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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM, CF Extrime IV 8 GB
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-04 2:16
Viewed: 3702
Points: 36
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This is my second post from my Spain trip. This time was from Alicante state and El Fondo nature reserve. This place was (as I understand) both private and government owned and we had to arrange appointment to enter this area. It is only few hours visit early on the morning and not enough with time to explore this beautiful place... but that's life.

I found many types of birds in this area but not managed to photograph all of them with good quality...

This little Chiffchaff was photographed @ 800mm and camera settings was Manual. To best manage morning light I used ISO-400 F/9 and 1/250sec. This kind of birds are really fast and not easy to photograph and I was really pleased when I saw this shot on my screen @ home...

The Common Chiffchaff or simply Chiffchaff, (Phylloscopus collybita), is a common and widespread leaf warbler, named for its distinctive onomatopoeic song, which breeds in open woodlands throughout northern and temperate Europe and Asia. It is a migratory passerine, which winters in southern and western Europe, southern Asia and north Africa. Greenish-brown above and off-white below, it is named for its simple chiff-chaff song. It has a number of subspecies, some of which are now treated as full species. The female builds a domed nest on or near the ground, and assumes most of the responsibility for brooding and feeding the chicks, whilst the male does little more than defend his territory against rivals, and attack potential predators...

more info: wiki

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-04 2:29]
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Heia Ralf,
first of all I have to say it is a very nice picture. The brown tones and colours match very well. The diagonal reed breaks the symmetry of the composition which is nice.
If you ask me I'd say it is a chiffchaff. Can't really exclude Phylloscopus ibericus, but I don't know their status in wintertime in the region. Otherwise I choose the common chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
regards, jacob

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-04 2:48]

Hej Ralf,
Yes I agree with Jacob that this is the Chiff-chaff: the brownish tone to the head is an indication and the profusion od yellow suggests that this is a young bird in its first year.
Very nice composition and light in the reeds and a superb pose and POV.
Well done and thanks,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-04 3:02]

Hello Ralf,
beautiful photo, I like warm colors and very nice composition
lovely pose capture, very good exposure
great work
best regards, Dejan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-04 3:14]

Hola Ralf,
excelente trabajo,
pov y deliciosos tonos.
bella iluminación...

Hello Ralf,
Another excellent image; pose, perching, compo, light, sharpness are just fine.

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-01-04 4:51]

Hi Ralf
Very nice image and good composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-04 5:51]

Hello Ralf,
Wonderful warm colours with beautiful clear light in this photo. The Chiffchaff is very sharp with great details. Good diagonal composition. Nice pose and POV.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-04 5:59]

Hi Ralf,
Soft lighting, color tones, composition, POV and the pose you captured look so nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-04 6:07]

Hi Ralf,

A perfect capture and the colors almost remind me of the sunny days,which I havent seen that much lately,well done and thanks for sharing,


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-01-04 8:16]

Ahh, this is a beauty, Ralf! Absolutely lovely colours and nive pose. Excellent sharpness... that lens is heavy and expensive but.. mmmmmmumma!


hello Ralf

nice light and beautiful warm colours, excellent details
on the birds plumage, excellent dof too, i like his pose
the pov and framing of your image, TFS


Hi Ralf,
Great capture of this little bird. The light is amazing, great composition, perfect focus and details.



Hi Ralf,

Beautiful compo with warm colors.
Excellent sharp and well detailed.
Happy and Healty 2008

TFS Thijs

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-04 15:18]

Hi Ralf,

You did a fantastic job getting this beautiful shot of this tiny Warbler. They are so fast it's almost impossible to get a pose like this. The lighting is fantastic. Beautiful colors and wonderful details. I love the setting and background.


Hello Ralf !
This picture is so beautiful ! I love the beautiful light and the warm, vivid colors. The composition, POV and blurred BG are excellenttoo, and the pose of the bird is sipmply wonderful. Very well done !

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-05 6:41]

Hello Ralf, great composition, fantastic light and perfect exposure. Well done my friend !


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-01-05 18:53]

Hello Ralf,
Beautiful capture of the Chiffchaff.Nice pose, excellent sharpness and details.Liked the warm colours and lighting. It is a beautiful composition.
Thanks and Regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-11 12:47]

Hi Ralf

What a beautiful and sweet bird. I love the colour tones here and the light. The composition is attractive. POV, DOF and sharpness are spot on



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