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A Caterpillar's Fate

A Caterpillar's Fate
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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: 2007-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sylvia Warblers, BIRDS of CYPRUS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-26 13:03
Viewed: 4072
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 63
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Akamas peninsula in NW Cyprus is not only famous for its mythical Aphrodite's Bath, which attracts large numbers of tourists, it is also well known for its unique flora and fauna.

Among the birds there are various species of warblers, including the Sardinian (Sylvia melanocephala). Though I have already posted a satisfactory shot, their activity makes them normally difficult to capture.

Then I saw this male in the shade of some scrub busy with a caterpillar. He was so intent on killing his catch that I was able to come within 5 meters. I took a couple of shots before he flew off with his catch.

The caterpillar is that of some species of moth, probably a species of noctuid.

ISO 200
Camera hand-held at a distance of about 5 meters.
Image cropped by about 40%
After size reduction, it was treated using Photshop 4 by reducing shade by 25% and sharpening.
Noise was treated using Neat Image.

I chose not to attempt to clone away the dry stems as this is the habitat of this species and because here there is a desirable framing effect.

Luis52, falke, jhm, ralfsworld, ridvan, Juyona, nglen, Hil, jaycee, Adanac, cicindela, iris, MMM, jmp, Debz, SkyF, angybone has marked this note useful
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bonjour ivan
voila un papillon qui ne vera jamais le jour!
en tout cas cela fait notre bonheur car cela ajoute de la couleur et de l'action a cette belle photo.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-26 13:07]
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Hi Ivan.- What a nice photo! Just in the right moment. Very sharp and clear with wonderful colors. Exelent BG. Like it a lot Ivan. TFS.

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  • Calaca (157)
  • [2007-04-26 13:24]

Excelente foto, que nitidez y colores, te felicito

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-04-26 13:39]

This is a remarkable photo, Ivan. Congratulations for the capture this moment.

Good composition, calm BG, exellent POV and above all, a fantastic moment!

We have found a hotel with WiFi internet once more on our roundtrip here i France. Now in the Dombe wetland area NE of Lyon.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-04-26 13:45]

Hello Ivan,

My compliments for this lovely image, the bird and his food for are offspring, what a splendid moment, and the sharpness and clarity are superb.

Best regards,

Hej Ivan
Really cool shot of this little bird. As I can see this guy was on way to eat some green caterpillar and the final result off all this action was one moth less on the Cyprus.
Detail and colours are really good.

... Vi syns på söndag morgon :)

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-26 14:20]

selam Ivan; amazing close up shot and nice comp with nice colours.interesting POV ,good BG and eye contact of this lovely bird atright moment. TFS
well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-26 14:34]

Hola Ivan, que buena captura amigo,
precioso y excelente trabajo, muy original.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-26 15:39]

Farewell cruel world!
The survival of the fittest in action here Ivan. Very good capture, and so well timed. Not easy to catch through the thorn bush, but you did it!

Ivan, this is excellent! It was fortunate that he was so hungry because it has allowed you to take a fine shot of him. The photo has so many plusses - detail, pov, dof, colours, sharp focus and it is also educational!
Well done!
Bev :-)

Belle photo de ce joli petit oiseau.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-26 16:35]

Hi Ivan .A very good shot.great detail and colour .with good compostin and timing to get the insect as well. and good DOF well done.TFS

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-26 18:00]

Hi Ivan

What a superb capture and excellent timing, its a wonderful pose with the Warbler with its juicey Caterpilla in its beak, really nice detail and great colours, it red eye is beautiful.

Regards Hilary :o)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-26 18:27]

Hi Ivan,

Your timing is perfectly. They really have beautiful birds on Cyrpus. This one with the big trophy in his mouth is wonderful. I like his colors and his red eye.


Hi Ivan.
Nice DOF and very hard angle to get this all in.I like this a lot.
Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-26 23:52]

Great scene, Ivan.
Perfect timing catching this caterpillar hanging from the warbler's beak.
Fantastic POV with good details and colors.
I really like that red rim around the eye.
TFS. : )

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-27 1:08]

Hello Ivan,

Good timing, TFS


Hi ,
Those branches don't distract me :-) and those eyes attracts my attention.The parameters like colors, details and DOF are excellent.
I like this picture
Goutham R

Hello Ivan!
This is really splendid picture! I like not only this bird species (I have never seen it before, I think), but also a perfect timing! Poor caterpillar ;>
Very good DOF and POV, I like also colours (the eye is just great!) and - as always, very interesting and informative note :)
TFS and best greetings!
Have a nice weekend!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-27 4:53]

Simply great and lovely shot. I like the way the bird is holding the caterpillar.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-27 5:07]

Hello Ivan
Perfect timing,a good photographer, a hungry Wabbler and a poor caterpillar all came together to make this wonderful shot.The wabbler no doubt is the hero., but imagine,if not for the little green life hanging on that beak, this picture woudn't 've been born at all!!!!That was his karma to the world!!

Beautifully captured and executed..nice idea not to clone off the branches...

TFS & Cheers

Hello neighbor!

This is a pleasure to be near this great capture from you! This moment caught is excellent with good exposure and details! This bird is so beautiful with its red eye! Well done (I'll be back to read your notes as I'm a little in a hurry) and I'll check this ID you suggested me. Thanks a lot ;)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-27 8:11]

Hi Ivan and really sorry for the delay.
I've been mostly out in the fild these past couple of days searching for some new animals :)

This is a splendid capture and an excellent timing from you!
What a great catch!
The details here are great and the natural colors are awesome!
Nevermind the difficult FG - with all those branches in front of the bird - it's just excellent that you captured it in such a great pose!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-27 8:26]

Hello Ivan,
This image has sharp details, superb colors and excellent composition, very well done Ivan.

The cannon has perfomed very well again in these difficult conditions. Considering the foreground the sharpness you achieved is very good.
I think its a good shot and the caterpillar is a bonus. You guys obviously had a lot of fun in Cyprus.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-27 20:34]

Hi Ivan
What a beautiful shot.Very good POV and sharp details.I loved the colors and and DOF .
TFS Michel

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-28 11:07]

Hi Ivan,
What a great moment you have captured here! Wonderful pose, details, bg and moment.
TF, José M.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-28 18:27]

This is a wow shot Ivan. So crisp, clean and sharp with action on the catch. Good colours, sharpnes, dof and pov.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-30 10:11]

Hi Ivan,
great catch, this one should feed the whole family ;-). Great composition with very interesting details and lovely colors. POV, sharpness and exposure are great.

I have to say that with the bird's naturally red eye, that caterpillar looks suspiciously like the worm from the bottom a bottle of tequila. ha ha

This was a great moment you captured! The shapes involved in this photo are interesting...the curve of the worm mimics the curve of the bird's neck in reverse. Very cool.
I also agree about the framing. The surroundings add to the 'feel' of the photo AND work well to draw attention to the worm and the eye. :)

Good to catch up with this lovely picture I somehow missed, Ivan.
A well composed and pleasing shot despite the dry twigs around the subject. In fact, they lend a natural touch to the image.
PS: I see the comedy in Luis52's critique. Ha, ha, ha!!!

Hi Ivan,

A special moment you captured here, and therefore the twigs partially obscuring the view is acceptable. You were so good to capture this, because a moment like this is usually just available for a millisecond. Well done.


P.S. Will be back to give points, they are finished.

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