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Fieldfare in Winter

Fieldfare in Winter
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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
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-20 3:09
Viewed: 3750
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is one of my own personal rules to avoid posting slightly different images of the same subject; especially one after the other but here I make an exception.
The previous image was posted to show that Fieldfares eat frozen berries in cold winters.
This one was taken of the same bird as a winter portrait.

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), as 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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hello Ivan
Thanks for the nice comments
you have also a Beauty!!of a bird
great pose with good details and nice to see the snow on the tree
great sharpness and nice colours
greeting lou

Hello Ivan,
a superb portrait of the Fieldfare, outstanding sharpness, marvellous contrast of colours in this winter atmosphere, excellent POV, DOF and composition, very well done.
Best regards

Lovely shot of this Fieldfare Ivan.
Gert Ellstroms 'Fieldfare In A Rowan Tree' was the first pic I ever critiqued on TN (Oct 2003).
Nice POV and details here too.
Beautiful composition.
Very nice work.

Hello, Ivan.
You are right, to make exceptions, this picture is better in my opinion. Nicely captured, good composition, nice restrained color range. Well done.
Bästa hälsningar, Anders

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-20 3:57]

Hi Ivan,
so lovely and a very romatic view of the capture. so excitingly expressed in the tone and mood. Very special indeed with the snow covered fruits.
This winter portrait is indded powerful, the white background really delivers the purpose perfectly. The features of the bird is shown with full impact. The pattern, the colours and the scene is very well composed and presented.
Excellent piece of work.


NB: Thanks for the previous critique which is so meaningful and millions of thanks for liking it and rate it.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-20 4:20]

Hello Ivan,
It seems to be freezing cold in Sweden. We have low temperatures too, but not like that.
Very fine bird portrait you show us here. The frozen red berries create a beautiful natural surrounding and show us also a source of food for Turdus pilaris in wintertime. The bird has a very subtle plumage, well rendered against the white sky. Very fine shot.
Meilleures pensées

Hi Ivan,
Although You haven't had good lights, this is a beautiful capture. Nice portrait, interesting pic with the frozen berries.
Tfs, best regards, László

Ciao Ivan. Absolutely like a paint. Exciting colours contrast and very good details. A superb pose by the right choise of POV. Perfect the bird against white BG.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-20 5:06]

Hi Ivan,
It is a very nice photo of this Bird, in a very cool winter!

Nothing delights me more than to see a fresh and seasonal capture of wild life, like in this picture of yours showing a Fieldfare perched on a snow-clad branch laden with frozen berries, Ivan.
This is a remarkably crisp image giving the frontal view of the bird with fine details and colours on its breast. The eye with a tiny glint in it looks very beautiful.
I missed seeing your first picture of the subject, so I'm happy with seeing the second one.
Thanks and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-20 5:33]

Hello Ivan,
Another very beautiful photo of this Fieldfare. I hope it hasn't stomach cramps. Excellent portrait in a very attractive pose. Great sharp details and beautiful colours. Perfect POV and composition.

hello Ivan

excellent and beautiful photo of the Fieldfare with the winter scenery,
a very fine POV légèrement en contre-plongé, fine framing,
superb focus sharpness and details of the bird and the fruits,



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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-20 6:56]

Dear Ivan
What a great capture this lovely bird in full hard winter!
Details and colors are amazing!

Ciao Ivan, an other great capture of this lovely bird in the snow, beautiful composition with red fruits, splendid light sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Salam Ivan,

An excellent capture with fine colors, pose & wintry scene. Beautiful setting & POV. Well taken & presented...MF.

TFS & best wishes.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-01-20 7:43]

Hi Ivan,
In the snow, very beautiful composition of a bird ...
Your perspective, color and detail is excellent.
Best wishes,

Hi Ivan. Amazing catch of this fieldfare in snowy air.
Details, composition and your POV are great.
TFS and Kind regards,

Hello Ivan,
Lovely and great shot of this beautiful fieldfare.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ivan,
Yes, I also agree with the statement you have made; but even then would love to see this bird again & again with different POVs & profiles shot by you. TFS

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-20 11:49]
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Hello Ivan, excellent and lovely shot of this poor Fieldfare in lovely pose with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-01-20 12:16]

Glad you made the exception to your rule. Indeed, a lovely winter portrait.

While different, it brought to my mind the birds in Pieter Brueghel's painiting "Hunters in the Snow"...



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-20 12:58]

Hi Ivan

Another excellent shot of this species - great pose, detail and white BG.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-20 13:12]

Hello Ivan,
Och den andra tillägnad fåglar jag tycker mycket om.
Utmärkt färger med exceptionell passform, grattis.
Den vänliga tankar Tyskland

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-20 13:30]

Hello Ivan,
This is a nice composition with superb pastel colors and good exposure. Birds are not easy to expose and you did great as we can see nice details on the bird! Thanks,
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-20 16:05]

Hi Ivan,

And a wonderful winter portrait of the Fieldfare it is! A handsome bird looking very cold on that snowy branch. I love the fine details of his face, eye and plumage. The composition with him surrounded by the frozen berries is superb.

Hello Ivan
excellent capture of this Fieldfare in a wintery environment, the bird is very sharp and taken in a nie pose
i love the snow on the branchs and the fruits but also the white BG
Have a good night

Hej Dostum Ivan,

Another great capture of a pretty fieldfare from different POV. This looks very sharp and clear, the composition also incredible. I like the ideal lighting on the feathers. Great work MF!
TFS ans have a nice night!


Hello Ivan friend,
Ok, it's really rare that you or the bird has not been frozen, and have had sufficient time to take more than one photo!
Anyway, this "cooling Björktrast" remains a beautiful bird. By the way, great skill to manage exposure, achieving a well-defined bird against that background that clear. Good work.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-20 22:46]

Hi Ivan,
Very beuatiful capture of this Fieldfare.I liked snowy atmosphere,pose of bird and clear eyes a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-21 2:13]

Hello Ivan,
This second view of fielfare is also very good. If BG weren't so even and bright photo would be better yet.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Ivan

Great winter shot of this exotic bird. Excellent pose, great sharpness and composition. The whites are well handled, great work.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2010-01-21 4:02]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan!
Bir kış manzarası içinde, enfes bir dalda çekilmiş mükemmel bir kuş fotosu bu. üzerine kar yağmış olan meyvelerin görüntüsü harika. Ayrıca kuşun hüzünlü duruşu fotoğrafa ayrı bir değer katmış. Ellerine sağlık dostum. Selamlar


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-21 12:10]

Hi Ivan. I have missed aday or two verylate home from work. What a fine winters picture of the Fiedfare. I like the pose on the branch with the snow coverd berries. The pov you have taken this one in shows the feather markings so wel with natural colours. Well taken against the snow BG.

Salut Ivan
je tiens à souligner cette photo, qui est superbe et possède une netteté incroyable, des couleurs naturelles et justes, c'est franchement superbe.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hej Ivan
One more good shot in your series showing this beautiful bird. The weather is not so cold here as it was last two months :) I saw few of fieldfare's this morning on my way to work outside my apartment on the same kind of tree :)


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