the sensor, works well ;)
  • [ Kane ] said:
    See, this could be the cover ;) love the colour mate.
  • SkattyKat said:
    another gorgeous shot David :-)
    makes me want to get out there - except I don't have anywhere near the gear you need lol
    I shall just keep admiring the view on here
  • David de Groot said:
    hahaha, not falling for that one :P
    Aye, it could.
    Well we're planning a small foray on Mon. if you've got nothing planned...
  • SkattyKat said:
    David, I wish I could say I have nothing planned, but unfortunately I have to "work"
    I would much rather play lol
    I look forward to see your shots though
    Thank you
  • James Lagden said:
    Work! Doesn't that always get in the way of having fun.
  • David de Groot said:
    Bah, silly work :P
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol sure doeas James - especially for me at the moment..
    Roll on holidays 15 sleeps but who is counting
  • Ross_M said:
    another great shot Dave
    Speaking of breeding plummage the superb fairy wrens are already resplendant after their winter dullness
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed they are Ross. Saw a few out at Gold Scrub Lane the other day (hope to see more tomorrow morning).