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Cuculus canorus and Acrocephalus palustr

Cuculus canorus and Acrocephalus palustr
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Copyright: Szabo Jozsef (joska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-13
Camera: Nikon D 300s, Sigma 80- 400mm f4.5-5.6 APO DG OS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): JlinaresP's Uncommons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 9:22
Viewed: 3093
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is a brood parasite, which lays its eggs in the nests of other bird species, particularly of Dunnocks, Meadow Pipits, and Eurasian Reed Warblers.

At the appropriate moment, the hen cuckoo flies down to the Reed Warblers' nest, pushes one Reed Warbler egg out of the nest, lays an egg and flies off. The whole process is achieved in only about 10 seconds.

Cuckoo chicks methodically evict all host progeny from host nests. It is a much larger bird than its hosts, and needs to monopolise the food supplied by the parents. The Cuckoo chick will roll the other eggs out of the nest by pushing them with its back over the edge. If the Reed Warbler's eggs hatch before the Cuckoo's egg, the Cuckoo chick will push the other chicks out of the nest in a similar way.

At 14 days old, the Cuckoo chicks are about three times the size of the adult Reed Warblers. The numerous and rapid hunger calls of the single cuckoo chick, and to a lesser extent its coloured gape, encourage the host parents to bring more food.


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Hello Szabo,

what an very nice meetig and exellent pov on this parent and child.
Perect timing.
I am jalous.
Fine colours.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-13 9:54]

Hello Jozsef,
Even though the natural Bg is busy, this is a great capture of a juvenile Cuckoo being fed by its host, a Reed Warbler. The scene was taken from a nice POV with excellent sharpness and colours.
This is a rare sight and great contribution to TN!
Thanks and kind regards,

Ciao Joszef, great capture, fantastic scene, wonderful natural ambientation and splendid sharpness, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Ciao Szabo. Wow! Magnificent moment you've captured MF! Good contrast and intrigant environment.


Amazing and dynamic capture with fantastic clarity and detail Szabo! Truly rare, shot my friend! I love it!
George Veltchev

Hello Szabo,
Good heavens! ... amazing! ... I had heard about this behavior, but I had never seen it in pictures! ... What a most wicked bird! This photo is a story in itself. Good job!
Regards, TFS

That's nature! Amazing capture Baratom Jozsef!
Great one! TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-13 11:33]

Hello Jozsef,
At last I can see it with my own eyes. I've heard this story many times, but never seen it. Thanks. Fantastic timing. A pity that there's noise in the photo, but the story makes everything good.

hello Jozsef
great moment to take this picture
super good details ans 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)
  • [2010-10-13 13:21]

Hello Szabo
Great timing and also superb shot of Cuculus canorus and Acrocephalus with nice details and composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-13 14:15]

Hello Szabo,
This is realy awesome macro capture!...
Great composition with excellent timing and splendid sharpness.
TFS and regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-13 14:37]

This is a great scoop my friend! What a timing and what e perfect quality! Very well done...as usual..ehehe..Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Hello Szabo,
fantastic image of this birds, colors, details and light perfect. Incredible the scene Excellent picture. Regards, Paolo

Excepcional trabajo Szabo... y tú estabas allí.
Ademmás de oportunidad, una gran técnica.
Excelente trabajo amigo.
J. Ignasi.

  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2010-10-14 1:12]

fantastica captura ! nu am inteles despre ce este vorba din imaginea mica , am crezut ca pasarea mica e o creanga,daca cand am vazut imaginea mare am zis ... wow.

Wow, superb Jozsef! Destul de rar ai ocazia sa participi si sa documentezi acest comportament. Poate imaginea nu este perfecta, insa valoarea documentare este mare!

Numai bine,

Bonjour Jozsef,
Très intéressante publication aussi bien scripturalement que picturalement car j'avais bien sur entendu parlé de ce phénomène sans pour autant l'avoir vu.
Très belle valorisation des sujets dans une bonne composition et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

wow, amazing capture, never saw this before, TFS Ori

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