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Frozen Food for Fieldfares

Frozen Food for Fieldfares
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-17 9:50
Viewed: 3682
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We took a few days’ trip north to Stockholm and Uppsala to visit family. This accounts for our recent absence from TN and I am sorry not to have responded to the latest critiques.
The whole area was covered in banks of cloud and the temperatures were well below zero.

Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)

Swedish name: Björktrast, meaning ‘Birch Thrush’.

The Fieldfare can easily be told from other thrushes by the grey head and the orange among the dense spotting on the breast. It makes loud clacking sounds especially in a flock. In contrast the song is a soft musical chattering.

Though some stay the winter, most overwinter in Europe south of Sweden.
During the winter they feed mainly on berries such a those of the Whitebeam (Sorbus aria), shown here and Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia).

They return in the spring to breed in woodlands of most parts of the country. The nest is built of grass in a forked branch and is lined with mud.

Fieldfares are fairly common in N. and C. Europe and have even spread to S. Greenland during the last century. They spend the winter in the whole of the UK and breed in Scotland.

This image was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 6 meters (20ft) and after light cropping and size reduction it was selectively sharpened. The grey light demanded the use of ISO 800 and the image had to be adjusted for light levels.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-17 9:55]

Hi Ivan. You captured this just at the right time as the frozen berrrie goes down . Good detail in the feathers with natural colours against the white of the snow. Well taken TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-17 9:57]

Hi Ivan,
It is a very good photo of this Fieldfare in Winter, very good cool winter atmosphera!

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  • gmink (26)
  • [2010-01-17 10:04]

Interesting shot what with the berry about to disappear. Rather sharp for hand-held on a grey day.
This is one of those shots that might benefit from a just bit of color saturation to bring out the reds and yellows.

hello Ivab
super compostion with good details and great sharpness
beautiful colours
greeting lou

hello Ivan,
beautiful frozen scene, even the food is eaten frozen, fine photo with good details and winder colors!
keep photographing! TFS

merhaba Ivan dostum.
nice to see you again and to learn everything very well. I hope you had a nice time with your family members.
This is wonderful capture Björktrast, feeding on frozen fruits. superb colors and composition. timing and sharp details great. Thanks for sharing this beauty. best regards to you and Ulla.
have a good evening and new week, my friend

Hello Ivan
large beautiful this shot, beautiful colors great shot.
You're a great teacher
hello Vanni

Salam Ivan,

A great capture with lovely colors, pose & wintry scene. Lovely details & POV. Well taken, composed & presented.

TFS & best wishes.


Hello Ivan,
Nice capture with beautiful colors and good sharpness despite the difficult conditions of light and the cold. Excellent timing! Best regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-17 11:28]

Hi Ivan

A superb shot - I love the pov with the beak open and the heavily frosted fruit.


PS You may be interested in the shot I posted yesterday.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-01-17 11:47]

Hi Ivan,

Looks very wintery and cold. Very interesting composition of bird feeding on frozen berries. `not an easy piciture to take!

TFS. Keep warm,


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-17 11:52]

Hello Ivan,
Nice shot, you manged to catch interesting moment. I like such photos.
Regards, Pawel
P.S. In my countryside I see few fieldfares which cope in hard winter very well.

Amazing shot, Ivan, this moment is wonderful.
Excellent sharpness on this beautiful bird.
I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Ivan,
Bad weather and very could.... This is the atmosphere in the photo. The fruits are frozen but the birds must eat something.
Superb composition and very good colours.

hello Ivan

what a lovely photo of the Fieldfare with his frozen foods,
fine POV and framing, fine focus sharpness and details
of the bird and frozen fruits, here since 2 - 3 weeks now
it is or cloudy or snowy weather and they are announcing
the same for the coming days, you realy need ISO800 and plus
to do bird photos, since we are in 2010 i went only 2 times for photo,



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-01-17 12:40]

Hola Ivan,
interesante perspectiva,
detalles del invieno y magnífico pov.
saludos amigo, buena semana

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-17 12:58]

Hi Ivan,
Nice to see you here again:)It's an excellent capture.I liked timing POV,snowy atmosphere and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-17 15:45]

Hi Ivan,

Perfect timing to get this priceless shot. That berry looks too big for his mouth! The poor thing must be so cold with all that snow on his plumage. It's too bad you didn't have better weather for your trip but you came home with a terrific picture to share with us.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-17 16:34]

Hi Ivan
Nice capture with perfect timing.That is a nice winter scene.I also like those frozeen berry in the scene
TFS Michel

Dear Ivan
I noticed that you where gone, it is remarkable how quick one can pick up if somebody that is always "there" disappear for a few days. I am glad to see you around.
There are lots of details in this image that is praiseworthy and I'll mention a few. I like the pose in which you have captured this Fieldfare with its beak stuffed with berries. The colour of the berries in the snow is just magic, as the contrast between white and red is great. I also like the frontal view as now one can see the patterns and colouring on the chest feathers beautifully. The clarity of the ice crystals that formed around the berries is beautiful and seen with great clarity. Thanks for sharing this bird as it is new to me. Kind regards.

Hi ivan , i felt chillness of frozen atmosphere while looking this snap. and wondered how that fellow is swalloing such frozen berry. anyways nice sharp snap despite of cloudy and icy atmosphere. well done. thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-18 0:29]

Hello Ivan,
Good to see you back. Excellent photo in a perfect timing. Great wintery atmosphere in beautiful colours and excellent sharpness and details. Very good composition.

Hello Ivan,
a fantastic capture of the Fieldfare taken from an excellent POV with great timing in a spectacular eating posture, superb sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very pleasant composition of this nice winter scene.
Have a good week

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-18 1:06]

Hello dear Ivan
What a great capture!
I think that bird sings from hunger, because the food is frozen.
Congratulation for this little beauty!

Ciao Ivan, wonderful frozen composition with lovely bird in nice posefin details details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ivan. Intrigant, imponent and dynamic capture by an excellent POV. Best compliments!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-18 4:49]

Fine capture of this Fieldfare in hard times, having to go with the fruits so beautifully covered with snow. tfs.

Hej Ivan
Nice presentation of this Björktrast captured with good quality. It is good to get something to eat in this cold winter.

Hi Ivan, great shot of this poor bird. Everyting great.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Hello Ivan friend!
Woh!, This little bird is cold!
Beautiful POV and an environment that conveys a really sense of weather conditions. Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ivan, excellent shot of a this poor fieldfare in a beautiful pose.
TFS and regards,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-18 12:29]

Hi Ivan,
What a splendid fångst. Och vad högklassiga fotograf!
Att fånga något ... Du måste ha en mycket stor klass.
Fantastiska färger och kontraster. Och inramning är toppen.
En vecka ljus

Hej Dostum Ivan,

Welcome back and thans a lot for your kind wishes on my health!
i feel beter today but still debilitated. This amazing capture show us that we have to be careful in such cold days and also think that all birds need to care by us! It is not easy to find well meal in such snowy days.
Have a great and warm night MF!


Hello Ivan,
Very well captured photograph of Fieldfare with interesting caption & notes. TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-19 12:46]

Hello Ivan.
Very sharp with excelent DOF, giving the BG a lovely soft rendering. Great composition and timing with the Frozen berry in mouth.
Best regards Siggi

Hi ivan,

I thought I had this one all criticized?
Exellent shot with great details and good pov.
fine colours.


It's all about timing here, it's perfect :)
The moment captured is beyond reproach, very nice behavioral capture Ivan.
Well done!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-01-19 22:37]

Dear Ivan!

Your picture is impressive because it reflects the hard reality of a bird's life in winter very well. The atmosphere in the picture transmits the impression of the cold season very well. The rowan berries form a fine element of the picture's composition and highlight the winterly scenery.

Kind regards


ciao Ivan!
a wonderful capture of Turdus pilaris in winter enviroment.. i like posture on the snowy branch and excellent details

ciao sERGIO
ps thanks for i.d. to my ultimate post!

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