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Common Blackbird

Common Blackbird
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Copyright: Sion Roberts (irishprophet25) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 21 N: 280] (1118)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Tamron AF70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-29 2:28
Viewed: 3318
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of the common blackbird that I got on Boxing day while walking around the RSPB nature reserve in Llandudno Junction.
Hope you all enjoy.

Taken from wildanimalsonline.com
The common blackbird is spread practically all around Europe apart from northern parts of Scandinavia, then it is spread in Asia and north-western parts of Africa. The birds living in the eastern part of Europe and in Scandinavia tend to migrate in comparison to the other birds of this kind. These birds live in parks, woodland areas, cemeteries and are also very often seen in gardens. In general, they prefer wet places. Their nest is usually cup-shaped and located in a tree, a bush or on the houses. It is made of twigs, sticks, grass, leaves which are all fixed with mud.

Turdus merula is approximately 29 cm (11.5 inches) long. The cock has got a jet black coloured plumage with an yellow-orange bill. The bill is darker during winter time. The hens are dark brown and have a brown bill. The young have similar plumage to the hens, but the bill is yellowish. These birds do not live in flocks, however sometimes birds can be seen in pairs.

Blackbirds can be recognized by their strong voice, moreover they have a large variety of voice types. The blackbirds feed on invertebrates, earthworms, snails, slugs - which are easily found in wet conditions, for instance after rain, then they eat berries and a variety of fruit (cherries, grapes, etc.). The hens have from 3 to 7 greenish-blue eggs with reddish-brown markings. The hatching lasts 13-14 days and the offspring are fed by their parents for another 14-15 days.

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Nice detail on this blackbird. I like your depth of field as well with the sharp foreground and blurred background.

Do you know how to bracket shots on your camera?


hello Sion

you are coming better and better with your Canon 30D,
this photo is the best one with fine POV, DOF
and the framing with leaving a good space in front,
superby focused with excellent sharpness and details
and specially of the dark plumage, excelent eye-contact,
the catch-light render the photo more beautiful,
and i love the warm luminosity of the photo, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-29 10:43]

Hi Sion.. This is a very clear picture of the male Blackbird. Taken with good detail in the feathers. Its eye ring and bill stand out so well. I like the warm colours. well taken TFs.

A Happy New Year to you and your Family.

Hello Sion,
Excellent colours and sharp details. Superb light in the eye.
Lovely composition and natural background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-30 10:51]

Hello Sion,
very sharp and neat picture of the Blackbird, the light and exposure are great and the pose is fantastic, well done and thanks!
Thanks a lot for your kind words which you wrote my 500th posting!
Best regards Siggi

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