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Watchful Eye

Watchful Eye
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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, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sylvia Warblers, BIRDS of CYPRUS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-29 6:50
Viewed: 6079
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my second post of the Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax).

The species name ’melanothorax’ means ‘dark chest’. This is indeed the main distinguishing feature between the Cyprus and Sardinian Warblers, the latter having a light greyish breast without the blackish markings of the former.

There is, however, a less obvious distinguishing feature. Here the eye has a flesh-coloured ring round it. The ring around the Sardinian Warbler’s eye is a bright red.

Both species are very active, energetically searching for insects in the bushes of the macchia-type of vegetation where they are found. This shot shows a male keeping an eye on the photographer for a second before disappearing into the thicket again.

The female is similar but duller in tones and her head is grey instead of black.

The Cyprus Warbler breeds only on Cyprus, where it is relatively common. The nest is close to the ground, where it t is hidden under a bush. It overwinters in Israel and Jordan along dried river beds, or wadis.

This was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 6-7 meters.
ISO 200
Cropped by about 50%
After size reduction PP work included sharpening and treatment of the BG with Neat Image.

GLEM, Adanac, Maite, jcoowanitwong, Alex99, angybone, JORAPAVI, rousettus, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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Hi dear Ivan ,
very nice image with lovely mood.
well composed and vivid colours.
thanks for sharing
Best wishes

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-29 7:33]

salut Ivan,
originale prise de vue dans son milieu naturel. Effectivement son oeil ressort bien de l'ensemble vert. J'ai l'impression que le converter fait perdre en piqué, j'ai le même problème.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-29 8:14]

Hello Ivan,
Great work with nice details and great colors it is getting tough to find openings in folage to get shots, thanks for sharing.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-29 8:17]

What a cute and marvellous capture, Ivan!
How much I like this bird and its pose between the Cyprus green!
Fantastic POV, DOF and composition.

Hi Ivan,
It is nice to see a bird image from above. This image is well composed. Sharpness and exposure are great. Colors are vivid and well saturated. Beautiful natural surroundings.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-29 9:38]

Hi Ivan,
Awesome shot of this warbler. Perfect natural lighting, colours, sharpness, focus and BG. Excellent POV. I like the way it juts its head out from the foliage and the intense eyes. Gorgeous eyes it has. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

bonjour ivan
bon coup d'oeil,l'oiseau etait presque entierement caché.la tête est bien nette et detaillée,j'aime aussi le rouge dans l'oeil qui lui donne un mauvais air.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-29 12:18]

Hi Ivan.
What an unique scene. I am impressed so much. Amazing POV and great DOF. Sunlight is wonderful as well as the crisp details of the plant and bird. Its pose are fantastically expressive and fine. Great luck for photographer. My compliments and TFS. See you tomorrow.

What a fascinating little bird!
Marvelous eye detail and the feathers look great.
The setting is perfect - shows us the nature of the little thing.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-29 15:52]

hi, well presented pose with splendid colours,nice pose and BG with good compo TFS wel done

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-29 20:15]

Hi Ivan, wonderful I must say. Congratulations in a fine capture, great POV, soft composition, and excellent collors.. well done

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-30 7:25]

Ivan yes they are very watchful. You are morethan to take the shot as you were very watchful. TFS Ganesh

Hi Ivan, great portrait with wonderful colors, excellent details, splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-30 10:03]

Hi Ivan,

A beautiful capture of this warbler in the interesting and pretty tree. Colors and details are wonderful showing us the ring around the eye and the markings on the plummage. Lovely shot.


Hola Ivan,
Simpática y curiosa presentación, la pose es genial, buena nitidez y luz conseguidas, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-31 6:44]

The photo screams loud the pain you must have had to get a good shot of this Cyprus Warbler.But depsit the fact that it wasn't easy a shot for you to manage, this is a very intresting one Ivan.
I love that head standing out keeping an eye on you , while nestled in between the greens.
The lighting is wonderful and the composition is a really good one.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Ivan,
Very nice shot!
Congrat and TFS,

Hi Ivan,
I am pleasure such a beautiful bird. Very nice capture and pose. Lovely colors. Deatils and focus very good. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing
Best wishes

Hello Ivan

Beautiful photo of the Cyprus Warbler, fine POV
and framing of the bird with the tree branch,
excellent light, expressive eye-contact, TFS


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