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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: 2009-01-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 3200, Canon EF 1.4x Extender II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-23 3:56
Viewed: 3829
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Redwing captured at my backyard. He was part of a flock of 5 birds.

The light was extremely poor and I had to use ISO 3200, lens was wide open, 1.4x extender, hand held (with IS on) and quite long shutter speed 1/80. All parts of a potential catastrophy present so I hope you like the picture.

From Birdguides:

Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

In: Redwing Ca: Tord ala-roig Da: Vindrossel De: Rotdrossel Es: Zorzal alirrojo Fi: punakylkirastas Fr: Grive mauvis It: Tordo sassello Nl: Koperwiek No: R°dvingetrost Pt: Tordo-ruivo Sv: R÷dvingetrast US: Eurasian Redwing Ru: Белобровик

The Redwing most closely resembles the Song Thrush but is best identified by the obvious buff stripes over its eye and through the moustache. These features are often more obvious than the red flanks and red underwing which give the species its name.

Breeds in woodland and scrub. Winters in hedges, fields, and gardens.

Redwings often sing in their winter quarters, especially towards the end of the winter. This singing is usually performed by birds in flocks which obviously aren't defending a territory or indeed planning to, unless the territory is confined to their bit of space within the flock.

A migrant or partial migrant depending on range. Northernmost populations winter in western Europe from Scotland southwards across Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey.

Morigann, Argus, siggi, nglen, maurydv, boreocypriensis, CeltickRanger, ferranjlloret, Adanac, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Hello Pekka,
this is a great capture with a fine looking Redwing well composed in your photo. Nice DOF and fine details sharp.
Very well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-23 6:42]

Hello Pekka,
A fine close capture of an overwintering Redwing. Even though it is a little soft owing to the limited lighting, you captured it from a fine POV and pose to show the White stripe over the eye and the reddish part of the body by the wing.
A great backyard shot and thanks for sharing it!
Have a good weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-23 9:45]

Hello Pekka
Nice capture, Very good composition and point of view, good sharpness and depth of field, lovely natural colors and nice light.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-23 12:56]

Hi Pekka. I was watching some Redwings the other day. But i could not get close enough to get a picture. You have the light against you and hand held so all in all you have not done to bad. You picture shows the colours and markings so well. TFS. Nick..
Have a good weekend.

Hi Pekka,
great capture of a Redwing, you have taken this bird in a feeble light, but the result is very good; i like the natural colours.
TFS. Good week end.

Hi Pekka, nice capture of this colourful beauty with lovely pose in a fine composition.
TFS. Have a nice weekend MF!


hello Pekka

excellent photography of this Turdus family bird,
shot with fine POV and DOF, very well framed
i love the good space you leaved in-front of the bird,
beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones,
great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-23 15:17]

Hi Pekka,

This is a handsome bird and one that I am not familiar with. The pose is wonderful showing off the two-colored beak, the nice facial markings and his lovely plumage. Your garden makes a fine setting and the composition is excellent.


Hello Pekka
Nice capture of this Turdus iliacus, well composedand POV good sharpness and fine details. TFS and best regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-24 8:09]

Though the shot is hazy (looks like) but it has a lot of nature details. Good work. Ganesh

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-24 18:17]

Hello Pekka,
Nice capture of this species in a wonderful setting. Composition, colors and point of view are excellent, thank you Pekka.

Hi Pekka,
Great looking bird mf..
I have two or three of his family visiting here right now (Turdus migratorious).
I like the POV & overall comp, nice color.

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