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Sardinian Warbler juvenile II

Sardinian Warbler juvenile II
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Hama UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-21 14:34
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Points: 38
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Sardinian Warbler, Sylvia melanocephala, is a common and widespread typical warbler from the Mediterranean region.


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.

Distribution and ecology:

It breeds in the southernmost areas of Europe and just into Asia in Turkey and the eastern end of the Mediterranean. This small passerine bird, unlike most "warblers", is not particularly migratory, but some birds winter in north Africa, and it occurs as a vagrant well away from the breeding range, as far as Great Britain.
This is a bird of open country and cultivation, with bushes for nesting. The nest is built in low shrub or brambles, and 3-6 eggs are laid. Like most "warblers", it is insectivorous, but will also take berries and other soft fruit.


Together with Menetries' Warbler it forms a superspecies. Both thave white malar areas and light throats, and otherwise black theads in adult males, as well as a naked ring around the eye. The Subalpine Warbler, which seems the superspecies' closest relative, has a dark throat and breast and a dark gray upper head in males, but otherwise shares these characters. These three species are related to a dark-throated superspecies consisting of Rüppell's Warbler and the Cyprus Warbler, which also share the white malar area with blackish above.[2]
This bird may be considered a superspecies, divided into the western Sylvia melanocephala and Sylvia momus from the more arid regions of the Near East and adjacent Africa.


The geographical variation in the Sardinian Warbler conforms to some extent with Gloger's Rule, though not as strongly as in some other typical warblers. The validity of leucogastra and norissae is not accepted by some authors, and valverdei has been described very recently. On the other hand, leucogastra might be more than one subspecies.
• Sylvia melanocephala melanocephala (Gmelin, 1789)
Iberia across the northern Mediterranean to western Turkey. Extends into the Maghreb from Iberia, and into Libya from Italy via Sicily. Migrates to the Sahel and oases in the Sahara in winter.
Large, long wings, tail tip rather pointed. A dark form, usually lacking any reddish in males but flanks extensively grey. Females' uppersides vary between deep olive brown and greyish olive.
• Sylvia melanocephala leucogastra (Ledru, 1810) - often included in melanocephala; phylogenetic status requires review.
Canary Islands, resident, probably some vagrancy between eastern islands and Maghreb.[3]
Medium size, short-winged and large-billed. Tenerife and La Palma (western) birds are most distinct, being dark above with some rusty/beige hue on the underside in males. Eastern birds (Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria) are more like melanocephala and momus but differ in measurements.
• Sylvia melanocephala momus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833)
Near East. Resident, some local movements.
Smallish, short-winged. Varies between brownish grey and rusty above; underside almost always has reddish hue. Females rusty to rusty olive.
• Sylvia melanocephala norissae Nicoll, 1917: Fayyum Warbler - probably only a local morph of momus
Nile Delta region. Extinct since around 1940.
Like momus, but tend to be very reddish.
• Sylvia melanocephala valverdei Cabot & Urdiales, 2005 - recently split from melanocephala
From Tiznit (Morocco) south to the Tropic of Cancer, inland to the edge of the Sahara. Resident, but some seasonal movements.
Medium-sized, tail tip quite square. A very pure-colored form, the palest subspecies. Undersides clean white. Matte black cap in males. Juveniles decidedly sandy.

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Hello Jose
a fine picture of tis sardinian warbler, i like to see his natiural environment
wonderful colors, the details are excellent of this nice singing bird
Have a good night

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-21 15:58]

Hi Jose,

A beautiful picture of this Sardinian Warbler posing so nicely on the branch. You capture it in my favorite act - singing. I love the wide-opened beak. The face, eye, beak, wings and feathers are all superb with wonderful colors and razorsharp details. A lovely composition and a charming image.


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2009-05-21 17:02]

Olá Jose

uma boa captura com ótima composição.
Gostei da posição do pequeno pássaro, com o bico aberto e o fundo bem diverso que implementa o objeto fotografado.
Vc soube usar bem a tele com uma velocidade alta para congelar os movimentos do pássaro...

Bom trabalho..



Hello Jose,
A nice shot of this little fellow doing what they do best.
Good exposure,composition ertc.
Cheers & TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-21 22:29]

Olá José,
A superb capture of a juvenile Sardinian Warbler taken from a great POV with excllent sharpness and contrast against the natural green BG. He must be calling for food!
Thanks and have a great weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-21 23:16]

Hello Jose,
A very well focused photo of this Sardinian Warbler.The POV is very good and the details are sharp and crisp.The colours are bold and vivid.Well done
Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-22 1:36]

Hello Jose
Very cute this bird and you capture it with excellent details.

hello Jose
wonderful scene of life,excellent details,in excellent photo

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-22 7:23]

Hi Jose,

Lovely composed picture with a nice frontal POV, original and effective. Wonderful details and good colors and natural tones. This tiny bird must have given quite a pose as it is a lovely shot. Well done and TFS.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-22 7:40]

Hi Jose.
I like all at this amazing shot. Scenery is sweet. Twigs and leaves create a wonderful scenery for charming bird. You have pictured it by the best way, with stunning details and sharpness, precise exposure and lovely natural colours. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-22 8:15]

Hello Jose,
Beautiful photo of this Sardinian Warbler. Very sharp with good details and natural colours. Great composition and singing pose.

Excelente enfoque y además una luz muy bien aprovechada. Veo naturalidad en los colores del conjunto y una composición bien hecha.
Saludos José: Josep Ignasi.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-22 11:23]

Bonsoir Jose,
Une image vivante et naturelle qui fait plaisir à voir. Cette petite fauvette est absolument adorable. Très bonne netteté et couleurs naturelles. Charmante image.
Un grand merci et bonne soirée

Hola Jose !
This is such an excellent picture of this cute little bird ! You have captured him in the perfect pose, with the beak open. I also like hte details on the bird, and all the greenery around him looks nice, too. Excellent colors, wonderful composition, splendid POV. Very well done !

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-24 11:59]

Hi Jose. A fine close up of this Sardinian Warbler . a good pose with the bird singing. You have taken it with good detail and colours. All with interesting notes. well done TFS.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-26 3:15]

Merhaba Jose!
Bizim dilimizde "Maskeli ötleğen" dediğimiz bu kuşun çok hoş bir karesi. Ortamın zorluğuna karşın çok başarılı bir çekim yapmışsınız. Tebrikler.


Hello Jose,
what a wonderful capture of the Sardinian Warbler, superb sharpness and splendid natural colours, i like the lovely posture of the cute bird in a nice composition.
Best regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-26 10:04]

Hello Jose
Excellent presentation of a specie I had never seen before.Good POV and sharp image.Excellent plumage detail and great pose.Your text is also excellent.
TFS Michel

Hello Jose,
Fine photo whit a sweet bird.. Good clarity pic. and excellent BG.. nice POV..
Best Regards

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