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Aphid lover

Aphid lover
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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: 2010-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-18 8:44
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Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochilus

We have plenty of butterflies in the garden now but also masses of black aphids, espcially on an Apple tree. The birds love them and as the aphids feed, they secrete a sticky, honeydew substance that also attracts wasps, ants and sometimes butterflies. This little bird didn't take any notice of me as it was very busy eating the aphids you can see on the twigs and leaves.

"The Willow Warbler is a very common and widespread leaf warbler which breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe and Asia, from Ireland east to the Anadyr River basin in eastern Siberia. It is strongly migratory, with almost all of the population wintering in sub-Saharan Africa.[2][3]
It is a bird of open woodlands with trees and ground cover for nesting, including most importantly birch, alder, and willow habitats. The nest is usually built in close contact with the ground, often in low vegetation. Like most Old World warblers, this small passerine is insectivorous.[3] In northern Europe.”
From Wikipedia

This was captured in cloudy conditions from a distance of about 5 metres. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-18 8:51]

Hi Ulla,a very excellent pic,the light and the distance don't stop you as i can see!And it's a great portrait of this little friend,it like aphids and we like apples..ehehe..Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

Hi Ulla,

what an very great picture from this bird.
Good pov and dof.
Fine colours.
These little songbirds look al almost the same.


Hi Ulla,

Pleasant capture of this pretty willow warbler , I like the blurr green of the background here. The exposure looks perfectly well balanced too. Impressive work.
TFS and have a nice evening MF!


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-08-18 9:31]

Hello Ulla,
Very nice photo of such beautiful species. Some days ago I've observed it about lake by the binocular.Such dark colours this photo like for me very much.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Ulla. Perfect and lovely catch with nice ambiance. Colours,details,sharpness, BG, all is wonderful..
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-18 11:42]

Hello Ulla,
What a beauty! Great pose with direct contact. Very beautiful natural colours and excellent sharpness. The green colours in the BG are gorgeous and superb contrasting with the yellow of the bird. Perfect POV and compsoition.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-18 12:12]

Hi Ulla,

You've caught a fine moment here. I like the soft natural colors of this bird and the greenish background is beautiful.
Perhaps the autofocus is a bit to much on the leaves but that's not a big problem. TFS!


Hello Ulla, excellent shot of this cute faced bird with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

hello Ulla
you have here a beautiful picture with nice soft light and beautiful colours
very nice pose
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-18 12:57]

Hello Ulla.
Superb shot of this cute little bird, nicely composed with a lovely pose and excellent POV, nice detail with well saturated colours and a nice OOF BG.Best regards Siggi

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-08-18 13:21]

Hi Hulla!
Marvellous picture. Great sharp capture with fine details. Splendid light and colours.
Very good blurred BG .
Perfect composition.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Ulla,
Nice idea to eat aphids! This bird is very pretty too. Excellent composition and harmonious tones. Good night,

Hallo Ulla,
a fantastic capture of the Willow Warbler taken in a lovely pose, superb sharpness, very beautiful colours and good contrast against a dark green BG, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hello Ulla,
very beautiful image and the willow warbler. Very beautiful soft light of the subject with the backgroun dark. Compliments, Paolo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-18 14:57]

Hi Ulla,

Your garden is a photographer's dream and this Willow Warbler is wonderful. The little bird looks so sweet posing on the bush with the lovely leaves. I love the pretty colors, the fine details, and how stunning the Warbler is in the green setting.


Hello Ulla
wonderful capture of this lovely bird, in spite of the far distance, the sharpness is very good so and we can see the tiny aphids on the leaves and the twig,
i love the pose of the bird and also the dark BG
Have a good night

Hi Ulla,
My neighbor yesterday. Sorry I was not able write anything yesterday. A very capture of this beautiful Willow Warbler. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-19 5:14]

Hi Ulla
Beautiful closed up with good POV and a very nice pose from your subject.Sharp image with fine detail.Excellent DOF also.
TFS Michel

Ottimo scatto Ulla, buona nitidezza, luce e composizione.
Ciao, Melania.

Hello Ulla,
Very sharp detailed photo of this Willow Warbler in a very pleasant pose. Great sharpness, beautiful natural colours, excellent BG and composition. Well done!

hello Ulla
very nice capture of lovely Willow Warbler with aphids on leaves. pastel colors, focus, POV/DOF and composition. dark BG nicely contrasting its light plumage.
thanks for sharing, best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-20 1:20]

Hello Ulla,
A very fine-colored Warbler picture. I like the yellow/greenish tints of the shot. You caught the bird in an interesting vivid attitude and made a good decentred composition. I'm just not so sure of what happened to the bird's plumage which seems to be flattened or wiped out on my screen.
Kind regards and have a nice day

If I were rich, I would pay for a framed copy of a picture such as this. It conveys a message of peace and calm...so very nice Ulla. So very nice..

Buena pose del ave y buien encuadrada. Parece que se apoya en un manzano o peral, no estoy seguro. Naturalidad en los colores con evidente desenfoque en el cuerpo del ave. Interesante documento.
Buen fin de semana Ulla: J. Ignasi.

Bravo Ulla, pour cette prise de vue très spontanée.
Il est aux aguets, comme s'il recherchait un peu de nourriture...
Merci pour ce beau portrait

Dear Ulla,
Thank you for this great story of the ''Aphid Eater'' as well as the excellent Notes.

I always find aphids exasperating - they never read the same books as I do e.g. ''Basilicum planted amongst fruit and vegetables stops aphids'' however the aphids in our garden destroyed the Basilicum...

The image of this little Willow Warbler is somehow endearing. The bird looks so fragile!

The downy yellow chest-feathers look quite silky, and the grey-blue edging of the tail feathers adds interest.

The tight control of the depth of field gives your work a dreamy atmosphere.

Have a nice evening
Warm Greetings

Hi Ulla,

Lucky you to have such a beautiful aphid controller in your garden! Beautiful photography, I could almost reach out and touch the soft breast feathers. I have added this one to my favourite photographs.

Warm greetings, Amelia

hello Ulla

very beautiful close-up photo of the Willow Warbler,
shot with fine POV and the way it is framed, fine focus
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Ulla, You have such a wonderful and beautiful collection.


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