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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-12 11:41
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Points: 80
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I went out with my new lens today i have purchased a canon 300 F4 IS USM . The weather has been very showery all day but i managed to get this down by the river . i am not to sure but i think it may be a willow warbler if you know please let me know. this was taken hand held late afternoon.
***NEW ID ***
Thanks to Ivan it looks as if the little bird is a Chiffchaff ( Phylloscopus collybita )

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To Argus: Chiff Chaff?lawbert 1 04-12 15:11
To Argus: Chiff-chaff.nglen 1 04-12 13:18
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Hello Nick,
Good investment for a very fine lens with captured this beautiful shot!
very good pose of the bird in perfect exposure and focus here in great details
very well done
have a wonderful sunday,Nick
good morning from NZ

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2008-04-12 11:48]

Congrats with new equipment - seems to work!

Cant help with id, though :(


Your new lens does wonders in your hands Nicholas, this really is a fine capture in good focus and exposure for a hand-held take. Nice to now that the image stabiliser works perfectly.

Hello Nick
Well the lense is sharp enough!!..Good buy..You couldnt wait though!!
This glorious Bird is either a Wiilow Warbler or possibly a wood warbler..It is definitely not a Chiff Chaff..Wheres Ivan when you need Him!!
Cracking Shot Nick..(perhaps f10 was a bit to much)
A good sunday to you sir

Nick congrats on the fine lens wish you many years of play with it. Nice shot no idea of the bird species. Lovely colour though have a great weekend wish you good light rgds Necip

Hi Nicholas,
beautiful shot. Very good colour combination. Well done. Tfs. Stev

what glorious colours as if like 14K gold...not as deep as 24K...but somewhere in the ballpark. A warbler eh? Well they are a noisy bunch but a welcome sounds at that. Nice shot.!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-12 13:17]
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Hello Nick,
Chiff-chaffs and Willow Warblers are often confused when the song is not heard.
Generally though, WW's tend to be greenish grey and pale yellow, whereas CC's tend to have more brownish tones.
So judging by this fine capture I would say that the brownish cheek indicates a Chiff-chaff.
Nice sharpness and lighting and the compositon and POVagainst the blue sky is great.
TFS this fine image and have a good Sunday,

Congrats on getting the 300 IS f4. I'm very pleased with mine!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-12 13:59]

Hello Nick,
Beautiful light and colours in this photo. Great sharpness and a very nice pose. Good POV.

Hello Nick
Congratulations on your new lens and on photographing this little Chiffchaff.

Hi Nick fine little chiff=chaff, very clean shot, full of detaila nd against a lovely background. Good work!!!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-12 15:07]

Hi Nick

A lovely close up shot - good composition and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi my beloved friend Nick,
Snpother excellent shot of a chiffshaff with wonderflul clarity my friend! TFS.
Greetings from Cyprus,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-12 17:01]

Hi Nico,the point of view is decisive in this pic,very very nice the birs and fantastic the sky as background,my best compliments for this great work,Luciano

Hey Nicholas,
Stunning shot to celebrate your new lens with, that late afternoon light is just beautiful, excellent detail, well framed and composed, really nice work,
Cheers Rick :)

Hello Nicholas,

Wonderful bird image you did shoot with your great new toy :)
Excellent sharpness, almost square format and composition.
Wonderful colors, color contrast, details, light and catchlight in the eye.
Beautiful shot and the way the bird does stand out against the color tones of the sky is lovely.

Best regards and have a great Sunday,


Hi Nick,
congrats on your new lens, it's a very good one.
About the bird; it's not easy to seethe difference between the
chiffchaff or the willow warbler not even if you hold them in your hand, Take a look here.
The picture is very nice with lovey colours and find details.
The bird standout well from the blue sky.
Well done.

Hi Nick, your new lens works very well, lovely bird with splendid focus, wonderful colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Nicholas,
Cute little guy!
Good detail, DOF, POV, and warm color. You handled the ambient light well, looks like the exposure was a bit tricky..
Good luck with the new lens :)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-13 7:14]

Hi Nick,

Wonderful shot of the cute Chiffchaff
Very nicely composed with a great POV and a fine pose with the Blue sky behind.
Really nice details
Excellent colours and lovely warm light.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-13 8:20]

Hi Nick,

Congratulations on your new lens. You have mastered it quickly. Great shot of this Warbler with excellent colors and sharp details. A wonderful pose against the blue sky. I'll check back to see if Ivan comes up with the definitive ID.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-13 8:51]

Hello Nicholas, What a colorful bird you have for us here. Excellent focus and superb eye focus. Well done TFS Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-13 13:08]

Hello Nick!
Great capture of this Chiffchaff!
The lighting is fabulous!
Good sharpness and stunning clarity.
Brilliant BG too.
Congratulations on your new lens as well!! It's a great combination with a converter and you will be getting some amazing shots soon enough, I'll bet! :-)
Well done!


Hola Nicholas.
Una buena captura, bien centrada y con magníficos colores.
Buena nitidez y DoF.
Hasta pronto, JL.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-14 1:59]

hello Nicholas
good capture of this cute bird (Çıvgın in Turkish) and congratulations with new equipment
i like POV, BG, colours and details

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-04-14 13:19]

Merhaba Nick,
Wonderful bird with splendid colors, great focus, excellent details , very well done, have a great week. Huseyin

Hello Nicholas
a great capture with splendid colorations of Chiffchaff. Nicely composed. POV and sharp details great. I wish you many great posts with your new objective. thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

Hello Nicholas,
Great shot, excellent composition, good point of view and nice pose, very good sharpness, nice depth of field and excellent details, beautiful colors and nice blue background.

Hello Nick
Cheer, it is still splendid
I tried to photograph a titmouse, this week-endd, but it was not successful.
Thank you
with soon Laurent

Como siempre, un buen dominio del encuadre. No tiene la nitidez de otras de tus tomas, aunque igualmente es una instantánea que demuestra maestría con la cámara.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-15 20:38]

Hello Nick,
You have captured a real cutey here. The colors and details are good, the composition is very pleasant. Thank you Nick for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-15 23:06]

Hi Nicholas,
Wonderful shot of this cute little Chiffchaff with lovely warm colours and sharpness on its plumage. Superb lighting and exposure and you have captured a cool pose here. I like the intensity on its eye and the blue sky as BG. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Nick,
A nice capture of this beautiful bird. Excellent details and a nice composition. This fella looks cute. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-16 10:02]

Hello Nick,
At least you had a bit of sunshine too to get this lovely capture of the ChiffChaff in beautiful light. Your lens certainly seemed to work and produced great details and colours!! Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-16 11:02]

Hi Nick

What a gorgeous bird, I love the colours and the details in the feather. It is a really cute pose. Nicely composed, great POV and excellent DOF



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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-16 11:10]

Hi Nicholas
this is very lovely a bird
very good composition
well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-17 8:50]

Hi Nick.
My congratulations on purchasing a very nice lens. I have read a lot about canon lenses and about this one too. I hope we will see many excellent shots as this one. Superb sharpness of all scene (excluding sky : ))). Excellent diagonal composition, lights and colours. Well done and kind wishes.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-17 12:37]

Hello Nicholas,
wonderful capture, the colors and details are stunning.
Very well composed with a fabulous pose and lovely BG colors.
Great work

Hello Nick
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Chiff-chaff,
Perfect focusing,exposure and composition.
Superb shot my friend.


Hi Nicholas,
I am sorry I have been away.
Excellent shot with your new lense. Great details and exposure against a nice and clean BG which is highlighting the subject.


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