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Morning Song

Morning Song
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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S, Nikon 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-04 13:52
Viewed: 4044
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blackbird or Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) is a European member of the thrush family Turdidae.

It is common in woods and gardens over all of Europe and much of Asia south of the Arctic Circle. Populations are resident except for northern birds which move south in winter.

Blackbirds are 23.5 to 29 cm in length. They are omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, seeds and berries. They nest in bushes or similar, laying several (usually 4) bluish- green-grey eggs with brown reddish marks in a neat cup-shaped nest.

They do not form flocks, although several birds, especially migrants, may be loosely associated in a suitable habitat. Female blackbirds are especially fierce in the spring when they compete and fight with each other for a good nesting territory. Male birds are also competitive and will protect their territory by chasing away other males. If a fight between male Blackbirds does occur it is usually short and the intruder is soon chased away.

Adult males are all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill. Adult female birds and juvenile birds have brown plumage and brown beaks and do not have a yellow eye-ring. Overall, juvenile birds are a slightly lighter brown than female birds and very young juvenile birds have somewhat speckled chests.

The male sings its varied and melodious song from trees, rooftops or other elevated perches.

The Blackbird has been introduced to many parts of the world outside its native range. In Australia and New Zealand it is considered a pest and has an effect on natural ecosystems.

The blackbird is the national bird of Sweden.

Because of a high mortality in the first year of life, a blackbird has an average life expectancy of 2.4 years; however, once past its first year a blackbird can expect to live longer and one blackbird has reached the age of 20 years.

The Blackbird has a number of distinct calls:

- A persistent 'pink pink pink...'
- A mellow fluted song
- A clattering alarm call

Source : Wikipedia

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Un Mirlo muy bellamente capturado.
Resalta sobre el fondo y con el resto de los elementos de la imagen.
Muy agradable esta escena. Estos pájaros no paran un momento quietos por lo que es doblemente valiosa esta foto.
Saludos, JL.

Hi David,

This guy must have been quite far off to still be this size in the frame at 300mm. I think though you have composed the shot well it could be tighter.

The one nit is that the black of the blackbird is just that! We can't make out any detail here. I have done a workshop to try and improve this.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-05 3:57]

Hello David,
For me this picture has an excellent composition and has something special and vivid. It lets the door open for imagination..Beautiful colours too
Best regards

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-05 23:00]

Clean and simple capture of a clean bird and simple bird. Nice to see the "common" creatures given equal time here!
Superb composition with well-handled light and shade

Hi David,
Nice composition. The black bird under shade with back light. Good contrast and beautiful natural settings. Well done and seen.

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