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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-14 5:38
Viewed: 3430
Points: 22
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New specie to me, taken just few meters from my house.

The Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae. Its English name, dating back to at least the eleventh century, is obscure, though it seems to derive from an Anglo-Saxon word *feldefare meaning "traveller through the fields", probably from their constantly moving, foraging habits. It was described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae (1758) under its current scientific name.

It breeds in woodland and scrub in northern Europe and Asia. It is strongly migratory, with many northern birds moving south during the winter. It is a very rare breeder in Great Britain and Ireland, but winters in large numbers in these countries.

It nests in trees, laying several eggs in a neat nest. Unusually for a thrush, they often nest in small colonies, possibly for protection from large crows. Migrating birds and wintering birds often form large flocks, often with Redwings.

It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects and earthworms in summer, and berries in winter.

The Fieldfare is 22-27 cm long, with a plain brown back, white underwings, and grey rump and rear head. The breast has a reddish wash, and the rest of the underparts are White. The breast and flanks are heavily spotted. The sexes are similar,

The male has a simple chattering song, and a chattering flight and alarm call.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-14 5:49]

Hi Grzegorz ,
beautiful bird with its fluffy feather. The face really looked bored, maybe it is sleeping. nice sharpness and the plumage is well fetured with patterns, streaks and dots.
you have framed it very well between the branches in diagonal crossings.
A well composed shot.


Looks sleepy to me, Greg.
A sterling close-up shot of this cute thrush. The plumage and the feathers on the breast are looking very beautiful.
Good to see your work after a long time.

Hi Grzegorz,

Great photo of this fieldfare. The details on the feathers are great and there are some really good colours caught. In a nice pose as well.
Great capture and TFS


Hello Grzegorz,
We can feel the strong cold wind in this photo... Very well done, with nice details of the feathers, good colours. Good evening MF,

hello Grzegorz
super details and great sharpness
nice pose to see this bird very good
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-14 7:21]

Hello Greg,
What a lovely close-up of a Fieldfare that looks as if its trying to have an afternoon nap! Excellent sharp details of the plumage and lovely colours too. Very well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-14 8:28]

Hello Greg,
A photo in very beautiful winter colours. Fantastic sharpness and details. Every little feather is visible. Good POV, DOF and diagonal composition.

Hi Greg,
this bird is so beautiful and I never saw one in nature - the ones of the familie Turdidae are realy missing in my area. This shot is fantastic and a cute moment.
But I don't have to be sad - until now I counted 15 different specimen of birds visiting my garden ;-)
Greetings to you
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-14 10:27]

Hi Greg. Congrats on a new posting of this Fieldfare. You have captured it with its eyes closed maybe asleep. Taken wit hgood detail and natural looking colours. well taken TFs.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-15 1:01]

What a great diagonal capture of this lovely little Turdus pilaris.
Colors and details are wonderful.

Hi Grzeg,

I like Your minimalistic yet always very clear compositions like this. Perfect way how to make advantage from disadvantage, this time the poor lights (I think the white on the pic is the sky, not the snow). Awesome sharpness and details, simple yet effective and pleasant image. Congrats and tfs.

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Best regards, László

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