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Ring Ouzel

Ring Ouzel
Photo Information
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: 2007-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-09 1:42
Viewed: 3834
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Ring Ouzel at Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales National Park.

This seems to be the first time in TN.

Though Ring Ouzels look quite similar to Blackbirds their behaviour is different and taking a picture is a challenge. You can't easily get close.

From Birdguides:

Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)

In: Ring Ouzel Ca: Merla de pit blanc Da: Ringdrossel De: Ringdrossel Es: Mirlo de collar Fi: sepelrastas Fr: Merle plastron It: Merlo dal collare Nl: Beflijster No: Ringtrost Pt: Melro-de-peito-branco Sv: Ringtrast US: Ring Ouzel Ru: Белозобый дрозд

The species is the upland equivalent of the Blackbird. Males are like Blackbirds, but with a conspicuous white breast-band and pale fringes to the wing feathers. Females are similar but the chest-band is duller and its plumage browner. Both the male and female are obviously scaly underneath and have grey edges to their wing feathers making the wings paler than the body.

Breeds in moorland and mountainous areas especially around rocky cloughs or outcrops.

Birds in southern Europe simply move to lower altitudes in winter. The rest of the population migrates south to Iberia and north Africa.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-09 1:58]

Hi Pekka

I for one have never seen a Ring Ouzel - though they were one of the first birds we learnt about. Well done on this lovely shot and your TN first.


Hi Pekka,
nice pic of this rarest Turdus torquatus,
Regards. Ferran

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-09 3:34]

Congratualtions on this TN first, Pekka!
Ring Ouzels are very shy and difficult to approach, so you did well in capturing this one that shows up well against the moorland grass.
I got within 30 meters of one that I photographed in Lappland but the result was not as good as this.
Kind regards,

Great capture with your long lens, Pekka.
If it is the first picture of this bird on TN, I must congratulate you heartily.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-09 7:55]

Hello Pekka,
Outstanding first for TrekNature Pekka. Nice composition with good colors and sharpness. Thanks for sharing My Friend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-09 8:37]

Hello Pekka,
Beautiful photo of this Ring Ouzel. And the first one on TN - Congratulations. Very nice warm colours, good sharpness and composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-09 8:50]

Hi Pekka,

Congratulations on presenting the first Ring Ouzel on TN - perhaps because they are so evasive no one else could get a shot. A beautiful capture - even from a distance the details are excellent of his head, eye, wing and plummage. I love the yellow beak. He stands out very well from the natural setting.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-09 12:40]

Hi Pekka. I have never seen or heard of this bird before so thanks for posting. Yes it look like a black bird even the way it stands. I would think you had to take this at a distance all the same well done TFS and congrats on the first on TN.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-09 12:46]

Hello Pekka,
this is wonderful, the Ring Ouzel gives you a wonderful pose. Very well captured. POV, sharpness and colors are very nice.
Best regards Siggi

hello Pekka

each day or almost we learn on new speecies in TN,
the Ring Ouzel it is new for me, excellent shot with fine
POV, DOF and framing, i love that with the bird
we see a big part of its environement, beautiful warm
luminosity and colour tones, excellent sharpness and details,
and the eye-catch-light is at point, TFS


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-12-09 16:29]

Hello Pekka,
A beautiful bird that I have never heard of.. Great shot and
excellent POV.. Well done


Hi Pekka,
Is not easy to achieve a first time specie in TN.
And you've got a very clear image of the R. Ouzels, while standing over the grass.
Congratulations for the scoop and thanks for share.
Best regards,

Hi Pekka
Well done on capturing one of these elusive birds. I watch out for them every autumn at Durlston near Swanage on the coast of Southern England. They normally rest and feed here before crossing the English Channel and continuing their migration. Not seen one yet!
Good detail and lighting and a nice pose by the bird.

Hi Pekka,
Clear detail and a nice pose on this first of its kind here on TN.
Good comp & POV also :)

Hi Pekka

A species I've heard of but never seen, thanks for sharing.
I like the composition in this field.
Good sharpness and details.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-10 5:45]

Hello Pekka,
Well done, this is a very fine bird that I've never seen. Even though it is far away you show it in a fine pose displying its markings very nicely.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-10 13:39]

Hi Pekka,
another superb shot of an unusual bird.
I think you're right, this is the first photo of a Ring Ouzel on TN! :-)
Very good sharpness.
Well composed.

Great work!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-10 19:58]

Hello Pekka, Lovely composition and great colorful picture. The bird is standing out in the frame. Well done Ganesh

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