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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: 2008-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Panasonic DMW-LT55
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-08 11:59
Viewed: 3953
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I spotted this guy on Sunday enjoying the Morning Sunshine, thanks for viewing.

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)
  • [2008-05-08 12:02]

Hi Hilary. This is a good shot of the Black Bird in the tree. You have done well with the black feathers. and light in the eye. the yellow ring around the eye stands out so well. well done TFS.

Hello Hil,
Good light due to this morning sunlight.
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-08 12:13]

Hello Hilary,
Lovely capture of the male Blackbird with good focus on the eye. Beautiful morning light, fine colours and sharp details.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Hil,

Very beautiful capture of male Blackbird. Nice composition, bright colours and sharp details.



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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-05-08 12:42]

Hello Hil,
Nice photo. Blackbird in natural green environment.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Hil
You have captured a lovely pov on this male blackbird..The angle is just right showing super sharp details on all of his body..Its great to see the flight feathers on the wings compared to the softer feathers on his body.
Superbly taken and tfs.
(hayden won the title with a lot of podiums and just 2 wins)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-08 13:52]

Hi Hilary

A great close-up and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-08 15:23]

Hi Hilary,
Outstanding shot of this Blackbird with very impressive sharpness and colours. Superb lighting and exposure and I like this nice pose among the natural surrounding. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-08 15:30]

Hola Hilary.
It is always nice for me to see Your photos. This blackbird is beautiful. nice pose, excellent sharpness and well focus. Your note is also very interesting. Love the way he sings.

Neat notion with the sound....This B'Bird looks much like I expect them to, and as I remember them back in E US in Ohio...I am still becoming familiar with ours here int eh western part....it is a big world, but photos such as these make it smaller in a good way!

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-05-08 22:16]

Hi Hillary , a very good and detailed photo of this blackbird , it stands out very nicely against the soft greens and blues in the background


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-09 1:47]

Hello Hillary, You have spotted this guy and clicked very well. Lovely shot against frame Ganesh

Hello Hil,

Beautiful light due this photograph in his natural habitat.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-09 2:28]

Hi Hilary,
Wonderful blackbird capture.Details on blackfeathers are very nice.
Thanks for posting.

Great shot,love the sun shining on him,and the tree adds detail and interest.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-09 6:07]

Hi Hilary,
Very nice capture of the blackbird. Good focusing among the branches. I like the light and the details. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-09 8:20]

Hi Hil,

This is one of the birds I would love to see one day. A wonderful pose in the tree. Excellent blacks with the yellow beak and eye ring. Superb details of the face, plummage and wings. His feathers look so silky.


Hello Hil,

I think blackbirds are such aristocrats!
They move like royalty with their hops and regal sureyances of the land!

You have captured this to perfection!
The light is really making his feathers shine, bringing out all the highlights and shades. His bright eye ring and beak are also nicely shown.

Grat pov and good composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-09 9:08]

Hi Hil.
You had wonderful shot always but now you take simply amazing shots. Fine scene and stunning reproduction of the feathers, beak, eye and legs of the bird. Twigs and leaves create an excellent surroundings. I like sunlight and vivid colours a lot. Bravo. Well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-09 10:38]

Hello Hilary,
Perfect clear colours and beautiful light in this photo. Details in the blacks are very good.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-09 12:23]

Hello Hil,
Lovely sunny capture of a male Blackbird in a willow tree where he stands out so well. The sharpness and lighting are great, especially the twinkle in his eye!
TFS this beauty and have a good weekeend,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-09 12:58]

Hello Hilary, great exposure for a dark bird, very sharp and well composed, thanks!


hello Hilary

very beautiful image of this Blackbird, fine POV and DOF,
i love his pose and as if he was smiling to you, i love it,
wonderful luminosity of the image with great sharpness
and details of this lovely bird's black plumage, TFS


Hello Hil,
I like the POV and comp, very good exposure..hard to get right with these birds. Great detail/DOF and colors :)
Well done!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-05-10 7:43]

hello Hilary
you are successfuly presenting colours and details of eye and beak of this cute blackbird

Hello Hil
Wonderful shot of this Common Blackbird,
Perfect focusing,colors and BG.Welldone my friend.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-05-11 22:12]

a very nice capture Hilary,
a very nice clear shot, wel composed, and from a good quality, lavely scene, good photojob, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

Hello Hilary,
Very well captured on this black bird with perfect lighting and focus!
the image is real sharp with excellent details in it
well done

Nice contrast Hillary! Sometimes it is hard to get all the details on a dark black bird, so kudos to you for this capture.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-05-12 18:10]

Bonsoir Hilary,

Bravo pour les détails du plumage et la parfaite exposition,
Merci pour le partage.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-20 21:06]

Hello Hil

Lovely lighting and vivid colours for this shot.
The plumage detail is excellent and well exposed showing very good definition in the feathers.Quite a feat for a dark bird.
The eye ring shows well too.
nicely captured in a natural setting,looks like some sort of willow and the blue sky peeking through adds a lovely contrasting colour for the orange eye ring and beak.


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