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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-15 9:30
Viewed: 3122
Points: 24
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Its been a lovely week with some beautiful frosty mornings, as I was off work today I managed to get out and take a few shots, this blackbird was posing nicely for me and even moved his head a little to catch the light, I still haven't got a lens to get a little closer so this is all I can manage for now.

The Blackbird, Common Blackbird or Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) is a species of true thrush which 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 as full species. Depending on latitude, the 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 wide range of vocalisations; the adult female and juvenile have mainly 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, seeds, 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 species has given rise to a number of literary and cultural references, frequently related to its melodious song.

The Song of the Blackbird

Notes from Wilkipedia
Bird song link from the RSPB website


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-15 10:00]

Hi Hilary. You have captured a fine pose of this blackbird. we have one who sings all day long at the moment starting to look for a mate i think, you have done well with the black feathers. and orange eye ring well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-15 11:10]

Hello Hilary,
Beautiful Blackbird he's very sharp and the dark feathers
are well visible there is even a sparkle in his eyes
great pov and composition.. Well done


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-15 11:10]

Hi Hilary.
I am pleased to watch your new picture. It is so difficult subject for shooting but you managed to exposure the scene perfectly. Even dark colour tones of the bird feathers are reproduced very well. Very attractive scene and perfectly composed picture. Sky is looked through the twigs nicely. My best wishes and compliments.

Hello Hilary
You have a lovely sharp shot of Mr Blackbird here...This might sound strange but I rarely see one in a tree..I always seem to see them on the ground..His eye and beak are perfectly captured..They are not an easy bird to capture in the light you have due to the Blackness of him!!..You have posted a super picture and a really informative note.
best regards

Hello Hilary,
very nice portrait of this blackbird, it it a very difficult subject to photographied but you have very well managed this one,
excellent focus and splendid colours,
great shot,
cheer and thanks,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-15 18:21]

Hola Hilary.
Great image You have here. Nice naural colors of this beautiful bird. I like the black fethers and the way he is looking at You.
Your note is very interesting for Me.

hello Hilary

excellent shot of this blackbird, first i have to say that i love
the POV of your image and the way you framed the blackbird
on the image, there is a lovelly light on your image
and you get excellent details of the bird's black plumage, TFS

p.s. i'll comeback tomorrow to edit my critique

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-16 3:04]

Hi Hil,
this is is a fine portrait of this Blackbird!
We've got a nesting pair in my garden and they're always singing and chirping! You also know when the cat is in the garden because the two Blackbirds go crazy making that "Chat" sound over and over again :-)
Nice pose and a good POV.
Great clarity and detail.
Superb saturation.
Well done Hil,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-16 4:39]

Hi Hilary,
What a nice shot of this blackbird!
Good sharpness and composition!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-16 12:50]

Hello Hilary,
The bill and eye-ring on this male Blackbird are really a striking orange rather than yellow. He must be in his prime! You have certainly made a good capture of him up in the tree while he is looking at you with good eye contact. The sharpness and composition against a blue sky make this a very fine image and thanks for sharing it,

Hi Hilary,

Lovely shot of this Blackbird in classic pose. They are such pretty birds and you have shown this one off to great effect, with nice detail in the black feathers and a lovely glint in his eye. Well done.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-06 21:08]

Hello Hil

A lovely capture of this blackbird.
The eye ring detail is wonderful,well exposed with lovely vivid colours.
The plumage detail is excellent.
Well placed in the frame,the eye contact is very good.
These birds resemble our American Robin,(Turdus migratorious).


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-04 10:03]

Hi Hilary,
Nice shot of this blackbird with a good POV and good focusing among the branches. I liked the details and the pose you captured. TFS
All the best,

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