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"I love Bugs!" :-)

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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-17 0:48
Viewed: 2956
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Blackbird that's reared three chicks in my garden.
One afternoon she came right up to the open backdoor and showed off her beak-full of critters :-)

I will be in the Lake District from today till Monday so won't be able to critique or post in that time... I will see you all soon! :-)


Heaven, Juyona, maurydv, uleko, jconceicao, ramthakur, bahadir, eqshannon, jaycee, Luis52, boreocypriensis, rousettus, goldyrs, JoshLewis, Jamesp, elizabeth, hester, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-07-17 0:52]

Hello Joe,
Great capture, lovely to see so sharp and full of details, according to me I can see some windows in its eye, very special.
Greetings and have nice weekend

hello joe,
lovely capture, the image is sharp and the detials are awesome,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Joe!

A surprising and amazing picture, with great details! I wish him a good appetite and a fine stay to you at the Lake District! I'm looking forward to seeing the results of that trip.

Kind regards


On the road with slow connection. Just marking up now.

Hi Joe,
A lovely captured portrait of this beautiful black bird. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-17 2:03]

Hola amigo,
interesante retrato,
deliciosos reflejos en el ojo del ave,
plumaje y color hermosos...
saludos Joe.

Hi Joe

This is an excellent portrait. The focus and sharpness are perfect, with great details. The eyes look amazing. She does seem to be feasting on those bugs!


Un'altra bellissima cattura di femmina di merlo, eccellenti POV e composizione che esaltano la notevole quantità di prede nel becco, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e copmplimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-17 3:37]

Hello Joe,
A superb close portrait of a female Blackbird with a mouthful of insects. Technically superb with good details including those of the different species of caught insect that she keeps under her tongue.
TFS and have a good time in the Lake District!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-17 3:46]

Hello Joe,
Wow, what a lovely meal!! We have a pair of Blackbirds breeding in the hedge and no doubt they're guilty of decimating the insects in the garden this year! Superb and very well- timed capture! Impressive sharp details and beautiful colours. It stands out very nicely against the green background. Well done!!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-17 4:46]

Hello Joe,

I love these sharp details of plumage and vivid colors of this Blackbird. Well exposed closeup Joe. Backdoor also visible in the eye. Bugs in the beak are so clear.POV, DOF and composition are great.

Lovely capture and thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi Joe,

Fantastic close up.Great capture.Excellent sharpness,light and conposition.

It is a mouthful, no doubt, and she is justified in showing it off to a prodigy nature photographer, Joe. She knows he would bring her to instant fame :)!
A masterpiece of an image, my young friend.
Have a field day in Lake District and remember me to the spirit of Wordsworth there, okay?

Hi Joey,
Fantastic crisp clean sharp image w excellent detail..

Well done

Best regards,

Hello Joe,
A superb portrait capture of this bug-eating Blackbird. TFS.
Regards, Bahadır

Looks like an episode of "Survivor"..those are the folks who will eat just about anything...protein or not, not for me thanks...I did buy some chocolate covered grasshoppers once from a company called Reese...in a can...but never ate them...I thought the food was "for the birds"! Great shot of a daily routine!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-17 8:19]

Hello Joe

Wow that is quite a cornucopia of insects.
Like trail mix for birds.
The focus is spectacular showing wonderful detail.
The colours and lighting are excellent.
Great job.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-17 9:25]

Hi Joe,

You even have birds trained to come to you to show off their prizes? Amazing shot of this Blackbird with his beak full of assorted goodies. The close-up is beautiful with excellent details of the face, eye, beak and feathers. Wonderful natural colors and a superb background. Enjoy your holiday!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-17 9:42]

Hola Joe.
This Blackbird looks very busy collecting insects. Lovely photo Joe. Very sharp and with excellent detail.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-07-17 10:30]

Ola Joe
Maravilhosa foto desta ave muito bela se alimentando, a captura da sua cabeça ficou muito bonita e nitida, a luminosidade da foto esta excelente.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-17 17:08]

Hi Joe,this artwork no need comment beacuse talk alone,just my best best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Joe
splendid capture my friend,
all is perfect on this great shot,

Hi Joe
A glorious shot of this beautiful Blkackbird in feeding:)
Great details on plumage and well focused with perfectly managed angle.
Well done OwlMan:-)
TFS and Cheers,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-18 8:54]

Hello Joe! Well done on that close-up prtrait of the Blackbird, great details and very good exposure, good moment too, good work!


Hello Joe
it must be very very hungry:)) I like this very much. excellent portrait for hunting blackbird. Sharp details, POV and eyes contact super. Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend

Lol!Joe!What at shot! And a perfect title!
Very well done!


Nice photo Joey! This reminds me of when I was just as camp there would be a bird that would fly into the dining hall were we eat, and it happend again, then after that there was a squirrel.... what next a racoon we thought, but we got lucky and scared them off when ever they got close to coming back into the room.... did I ever mention there were lots of people too which supprised me and the one bird would fly on the celling. Thanks Joey for sharing this one! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-19 23:28]

Hi Joe

The detail you have captured here is simply amazing. Great pose too.


A wonderful shot with loads of detail. She sure can stuff a lot of bugs in that beak! Exposure and composition are great! TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-21 13:32]

How lovely to have this beauty come up to your back door. I have some young blackbirds in my garden and I think one is digging a tunnel to china.

This is a perfect portrait, sharp, well composed, lovely pose and perfectly exposed



Just marking for now

Sharpness 4/5
Focus 5/5
Noise 5/5
Composition 4/5
Impact 4/5
Depth of Field 4/5
Detail 4/5
Background 3/5
Light 4/5

Overall 4/5

Well done.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-27 13:32]

Merhaba Joe,
Bu ne muhteşem bir portre böyle. Artalan renler ve kesinlik kusursuz görünüyor. Bonusuyla birlikte oldukça gözalıcı bir kare elde etmişsiniz. Elinize sağlık.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-04 10:42]

Hi Joe.
Fantastic image of the cute bird with excellent trophies in the beak. All is amazing. I am impressed with framing and composition, superb lovely colours, stunning details of all pictured subject and great smooth impressive BG. Top quality shot of a nice photo model. Thanks from me and its relatives :). My compliments and take care.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-25 10:15]

Hello Joe,
From the last weeks I had a lot of photos to work off. This one I enjoy very well. What a beautiful portret in an excellent exposure. Very good quality in all aspects! The sharpness is really perfect and wonderful catchlight in the eye.
Kind regards,

Simplemente impresionante !!

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