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Litte red eye

Litte red eye
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Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dainty birds 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-01 11:49
Viewed: 4432
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala) is from the amazing mountain of Monte Gargano in the south east of Italy. We went there during april mostly for orchids but also for some birdwatching.

In one of the incredible orchid fields I heard the unmistakable sound from this male and tried to sneak up on him. This was the closest I could get... as the lighting was beginning to fad I had to remove the extender and put the ISO on 1250.

From Wikipedia:
Like most Sylvia species, it has distinct male and female plumages. The adult male has a grey back, whitish underparts, black head, white throat and red eyes. Plumages are somewhat variable even in the same locality, with the intensity of a reddish hue on upper- and/or underside varies from absent to (in some subspecies) pronounced. The female is mainly brown above and buff below, with a grey head.
The Sardinian Warbler's song is fast and rattling, and is very characteristic of the Mediterranean areas where this bird breeds.

Noise reduction, crop, levels, some hue, final size, sharpening.

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grea shots, I'm curious about the orchids too, after seeing this hsot

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-01 12:08]
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Hej Bengt!
Nice to see you posting and posting such a fine shot of a singing Sardinian Warbler. The POV, technical aspects and composition are excellent.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hallo Bengt
What a beauty and how wonderful is it to see and appreciate all its delicate features, like its white throat, thin Pinnochio legs and the red eye that has automatic magnetism to it. Image is sharp, composition pleasant and the "singing pose" just to die for. Thanks for sharing such a special little bird in a pleasant manner. Best regards.

Hi Bengt,

Lovely image of this unusual bright eyed little bird. The detail is very good, the eye adds a nice bit of colour and the background is well out of focus.
Great capture and TFS


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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-05-02 7:05]

I just love these birds with black head and contrasting red eye-ring. Great sharpness and pose. TFS.

Ciao Bengt una bellissima foto di questo Occhiocotto i dettagli sono ottimi nitidezza e compsizione anche complimenti
ciao Maarco

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