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Morning Show

Morning Show
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing, Open Up....II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-20 22:42
Viewed: 3648
Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)

In the late spring this year I paid a visit to a local nature reserve that consists of a marshy area with old gravel pits that had become ponds. There are also reed-beds that attract nesting birds such as Reed Buntings, Coots, Grebes and Reed Warblers.

During the day Reed warblers are not easily seen but the male are to be heard singing in the reed-beds. Early in the morning they show themselves more like this one, taken at 6.30 am.

Like all warblers the Reed warbler is an insectivore.

In recent years the numbers of Reed Warblers arriving in Europe from tropical Africa have been drastically reduced. This is likely to be due to loss of habitat in Africa and insecticides. There are plenty of reed-beds in Europe but the use of pesticides has contributed to a drastic reduction in insect life, which can have some negative effect on wetlands, even if they are not directly sprayed by insecticides.

Reed warblers are generally not shy and even when they show themselves like this they can be approached. I took this shot at a distance of about 8 meters (26 ft).

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was treated for shade and selectively sharpened

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Nice shot. Sharply focussed with beautiful colours.

hello ivan,
what a great capture, i liked the way you have composed this shot, the details of the plumage are excellent and the shaded oof bg looks very nice,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-09-20 23:03]

Hi Ivan,
Great capture of the Reed warbler
with a beautiful BG.
Very well done..

Merhaba İvan,sabah sabah böyle güzel ve canlı bir kareyi izlemek gerçekten çok güzel.Süper bir fotoğraf,öyle şirin görünüyor ki,ona eşlik etmek geliyor içimden.Sanırım,ben artık şarkı dinlemek değil,şarkı söylemek istiyorum parçasını avazı çıktığı kadar bağırarak söylüyor.Ellerine sağlık,sevgiler,dostlukla :)

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-20 23:18]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan,
Yine tam sizin tarzınız bir kuş fotoğrafı. Artalan, netlik ve renkler çok hoş. Tebrikler.


Hi Ivan,

again my neigbour of the day, I am glad about it.
Good sharp composition from this little bird against a great natural BG.


Hi Ivan,

A bird's song in the morning is special. A fine image of this warbler with a matching background. It is a pity that we are destroying their future.



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-21 0:45]

Hi Ivan
Great shot! This little guy is singing his heart out! Lovely sharp details. Nice composition. Congrats!
Regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-09-21 1:30]

Hi Ivan
Excellent shot,nice background and colours.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-21 1:31]

Hi Ivan,

A nice capture of this warbler,you did a great job in the post processing as described in your note,thanks for sharing this not that often posted singer,


Hello Ivan,

Beautiful capture with excellent timing
Composition and light are good.
Wonderful definition.

Un ejemplo de encuadre efectivo ( aparte de original) para esta pequeña y desconocida ave para mí. Acertado formato con tonalidades y texturas a juego.

Hi Ivan, again,
so nice, this warbler, the posture, the colors blending into the background, the subdued light. I have been working on the mating system of Reed buntings at lake Neuchatel, so I know the Reed warbler too. These males try to establish harems while bunting males only go for copulation with neighboring females. To take pictures like this one it takes a lot of patience. My compliments, Ivan.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-21 2:16]

Hello Ivan,
Marvelous, marvelous... What a fantastic photo. You isolated this Warbler so perfectly from the BG. Great vivid colours, wonderful pose and an excellent composition. And so are teh sharpness, the pose and POV too. High quality!!

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful reed warbler. Very well composed with sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ivan.
Wonderful image, beautiful colour tones in the background as a backdrop for the warbler.
Beautifully exposed and sharp with great detail.
1/1000 at 6.30am, you must have bright light in the mornings. The morning light is beautiful on the warbler and reeds.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-21 4:31]

Hello Argus,

This is a very special composition of the image with very few elements but huge impact on the viewer. There is an excelent light in the image and there is such reachness of color tones. There is also a perfect match between bird's colors and the very fine background. This image is more than a document it is a piece of art.


Hi Ivan
First of all I like colors and contrast here. Also good composition with bird a little bit on the left and great OOF background. I like it very much

Hi Ivan,

Great shot
Excellent compo, POV, DOF and BG
lovely pose

TFS Thijs

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-21 6:07]

Hi Ivan

A splendid capture again from you, and one with an excellent timing to it :)
The pose caught here from this Reed Warbler is terrific - perched on this single reed and singing proudly - and the BG behind him is simple outstanding! Further more, the early morning sun made the best of all the colors and saturated them beautifully.
Overall: a superb shot!

Bravo and TFS

Good morning (günaydın) Ivan,
I know Red Warbler very well. I also posted its shot previously. In August, it made a surprise me. I saw an individual feeding on fruits on fig tree. It looked like a Hippolais pallida or similar bird, without erected head feathers. I couldnt identify it in field. Later I asked our Turkish birdform and a my friend suggest Red Warbler. Now, I can say that he is right; although interesting view and behaviour for this warbler,
Your capture is wonderful when it singing and it show Warbler's characteristic view. Excellent timing and POV. Thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

I shall drink a cup of wine to a long autumn full of colour and a short winter filled with Blessings...and then look forward to this season again when as you have pictured so well....even the birds sing with joy...to every season eh?? The colours here are so earthy..and the pose is so classy! Very nice..have a blessed Sunday sir!

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2008-09-21 8:32]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice shot of this singing bird. I appreciate the perfect POV as well as nice warm light and shallow DOF. But what I like the most is the action caught!
Best greetings,

Hi dear Ivan ,
So nice shot.
Lovely moment and very well captured.
Perfect work.

Kind regards

Hi My friend Ivan,
A fabulous shot of this cute Reed Warbler with very impressive sharpness and clarity. A lovely posture. Excellent POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.
Have a nice new week!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-21 9:38]

Hi Ivan,

I thought the early bird catches the worm - not the early man catches the bird! My favorite - a beautiful bird with his mouth opened wide in song. I've never seen a little Warbler like this - with a punkish hairdo. Lovely colors, shadings and details of the face and plummage. I love his sparkling little eye. A wonderful background that blends with the Reed Warbler and a marvelous composition.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-21 10:04]

Hello Ivan,
It's recollection of spring. Typical pose this species , good light and sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-09-21 12:44]

Perfect composition, including the posture of the bird. The colors are truly beautiful. A classic!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-21 13:12]

Hi Ivan,this is a really great show,perfects details and sharpness ,i like a lot the unusual background,my best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

Hi Ivan,
Very good capture of singing Reed Warbler in its natural habitat. Good pose, composition and DOF, sharp details, nicely blurred BG.

Hello Ivan.
A picture of fantastic visual effect!
Great details of this delicate bird.
Excellent nuance and sharpness.
Very well done!
José Roberto

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-21 15:13]

Hola Ivan,
preciosa captura,
bello y sublime momento...

Hello Ivan,
Great pose of this beautiful Warbler with a cute singing pose!
good sharpness, nice colour and details, I especially loved the colour in the image
many thanks
take care and sincere regards

Hello Ivan. I like it when birds shake their body and making the feather stands like this. This shot is really good in almost monochromatic. The bird is well perched looking almost vertical in the frame. The sharpness and contrast makes it stands out in the frame. Good show and have a nice day. Jusni

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-21 21:07]

Hi Ivan,
Excewllent composition, color and details in this wonderful image of a species that I have not seen before, thank you Ivan.

Hi Ivan,
NIce shot, you have captured the environment of the subject and that makes this picture even more valuable. Habitat loss is a major issue for all animals including humans !
TFS. Regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-21 23:43]

Hi Ivan

Superb shot - excellent detail and isolation from the BG. Excellent lighting and colours too.


Hi Ivan

great shot of this elusive species. I've spent many hours over the years chasing our reed warbler and only got ordinary results to date.

Great composition, pose and outstanding background.
Good sharrpness.


Ciao Ivan, lovely bird in great pose with fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-22 5:52]

hello Ivan,
What a fine and subtle Warbler-picture. The composition, the homogeneous colours, the vivid subject, the artistic way to construct the picture, everything is included here to catch the beholder eyes. Really well done!
Thanks a lot
Bonne journée

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-22 8:11]

Hi Ivan. Worth getting up early for to get a picture like this i would wait up all night. The early sun light has given this warm colours. Fine detail in the feathers. and a nice POV. well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-22 14:56]

This is one of your best shots, Ivan!
The simplicity of it works very well.
Excellent composition.
Great singing pose.
Very sharp and crisp.
Superb light.

Exceptional work!


Hej Ivan
Excellent shot with great details and pose!

Att vakna tidigt är inte min starkare sida och då gratulerar jag till dig inte bara för att du har vaknat tidigt utan att du har fotad en grym bild :)
Jag har observerat Rörsångare i Hjälstaviken under många månaders tid och inte lyckats att få så bra bild som du... för några dagar sedan har jag lyckats att få jätte fin bild på vuxen skäggmes hane och hona :)
Solen skiner idag :)

hello Ivan

excellent shot of this bird singing, fine POV and appropriate
(because where he his perched) framing, beautiful luminosity
with excellent sharpness and details, beautiful catch-light at the eye
and the most important (for me) the photo was shot at the great
moment when the bird is singing, TFS


Nicely done, Ivan.
Very good moment.
Well captured in its habitat. Reed.

Hello Ivan,
Nice shot of a bird well familiar to me in the wetlands we have in common and often visit. You have captured it very well with the bird sharp in profile and a soft natural background of reed. Good composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-24 1:44]

Hi Ivan,
Delighted to be the 45th visitor to record my appreciation here.
Beautiful capture of the Morning show and I am sure you had a great time doing this shot.
Good sharpness and i like the colour tones here that so well compliment the bird.

I would also like to add this one to my "Open Up" theme.
Well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-09-27 0:49]

Hello Ivan,
a very classical composition of the bird peching on the stalk.
really exciting with the background well blurred just tlike birds feather. Good contrast and excellent clarity, of course.
the chirps could be heard till here in Malaysia.
Great patience and excellent skills in producing such an outstanding photo.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-05 9:03]

Hi Ivan.
I have missed many your and other TN member's shots. That is why I want to select this one for the beginning. Scene is amazing and its reproduction is stunning. Cute singing bird on a thin stem is looked amazingly. All is perfect. Bravo.

Hi Ivan,
Long time without seeing your gallery. I found this pic very nice , I like BG a lot and bird pose; crop is good but I can aprreciate little secondary effect on bird.

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