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Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Nikon TC20EIII, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-08-23 22:19
Viewed: 4016
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot is from my first series of pictures of the species. Despite these birds live near our countryside gardens in thickets of a cane (see my WS) which grows along-shore of Khadzhibeisky Liman I met them at a shooting distance only once. Unfortunately I had Nikon telelns 400 mm combo on FF camera and could not come nearer. That is why shared shot is about 100 % crop.

In a few days I came to that place with true telelens Minolta 100-400 mm and crop camera Sony SLT-A57, but could to hear these birds only. After that I also did not see the birds there at all.

The Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) is an Eurasian songbird in the genus Acrocephalus. It used to be placed in the "Old World warbler" assemblage, but nowadays is recognized to be part of the marsh- and tree-warbler family (Acrocephalidae).

The thrush-sized warbler is one of the largest species of Old World warbler. It measures 16–21 cm (6.3–8.3 in) in length, 25 to 30 cm (9.8 to 12 in) in wingspan and weighs 22 to 38 g (0.78 to 1.3 oz). The adult has unstreaked brown upperparts and dull buffish-white chin and underparts. The forehead is flattened, and the bill is strong and pointed. It looks very much like a giant Eurasian Reed Warbler (A. scirpaceus), but with a stronger supercilium.

The sexes are identical, as with most old world warblers, but young birds are richer buff below.

The warbler's song is very loud and far-carrying. The song's main phrase is a chattering and creaking carr-carr-cree-cree-cree-jet-jet, to which the whistles and vocal mimicry typical of marsh warblers are added.

Source: Great Reed Warbler.

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Hello Alexei,
Remarkable photo and comments. This wonderful specie of migratory birds has wonderful colors and interesting shape. The contrast against the background is superb. Very nice composition taken from a excellent low POV with lovely light and best clarity. Always difficult to catch it on camera because they are very shy birds.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-23 23:58]

Hello Alexei
Wonderful photo of a singing beauty with great colours, nice details and fine composition.
TFS and kind regards Siggi

Interesting image of bird. nice angle and interesting emotion. good photograph. tfs.

wonderful scene with this beautiful summer singer, very good quality with your extended...regards Alexei

Hello Mr.Alexei,
Very good picture.Nice to see the placement of the bird in the frame.Good timing.Details are attractive with natural colour.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-08-24 3:33]

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic photo of this Great Reed Warbler. Superb sharpness, details and a perfect timing in this singing pose. Beautiful light and natural colours.

Hello Alexei,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
這鳥很愛叫 常常聽見牠叫
聲音也很好聽 但卻很怕生 很難照
構圖美麗 背景好看

An adorable image of a Warbler singing lustily among reeds that give it a name, Alexei. Despite a reed coming in the way, you have got the head of the bird free from obstruction and that is the most appealing part of this picture.
As a matter of fact, the reeds lend an artistic frame to the subject.
Best regards.

hallo Alex
super good sharpness composition with nice details and beautiful colours
thnaks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-24 14:53]

Hi Alex,great capture in a difficult position between the dry grass,the best DOF to have the best details on the bird,i like the top quality and the curious beak open,i can hear its voice..ehehe..Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Beautiful singing pose and beautiful photo Alex! Very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Ciao Alexei, great capture of lovely singing bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei

You shot the photo at the best moment of the bird
while is launching his cry, with fine POV,
beautiful light, beautiful eye-contact,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello Alexei
Very well taken picture of this singing bird.
perfect clarity and colour.
thank you for this well composed shot.
best wishes,

Ciao Alexei. Excellent details and sharp for the bird in great action against the soft blue.


Hi Alexei,
First, Thank you for your beautiful comment.
This is an incredible capture. Never seen this kind of innocent picture.
Great timing and composition.Perfect framing and BG.
Excellent natural color and sharpness.
Love this pic.Thanks for sharing.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-08-26 10:50]

Hi Alexei,
Lovely shot and with a very good moment captured.
Nice pose,amazing natural colors and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Alex,

Wonderful and timely capture of a small bird calling a pleasing call with superb composition, splendid sharpness and fine details. Well done, my friend,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-09-07 18:50]

Hello Alexei,
A new warbler for me, at first glance I thought it was a type of House Wren. You captured it in an attractive singing pose. Nicely focused and showing excellent detail. Love the catch light in it's eye!!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-01 0:59]

Hello alex,
this is a lovely presentation and exciting view. The details are splendid and the subject is well emphasised.
Well presented and the dry grass offer a pleasant view too.


Privet Alexei,
Nice shot... but the out of focus grassblades are disturbing a bit, ruining the otherwise very pleasant overall view. I know you haven't had the chance to not compose them into the frame, but it doesn't change the fact they're vexing my sensitive eyes... Without them it might be a top class photo. I'm sure you'll have the chance to meet this species in shooting distance.
Besst regards, László

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