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supalpine warbler

supalpine warbler
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-05-15 3:36
Viewed: 3304
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Subalpine Warbler, Sylvia cantillans, is a small typical warbler which breeds in the southernmost areas of Europe and northwest Africa. This small passerine bird is migratory, and winters along the southern edge of the Sahara. It occurs as a vagrant well away from the breeding range, in both spring and autumn as far north as Great Britain.

Like most Sylvia species, it has distinct male and female plumages. The adult male has a grey back and head, brick-red underparts, and white malar streaks ("moustaches"). The female is mainly brown above, with a greyer head, and whitish below with a pink flush. The Subalpine Warbler's song is fast and rattling, and is similar to the Lesser Whitethroat.

This bird seems to be related to the Sardinian Warbler-Menetries' Warbler superspecies. They all have white malar areas, the heads being dark above in adult males, and naked eye-rings. These three species are related to a superspecies consisting of Rüppell's Warbler and the Cyprus Warbler, which also share the white malar area with blackish above.The Subalpine Warbler is divided into three distinct subspecies groups, which may possibly be sufficiently diverged to qualify as three separate species. The three groups have differing male plumages, distinctive calls, and are allopatric; further study is needed.

This is a bird of dry open country, often on hill slopes, with bushes for nesting. The nest is built in low shrub or gorse, and 3-5 eggs are laid. Like most "warblers", it is insectivorous, but will also take berries.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-15 3:42]

Hi Zeno,
Hé, je had hem ook te pakken! Ik heb hem gefotografeerd tussen Molyvos en Petra. Geweldige foto. Zo mooi vrij had ik hem niet. Alles in deze foto is van hoge kwaliteit en bijzonder mooi. Een aanwinst voor TN.

Hi Zeno,

A splendid shot of this pretty little bird. excellent focus, dof, colours and pose make this a shot to be proud of.
TFS regards Bill

Amazing clarity and sharpness to this lovely picture of a Warbler, Zeno.
The plain green BG supports the subject extremely well.
Overall, a great composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-15 5:35]

Hello Zeno,
A superb capture of this singing male. Excellent sharpness, lighting and eye contact.
I also took some shots of the Subalpine Warbler near Molivos last year.
Your 300mm 2.8 is a great lens, even with a x2 converter!
Lesvos is a great island for birds and other wildlife.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-15 5:57]

Very cute little warbler giving beautiful pose and excellent capture. tfs.

simply fantastic shot, excellent details and very nice light,

congratulations Zeno !

ciao, tino

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-15 6:21]

Hello Zeno,
A superb capture of this little Warbler in a lovely pose and with great focus on the pretty eye! Excellent sharpness and natural colours against a smooth background. Well timed and well framed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Zeno
Beautiful photo! The POV, the composition and the BG are excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic. The sharpness is impressive. Interesting species too.

Hi Zeno.
Zeno this warbler image is amazing. Great sharpeness and light. You have everthing here, great eye, great pose, it is composed beutifully and with a simple background. Its perfect.

P.S. Check the spelling.

Brilliant shot Zeno.

Erg mooi. Ik heb ze niet gezien, ik was toen ook een maand vroeger


Ha Zeno,

Prachtige plaat van dit mooie vogeltje
Compo, Scherpte, Achtergrond, Kleur, Pose, POV en DOF zijn PERFECT

TFS Thijs

Hello Zeno,
A really nice capture of this Subalpine Warbler posing nicely. Excellent focus and sharpness and lovely natural colours. I like the soft background colours and the composition too. Well done!

hello Zeno
great sharpness and nice pose
the colours and light are beautiful
greeting lou

Hello Zeno,
Great shot with perfect sharpness, details and colours. Very nice composition.

Hi Zeno,
WOW, This shot is simply fantastic Zeno!
Sharpness and details are excellent and the pose of bird is very nice.
Wonderful BG and impressive eye contact!

Hello Zeno,
A superb image of this bird with lovely pose, great details and sharpness, beautiful colours with nice clean background,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

what a great closeup, bravo, TFS Ori

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-15 17:36]

Hello Zeno,
What a beautiful little warbler that I have never seen before. The detail and clean BG make this an awesome image to view. Beautiful natural colors and attractive composition. Well done!!

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  • duymy Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 35] (488)
  • [2011-05-15 20:48]

Hello Zeno,

Very nice shot with lovely bird and fantastic pose. TFS! Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-16 12:34]

Hello Zeno.
This is a very nice shot. The details and focus are very good with good colour and POV. Stands out well on the blurred background. well done TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-17 10:25]

Hi Zeno.
My congratulation on such brilliant picture. All is fantastic: scene at whole, terrific details of the bird and twigs, amazing smooth BG and blameless composition. Outstanding job.

Hallo Zeno,
a superb capture of the Subalpine Warbler taken from an excellent point of view with impressive details and bright colours, a very pleasant composition with a lovely pose of this cute bird
Best regards

Hi Zeno,

What a stunning image of this Supalpine Warbler my friend, great detailed sharpness accompanied by these amazing natural colours, awesome entry and well done,
Congratulations Zeno and have a wonderful evening,
Best Regards,


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