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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-14 7:07
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Jackdaw (Corvus monedula), sometimes known as the Eurasian Jackdaw, European Jackdaw, Western Jackdaw, or formerly simply the daw, is a dark-plumaged passerine bird in the crow family. It is found across Europe, western Asia and North Africa, and four subspecies are recognised. At 34–39 cm in length, it is one of the smallest species in Corvus, the genus of crows and ravens. It is a black-plumaged bird with grey nape and distinctive white irises. It is an omnivorous and opportunistic feeder, and eats a wide variety of plant material and invertebrates, as well as food waste from urban areas. The Jackdaw has benefited from clearing of forested areas and is found in farmland and urban areas, as well as open wooded areas and coastal cliffs.
Measuring 34–39 cm (14–15 in), the jackdaw is the second smallest species in the genus Corvus. Most of the plumage is a shiny black, with a purple or blue sheen on the crown, forehead and secondaries, and a green-blue sheen on the throat, primaries, and tail. The cheeks, nape and neck are light grey to greyish-silver, and the underparts a slate-grey. The bill and legs are black. The iris of adults is greyish- or silvery white. The iris of juvenile jackdaws is light blue, then brownish, before whitening around a year of age.
In flight, jackdaws are separable from other corvids by their smaller size, faster and deeper wingbeats and proportionately narrower and less fingered wings. They also have a shorter, thicker neck, a much shorter bill and frequently fly in tighter flocks. The underwing is uniformly grey, unlike choughs.
On the ground, jackdaws strut about briskly and have an upright posture.
Sexes and ages are alike.
Recently, in at least one area of Wales, jackdaws have been seen with white wings, mirroring the plumage of its relative, the magpie, almost perfectly from a distance. They have been seen following magpies, possibly meaning that they have evolved this colour to raid magpie nests without being mobbed or caught.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackdaw

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-14 7:24]

Buna Mircea,
A very nice capture of a Jackdaw taken from a great low POV with excellent sharpness and colours against the wintery BG. The lighting is great and shows the light-coloured eye superbly.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hallo Mircea,
what a beautiful capture of the Jackdaw, very good sharpness and impressive detail on the plumage, perfect contrast of colour tones, splendid lighting in anice composition
Best regards

Hallo Mircea,

another nice image from the Jackdown taken with good pov and sharpness.

Fine colors.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-14 10:40]

Hello Mircea,
Nice photo of this Jackdaw in beautiful natural colours. A pity you don't have eye contact. The low POV is perfect. Good DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-14 11:20]

Hello Mircea.
Wonderful capture of this Jackdaw.Details on black feathers are wonderful.I liked POVand composition also a lot.Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-14 11:39]

Faina captura cu specie comuna dar foarte timida
numai bine

DOF, sharp and detals. Perfect! Magnificent light. Another excellente work Mircea!


Ciao Mircea, lovely bird in a beautiful winter ambientation, great details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Buna Mircea,
O captura foarte reusita cu detalii deosebite si culori naturale.
Acum din cauza iernii s-au mutat si in zona asezarilor umane unde ajung mai usor la hrana.
Numai bine! Marius.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-14 12:47]

What a impressive position this crow and what a beautiful pic.A top quality sharpness and details,nice composition and beautiful winter background.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hello Mircea
after a rook, your post belongs to an another crow species. it is a very nice Jackdaw capture on snowy grassland. focus, POV/DOF and colors very nice. also composition fine.
thanks for sharing. have a nice evening

Hello Mircea,
Congratulations for the beautiful picture, perfect POV, sharpness and contrast.
Excellent notes attached, thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-16 5:42]

Hello Mircea,
such a good capture of this jackdaw. The details of the eye is so stunning. Never thought it would be white with black spot.
Excellent clarity and sharpness of the feathers. The shiny reflection is exciting to see.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-01-16 10:13]

Buna Mircea,
Jackdaw beautiful composition!
Beautiful photo of this Jackdaw in good sharpness, details and natural colours.
Best wishes,

Destacaría en este trabajo una gran captura del color a pesar de la dificultad que entraña.
Interesante y efectivo ángulo trasero de disparo.
Muy buena luz y ambiente creado: Un excelente trabajo Mircea.

Buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-23 8:19]

Hi Mircea.
For a long time I wish to catch this species. However, I have only few bad shots of the bird in-flight. Yours is excellent. I like shallow DOF, fine smooth BG and superb reproduction of the bird and surrounding grass. Exposure is great. All details of the feathers as well as of other parts of the bird are fine. Well done and TFS.

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