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Turdus merula

Turdus merula
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Copyright: Cristian Goga (crs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-12 11:19
Viewed: 3089
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my 100th post on TN. For this occasion I wanted to take a new photo. Therefore I took my camera and made a visit to the zoo. I am not fond of seeing the animals in cages but I like to take photos of the animals living free in the area.

Temperatures have dropped so that leaves of most deciduous trees have fallen, especially from the apple trees growing in the garden. Several fruits have remained on branches.

In one of the trees I saw a female of Turdus merula feeding from such an apple. The fruit was already half eaten so I presumed it was not the first visit of the bird. I was surprised to see that bird payed no attention to me being occupied with feeding.

The day was sunny but the bird was in the shaded part of the tree. I took some photos but I saw the dynamic range of the image was too big for my sensor. I decided to use the incorporated flash. Not even the repeated fire of the flash disturbed the bird. She continued to eat the apple.

This is one of the photos I like.

siggi, jconceicao, maurydv, eqshannon, jaycee, uleko, Jamesp, Alex99, eng55, Dis. Ac., rousettus, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-12 11:27]

Hello Cristian,
Congratulations for your 100th post on TN,
Ver nice capture,
Great details, colours and sharpness, and very nice BG and composition.
Thanks for posting.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Cristian,

Great shot.
Beautiful photo of this interesting bird.
Sharpness and focus are fantastic.
Good notes.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-11-12 11:29]

Felicitari pentru 100 de poze! Mai mult noroc la mierle, si fara blitz!
Numai bine,

Hi Christian,
Very good shot of female Blackbird and an apple. Good low POV, good composition, sharp details, nice natural BG.

Ciao Cristian,
bella cattura di questo merlo femmina mentre si ciba, ottimo POV frontale e bella ambientazione, molto buona la definizione, molto belli e delicati i colori.


Congratulations on your 100th post! Very nicely done. Although I am not a big fan of using a flash, this shot came out quite well (In my opinion, nothing beats good, natural lighting but I digress...)
Looks like this bird must have been hungry since your presence did not disturb it. Gotta love when that happens :) Happy photography !

Best Regards,


Well done and super congrats on 100!!!! it has a fall look which is not supposed to happen there but it sure does!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-12 21:14]

Hi Cristian,

Congratulations on your 100th post! You chose a wonderful picture to celebrate the milestone. A fine capture of this bird enjoying the apple. Even though you say she wasn't disturbed by your presence I think she knew you were there. She seems to be looking at you out of the corner of her eye. Nice colors and details and a wonderful setting on the apple tree. Here's to the next 100!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-12 22:14]

Hi Cristian,
CONGRATULATIONS on your 100th post and you celebrate the occasion with a superb image. Great action moment captured with very impressive sharpness and clarity. Lovely colours, great lighting and perfect DOF. Very nice composition too.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-12 22:33]

Hello Cristian,
Congratulations on reaching 100!!
This is a fine capture of the female Blackbird feasting on apples. Great focus on the eye and fine details of its plumage. A lovely natural background too.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-12 23:21]

Hello Cristian

Congratulations on your 100th posting - lovely action shot here, with good detail and colours.


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-11-13 2:08]

Hi Cristian,

Firstly congratulations on your 100th post. Very nice shot to mark the occasion, nice moment captured with good details light and colours. Very well done and TFS.


Hello Cristian

Congratulations on number 100 on TN.
This is a lovely image of this Turdus merula eating apples from the tree.
Lovely detail and focus ,the plumage shows well.The markings are well seen.
Very good colours.
Great eye detail and catch light.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-13 7:42]

Hi Cristian.
Welcome to one hundred shots club :) and my warm congratulations with this event and great contribution on TN. This shot is unusual an nice. I like wonderful delicate and light BG, attractive scene and moment, nice well detailed image of the busy bird. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-13 9:09]

Hi Cristian,
Very nice capture.POV,clear eyes,pose of bird and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Ciao Cristian, congratualtions for your splendid 100th post on TN, lovely little bird i nice eating pose, beautiful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-13 10:21]

Hi Cristian
Very nice capture.
Excellent interesting moment.
Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-13 12:43]

Hello Cristian,
Congratulations on your 100th posting. Beautiful sharp photo in nice colours and composition. Great DOF and POV.
Up to the next 100!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-13 14:41]

Hi Cris,my best compliments for your 100th pic!!! Nothing better to celebrate this moment,this pic is very very nice and not easy to take so perfectly whit this terrible backlight,thanks a lot for your 100 great pics,have a nice day,Luciano

hi Cristian,

good composition and pov from this bird that eating fruit.
great details in the feathers.


  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-14 13:01]

Hello Cristian! Congrats for that great milestone, very nice bird and well captured. Good exposure and sharpness, well done!


Hello Cristian
Congratulations on your first mile-stone of 100th post. I wish you many hundreds here. This is very nice shot for lady blackbird at the time of feeding. Composition, focus and eyes contact very nice. Thanks for sharing. well done

Offf... Sorry i missed this Cristian... i think you uploed this fine shot while i was in hospital. CONGRATULATIONS! for this milestone on TN and also thanks for all contribution my friend. Really superb shot of a Turdus merula with great details, natural vivid colours anf fine composition.
TFS and cheers,


suer momentul capturii , felicitari!

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