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Zitting Cisticola (Grässångare)

Zitting Cisticola (Grässångare)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300mm f/4 USM L, Digital RAW 400, Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-04-23 3:34
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Thanks for all kind words of my previous post.

This small bird is Zitting Cisticola.
I took this by the walk down on the beach in Ayia Napa in the end of march. It's a very small active bird who really attacked me when I came to close to it's nest.

I got of course help with the ID by Christodoulos

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Zitting Cisticola or Streaked Fantail Warbler[2] (Cisticola juncidis), is an Old World warbler in the genus Cisticola. This genus is sometimes split off with various other southern warbler genera and given family status as the Cisticolidae. This species was previously known as Fan-tailed Warbler , but the current name gives consistency with the many tropical cisticola species, and avoid confusion with an American species also named Fan-tailed Warbler

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Canon 300mm/F4.0 L, 1,4x extender,Pattern metering, +2/3ev, ISO 400, Raw-format, av-mode.
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Well calibrated Eizo S-pva monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

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Hi Gert,

Nice to see a new shot of you, dear Friend. Amazing sharpness and DoF, while the composition's second to none. Not only your lens is working very well, but your mind also. :) Simple yet fabulous compo, fantastic natural colors. Top class image without doubt. Bravo.

This species is very interesting for me, because it only has one record from my country, from 2006.

Tfs, friendly regards, László

Ciao Gert, lovely bird in nice action, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful light and colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

Great photo Gert!! The POV, the composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent. Nice to see another photo from Cyprus.
My best wishes,

Hi Gert,
Thanks for your passage in my Egretta garzetta.
This Zitting Cisticola is fantastic! Very beautiful pic.
Sharpness and warm colours are fantastic.
Excellent composition and very nice BG.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Gert,

sharpenss, colour and frame is very nice ... good composition...congraculation...best regards...


Hallo Gert
Such a pretty bird is this Zitting Cisticola. How beautifully it is shaped to perfection. The assortment of colours in its feathers is really special, the tiny piece of food in its beak an additional bonus and the proud pose so lovely. A really nice bird which displays beautifully against the soft backdrop. The light in the image is ever so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Good photo of this bird, always seen from a distance! regards yiannis

Hello Gert

This is a great close-up photo of this small bird
with his catch, great POV and framing, wonderful light
and color tones, great focus sharpness and details,
very very beautiful bokeh of the background,
as always the catch-light render the photo
more and more beautiful, TFS


Hi Gert,

Fantastic capture of this litle bird.
Colours,light and sharpness are excellent.
Good composition.

Hi Gert,

Beautiful picture of this little bird.
The sharpness is great & blurry BG is nice. The colors & light is good. Well done & TFS.


You capture a decisive moment of this bird, well composed and brilliant colour.

Hello Gert !
Outstanding pic showing this little bird! The sharpness is very impressive! Lovely lightness and elegant BG! Really a master piece!
Many congrats and TFS,
NIce w-end et Happy Easter!

Hello Gert, good you already own, then if we add that while also Chrimakris, that's what we get, the fabulous pictures like this one. Perfect in all respects. A masterpiece. All the best, Paul

Wonderful bird portrait!!!

Great shot gert, they are getting more common here in the netherlands, hopefully i get a chance at a shot like this some day,\

well done

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-04-23 11:30]

Hello Gert,
You managed to catch in very interesting moment. The bird have plumage like sparrows from distance. Pose is joyful and excellent clear BG.
Have Happy Eastern, Pawel

Bonjour Gert,
Superbe scène de la vie sauvage magnifiquement restituée sous un bon angle de prise de vue et une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Gert,
very nice photo of this lunch of this bird. Perfect point of view. Amazing sharpness, colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-23 15:11]

Hi Gert,this is fantastic pic tkane whit a perfect timing too! What a quality and what a composition,impossible to make better! Happy Easter and thanks to show us thie beauty! Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-24 6:30]

Good composition for this beauty with feed, great colors. tfs.

great prey capture, TFS Ori

Bonjour Gert,

Beautifull shot showing the bird eating habits. Of course, technically there is not fault, sharp focus, perfect exposre. Artistically, tight cropping, beautifull "bohkey", simple and sober presentation to keep attention on main subject. As usual, a beautifull work. TFS.


Perfecto ...friend Gert! Perfecto! At least your part as a Photographer seems executed flawlessly! Truly! Perfect demonstration of your great skills! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-05 6:42]

Hello Gert,
What a perfection! The contrasting colours in the Zitting Cisticola are splendid. And so are the sharpness and details. Wonderful eye contact. The prey is a big bonus in the photo. Excellent smooth BG and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-13 6:04]

Hej Gert,
Grässångaren is not an easy bird to capture, as you must have experienced. But this one is a superb shot, taken with excellent sharpness and colours in great lighting againsta BG that couldn't be cleaner.
You were lucky to have this bird 'attacking' you. Usually they try to lure you away from their nest.
Bra jobbat och kul att få se en av dina skatter från Cypern!
Trevlig helg,

Hi Gert,

What superb sharpness with awesome quality here Gert, fabulous exposure and white balance control. lovely natural colours, this picture is Major League stuff,
Congratulations and have a great weekend,


Hello Gert,
Beautiful image captured with excellent sharpness and so wonderful colours. The act of having the food on the beak is really a powerful composition. Also perfect POV and OOF BG. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-23 10:51]

Hi Gert.
Very attractive bird. Especially I like it's funny hair dress. As usual details of the bird, it's prey and surroundings are stunning and BG is simply sweet. Well done and warm greetings.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-10 3:19]

Hello Gert,
Unfortunately I missed this most beautiful and fine bird-shot. The pictures from the mediterranean area have mostly these subtle light and earth-colors which I find so interesting. And well seen from your part to have taken the shot in the way to have the yellow aura around the head of the Zitting Cisticola. Just perfect!
Kind regards

riktigt skarp och fin bild på sångarn som jag fick äran att fota i gambia!
fin komp och ett + för matbiten
very good!

Wow.... this rocks Gert! Stunning :)

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