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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: 2010-09-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 300mm ED f/4
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-08 7:42
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Favorites: 4 [view]
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Binomial name:
Phylloscopus collybita
(Vieillot, 1817)

TR: Çıvgın

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum : Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae
Genus: Phylloscopus
Species: P. collybita

The Common Chiffchaff or simply Chiffchaff, Phylloscopus collybita, is a common and widespread leaf warbler which breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe and Asia. It is probably the best-known of all Old World warblers.
This warbler is less strongly migratory and hardier than most leaf warblers; northern breeders winter in southern and western Europe (north to Britain), southern Asia and north Africa. Along with the Sand Martin, it is the first passerine to return in the spring, and one of the last to leave in late autumn.
The Chiffchaff is a bird of open woodlands with some taller trees and ground cover for nesting. Its habitat is quite specific, and even its near relatives do not share it. The Willow Warbler prefers younger trees, and the Wood Warbler less undergrowth.
The Chiffchaff's nest is built in low shrub, and the four to seven eggs are incubated by the female for 13-14 days to hatching, with another 14-15 days until the chicks fledge. The male is inquisitive and fearless, attacking dangerous predators like the Stoat if they approach the nest.
Like most Old World warblers, this small species is insectivorous, moving restlessly though foliage or briefly hovering.
This is a typical leaf warbler in appearance, 10-12 cm long, greenish brown above and off-white below. It is very similar to the Willow Warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus, but non-singing birds can be distinguished from that species by their dark legs, fine dark bill, dumpy shape and short primary projection. They also dip their tail much more often.
This warbler gets its name from its simple song, a repetitive cheerful "chiff-chaff". This song is one of the first avian signs that spring has returned.


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Fantastic capture Fikret Yorgancioglu !!! Fantastic!
George Veltchev

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-03-08 8:05]

Hello Fikret,
This is gorgeous with the little Chiff-chaff in a lovely pose on the lichen-covered branch! Excellent focus and details and light and colours are beautiful!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-08 8:09]

Hello Fikret,
Everything in this photo is gorgeous, the Chiffchaff, the branch covered with lichen and the BG. And that all in a great composition. A beauty!

Hello Fikret,
Wonderful macro, perfectionism. Magnificent bird, perfect sharpness, beautiful colors, great composition.

hello Fikret
Great sharpness picture
very nice pose with great details and beautiful colours
i like this shot Fikret
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-08 9:31]

Merhaba Fikret,
Great pose, POV, technical standard, BG and natural framing with the lichen-covered branches.
A top quality shot of the Chiffchaff!
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-08 9:33]

Hello Fikret.
Fantastic shot of this Chiffchaff!Very good lighting and composition.Excellent details, very nice colour.Best regards Siggi


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-03-08 10:43]

Splendid photo, TFS!

Hallo Fikret
One more beauty to be added to your already incredible portfolio. The fluffy and most delicate feathers are really striking and pleasant to look at. The combination of colours in the whole image fits so well together, like a hand fit a glove, and I must say the lichen on the tree's branch is very beautiful. Focus is great, composition pleasant, all in all a perfect image. The sunlight in the image is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-08 12:02]

Hi Fikret,this is the pic of a day,no doubt.What a fantastic composition,sharpness,colors,details,light balance...etc etc etc....simply the best as possible.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Merhaba Fikret,
a superb capture of the Chiffchaff, marvellous well saturated colours, outstanding sharpness, wonderful composition with a great posture of this cute bird
Tebrik ederim
Best regards

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Merhaba Fijret, beautiful composition with lovely bird on a nice blurry BG, fantastic light, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Fikret
this photo is so beautiful, i can only say WOW, this lovely bird is very sharp detailed,
I loove his pose but also the colors, the Beautiful BG, the 3D effect, the lichen covered branch and the whole composition
Have a good night

Very beautiful shot. The sharply focused bird with the blurred bg looks amazing. Also the colours of the bg makes the picture even more charming. Excellent composition and light too. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Fikret
Beautiful photo! The composition, the lighting, the colours and the sharpness are impressive.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-08 21:54]

Beautiful setting for this lovely little bird, excellent colors and the background is attractive. tfs.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-03-08 22:03]

Hi Fikret.
My congratulations on next bird masterpiece from you. Simply amazing scene at whole, pictorial tree branch and so wonderful birds. Their details and sharpness are outstanding as well as colour reproduction and splendid colourful BG. Bravo.

Nothing to say - just fantastic in every aspect!!!!!!!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-03-09 5:15]

Excelent picture, very good light, colors and a wonderful bacground. Excelent!!! un saludo.

Sevimli Çıvgın kadar üzerinde poz verdiği likenli dal da net görüntüsüyle art zeminin flu görünümüyle hoş bir tezat oluşturuyor Fikret, kusursuz bir diğer çekim arkadaşım!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-09 5:33]

Hello Fikret,
Soo cute!! and how fine this bird-shot. Lovely pose of the chiffchaff too. Its yellow plumage is echoing the beautifl yellow lichens on the tree. Really well seen an presented with a most pleasant picture.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2011-03-09 11:21]

Great capture of this little bird Fikret.
I sometimes have one in my garden but he never says at one place so it is very difficult to take a good shot. You managed that and it is a good one too, good sharpness, details and nice pose of your model. Good colours and compo

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-03-10 8:27]

Hi Fikret,

Wonderful pose and dito colors. You caught this tiny, little bird very well. My compliments for such a great shot.


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