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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-10 8:27
Viewed: 4090
Points: 22
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Blackcap ( Sylvia atricapillo )

This female Blackcap is a new bird to my garden this winter. I have only been able to get it to feed on this apple so far not the best pose.

DescriptionIt is a robust typical warbler, mainly grey in plumage. Like most Sylvia species, it has distinct male and female plumages: The male has the small black cap from which the species gets its name, whereas in the female the cap is light brown. This is a bird of shady woodlands with ground cover for nesting. The nest is built in a low shrub, and 36 eggs are laid. The song is a pleasant chattering with some clearer notes like a Blackbird. This full song can be confused with that of the Garden Warbler, but in the Blackcap, it characteristically ends with an emphatic fluting warble. Especially in isolated Blackcap populations (such as in valleys or on peninsulas and small islands), a simplified song can occur. This song is said to have a Leiern-type ("drawling") ending after the term used by German ornithologists who first described it. The introduction is like that in other Blackcaps, but the final warbling part is a simple alteration between two notes, as in a Great Tit's call but more fluting (Snow et al. 1998).

This small passerine bird is migratory, and northern and central European breeders winter in southern Europe and north Africa where the local populations are resident. It is hardier than most warblers, partly because it will readily eat small berries as well as the more typical warbler diet of insects.

In recent years, substantial numbers of central European birds have taken to wintering in gardens in southern England. Presumably the ready availability of food, particularly from bird tables, and the avoidance of migration over the Alps compensate for the sub-optimal climate. Bearhop et al. (2005) reported that birds wintering in England tend to mate only among themselves, and not usually with those wintering in the Mediterranean. This is because the short-distance migrants arrive back from the wintering grounds for breeding earlier than birds wintering around the Mediterranean, and of course have spent the winter together, when pair-bonds are initiated. The authors point out that division of a population by different migration routes can be a first step towards speciation.

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Hi Nicholas - a fantastic photo with great sharpness and POV. TFS

Hello Nicholas,
This photo is absolutely fantastic. Wonderful charming scene, perfect sharpness bird, cool colors. Bravo!

Cioa Nicholas. Magnificent dynamic posture for the bird perfectly focused and sharpened. Beautiful natural colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-10 10:30]

Hello Nick,
How nice to see a photo from you. And in the usual quality. Fantastic sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Great DOF and composition.

Ciao Nick, nice se you again on TN, my old friend, splendid light on beautiful bird, great capture on a lovely blurry BG, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-10 11:03]

Hello Nicholas,
lovely view of this small bird. Very sharp and very detailed view of the feathers, eyes and the colours. I like this view and the position is very pleasant.Best regards Siggi

Hello Nick,
Splendid capture with such lovely details and very nice colors.
Exceptional sharpness and superb focus.
Great composition!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-10 11:38]

Hello Nick,
I like the pose of this female Blackcap, taken with great sharpness and fine natural colours. I didn't know they fed on apple, though I knew that despite being insect eaters, blackcaps come to feeders.
We're OK but we've had a bad winter that has killed many small birds so that there are few coming to our feeders.
I have now acquired a 7D and I'm pleased with it so far but have had not much chance to use it.
Hope you and your family are well.
Kind regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-10 11:54]

Hi Nicholas,
Excellent photo of this species, very rare in winter, TFS!

hello Nick
very sharpness picture with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Hi Nick,

Great shot - i've never heard of black caps eating apples before but I guess they do!

lovely details in the birds feathers the 7D really is a great camera.



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