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-30 C
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-23 8:07
Viewed: 2991
Points: 44
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Yeah, global warming, LOL. According to weather forecast there will be -30 Celsius degrees this night. Winter is rather cold this year :-) Today I went to my favourite spot in Zdrowie Park to take photos of birds. I saw many tits, magpies, jays and woodpeckers. Suddenly I spotted this 'unknown' specie. For first I thought this is something new, but after longer observation I think this is just female of Blackbird. Chilled to the bone. After few hours with my cam, I looked very similiar to her :-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-23 8:18]

Hello Greg,
How nice to see a photo form you! And a fantastic one. -30 C, I can see it in the Blackbird. The feathers are like a fur coat. The light on this breast of the bird is splendid. Very beautiful colours. Excellent sharpness, details and frontal POV. Beautiful matching OOF BG.

Hi Grzeg,

Warm welcome-back on this cold winter day! I'm glad You're posting again. Your today shot's simply fantastic with unbelievable sharpness, great light management and awesome blurred background which isolates the main subject quite well. It was worth visiting the park in such cold weather. Poor blackbird, I absolutely understand her, but You know, females are always feeling cold more. :)
Tfs, best regards, Wladyslaw

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-23 8:39]

Hi Greg. How good to see you again. I hope yoy and the family are well. This is a fine close up of this very cold looking Blackbird. I like the way the light is just catching the top half of the feathers, All taken with good detail and natural looking colours. TFS.

Hallo Greg
This image is well captured and conveys the cold weather and mood effectively. I like this image very much because it is so genuine. The puffed feathers, the way it is sitting on the branch, and the catch light in the eye are only a few prominent qualities of this great image I want to lay emphasise on that attracted my eye in this touching photograph. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-23 9:05]

Poor little bird!
Is a hard winter indeed!
Great capture, sharp details and colors.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-23 9:19]

Hallo Grzegorz,
To mi przypomina lata 60 te kiedy -30 w zimie bylo prawie normalne.Naturalnie szkoda wszystkich zwierzat dlatego wazne jest im troche pomagac.Napuszyl sie ptaszek zeby mial dodatkowa ochrone przed zimnem.Bardzo ladne i na czasie zdjecie.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hello Greg
After a wile, you are posting again. By sure, we humans will survive in these temperatures, in our shelters. And I really hope that this small and cute bird will survie as well. It seems that it has a thick layer of pheathers to protect it.
So, my question is, were is global warming??
Kind regards,

Hi Greg!

-30°C, and this fellow still is sitting outside. Brrr, he's lucky to have a lot of thick feathers. Your picture reflects the winterly atmosphere without showing any snow or ice. The colours, the naked branches and probably also the birds position and expression remind us the cold season. I also like the unity of the colour tones very much.

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-23 9:58]

Hello Greg,
Nice to see you're still with us and this capture is really wonderful! This poor female looks frozen stiff but I expect the feathers are keeping her warm enough. Details are very sharp and the light and colours lovely! A beautiful background too!
TFS and keep warm! Best wishes, Ulla

Wonderful little bird in a hard winter!
Congratulation for this lovely capture!

Hello Grzegorz, beautifule shot of this lovely bird from a nice point of view with wonderful composition.
TFS and greetings,

Hi Grzegorz.
Global warming? I think you mean global colding! It is snowing at the moment, and the thermometers show -3 degrees Celcius. Our weather forecast says that it will be -5 Celcius degrees this night and +3 Celcius degrees tomorrow. Where has gone global "warming"?

Your bird... It seems so cold and so alone! It needs a partner to get warm.

About photo quality? Nevermind! You already done very well as everytime.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-23 10:56]

Witaj Grzegorzu,
Prawdziwie oddaje chlod ten widok, piekne ujecie, dokladna ostrosc i cudowne swiatlo.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Hello Grzegorz,
Congratulations for this marvelous shot, great tribute to the courage of the birds and the photographer in this cold weather! The sharpness and details of this Blackbird is amazing. And background and light too. Cheers,

hello Greg
very good picture with great details
i lover this nice pose of the bird
great sharpness and nice colours
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-23 12:40]

Hello Greg,
Nice to see you on TN again!
This is a fine shot that marks the cold. This Blackbird is certainly puffed up to fight the cold! Excellent frontal POV and use of flash to highlight the plumage with fine sharpness and colours.
The extra brown plumage suggests that this might be a juvenile.
The Ice Age has returned to Europe but there is global warming in the Arctic!
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

Bonjour Greg
Une merveilleuse photo que ce oiseau avec ses plumes toutes gonflées pour se protéger du froid, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

Hello Greg,

An excellent shot with such beautiful colors, sharpness & wintry setting. This bird is using every instinctive method it has to stay warm from the severe freezing temps. The feathers are way puffed out to increase the insulation layer & in the meantime, its pose on the tree branch with its feet/legs totally covered by its feathers to stay warm.

Well done & presented. TFS & regards.


Hi Greg

Ha ha, minus 30, that's cold. Here in western Sydney is been over plus 40 for 3 days in a row - today is welcome relief at only 27. And your blackbird certainly looks like she doesn't believe in global warming either. Maybe she should of thought about migration....Good composition and sharpness.


ciao Greg!
wonderful portrait of this female Blackbird,
with its feathers puffed to shelter from the cold and turning it into fat female
excellent detail and funny posture

greeting sERGIO

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-24 10:16]

Hi Greg,
Nice to see you here again.This is a wonderful capture.She seems not happy about the cold weather.Details on plumage,harmonious colors and eye contact are perfect.
Thanks for posting..

Hello grzegorz
what a great capture of this female blackbird ,his plumage is sharply detailed
very beautiful lighting on face and breast, superb DOF and pose
Have a good night

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