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Now its time to sing

Now its time to sing
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing, Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-16 1:12
Viewed: 3129
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Whitethroat male singing at RSPB Dungeness nature reserve.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Whitethroat, Sylvia communis, is a common and widespread typical warbler which breeds throughout Europe and across much of temperate western Asia. This small passerine bird is strongly migratory, and winters in tropical Africa, Arabia and India.
This is one of several Sylvia species that has distinct male and female plumages. Both sexes are mainly brown above and buff below, with chestnut fringes to the secondary remiges. The adult male has a grey head and a white throat. The female lacks the grey head, and the throat is duller. The Whitethroat's song is fast and scratchy, with a scolding tone.
This species was believed by some to be closely related to the Lesser Whitethroat, the species having evolved only during the end of the last ice age similar to the Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs. But researchers learned soon that this is not correct, and now it is known that white throats are unreliable morphological markers for relationships in Sylvia. Chestnut wing patches, like white throats, seem to be plesiomorphic, but indicate phylogeny better. Nonetheless, apart from the Whitethroat not being closely related to the Lesser Whitethroat group, little can be resolved as it seems a fairly basal taxon.
This is a bird of open country and cultivation, with bushes for nesting. The nest is built in low shrub or brambles, and 3-7 eggs are laid. Like most "warblers", it is insectivorous, but will also take berries and other soft fruit.

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Hello Pekka,
Very good lighting on this beautiful Whitethroat well captured with a good pose of it!
good image with fine sharpness, good colour and details
very well done
best regards

This little guy looks very much in control! - good picture.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-05-16 2:50]

Hello Pekka,
I like such composition in natural environment. Good moment when bird is singing.
Regards, Pawel

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-16 5:50]

Hi Pekka,
He's so busy singing :o) Good timing to catch him like this. TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-16 8:00]

Hi Pekka,

There is nothing I love more than a good picture of a singing bird. This isn't good - it's wonderful. I have not seen this bird before and he is adorable. Great shot with sharp details, wonderful colors, fantastic pose and a beautiful setting.


Well, is it complaining or singing?This is a lovely shot in terms of timing and overall composition!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-16 14:11]

Excellent shot of this Whitethroat!
The singing pose is brilliant!
Great composition.
Superb DOF and BG.
Nice colours.
Well done, Pekka!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-16 23:10]

Hi Pekka

Great shot - good framing plus great colour and excellent detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi Pekka, lovely bird in wonderful pose with splendid details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Pekka, a wonderful singing pose..
Great detail and color, it's well seen/framed in this natural "thorny" setting :)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-05-18 10:55]

Hello Pekka , A Fantastic picture , I love the colours and the sharpnes , incredible details , great pov bg also a very interesting note , tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

hello pekka

another of your great bird shots that i missed in the last week,
supern shot of the Whitethroat, with fine POV, DOF and framing,
lovely luminosity of the image, grat sharpness and details,
the image was shot at the best moment when the bird is singing, TFS


Good capture of the mood.

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