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A Morning Snooze

A Morning Snooze
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-10 23:00
Viewed: 3277
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the same morning that I photographed the Waxwing in my previous posting I took this image of a Fieldfare, one of a small flock that settled in the birches and juniper bushes. Like the waxwings they ate juniper berries.

Fieldfare, Turdus pilaris

The Fieldfare can easily be told from other thrushes by the grey head and the orange among the dense spotting on the breast. It makes loud clacking sounds especially in a flock. In contrast the song is a soft musical chattering.

Though some stay the winter, most overwinter in Europe south of Sweden. They return in the spring to breed in woodlands of most parts of the country. The nest is built of grass in a forked branch and is lined with mud.

Fieldfares are fairly common in N. and C. Europe and have even spread to S. Greenland during the last century. They spend the winter in the whole of the UK and breed in Scotland.

.This shot was taken at a distance of about 4 meters in the morning lighting. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Hello Ivan,
Impressive capture with very nice details and exceptional sharpness.
I love the perfect exposure and the wonderful details.
Splendid composition with a very nice bird. I have seen very rarely this species in the wild in my country.

Ciao Ivan.
Foto molto simpatica di questo uccellino,con una nitidezza eccellente,molto belli i colori con relative sfumature,bene la composizione,complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Ivan,
A great portrait fieldfare in a nice light.

Hello Ivan,
Really interesting photo of this bird.Very nice compozition with great details and lovely colours.
Have a nice weekend!

truly peaceful capture of a gorgeous vacationer called Fieldfare! Good day Ivan! I love the impeccable point of view which present the little bird in a fantastic way. Awesome light and simplicity indeed! In the workshop I am presenting you an image with some color corrections. Hope you will approve it! Have a great weekend Ivan!
George Veltchev

Hi Ivan,
nice capture and a good composition...
perfect POV and DOF for this capture.
awesome sharpness and colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-11 2:29]

Hello Ivan,
A photo in splendid golden colours, very beautiful light. Excellent sharpness, details, DOF and POV. Lovely eye contact and a pleasing composition.

Ciao Ivan, fascinating composition with flovely bird in nice pose, fine details, beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-11 4:07]

hello ivan

excellent capture.stunning light balance.
perfect focus and sharphness.tfs

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-11 4:44]

Hi Ivan,
Gorgeous light and colours. Good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hallo Ivan,
a fantastic portrait of the Fieldfare, very good sharpness and marvellous warm colours, excellent point of view, very well done; i prefer the natural warm colours
Have a good Sunday
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful picture with an amazing sharpness, excellent job of focusing!!! Congrats.

Hello Ivan
Excellent capture and presentation.Great composition,beautiful colors and impressive sharpness on focus.
Thank You
Best regards

hello Ivan
super good picture with very nice sunlight on the bird
Colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Impressive photo Ivan! Very good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

A very likeable pose. Excellent detail and focus.
Good light and colours. A fine portrait.
regards yiannis

Hi Ivan,
really nice photo of this bird. Nice vivid colours. Excellent use of light.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Ivan. Wonderful MF! Amazing warm light and excellent DOF. Great paint.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-11 12:38]

Hello Ivan,
Awesome portrait shot of the Fieldfare. Very neat and impressive details on its plumage with lovely colour tones and fine focus. Excellent POV to capture this nice pose. Wonderfully composed and presented.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan

WOW ! a great and a very beautiful close-up photo
of the Fieldfare, with a fine POV and framing,
a lovely light coming on the bird, the catch-light
that always enhance the photo, great focus
sharpness and details of its beautiful plumage, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-11 21:14]

Hello Ivan,
exciting fluffy bird in exciting sharpness and clarity. I like the camouflaging feathers. The pattern on the breast is so special and pretty.


enjoyable close up scene and photo with great quality!
regards Ivan

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-02-12 3:36]

Excellent capture, conveying well thru the soft light and the puffed-up feathers the essence of winter.

TFS! Keep warm,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-12 5:43]

Bonjour Ivan,
Another excellent bird-shot. Again this beautiful and luminous light which gives this splendid background. And of course an interesting bird shown with excellent sharpness in this wintery atmosphere. Great again!
Kind regards

Hello Ivan,
Nice morning sun on the bird. You did well in capturing the moment. Very well done and tfs.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-12 8:44]

Very beautiful image, Ivan!
Great POV and depth; excellent sharpness and perfect light; splendid shades of colours and nice eye contact. A beauty!

Impressive capture with very nice details and exceptional sharpness. good composition too.

Excelente pose del ave y una buena paleta de colores.
Yo cada dia me estoy dedicando más a las aves y abandonando los insectos.
Al final opté por comprar el versátil y económico 70-200 f4 de Canon que
como puedes ver estreno en Tn. Va fantástico, hoy lo he usado por primera vez.
Saludos Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Ivan,

Splendid lighting with fabulous natural warm colours, nice pose and perfectly positioned in the format, good sharpness with fine detail, superb point of view and a nice highlighted eye, great work here Ivan and very well done,
Best regards,


Hello Ivan,
A very nice captured of this bird, beautiful lighting, well exposure, very good details sharpness, lovely colours, a superb work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Ivan,
Amazing species, Really amazing picture.
Well done.

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful capture taken with good details, nice colours and excellent light. Well done!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-19 8:49]

Hi Ivan!
Wonderful, sharp composition. You captured a splendid, golden light, which makes nice warm colours. Superb POV and DOF.
Congratulations Ivan on this beauty!
Ciao a lovely week! Vanda

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-19 17:27]
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Hello Ivan,
I'm always interested in viewing new birds that I'm not familiar with, and this is one of them. Other then the light color on it's head, it reminds me of a very young American Robin with it's lightly speckled breast feathers.
You managed to capture super sharp details and the coloration is true and natural. As your title implies, you seem to have photographed this guy just at nap time. Great job!!

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful photo and expressive, you got the whole environment very well. I applaud the quality of the colors and light!

Hello Ivan.
The way this Fieldfare was captured is well suited to the given title :-)
I like the perch indicating the cold weather and the light on the body is beautiful. Good shot and sharp details.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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