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Sardinian Warbler / Sylvia melanocephala

Sardinian Warbler / Sylvia melanocephala
Photo Information
Copyright: Bedri Kalemci (bedri) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, NIKKOR AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-2, Dainty birds 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-18 12:26
Viewed: 3030
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Maskeli ötleğen / Sylvia melanocephala / Sardinian Warbler

Like most Sylvia species, it has distinct male and female plumages. The adult male has a grey back, whitish underparts, black head, white throat and red eyes. Plumages are somewhat variable even in the same locality, with the intensity of a reddish hue on upper- and/or underside varies from absent to (in some subspecies) pronounced. The female is mainly brown above and buff below, with a grey head.

The Sardinian Warbler's song is fast and rattling, and is very characteristic of the Mediterranean areas where this bird breeds.

It breeds in the southernmost areas of Europe and just into Asia in Turkey and the eastern end of the Mediterranean. This small passerine bird, unlike most "warblers", is not particularly migratory, but some birds winter in north Africa, and it occurs as a vagrant well away from the breeding range, as far as Great Britain.

This is a bird of open country and cultivation, with bushes for nesting. The nest is built in low shrub or brambles, and 3-6 eggs are laid. Like most "warblers", it is insectivorous, but will also take berries and other soft fruit.


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2009-09-18 12:32]

Çok pofuduk olmuş bu Bedri hocam..
eline sağlık..selamlar..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-18 12:33]

Hi Bedri. This little bird has brought a smile to my face tonight. Its a fantastic close up of this little beauty. Which you have taken with first class detail and sharp focusing. Very good use of the flash whaich has given such natural colours. Its eyes stand out so well. TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-18 12:38]

Hello Bedri,
Again a superb photo. If its looking into my room. Great sharpness, natural colours, DOF, frontal POV, composition and OOF BG. The flash did its work very well!!!, but you the most of course.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-18 12:54]

Hello Bedri
Another perfect capture taken with very sharp details and wonderful colors

bugün sizinle komşu olmuşuz, Bedri Bey. ne güzel rastlantı.
trakuştaki hanımefendinin yakışıklı eşini harikulade bir çekimle sunmuşsunuz. netlik, açı, renkler ve kadraj harika.
beklememe değecek kadar güzel olmuş, kutlarım.
elinize sağlık; iyi akşamlar, selamlar.

Aman aman...:) bu ne güzellik böyle:) güzelliğinin de farkında, model gibi sergiliyor. Tüylerini, başını sallayarak saçlarını savuaran havalı mankenler gibi de kabartmış:)
Teknik açıdan son derece kaliteli ve zmanli bir çekim olmuş Bedri bey! Seyrine doyum olmuyor:) Bunu da favori temema ekliyorum. Tebrikler!
Size ve ailenize de iyi bayramlar diler, hayırlı günlere vesile olmasını temenni ediyorum...
Sevgiyle, sağlıcakla kalın,

Not: Bu arada bana hergün "bayram":)

Muhteşem.. süperrr bir çekim. Gerçekten tatlı poz vermiş.
Emeğinize sağlık Bedri Bey.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-18 15:22]

Bedri Merhaba,
Gerçekten muhteşem güzellikte bir sonuç çıkmış çekiminden.Renkler,netlik,arka plan ve kabarık haldeki poz harika.Ellerine sağlık.


Merhaba Bedri,

An excellent close-up of this Sardinian Warbler with beautiful coloration, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Well done & TFS.

Salam & regards


Wow.Nice moment to capture this bird and a verry good picture.Well done.Regards.Alin.

Hello Bedri,
Excellent capture of this Sylvia melanocephala, amazing colours and good sharpnees.
Regards. Ferran

Hallo Bedri
Thanks for sharing this beautiful Sardinian Warbler with us. This photo is jam packed with awesome detail and features, and to describe a bird as beautiful and cute as this is actually time wasting, as only word is needed Gorgeous. The arrangement of soft and fluffy colours is very striking. A good close-up with clear details. I enjoyed the sight. The circled red eye is just to die for and really add some extra oomph to this already super image. Like before it was a great pleasure stopping by your gallery. Kind regards.
I also want to use this oppertunity to thank you for adding me to your list of favourites. Your kind gesture is much appreciated.

Merhaba Bedri, gerçekten dört dörtlük bir fotoğraf olmuş.
Tür çok güzel fotoğraf ise harika. Tüylerini kabartmış ve sana çok güzel bir poz vermiş. Ellerine sağlık.
Selam ve sevgiler.
İyi Bayramlar.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-20 3:25]

Merhaba Bedri,
Exceptional this macro.
With some beautiful colors, and a good BG ... simply wonderful.
Have a pleasant Sunday,

Hello Bedri!
Funny pose of the bird! I like clarity and very nice DOF. Composition is also 1st class - I like especially eya-contact :>
TFS and have a nice afternoon!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-15 15:28]

:))) insanı güldürten nefis bir çekim. Çok tatlı bakmış:)
Emeğinize sağlık.

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