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Cold and hungry

Cold and hungry
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-09 6:57
Viewed: 2753
Points: 56
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Blackbird - Turdus merula

This was captured on a very cold but sunny day when we took a trip up the coast. There was only one tree with some berries left and several Blackbirds were competing to finish them off! This female sat still for a moment and let me capture her against the rarely seen blue sky! - At the moment we have three rather agressive male blackbirds as regulars in the garden and they all compete for one female who hardly gets a chance to get near the bird feeders!

This was captured from a distance of about 6 metres with the camera handheld. It's been cropped and sharpened.

saeedabbasi, roges, eng55, horias, Juyona, nglen, siggi, anemone, xTauruSx, CeltickRanger, boreocypriensis, goatman04, Jamesp, valy67, maurydv, Noisette, zulfu has marked this note useful
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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-09 7:04]

Excellent capture, fine composition and the background really helped the bird and branches to standout. tfs.

Hi Ulla,
So nice work from you.
Graet details and nice composition.
Very well done

Kind regards

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-09 7:11]

Hi Ulla,
ett mycket suggestivt sätt. Det är utanför är kallt och mycket ful.
Winter vill inte lämna oss även efter 7 veckor.
Ett utmärkt POV valt, grattis. Beautiful fjäderdräkt, great playing.
Många hälsningar,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-09 7:14]

Hello Ulla,
Very nice photo of this Blackbird in beautiful natural colours. Excellent pose with eye-contact, POV and composition. Good sharpness and details.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-09 9:16]

Hello Ulla
A fine and beautiful capture of female blackbird. Wonderful colors too

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-09 10:23]

Hi Ulla,
Beautiful capture of this lady.
I liked POV,catchlight in eyes,
BG and details a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-09 10:43]

Hi Ulla
What a great capture this lovely Turdus merula.
Wonderful blue of the sky on BG!
Congratulation for this beauty!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-09 11:06]

Hola amiga,
nice capture and selected perch,
great detail and sharpness.
saludos Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-09 12:06]

Hi Ulla. As you say the birds have had a hard time so far this winter. I feed my birds about 6.30am on my way out to work and they are waiting for me. You were lucky this female sayed still for you to get this fine well detailed picture. All with natural colours. As you say nice to see the blue sky. TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-09 12:07]

Very good photo of this female Turdus merula, great details and natural colors!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-02-09 12:17]

Hu Ulla,
wonderful composition! You've made a bird that is fairly common in this part of the world look fantastic - the setting amongst the berries is superb, well done!

Ciao Ulla, great capture of beautiful bird in great pose against a wonderful blue sky, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-09 13:09]

Hello Ulla.
Lovely pose, POV and details are excellent. Great colors and excellent exposure.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Ulla. Beautiful capture of this poor lovely blackbird. Details and POV are wonderful.
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello Ulla. Stunning shot of this cute blacbird with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

hello Ulla

WOW ! i love that expression on his glance, it is one of your most
excellent bird photos, i love the frontal POV « légèrement en contre-plongé »
to show the bird is perched high on the tree, fine framing,
superb focus sharpness and details, the catch-light always render
the photo more beautiful, excellent contrast between the sky's
and the foreground's colour tons, lovely Blackbird, TFS


Hi Ulla,

Great capture of this pretty but poor blackbird, the focus looks superb. The posture is incredible and the beauty looks well placed too.
TFS and heve a nice night MF!

Ps. i loved the green mamba imitation for the green leaf so much:) i am still laughing:)

Hello Ulla,

A great close-up of this Blackbird with lovely coloration, pose & BG. Well taken & presented.

TFS & best wishes!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-09 22:56]

Hello Ulla

A wonderful shot - the pose and the berries makes an excellent composition.

Best wishes


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-02-09 23:53]

She does look unhappy, and the shriveled berried complete the sad scene.., (good image, though).

Thanks for sharing. Keep warm, Ulla!


Hello Ulla !
Mrs Blackbird looks fantastic, against the blue winter sky ! :-) I also like her pose, she looks so proud, and ready to fight off anyone who wants to stal her berries ! :-) The picture is great, too - sharp details, cheerful colors, wonderful composition, excellent POV. Vry well done !

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-10 4:11]

Hi Ulla,
the blue sky really pushes the shot into a beautiful one, as well as the sharpness of the subject. You have composed it well with the branches giving a graphical effect.
The presence of the fruits really make this scenery very lively and authentic.
Well presented and excellent composition of every elements available.


Ciao Ulla. Intersting focused bird against the blue BG. Greta capture witg good colours. I' like a lot.


Hello Ulla,
a splendid capture of this female Blackbird taken from an excellent POV in a great pose, very good sharpness and lighting, beautiful natural colours, a very nice composition with an intense eye contact.
Best regards

Hello Ulla
a superb image of this female blackbird taken with fine details and in a lovely pose on a brach with berries against a blue sky
superb composition and colors
Have a good night

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-11 1:19]

Hi Ulla,
A very cute bird and you photographed very nicely.
TFS and R's,

Excelente la coposición y el encuadre Ulla. Realismo y supongo poca manipulación electrónica.
Buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-17 13:29]

Hi Ulla,
Lovely catch light in this birds eye. The focus and exposure are excellent as is the composition. Great work Ulla, thank you.

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