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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-16 7:00
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Common Blackbird, Turdus merula, is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian Blackbird.
It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. It has a number of subspecies across its large range; a few of the Asian subspecies are sometimes considered to be full species. Depending on latitude, the Common Blackbird may be resident, partially migratory or fully migratory.

The male of the nominate subspecies, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich melodious song; the adult female and juvenile have mainly dark brown plumage. This species breeds in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.

Both sexes are territorial on the breeding grounds, with distinctive threat displays, but are more gregarious during migration and in wintering areas. Pairs will stay in their territory throughout the year where the climate is sufficiently temperate. This common and conspicuous species has given rise to a number of literary and cultural references, frequently related to its song.

Common over most of its range in woodland, the Common Blackbird has a preference for deciduous trees with dense undergrowth. However, gardens provide the best breeding habitat with up to 7.3 pairs per hectare (nearly three pairs per acre), with woodland typically holding about a tenth of that density, and open and very built-up habitats even less. They are often replaced by the related Ring Ouzel in areas of higher altitude.

The Common Blackbird has an extensive range, estimated at 10 million square kilometres (3.8 million square miles), and a large population, including an estimated 79 to 160 million individuals in Europe alone.

The male Common Blackbird defends its breeding territory, chasing away other males or utilising a "bow and run" threat display. This consists of a short run, the head first being raised and then bowed with the tail dipped simultaneously. If a fight between male Blackbirds does occur, it is usually short and the intruder is soon chased away. The female Blackbird is also aggressive in the spring when it competes with other females for a good nesting territory, and although fights are less frequent, they tend to be more violent.

he Common Blackbird is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, seeds and berries. It feeds mainly on the ground, running and hopping with a start-stop-start progress. It pulls earthworms from the soil, usually finding them by sight, but sometimes by hearing, and roots through leaf litter for other invertebrates. Small vertebrates such as frogs, tadpoles and lizards are occasionally hunted.

The main predator of the Common Blackbird is the domestic cat, but foxes and predatory birds, such as the Sparrowhawk and other accipiters, also take this species when the opportunity arises.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-16 7:03]

Beautiful Black bird image with good composition and soft lighting, the details are fine. tfs.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-16 7:14]

Wonderful image, Marius!
Top sharpness ( as usual!)and splendid light; perfect POV and beautiful colours; very nice blurred background. High quality. A beauty!

hello Marius ,you make again a super sharpness picture with super details and very nice light
the colours are beautiful to
thanks Marius
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-01-16 8:01]

Hello Marius,
A very beautiful capture of a Blackbird against a lovely soft background. Fantastic light and very fine details and colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-16 8:06]

Hello Marius,
A photo of this Blackbird in splendid clarity. Great sharpness, details and DOF. Very beautiful natural colours. Excellent POV and composition with eye contact. Beautiful soft blurred background too.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-16 8:14]

Hi Marius!
Lovely composition with great harmony of colours.
Perfect focus on the bird, which stand out against the blurred BG. Nice details and splenmdid light.
ciao! Vanda

Very beautiful pastel colours with the twigs adding a touch of colour to the photo.
Excellent detail and good eye contact.
regards yiannis

Buna Marius,
Splendida fotografie a mierlei femela, fundal omogen intr-un mod placut, detaliile din jurul pasarii sunt chiar binevenite!
La noi nu vrea sa apare soarele, in schimb mai ninge cit un pic.La varsag cam 60 cm grosimea zapezii,de mult nu a mai fost asa!
Numai bine,

What a shot ?? :0) what a masterpiece! Bravo Marius...this one can easily be described as a phenomenal capture with its clarity sharpness and impressive natural colors!Bravo again!
George Veltchev

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-16 10:16]

Wow!!!! This is fantastic!!! What a terrific shot with a great sharpness wonderful details and beautiful POV.The colors are stunning! Many congrats for this masterpiece,Marius!And thanks for sharing with us.Thanks also for visiting my gallery! Appreciated!
Best wishes from,

Hello Marius,
fine capture of this bird with good sharpness and nice details. I especially like the beautiful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hi Marius,
really amazing photo of this bird. Great sharpness and details. Amazing colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-16 10:55]

Hello Marius.
Great composition and pov. Very well seen and captured.Very good sharpness and lovely colours.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Marius, lovely blackbird on a fantastic lighting BG, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius,
congratulations for the beautiful photography, great sharpness and wonderful colors
great POV
Thanks for sharing,
Hello Vanni

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-16 12:01]

Hi Marius,
Beautiful Black bird portrait.
Composition and light are very good. Lovely natural colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Marius. Excellent pic for details and sharp. Amazing BG.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-16 13:49]

Hi Marius,spectacular capture of this female,one of the most common bird and very friendly in winter time,this specie like a lot the cakes of my bar..ehehe..and builth a nest in my garden.My best compliments for the beautiful composition too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Another fantastic photo Marius! For one more time the composition, the BG, the lighting, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Buna Marius,
Interesanta fotografie despre aceasta pasare cunoscuta.Culorile si detaliile sunt reusita si luminarea extrem de buna.-Felicitari

splendid scene composition with excellent performance!
regards Marius

Marius, this is a wonderful shot of this beautiful bird. Great sharpness, bokeh and POV. Thanks for comment on my cormorant. Have a great day, Bill

Hello Marius ,
another superb sharp detailed photo of this common blackbird. Great DOF with a nice OOF BG. Beautiful contrasting and saturated colours. Good composition.

Buna Marius,
O imagine cu o specie pe care eu ma asteptam sa o vad in iesirile din anul acesta dar n-a fost sa fie. Detaliile, claritatea, lumina, culorile si fundalul sunt de exceptie. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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