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Juvenile Blackbird

Juvenile Blackbird
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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: 2008-07-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Panasonic DMW-LT55
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-14 12:40
Viewed: 4099
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi there,

The Sun was shining quite a lot when I took this shot so the bird is a bit over exposed, but I really liked the way he was sitting in the tree watching everthing that was going on. Just like Paul (Lawbert) I also have a young blackbird that seems to have no fear at all which is a bit worrying with all the local moggies hanging around, anyway he has survived so far and is now getting darker and starting to develope his orange beak.

Thanks for looking!

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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Absolute clarity Hilary.
What a pleasing shot.



Hello Hil
If your juvi is the same as mine then they soon wise up a bit when the parents stop feeding..They tend to have a few more head turns towards an incoming moggie!!
As for being over exposed..I totally diasagree...you have managed the light proper well here with a superb inquisitive pose from juvi looking out against a superb black bg....This is a seriously good capture Hil.

hello Hilary

wonderful image of the juvenile Blackbird, very fine POV, DOF
and framing, beautiful hard luminosity of the image,
excellent sharpness and details and what a superb expression
on his eye-contact with you, TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-14 22:51]

Hello Hilary

Great pose - very good detail and colour, plus excellent framing. Well seen and captured.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-15 13:46]

Hi Hil,
great shot of this Blackbird.
I like the composition and POV.
Great DOF too.
I don't think this is over-exposed... I think you've exposed it very well!

Great work,


p.s thanks for the info about the owl place... I'll see if I can go there :-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-15 15:50]
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Hi Hilary,
Just marking this one, I will be back.

What an incredible compo Hilary. The deep background and nicely coloured trees sure compliment the bird. Point if view is well seen.
Thanks for this.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-16 4:57]

Hello Hilary, What a perfect focussed eye capture shot. Brilliant in all respect. Good one Ganesh smiley tmrw

Dear Hilary
Very nice shot of this Juvenile Blackbird,
Great focusing,lighting and composition,
Welldone my friend.

Good Luck

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-07-16 21:34]

Hi Hilary!

I discover your gallerie for the first time and I'm glad I did so. I notice that your favourite subject are the birds, a subject that I haven't dealed with yet. I'm impressed by the quality of your pictures. This picture here is very well composed and I like the natural frame around the bird.

Kind regards


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-17 6:26]

Hello Hilary
Nice portrait .Sharp iamge .With excellent detail.I also like the catch light in the light.
TFS Michel

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-18 11:03]

Hi Hilary,
What a wonderful composition of the juvenile among the greens.I feel the contrast offered by the colour of the bird works well against the lush green environment. I wonder why they are called Black Bird ...does it turn darker as it grows and would like to see it then too.

The bird is captured with quiet sharp details and clarity. It seems to be sitting there just taking in the surroundings. The catchlight in the eye makes it really come alive.Quite interesting PoV, one of those shots where despite the viewer not being able to see the whole bird, one is able to appreciate its beauty.

I do not see an over exposed area on the bird, rather it looks just perfect and well exposed.Perhaps it has to do with monitor calibration levels.The dark Bg adds to the scene and helps keep the focus on the main subject.Good idea to add the song of the bird..this was a new one for me...

TFS & Cheers

Hello Hilary,

The light seems just right to me, not oe at all! I really like how you have captured him peering out of the tree. He seems to have that inate curiousity common to many juveniles!
Lovely colours and nicely composed with your main image off-centre.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Hil
wonderful focus
excellent sharpness and details

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-20 2:32]

Merhaba Hilary,
Müthiş gözalıcı bir kare bu. Artalan , renkler ve kompozisyon kusursuz. Göz teması ve gaga tüy ayrıntıları da eklenince seyri çok güzel bir kare olmuş. Eline sağlık.

Hello Hil, excellent colour contrasts, nice light and good POV. The greenery helps to frame the shot well. My best rgds

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-21 12:16]

Hi Hilary

This is a really special shot and captures the cheeky look of these juvenile birds (one has just dug a big hole in my garden and spread dirt all over the garden path). I disagree with you as I think the bird is beautifully exposed. Great composition and pin sharp. I love it



Lovely Hilary. Very pleasing. I like the cheeky little head showing pose.

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