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Fan-tailed Warbler

Fan-tailed Warbler
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BIRDS of CYPRUS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-29 12:52
Viewed: 3821
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Both the bird and the plant inhabit wasteland.

The plant seems to be a variation of the Purple Star-thistle (Centaurea calcitrapa). It is invasive, found mainly on waste ground, but can invade areas with sensitive native plants and replace them.

The Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis) is a fairly common resident in the Mediterranean countries and its range extends eastwards into Eastern Asia. It frequents areas with tall grass and low shrubs, often weedy waste areas and nests low in the vegetation.

The male marks his territory by flying around with an undulating flight at a height of up to 20 meters making a ‘dzip’…..’dzip’ call at intervals of about a second. Occasionally he descends to perch on a tall plant like the Star-thistle shown.

There is little visible difference between the sexes, but the male has a darker bill during the breeding season.

ISO 200
Camera hand-held at a distance of about 12 meters.
Image heavily cropped
After size reduction the image was sharpened and treated for noise using Neat Image.

kokos101, Jamesp, Hil, jaycee, glazzaro, pvs, Pentaxfriend, Necipp, Adanac, MMM, anel, JORAPAVI, fiyo has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-29 12:56]

Hi Ivan

Nice shot with good composition and DOF.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-29 13:11]

Hi Ivan,

Superb shot of the Warbler, a really nicely composed shot, superb POV and pose too, the colour pallet is very nice and a lovely blurred BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-29 13:11]

Hello Ivan

A lovely composition,the spiky plant makes a good perch.The DOF and your POV are excellent.The BG is beautiful .The shot is well illuminated and brings out very good colour and detail.TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-29 13:14]

Hi Ivan,

A beautiful picture. The warbler is perfect - lovely pose and expression. Beautiful soft colors and lovely composition. Wonderful setting and bg.


Well taken, beautiful little bird.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-29 16:04]

Hello Ivan,
Very good photo of the Warbler and the plant. Together they make a special composition in beautiful colours.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-29 16:15]
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Hi Ivan,

A nice capture although it is a bit soft due to the heavily crop and siize reduction and sharpening,but as this bird is not that often posted,it is together with the not an interesting one,we are at the moment underway to Algiers again,and about 1 hour ago an big predator on deck (probably a kind of eagle or hawk) unfortunatly a bit too dark to take some shots,but will keep my eyes open tomorrow morning as he might be still in the neighbourhood if he uses the vessel as hotel thi night,after Algiers we will make a tip from augusta to cyprus (larnaca),so maybe I have some possibbilties to go ashore overthere and make some shots,


Hi Ivan.
Very nice shot. Background is nice, perfect composition. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Ivan,

Beautyfull composition
perfect POV, DOF,colours and BG

TFS Thijs

  • Necipp Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1110 W: 15 N: 21] (100)
  • [2007-04-29 16:48]

lovely shot Ivan good pose nicely sepeated from background great pov good light tfs rgds Necip. pt

An uncomfortable place ;-(
Hi Ivan,
it's a beautiful bird, I like your shot - I think it's a very shy bird, you had great luck to capture it, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-29 18:01]

Hello Ivan,
Good capture although the heavy cropping hurt the clarity a bit, the subject is well colored and the composition is very good, thanks Ivan.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-29 21:16]

Hi Ivan
Nice composition , sharp picture with nice colors and good POV.

Hi Ivan,
Nice shot on this small warbler. POV and composition are great. Beautiful natural colors.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-30 3:45]

Hello Yvan,
Youi seem to have seen quite a lot of birds on Cyprus. I like the composition of this picture, the earth-colours and the wonderful thistle on which the bird is posed.The background is ideal too.
Thank's and best regards

Hola Ivan,
Preciosa imagen, bonito POV, la nitidez del pajarillo y las púas es excelente, el brillo en el ojo es magnífico, la luz y el fondo muy agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-30 6:18]

Hello Ivan,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Sharpness,details and colors are very nice.
Very well done .TFS

hello ivan!
wonderful photo, great compositon, sharpness and excellent DOF.


Hello Ivan,
The image is still a bit noisy but it is so beautiful! I love this composition, great colors and beautiful specie. It is so nice to see it standing on this plant and it makes a fine subject. Your notes are interesting. Thanks,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-05-05 7:44]

Excellente photo,la composition est jolie et la pose de l'oiseau est parfaite.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-05-05 10:34]

Imcomparable perchoir pour ce charmant volatile.
Bonne journée.

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