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Miss Blackbird's Caviar

Miss Blackbird's Caviar
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony/Zeiss teleconverter (1,7)
Exposure: f/2.4, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-02-10 18:22
Viewed: 4361
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are".
This applies to birds as well. In winter, when they can't easily find their food, I provide three different sources, each one remote from the others. They apply to three different groups of birds regularly visible here in mid winter. (latin names used for easier international legibility).
1° Grease balls with seeds, plus sunflower seeds dispenser: Parus caeruleus, Parus major, Aegithalos caudatus, Carduelis carduelis
2° Pound cake and crumbs: Passer domesticus, all Parus family, Erithacus rubecula.
3° Ivy berries: Turdus merula, Sturnus vulgaris, Columba palumbus.
Here is what happens on the 3rd spot.
TURDUS MERULA (female) - Merle noir (F), Eurasian or Common Blackbird (UK/US) , Amsel (D) , Mirlo común (E) , Merlo (I) , Merel (NL/B) , Chyorny Drozd (R) , Koltrast (Sw)
IDENTIFICATION (lenght: 25cm - wingspan: 34 to 38cm - weight: 80 to 110g)
Lifespan: 16 max.
Widespread and common species. Males and females can be easily identified.
Adult male blackbirds are totally black, with a bright golden-yellow bill and a neat yellow ring around the eye. Females are dark grey/brown, with streaky mottling on the clearer breast. Juveniles resemble females, but they have pale spots on the upperparts.
During winter there is massive immigration of blackbirds from Scandinavia, Germany, the Baltic States, and parts of Russia and Finland. The blackbird is distributed from Iberia throughout temperate Europe, to Russia, and through Turkey, northern Iran, and the Himalayas, reaching into China.
Able to successfully exploit a large range of habitats, from city centres to highland moors, including woodland, gardens, copses, and parks.
The blackbird feeds on fruits, berries, earthworms and a large range of insects. Its active feeding behaviour, when leaves are thrown aside, is characteristic, as is its careful stalking of a lawn whilst listening with the head cocked to one side for worms.
The nest, a stout cup of twigs, stems, mud and dry grass is built in a tree or bush mainly by the female, although the male may assist by collecting materials. From March between 4 and 5 bluish eggs, mottled with reddish brown are laid and incubated by the female for up to 17 days. After hatching, the young are fed by both parents and fledge after around 13 days.
Agricultural intensification is thought to have played a part in the decline of the blackbird. Not endangered. Green List.

Partly with the help of this site
Focal lenght with converter 300mm - spot metering - ISO 200 - Cropped, levels, USM (120-0,5-0), noise filtered (NI).

Janice, Luc, red45, kooki, jossim, willie, ellis49, PDP, gerhardt, extramundi, TAZ has marked this note useful
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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-02-10 20:27]

Very nice shot Jean. I like the composition. Good colors and sharpness. Great details. Good note as usual. Good job.



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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-10 23:21]

The Blackbird we do have in NZ - no doubt an import from the UK. Good compo here among the berries and ivy Jean Michel. She looks so alert, and you've caught her nice and sharp. Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-11 3:44]

Appréciation personnelle de la photo: superbe
Bon impact visuel.
Pertinence de la photo pour le site: excellente
Appréciation personnelle pour la note: complète
Je suis heureux d'apprendre qu'il existe un Merle Noir. Il a effectivement la même silhouette que nos merles.
Intéressante description de la nourriture que vous fournissez aux oiseaux. En plus de les nourrir, ils deviennent d'excellents pièges à images.
Bravo Jean-Michel et merci beaucoup.

C'est féerique, ton oiseau! J'admire la pose, les yeux, la situation! Bonne travail.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-11 4:50]

Looks like very smart guy :-) I like it pose - what to eat firs? Great details and sharpness, excellent note.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-11 8:49]

Belle composition avec un bon DOF et POV. Le sujet est nette on voit bien son regard et le plumage de cette oiseau. Le background est très jolie. Merci pour l'envoi.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-11 11:06]

Asn good as they come Jean. This is an excellent post. Very good work my friend.

Good focus :)

Very nice shot Jean Michel.
I like the composition, it's great.
Very good sharpness, colours and light.
Excellent work.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-12 14:42]

Jean Michel, perfect shot: a very nice composition, excellent sharpness, great POV and DOF.

The out of focus background, probably because of f/2.4, is perfect too. I also like the frame.



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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-12 15:09]

Super picture Jean Michel, I wonder if this is the first time for this juvinelle. Great composition and the focus is very well directed. Well done.

Exceptional compo, I like it. Nice sharp details and the exposure spot on to show those spots on the chest. Well done, Great shot!

This one is also excellent, I dont know if I like most this or the previous. I think although the first had more action, tech. is better in this one. I love the countour with background colour. Tomorrow I will have my lens. I will have to pay tax at the border :( Hope I will take some as good as this ones. Good work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-14 12:01]

Jolie composition photographique pour bel oiseau ! Bonnes couleurs et PdC.
Well done !

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