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Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-26 3:22
Viewed: 2869
Points: 37
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The Great Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus arundinaceus, is an Eurasiaan 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).
Song, recorded at Diaccia Botrona marsh (Italy)This is a large thrush-sized warbler, 16-20cm in length. The adult has an 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 warblers, but young birds are richer buff below.
The song is very loud and far-carrying. Its 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.

Nest with clutch of eggsA. arundinaceus breeds in Europe and westernmost temperate Asia. It does not breed in Great Britain, but is a regular visitor. Its population has in recent decades increased around the eastern Baltic, while it has become rarer at the western end of its range. It is migratory, wintering in tropical Africa. This bird migrates north at a rather late date, with some birds still in winter quarters at the end of April.
While no subspecies are diagnosable in this bird, mtDNA haplotype data indicates that during the last glacial period there were two allopatric populations of this species. The Great Reed Warblers in southwestern and southeastern Europe were at that time apparently separated by the Vistulian-Wrm ice sheets and the barren land around these. Though the data is insufficient to robustly infer a date for this separation, it suggests the populations became separated around 80,000 years ago – coincident with the first major advance of the ice sheets. The populations must have expanded their range again at the start of the Holocene about 13,000 years ago, but even today the western birds winter in the west and the eastern birds in the east of tropical Africa.
Male warbler declaring his territoryThis passerine bird is a species found in large reed beds, often with some bushes. On their breeding grounds, they are territorial. In their winter quarters, they are frequently found in large groups, and may occupy a reed bed to the exclusion of almost all other birds[3]. Like most warblers, it is insectivorous, but it will take other prey items of sufficiently small size, even including vertebrates such as tadpoles.
3-6 eggs are laid in a basket nest in reeds. Some pairs are monogamous, but others are not, and unpaired males without territory usually father some young also
The Great Reed Warbler apparently undergoes marked long-term population fluctuations. Able to expand its range again quickly when new habitat becomes available, this common and widespread bird is considered a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-26 3:31]

Hello Siggi,
I see we are neighbours today!
Great capture of the great Reed Warbler. The typical singing pose taken from a great POV is well seen with fine sharpness and colours and I like the composition on the bent reed head gainst a nice blue sky.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-26 3:53]

Hello Siegfried,
lovely bird chirping its sound out loud. It could be heard by the expression it has in your delicate and special composition here. I like the details on the head and the eye it got.
well presented shot with the graiss well seen.
nice and pleasant view presented.


Great capture. Well composed. Nice light. Fantastic photo.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-26 4:13]

Hi Siggi
What a great shot!I like POV and the great diagonal shot!

Ciao Siggi, lovely bird in nice pose against a wonderful blurry BG, fine details, beautiful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Good picture of this bird which is more in reed.
You got good details.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-26 8:55]

Hello Siggi,
Fantastic photo of this Great Reed Warbler in a very beautiful composition. Nice singing pose. Good sharpness, POV and DOF.

Hi MF Siggi,

Incredible capture of this pretty warbler while singing. The POV/DOF, exposure, colours and composition are all wonderful.
TFS and have a nice evening MF!


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-05-26 10:58]

Witaj Siggi,
Ten halasliwy ptaszek wyglada na bardzo czujnego. Bardzo dobra kompozycja, chociaz zbyt niski POV ale za to kolory sa bardzo przyjemne.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-26 11:11]

Hi Siggi,
Excellent photo of this singing great Reed Warbler!

hello Siegfried
very nice pose with good details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Siegfried,
Great capture with superb colours and very good composition.
Very good details and focus.

Hello Siggi,
A very nice shot of this singer taken with sharp details, good colors and a nice point of view. Well done!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-26 12:35]

Hi Siegfried. This is a bird i have yet to see so thanks for posting this first class picture for us to see. You have taken thiswith first class detail ans such natural colours. A nice pose with the bird singing.. well taken TFS.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-26 14:18]

Hello Siggi,
An excellent capture of the great Reed Warbler in great pose,nice colors and perfect sharp details.TFS.
Best regards,

Good capture friend Siggi but not enough sharpness in my opinion and that's a critical element of the image I think! Well may be next time!
George Veltchev

Ciao Siegfried. Interesring capture in good detaisl and warm soft tones. Good light too.


Hello Siegfried,
The focus point in the bird is perfect, and his singing pose, even better, but the most interesting of the photo is the diversity of lines that provides the stem of grain! You made a composition very visually appealing. Good job!

Bonito trabajo.

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