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Copyright: clint newsham (clint) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, Vivitar Series 1 100-400 1:4.5-6.5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-27 14:19
Viewed: 6361
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
fieldfare (turdus pilaris)
large loose flocks of fieldfares are a common feature of the winter landscape of britain. they are noisy,clamourous birds often seen in pasturessearching for seesd and small creatures such as spiders and centipedes,or on thick hawthorns attacking the red berries.
alternatively they may be seen flying overhead,sometimes in large flocks heading for a communal roost when their chattering or squeaking calls may be heard.
both fieldfares and redwings are northern species of thrush. few breed in this country but large numbers arrive in autumn to spend winter in a less severe climate.
fieldfares nest in a variety of british habitats,including farmland,woodland edges,forestry plantations, and moorland valleys.
the breeding season depends on the latitude,starting in april in the south of the birds range and as late as june in the north.
two clutches of five to six eggs are laid each year.
the eggs which are glossy and light blue with reddish brown speckles are incubated by the female.
for their 12 to 16 days in the nest the chicks are fed by both adults.

this one landed in the tree in the neighbours back garden in the early part of the year.
i managed to reel off about 40 shots and this was one of the best

sAner, pvb, Hil, Denis, Bufo, SelenE, Juyona, XOTAELE, SkyF, jmp, RAP, pauljk, Alex99, glazzaro, horia, manyee has marked this note useful
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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-27 14:21]

Excellent shot. Very sharp details and lovely colors. The background is perfect and makes this almost like a painting. The berry in the beak of the bird is a bonus. Well done & TFS!


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-27 14:27]

Hi Clint,

Wonderful shot of this beautiful Bird, a really nicely composed shot with a great POV and I love the pose with the Berry in the Fieldfare's beak, the details are excellent with beautful natural colours and perfect lighting.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Clint,
It almost does look like studio work. Such great sharpness and such a beautiful OOF BG. You've captured a awesome moment. A pitty that you got some pixel distortion with the compression.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-27 14:47]

A Fantastic shot Clint from this bird , a beauty compositie detaals colours light pov and bg ,Greetings Teunie ,And Happy New Year .

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  • Denis Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 178] (12)
  • [2006-12-27 14:48]

Hello Clint,
Beautiful picture of a bird I see for the first time. The colors are nice and the neutral background puts the subject in evidence. I like the diagonal composition and the berries really make a difference. In short, it is very good and I like.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-12-27 14:51]

Wow Clint,
the fieldfare has a high rank on my 'want-to-take-a-picute-of' list. But after having seen your image I wonder why bother. I find this picture really stunning: sharp with beautiful background colours and a great pose. For me it worth more than just a compliment.
Regards, Jacob

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-27 14:56]


Superbe photo,tout est parfaits et de grande qualité.
Merci Clint!

fantastic, sharp picture, TFS Ori

great shot Clint !
Perfect dof,magic colours and sharp !

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-27 16:01]

Hi Clint,
Superb photo quality! Great timing, composition, focus, sharpness, POV and colors. Great work! Bravo and TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-27 16:16]

Maravilloso Clint, un placer esta bella foto, buenos detalles y agradables tonos, saluddos

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2006-12-27 16:57]

Hello Clint
Super shot, Great work!
Greeting from France Robi

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2006-12-27 16:59]

super foto, kolory i tlo bardzo ladnie komponuje, a i moment dobrze uchwycony

Preciosa imagen Clint. Muy buenos detalles y una nitidez estupenda. Preciosa composición. Muchos saludos, JL.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-27 17:26]

Hello Clint,
this is a stunner, simple but very effectful composition. The focus totally on the bird without any distraction in the BG. I love the red berries it adds a lot of interest.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-27 17:30]

Hi Clint,
Lovely capture, like a painting! Colours and fruit in the beak are wondeful!
TFS, José M.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-27 18:06]

Another impacting image Clint for the sharpness and fundamentally for the composition.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, colors, background, DOF, focus, sharpness, lighting, framing, timing, PP and notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

I believe that it deserved the 40 shots to be able to show us so beautiful presentation.
Best regards... Ricardo

Hi CLint,
Top shot. Very sharp with excelent DOF, giving the BG a lovely soft rendering. Great composition and timing with the berry in mouth.

Hello Clint
Very nice picture,Good colours,details and sharpness,Good job

* Piotr *


I love this shot, it is crisp and clear, dof and pov is really good. I love all the different colors. Great job,


superbe photo

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-12-27 21:23]

Beautiful shot,lovely composition..TFS!!!

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2006-12-28 0:40]
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Hello Clint
Like you I am also a new one on Trek Nature, but it seems you are definitifely an old hand at photography.
Excellent photo, lovely background, beautiful colours, very sharp focus.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-28 1:41]

Hello Clint,
This is of course a fine capture of the Fieldfare taken at just he right moment.
Though this is obviously a shot taken in the wild, your manipulation of the BG and the centered lighting tends to make this look like a shot taken in the studio.
But that may be a matter of opinion.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hi Clint,

This is a good picture. I like it very much. The bird is feeding, so there is action in the picture, the pose and the composition is perfect, the light is perfect, as well as the focus and DOF, and the BG is also perfect. Very well done.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-28 9:57]

Hi Clint.
BRAVO. Excellent bird picture. Really piece of art.
Perfect details, colours and sharpness of all captured objects. Very nice composition and attractive lighting. Amazing pictured scene and moment. I think the BG is work by artist but not camera and lens. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Clint,

Good work. You chose a very god moment to capture the image. The soft background makes the picture look like a painting.

Regards, Murali

Perfect timing to catch this bird with a fruit in his beak. Great sharpness and details. Regards, Yvonne

Nice work Clint great post processing background is a bit overdone some bleed into the image with the brush but very inspiring rgds Necip. Sorry Points tomorrow.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-28 12:02]

Hi Clint,
It almost looks like this photo is taken in a studio. Sharpness and details are excellent. Nice composition and pov.
TFS Paula

A real beauty, excellent shot Clint and welcome to Treknature!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-28 15:54]

Hi Clint

What a splendid capture and what a great timing! :)
The pose that this lovely fieldfare gave you here is most charming and the POV from where the picture was taken is excellent.
Also the details are impeccably sharp, the colors are lovely and well saturated and the lighting is great.
All-in-all a superb composition.
Bravo, TFS and Happy Holidays!

Hi Clint,
This is a magnificent shot. Fantastic timing to get this moment.
To me, this is faultless, a wonderful capture.
Thanks for posting, have a great 2007.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-29 1:15]

What a lovely composition, Clint.
The bird has beautiful markings, that are being shown in sharp details and good exposure. The colors are wonderful. Those red berries really stand out and anchor the shot.
TFS. : )

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-29 10:51]

Hi Clint,
Great capture very good timing.
Nice background and point of view.
Happy new year

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-01 2:14]

HI Clint,
Lovely image the red berries do add a lot of zing to it.
Badruddin Ali

Hi Clint
Preciosa foto y precioso entorno también de este bello zorzal, es una gran foto. Es el formato completo o es un recorte?.
Un saludo y gracias por tan bella foto.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-03 20:16]

Hello Clint,

Just one word for your picture PERFECT.

Hello Clint,
I think that it´s superb image. I like very much the moment captured, colours, illumination and specially the background effect.
Great job!

WoW! It looks like a studio shot! This is a beautiful, rare and precious capture,

Great shot.. nice washed out background.. though i think a light green or some other brighter coloured background may have made the picture even more beautiful. Anyways,.. good work

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