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Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler
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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: 2010-04
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-08 1:09
Viewed: 3264
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus arundinaceus, is an Eurasiaan songbird in the genus Acrocephalus. It used to be placed in the "Old World warbler" assemblage, but nowadays is recognized to be part of the marsh- and tree-warbler family (Acrocephalidae).
Song, recorded at Diaccia Botrona marsh (Italy)This is a large thrush-sized warbler, 16-20cm in length. The adult has an unstreaked brown upperparts and dull buffish-white chin and underparts. The forehead is flattened, and the bill is strong and pointed. It looks very much like a giant Eurasian Reed Warbler (A. scirpaceus), but with a stronger supercilium.
The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are richer buff below.
The song is very loud and far-carrying. Its main phrase is a chattering and creaking carr-carr-cree-cree-cree-jet-jet, to which the whistles and vocal mimicry typical of marsh-warblers are added.

Nest with clutch of eggsA. arundinaceus breeds in Europe and westernmost temperate Asia. It does not breed in Great Britain, but is a regular visitor. Its population has in recent decades increased around the eastern Baltic, while it has become rarer at the western end of its range. It is migratory, wintering in tropical Africa. This bird migrates north at a rather late date, with some birds still in winter quarters at the end of April.
While no subspecies are diagnosable in this bird, mtDNA haplotype data indicates that during the last glacial period there were two allopatric populations of this species. The Great Reed Warblers in southwestern and southeastern Europe were at that time apparently separated by the Vistulian-Würm ice sheets and the barren land around these. Though the data is insufficient to robustly infer a date for this separation, it suggests the populations became separated around 80,000 years ago – coincident with the first major advance of the ice sheets. The populations must have expanded their range again at the start of the Holocene about 13,000 years ago, but even today the western birds winter in the west and the eastern birds in the east of tropical Africa.
Male warbler declaring his territoryThis passerine bird is a species found in large reed beds, often with some bushes. On their breeding grounds, they are territorial. In their winter quarters, they are frequently found in large groups, and may occupy a reed bed to the exclusion of almost all other birds[3]. Like most warblers, it is insectivorous, but it will take other prey items of sufficiently small size, even including vertebrates such as tadpoles.
3-6 eggs are laid in a basket nest in reeds. Some pairs are monogamous, but others are not, and unpaired males without territory usually father some young also
The Great Reed Warbler apparently undergoes marked long-term population fluctuations. Able to expand its range again quickly when new habitat becomes available, this common and widespread bird is considered a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN.

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lovely capture Siggi! I like it!
George Veltchev

Ciao Siggi, lovely bird in nice pose, splendid natural colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and wonderful BG, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Siegfried,
a fantastic capture of the Great Reed Warbler taken from an excellent POV with good sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very pleasant composition wiht a lovely pose of the bird in a marvelllous environment.
Have a good weekend

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-08 1:53]

Hello Siggi,
A superb close capture of a Great Reed Warbler. The pose, POV, sharpness and colours are excellent and the composition on the bent over reed head is great.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Artísticas y bellas tonalidades. Realismo en la pose. Poca manipulación electrónica: preciosa!

Hi MF Siggi,

Very impressive work! The focus and DOF both look perfectly controlled, good exposure and clarity too. I also love the monochromacy here. You were certainly in the right place at the right time.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-08 5:03]

Guten Tag Siegfried,
Da muss man nur staunen, so schön ist dieses Bild. Du hattest in Italien eine glückliche Hand! Hier gefällt mir der Aufbau des Bildes sehr, natürlich auch die feinen Farben und der lebhafte Blick des Rohrsängers. Gratuliere!
Ein schönes Wochenende noch
Herzlich grüsst

Hello Siegfried,
Another attractive photo with warm colors ... good vertical cut.
Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Siegrfried. Greta sharpened capture into an exciting environment. Indeed well done!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-08 6:41]

Hello Siggi,
Wow, you've posting so many lovely shots these days!! This is brilliant - I love everything about this one!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-08 6:42]

I like the bird's pose and colors. tfs.

very beautiful soft picture
with good details and great sharpness
great pose and nice light
greeting lou

Hello Siegfried,
Superb capture of this Great Reed Warbler. Nice colours, focus, and contrast.
It is a lovely composition. Excellent phothographer's note.

Hello Siegfried,
Congratulations for the wonderful photos, great POV, great sharpness and contrast.
Great details
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-08 14:41]

Hi Siggi,
This is very good capture,great natural colors and perfect sharp details.Very well done!...
Best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-08 15:19]

Woow Siggi,you're the king of bird.A new and top quality pic,this is very fanatstic! What a nice specie and what a spectacular composition.Great sharpness and colors! Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-05-09 17:34]

Bonsoir Siegfried,

Good portrait within a nice compostion. Mainly two tone that match well together. Sharp focus on the FG and nice blurred BG. Very good work and TFS.


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