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Common Blackbird

Common Blackbird
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-29 0:41
Viewed: 2032
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Blackbird, Turdus merula, is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian Blackbird (especially in North America, to distinguish it from the unrelated New World blackbirds), or simply Blackbird (in areas where it is the only blackbird-like species). It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. It has a number of subspecies across its large range; a few of the Asian subspecies are sometimes considered to be full species. Depending on latitude, the Common Blackbird may be resident, partially migratory or fully migratory.
The male of the nominate subspecies, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich melodious song; the adult female and juvenile have mainly dark brown plumage. This species breeds in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.
Both sexes are territorial on the breeding grounds, with distinctive threat displays, but are more gregarious during migration and in wintering areas. Pairs will stay in their territory throughout the year where the climate is sufficiently temperate. This common and conspicuous species has given rise to a number of literary and cultural references, frequently related to its song.

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Hi Siggi,
Beautiful cvomposition of a male blackbird, great sharpness and background blur. With the colorization I'm not 100% satisfied, by my opinion the image got a little more brightness than the optimal - I like it a touch darker, although it may be a question of personal tastes. A good image, nevertheless, thanx for sharing.
Friendly regards, László

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-29 1:02]

Hi Siggi,
Splendid photo of this Bird, very nice details and colors, TFS!

Dear friend Siggi, can you please do the following in your next post and see the difference! If you want ofcourse! Open the original image in Photoshop and go to Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask and click on it. Apply amount between 200 - 450%, in Radius chose small amount like 0.2pixels, in Threshold chose 1 level and click OK. Go to Image size tick at the bottom left corner of the opened box all three little boxes: Scale Styles, Constrain Proportions and Resample image. Change the Resolution to 72pixels/inch. Change the pixel dimensions to the required 800. Chose the Bicubic Sharper(best for reduction) and click OK. Finally apply the same Sharpening values above once again! See the difference! I hope the result can be much more appealing to your taste!! Have a wonderful day friend Siggi!
George Veltchev

Hello Siegfried,

an vey nice shot from this very common blackbird.
Good of sharpness, pov and details.
Fine colours.


hi siggi
perfect shot beautiful bird good details ,sharpness and colour

Ciao Sigfried. Good DOP here and intrigant tones. Well done.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-29 5:56]

Hi Siegfried.
You managed to picture a very beautiful bird at an amazing surroundings. BG, twigs create a nice canvas for the bird. Exposure and reproduction of feathers and other features of the bird are also excellent. TFS and best wishes.

Ciao Siggi, lovely blackbird on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Siggi. The capture of this blackbird is so good and details are amazing. The black feather is so well defined which is not easy to capture. Great shot and thanks for sharing. Regards - Jusni

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-29 8:26]

Hello Siggi,
A photo in beautiful warm colours. But a male is black isn't it? Nice sharpness and details. Good DOF, POV and composition.

Hello Siegfried,
a beautiful image of merula, particularly good, light, details and sharpness. A nice picture, regards. Paolo

hello Siegfried
very nice picture with good pose and great details
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Bonjour Seigfried,
Trčs belle publication valorisant bien le sujet sous une excellente profondeur de champ par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Helllo Siegfried,
Nice an peaceful bird!... Correct POV an a great eye contact in difficult shot angle!... weel done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-29 12:55]

Hi Siggi,beautiful portrait of one of the most common birds,excellent composition,sharpness and colors,the eye details are fantastics!!Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO.

Hi MF Siggi,

Awesome capture. Excellent colours and nice pose too.
Good POV to capture this beauty too.
TFS and have a nice night/weekend MF!


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-29 14:37]

Hello Siggi,
A very good composition of this blackbird in nice pose with perfect sharpness,details and splendid colors.TFS.Regards,

HI Siggi
C'est une superbe présentation, l'éclairage fait sortir les reflets dans le plumage de l'oiseau. La netteté et le contraste du sujet sur le BG sont parfaits.

FÉLICITATIONS une trčs belle composition....JP

Hello Siggi,

Very nice color and detail. with good timing have been a successful composition. Thank you for sharing. Regards...Mehmet

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  • Robb Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 11] (293)
  • [2010-10-30 0:56]

Hello Siegfried!

Perfect capture!
Perfect light, colors, and compozicion!
Regards, Robert

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-30 4:36]

Hello Siegfried,
reslly a marvellous shot! The sharpness and clarity is top class. The side view really show an exciting features and good pose.
The smooth background is really a beauty here.


Buen enfoque, composición y belleza del conjunto. Ligero virage del tono rojo
en el conjunto, visible también en algunas de tus tomas, no se si forzado o no.
Saludos y buen fin de semana Siegfried: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Siggi,
This cute blackbird looks great in your photo - good colours, excellent sharpnes, fine details and perfect POV. Well done!

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