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Rüppell's Warbler

Rüppell's Warbler
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 300mm ED f/4
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-11 13:09
Viewed: 3402
Points: 32
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Rüppell's Warbler

Binomial name:
Sylvia rueppelli
Temminck, 1823, Crete

TR.Name: Karaboğazlı ötleğen

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviida
Genus: Sylvia
Species: S. Rueppelli

The Rüppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli, is a typical warbler of the genus Sylvia. It breeds in Greece, Turkey and neighbouring islands. It is migratory, wintering in north east Africa. This is a rare vagrant to western Europe. The name is occasionally cited as "Rueppell's Warbler".

These are small typical warblers, similar in size but slimmer than the Sardinian Warbler. The adults have a plain grey back and paler grey underparts. The bill is fine and pointed and the legs brown. The male has a black head and, usually, a black throat, separated by a white malar streak ("moustache"). The eye is red. Females have a pale throat, and the head is grey rather than black. Their grey back has a brownish tinge. The song is a slower, deeper rattle than that of Sardinian Warbler.

Together with the Cyprus Warbler it forms a superspecies with dark throats, white malar streaks and light remiges fringes. This in turn is related to the species of Mediterranean and Middle East Sylvia warblers that have a naked eye-ring, namely the Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler and Ménétries's Warbler. Both groups have a white malar area, but this may not form a clear streak in the latter group; above the white, the heads of males are uniformly dark.(Helbig 2001, Jĝnsson & Fjeldsċ 2006)

These small passerine birds are found in thick thorny shrubs. Four to six eggs are laid in a nest in a bush. Like most warblers, this species is insectivorous.

It is named after the German collector Eduard Rüppell.


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Merhaba Fikret,

This is a very candid shot with the bird tilting its head in a most interested fashion.
Excellent light, polishing the feathers and creating a good catchlight in the eyes.
Excellent dof which keeps the bird sharp whilst creating an unobtrusive b/g.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

great closeup, TFS Ori

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-09-11 14:11]

Enfes bir Karaboğazlı, ellerinize sağlık Fikret ağbi, selamlar saygılar...

Merhaba Fikret,

An excellent capture of this Ruppell's Warbler with beautiful coloration, sharpness & nice details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Very well done & TFS.

Salam & Regards


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-09-11 15:34]

Fikret bey selamlar,
Uzun zaman oldu ...
Adeta portre kıvamında.Keskin detaylar ve harika güzellikte renklerle stüdyo işi...
Emeğinize sağlık,

Your long-awaited bird picture is here again, and I adore it, Fikret.
The clarity and colours in that single eye are phenomenal.
You are the best in the field, my friend, and it is a privilege to watch you work.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-09-11 19:21]

Una foto fabulosa...saludos.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-11 21:30]

Hello Fikret
Perfect close up of this Warbler. I like details and natural colors.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-09-11 21:59]

merhaba fikret bey
bu güzel bakışa, poza ve nefis çekime ne denebilirki
bu harika (bana göre kuşfotografçılığında bir model-ekol olan fiyo-fikyor) çalışmanıza ülkemizden bu kadar az kritik alması garip...
ellerinize sağlık

This is a very cool shot!! Great sharpness on the eye and good composition too!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-12 0:35]

Hello Fikret,
Good to see a posting from you after a couple of months. Great photo taken from a very nice frontal POV and with a perfect sharp focus on the head. Excellent pose and natural colours. Beautiful contrast against the dark BG.
Have a great weekend,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-12 0:35]

Hello Fikret,
Very nice to see a picture from you again. Excellent as usual and such a vivid attitude of the Warbler. Beautiful light and fine colors. Superb this focus on its eye!
Thanks and kind regards

Great capture and close-up.Interesting position of this bird.Congratulation.Alin.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-12 1:23]

Very interesting pose, fine capture. tfs.

Merhaba Fikret bey,
güzel fotolarınıza sonunda kavuştuk..yine mükemmel bir kareyle dönüş yapmışsınız..bu arada yeni ekipmanınız hayırlı olsun..

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2009-09-13 12:19]

Bonjour Fikret,

Belle composition et parfait focuse sur la tête de l,oiseau.

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