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Mirla Patinaranja

Mirla Patinaranja
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-26
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 13:58
Viewed: 24639
Points: 144
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo last month during my holiday’s travel to the city of Bogotá, Colombia, in an afternoon trek.

I would like to thank to Juan Jaramillo, who gives me the exact ID of this bird.
This is a Mirla Patinaranja or Great Trush in english (Turdus fuscater), a south american variety of Turdus merula or common blackbird (this one has the beak and legs orange-yellow).

Handheld with IS (image stabilizer), crop, sharpen, and resized.

MIRLA PATINARANJA (sub. Anthracinus)
Species Turdus fuscater (Great Trush)

It’s a bird extended in the Andean chain mountains, from Venezuela, through Chile.
Measures aprox. 24-30 cm. with all body plumage black or vivid dark, with the beak and legs yellow-golden. Females often have light feathers.
Lives “hidden”, althought often shows defiant in front of human presence, from a prudent distance and moving constantly.
When not in fly, it moves with small jumps with both legs together.
The bird feeds of earthworms from humid ground and fruits from trees, like apples and peaches.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Species: T. Fuscater


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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To BeBe: Muchas gracias por el ID!JoseMiguel 1 01-22 15:37
To edal: Thank you!JoseMiguel 1 01-13 15:58
To silviavitale: Gracias por tu comentarioJoseMiguel 1 01-11 08:40
To horia: Good suggestion!JoseMiguel 2 01-09 07:19
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-08 14:40]
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Una envidiable agudeza Jose Miguel para capturar toda la belleza de esta ave con gran foco y un colorido algo saturado, pero muy agradable.
Me encanta el punto de vista captado, con la mirada del animal bien marcada y el acorde encuadre ligeramente descentrado, que brinda una composición muy estética.
Otra gran presentación para incorporar a tu portfolio.
Un gran saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Desde mi humilde punto de vista esta perfecta. La pose de medio alerta genera una justa tensión e interes y el fondo con el trazo en tono claro realza la experta ilumación de la foto.
Parece que la hubieras postprocesado para el ajuste de mi monitor, parece que va salir volando del mismo en cualquier momento :)
Sinceras felicitaciones y un saludo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-08 15:28]
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Hello Jose,
Excellent composition showing this bird in profile, great sharpness and colour and set off nicely against the background. Beautiful light too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hola Jose Miguel.

Muy buena esta foto, el pajaro se aprecia muy bien en todos sus detalles y parece que no le esta gustando nada que lo retraten.

Jose Luis.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-08 15:44]

zdjecie bardzo ladne, ptak wyraznie pokazany, tyle tylko, ze horyzont w tle strasznie opada musiales aparat krzywo trzymac.

Bienvenido, José Miguel. Linda composición con excelente nitidez, perfecto enfoque y lindos colores. Feliz año, Yvonne

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-01-08 16:29]

Ola José parabens pela foto vou repetir tudo que os colegas falaram, nitidez, composiçõa e foco exelente, eu sei quanto e dificil tira uma foto desta pois estou tentado e ainda não cheguei nesta precisão mais uma vez parabens.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-08 16:58]

Cara de pocos amigos, la de este pájaro, buen disparo, nitidez, y compo. excelente y encuadre... saludos José

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-08 17:48]
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Hola Pepe.- Que bella foto de este pajaro en color negro, sus patas en amarillo lo hacen lucir todavia mas. Colores muy naturales y agradables a la vista. Luis52.

Hola Jose,
Super image with excellent composition and sharpness.

hi jose,
lovely capture,
well composed shot,
nice pov, good dof,
excellent sharpness,
tfs & regards

Belle photo d' un bel oiseau. Thomas

Hi Jose,
Very beautiful capture!
I really like the sharpness of every detail here. Your every shots are nice.


Hi Jose

Congrats on an excellent shot. Well composed, good clear detail, tack sharp and nicely saturated colour. :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-09 3:55]
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Hello Jose and a Happy 2007!
This is a very beautiful capture!
I really like the sharpness of every detail here - it's simply impeccable!
Also, the colors and tones are most charming and well saturated, the exposure is well managed and the DOF is impressive, isolating the bird very nicly from the lovely blurred BG.
I also like the POV here, the lighting and the framing.
I would have a sugestion, if i may, but it can only be done on the original: try to even te horizon so it will be perfectly horizontal and i think then you'll have a beautiful diagonal composition with the branch the little bird is sitting one...just an idea :)
Anyway, wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

A beautiful image..., Jose.
Very sharp.

Nice shot superb detail and good light. interesting angle and compo is well done rgds Necip

very nice with great sharpness and
fine pov and dof
well composed

Bonjour Jose Miguel,
J'aime bien cet oeil rouge :-) Les détails sont excellents dans une très bonne prise de vue et composition. JE ne peux pas aider avec l'identitié de l'oiseau. Il a une très belle pose, bravo!

bonjour josé miguel
excellent,le merle est difficile a approcher et en plus sa couleur habituellement foncée ne se prete pas vraiment a une photo detaillée,vous vous avez parfaitement reussi a faire ressortir son plumage.

Hola José Miguel,
Buen trabajo, excelente composición con gran nitidez, luz y fondo muy buenos. Un saludo

Hi Jose Miguel
Excellente photo,la pose de l'oiseau est parfaite sur cette fine branche et les couleurs sont juste ainsi que les détails et la belle composition..
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-09 16:32]

Hi Jose.
Amazing catch hereof bird.Colours are wonderful and details very much are nice.I like his coloured eye.Beautiful lighting and very good framing.Nicely composed and exposure are well managed.(Like me idea from Horia,compare horizon).
Excellent job,thanks for sharing.
Greetings Milos

Hola Jose,
Nice DoF, great sharpness, nice details, and very neat blurry BG.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Jose Miguel,
A beautiful capture with fine details!
Not the most colourful of birds, far from, but still a little beauty with the shining yellow beak and feet...
Good point of view, well composed presentation!
Pablo -

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-10 8:38]

Hello Jose Miguel,
very nice shot. Excellent sharpness even the red eye is perfect ;-). POV, DOF and colors are wonderful.
Very well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-10 10:32]

Hi Jose.
What a beautiful picture you have create and shared. Razor sharpness, perfect details and nice colours of this cute bird, attractive its pose and close-up. I also like the exposure, POV and DOF. The last one is selected precisely. I think you are right that you have rotated the image a bit. If it was possible to reduce brightness of a light strip of a background it would be simply remarkable. My best wishes and TFS.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your critique, Jose.
Your image of this bird native to South America is very attractive. The POV is superb and the colours and details are just perfect.
Thanks for sharing it and take care.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-01-10 12:39]

The sharpness of the bird and the DOF are amazing in this shot. Outstanding colors. Great composition draws us to the red eye. Very nice!

hello jose
magnifique cette photo, cet oiseau est d'une parfaite netteté
bravo pour ce bon travail et merci

Hi, Jose.
Nice bird. Well composed shot with very good sharpness. Like also POV and effective pose. Nice catchlight in eye.

Una verdadera maravilla José Miguel. Perfectos detalles, muy nítidos y buen BG.
Un cordial saludo con mis más sinceras gracias.
Juan Luis.

hello jose miguel

very beautiful photograph I like much cheer


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-10 15:21]

Qué maravilla de fotografía! Como todas las tuyas tiene una nitidez y una belleza impresionante. Me encanta la pose del ave, parece que no se fiara mucho de tí.

Hola José Miguel...que buena fotografía, excelente la luz y la composición..la nitidéz perfecta. Con respecto al ave, no me parece un Chiguanco, los que yo conozco en Argentina son mas negros. ES un Turdus pero no se cual

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-11 11:25]

Hello Jose,
Excellent capture.Exposure is spot on and details are crisp clear.I liked POV,colors,sharpness,BG and eye contact also a lot.have a great day!

Hi my dear friend Jose ,
excellent focus and very nice colors.
light and Bg are beautiful too.
well composition.
very well done.
thanks dear Jose for sharing.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-01-11 12:15]

Dear José,
I usually don't look at bird pics, it's too depressing to see to what great works other people are able to create. But I like this one particularely for esthetic reasons: an unassuming greyish brownish little bird doing nothing---and yet it is full of life, the eyes do the trick. Well caught.

It cannot be the European robin, the red eyes, the strong beak, the even grey of the breast exclude this. So : T. chiguanco? (I don't know the South American birds). Thanks for the good text.

Sincerely, Dietrich

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-11 13:41]

Hello Jose,
Excellent capture.
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent.TFS

Hi Jose,
You have caught this fellow very well. I am sorry I can not help with the ID. Beautiful colors and sharp detail. The yellow legs and red eye are vibrant. Very well composed and framed on the branch. Well done!

Hi Jose, superb portrait of this bird, great pose, splendid details, wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Hola José,

Muy bella esta fotografía por los colores y nitidez. Además el ave es muy expresiva en la toma. Según la guia de aves de Phelps si es un Mirlo.



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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-01-13 15:21]
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Hi Jose Miguel!
This bird (as your other shots) is perfect for it's sharpness, colors and excellent note. TFS

Crisp detail,good exposure, excellent detail!


Hi Jose,

This is a good picture. You have captured the thrush really well, and I like it. I'm not sure about the exact identification, but it is a thrush for sure.

Well done and TFS.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-14 6:17]

Very nice and sharp picture of this bird. Good pose, composition and POV. My only nit would be the white parts in the background, just behind the bird. Other than that; wonderful picture!


Hi Jose,
Very beautiful shot.Sharpness, details, colours and BG are excellent.TFS.


very, very good portrait.

tfs mario

Hola José Miguel,
Bonito retrato de este tordo. La composición es un poco inusual pero atrayente, tal vez el fondo brillante es algo distrayente, pero de todos modos es una imagen interesante y descriptiva de esta especie.

bonjour josé
superbe photo
avec une bonne netteté
très joli

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-17 15:50]

Hola José Miguel,
¡Qué nitidez, qué iluminación más homogénea! Un punto de vista magnífico, un contato visual intenso, una pose perfecta,...! Gran captura, si señor.
Un saludo desde España!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-19 22:44]

Hello Jose

A very nice portrait of this thrush.Very good POV and DOF.The details are sharp and the plumage shows very well.Good eye contact.A nice well focused image.TFS


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-20 17:49]

hello Jose
i do not know its certain ID too but its beautiful bird. i like composition, point of view, background, colours and details on its eye in your photo

salut Jose Miguel
merci pour tes critiques.
ton image est vraiment tres tres nette.
c est magnifique
merci et a tres bientot

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2007-01-21 19:54]
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Hola Jose Miguel, muy buena foto con gran definicion y contraste. Esta ave es relativamente comun en los climas frios de Colombia, su nombre cientifico es Turdus fuscater, o Mirla Patinaranja en ingles Great Trush, Saludos desde Colombia, Juan

A very nice capture of this Thrush. No nits.

Muy buenas Jose Miguel
Me gusta mucho este mirlo, pero el detalle del ojo con su brillito y tan rojo me encanta. Mis felicitaciones.Y no te inicies en la fotografia de aves que enganchan y de que manera.
Un saludo

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-23 21:26]

Saludos Jose Miguel,perfecta,perfecta... Sira

great close up shot , nice colors and focus. TFs

Thanks for your comments on my photo "an ice storm" :O)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-01-28 6:33]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Everything on this photo is just perfect.

Hola jose miguel, realmente tienes unas fotos buenisimas, esta en concreto me gusta como te mira el pajarito, la nitidez es perfecta, saludos!

Well done Jose,
Very good sharpness and detail in your bird.
Natural color with excellent DOF and exposure of the subject as well.
Nice shot & TFS!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-18 21:55]

Hi Jose!
Raser sharp, perfect composition and everything else,feels like I could touch him, and he was just posing for you!

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-03-03 19:38]

Hi Jose. Another excellent capture of this bird. Your clarity and colours are excellent. I wish my bird photos were as clear as this. Congratulations. Murray.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-04 1:00]

José, this is very beautiful.

Perfect sharpness, colors, saturation and pov.

I do enjoy composition too.


Hola José Miguel. Aquí en España tenemos mirlos diferentes jeje, aunque también bonitos. Me gusta tu fotografía por su claridad en toda (y amplia) la profundidad de campo, lo que permite apreciar las plumas "monotono" con gran detalle. Un palcer admirar a tan buenos fotógrafos y que además critiquen las fotos de un novato como yo. Saludos desde España y buenas fotos: José Ignacio Tejedor --Ignasi--

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-03-21 17:38]

Hi Jose, excellent composition of this bird on the branch. I see you have tilted the picture to achieve this. It works well. The colour and detail are very good, especially that eye. Your use of depth of field is very good giving us a natural look to this shot.

Thanks, John

Hello Jose

Another great pic with a good contrast, color and sharpness. TFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-20 10:43]

hi jose; amazing shot and nice comp with nice colours.good BG and eye contact of this lovely bird. TFS
well done

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-03 8:37]

Hello Jose Miguel, great bird shot my friend ! Very good subject, very sharp image with a good exposure. The composition is very good too. Well done, thanks.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-09 23:13]

Hi Jose,
I will be back.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-15 4:48]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Looking trough your gallery, I discovered some pictures I missed when my PC was broken. This is a very vivid picture of the Great Trush, looking in a very funny way to the photographer.I like the green background which makes the picture look very natural. I also would like to thank you for your kind critique on my natural jewel.

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