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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 300mm f/2.8 + Sigma 1.4x, Digital ISO-800, Sigma 46mm UV drop-in filter
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-22 3:32
Viewed: 3539
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well here's a very new bird for me. Over the past few weeks we've had a Fieldfare living in our garden. He/she feeds off the apples that have dropped from our tree and I've gradually been coaxing it closer to the house so I can photograph it from my back door. Even now, as I write this, I'm looking at the Fieldfare eating an apple :-)

This was taken with my brand spanking new Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM :-))))))
This is one awesome lens! It cost quite a bit too... almost twice the amount I bought the Canon 100-400mm for! It's worth it though! :-) Hopefully you'll be able to see a slight improvement in my photos with more detail and more smooth and creamy BGs with that massive f/2.8 aperture :-)

I hope you like this one and I'm sorry for negleting TN for the past few days... to much work to do!

Latin name
Turdus pilaris

Chats and thrushes (Turdidae)

Fieldfares are large, colourful thrushes, much like a mistle thrush in general size, shape and behaviour. They stand very upright and move forward with purposeful hops. They are very social birds, spending the winter in flocks of anything from a dozen or two to several hundred strong. These straggling, chuckling flocks that roam the UK's countryside are a delightful and attractive part of the winter scene.

Where to see them
Best looked for in the countryside, along hedges and in fields. Hawthorn hedges with berries are a favourite feeding area. In late winter grass fields, playing fields and arable fields with nearby trees and hedges are a favourite place. May come into gardens in severe winters when snow covers the countryside.

When to see them
They begin to arrive from October and numbers build up as the winter progresses. Birds start to return in March and some may stay into May.

What they eat
Insects, worms and berries.

I have turned the points off due to the reasons stated in my intro page. I can't see them so please don't waste your smilies on me!

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To ellis49: Sharpnessjoey 2 01-22 09:04
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Hello Joey,
Hey, you are arming pretty well with that big glass!
Good to see that your tactic to attract the bird worked and besides that you were able to test the new lens.
I like the fine view of the plumage and the attitude of the bird.
My compliments for your new toy, I'm sure you will have a lot of fun with it, and wish you also good results in your school assignments.
Thanks for share,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-22 7:25]

Hi Joe,

Congratulations with your new lense,I guess you will make lots of nice images with it,it looks like this fellow enjoys the apple a lot,thanks for sharing


  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2009-01-22 7:48]
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Hi Joe,
congrats for your new big lens, I know you will love it , when you get used to it.
I suppose you took this hand-held, the sharpness could be a bit better with this lens, it's very heavy to hold for a long time
and maybe step down one step when you use a converter,
Very nice low POV and nice composition.
Well done, mf.

  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-22 9:02]

Hi Joe!

Looks very good. Slightly similiar to blackbird in behaviour, I think. Well taken in good pose with opened beak, ready to jump and fly. Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM sounds good - longer name, better lens :-)

Well...it isn't a waste Joey....and I know where you are coming from here...but I will more than likely just add my two points when needed...as long as I have to click one box anyway

I like the idea of the apple near the bird, obviously eaten:-) It gives a reason to think...I saw many wasted apples in my local area..some eaten by birds, some by others as yellow jackets!!! I saw trees full of apples never picked...Apple is the States big agriculture deal here in the US..Washington...people hungry though in other countries....life is out of balance...VERY good lesson shot.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-01-22 11:52]

nice bird posture and eye contact

although the mask when you applied blur on background can be better.

Hi Joe,
Very good capture of Fieldfare. I their breeding areas in the north they are not very popular as they eat all the berries already when they are raw. Good low POV, good composition, sharp details and bright colours. Congratulations for your new lense! I used to have the 120-300 version. Its a very sharp lens.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-22 23:56]

Hola Joe,
Nicely shot and good focus,
Good frame and pov.
I hope enjoy your new lens :))

Hi Joe,
A nice capture of this beautiful bird. Congratulations for owning a new lens. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Joe, lovely bird in nice pose, fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-23 18:26]

Hello Joe,
A splendid image with nice color and good details. You are showing me a species for the first time here Joe so thank you for that too. Have you ever heard any comments on the Sigma 300-800 mm lens?

Hi Joe,
Don't worry bout skipping TN ... we all have to at times. (I've been too busy having adventures)!
Great shot of this Filedfare with your new Sigma.It does look a little grainy though .... was the bird moving or was it taken handheld at a distance ?
Its still very good, and nicely composeded.
(The very first photo I critiqued on TN was a Fieldfare in a Rowan tree, by Gert Ellstrom.)

  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-16 4:31]

Hi Joe,
beautiful pattern seen and the gesture of the face is interesting.
Nicely composed with contrtasdting colours and I like the look it gave.


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