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A Pair of Blackcaps

A Pair of Blackcaps
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7 D+Battery Grip, Canon EF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 L IS USM, Kingston 16GB 266x, 67mm UV Filter-Hoya
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-17 5:54
Viewed: 2928
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first time since I have moved to my new bungalow 3+ years ago that Blackcaps have appeared in the garden, I have counted 3 males and 1 female. My only thought is that perhaps there is not the food around this year after the cold late spring. (Although two swallows fly over yesterday, which means they will have a hard time finding insects at the moment)

Blackcaps have recently changed their migrations behavior in some parts of Europe. In Britain all blackcaps used to disappear in winter. Now a few remain throughout the winter months and these birds appear to come from Central Europe.

The winter birds are often seen in gardens and survive on food put out for other birds as well as berries. The vast majority of blackcaps still arrive in Spring and leave in Autumn.

Blackcaps like woods and parks with tall trees. Like garden warblers, they are superb singers.

Easily identified by the black cap (male) brown for the female).

Taken through double glazing, cropped about 50%, and high pass filter applied to compensate for loss of sharpness on upload to TN.

Thanks for viewing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-17 7:47]

Hello Bill,
Very nice photo of this couple. Fine natural colours and excellent sharpness. The eye contact with the female is attractive.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-17 8:18]

Hi Bill,an excellent capture despite the distance and a very good work of sharpening in PP,beautiful couple on the green,excellent details and natural colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Fantastic capture through double glazing, Bill.
The pair looks so very cute on the ground, busily pecking at seeds you might have scattered on the ground for them, I presume.
Spring seems to be well on its way in England.
Warm regards.

Hi, Bill
I have a pair in the garden since Sunday also - and they are very hungry - you may well be right about the lack of natural food. They very much appreciate chopped sweet apple, especially if you can scatter the pieces close to cover. A very nice portrait of the pair, and well done getting both into the plane of focus.
Best wishes, Nigel.

Hi William,
really nice photo of the birds. Nice composition. Nice point of view.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Bill

Beautiful photo of this couple showing each ones
difference in the plumage and color tones,
with fine POV, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hallo William
nice to see a couple of this bird with great details and beautiful naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-04-17 13:12]

Hi Bill,
Excellent capture, this pair of different bird ..
The composition and the colours are excellent, the sharpness is impressive
Best wishes,

Hello William,
wonderful picture of this couple.
nice natural colour and fine sharpness.
good ambiance also.
with regards,

Hello Mr.William Jacobs,
It is an example of nice POV,excellent sharpness and natural colour in its natural habitat.
Nice eye contact with female Blackcaps.Well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-19 0:44]
  • [+]

Hello William,
Very nice to have the couple on the picture, it shows so well the differences. I never have seen so many Blackcaps as this year. I wonder if it is the same in your country.
Kind regards

Bonjour William,
Agréable valorisation des sujets.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-04-20 9:21]

Hello Bill,
Excellent capture of this Blackcap pair taken from a great POV that shows their features with top sharpness and natural colours against the grassy BG.
Nice to see both sexes in the same image1
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hi William,

The birds are well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the Blackcaps. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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