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Common Whitethroat male

Common Whitethroat male
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pictured Symbolic Qualities of Sun [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-10 3:41
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis).
Swedish name: Törnsċngare

This male was taken at a car park near the southern tip of Öland. During the spring and autumn this part of Öland is famous for its birds and is visited by birdwatchers from all over Sweden and other parts of Europe.

The Whitethroat is a common summer visitor to Europe from tropical Africa. When they arrive at the end of April the males sing from tree or bush tops or even power lines to establish and protect their territories.
They are usually rather shy and disappear if one comes closer than 15 meters but as this male was used to visitors at the car park he let me get as close as about 10 meters (33 ft)

The nest is placed in dense undergrowth and the female lacks the grey tones of the head.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-10 4:11]

Hi Ivan,the best light for the best result.I like a lot the color of background,perfect to contrast the grey of bird,sharpness really fantastic,the details of the eye are impressive! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

what a cute bird, the catch light in the eye is special! The diffused BG and the details on the bird is captured very well.
I like the directional space also in the picture

Hi Ivan,
lovely capture of this bird..
The plain BG and details are marvellous my friend..

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-06-10 4:31]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan!
Muhteşem bir kompozisyon içinde enfes bir "Akgerdanlı ötleğen" karesi sunmuşsun. Herzaman olduğu gibi büyük keyifle izledim. Yeni karelerinde görüşmek üzere. Hoşçakal.
Best regards.


Ciao Ivan, lovely little bird in nice pose, good composition with beautiful blurry BG, fantastic details, great colors, splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-10 5:52]

Hello Ivan
Simply and beautiful. I like details and natural colors.

You get a variety of charming visitors from Africa during summer, Ivan.
This bird is very cute.
You have shot is very well in the bright light against a nice and clean olive green BG.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Ivan,
excellent, very sharp details, natural colors and great BG,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-10 7:46]

Hello Ivan,
This is pure nature. The light is gorgeous and just there where it has to be. Fantastic. The plain BG is also very beautiful. Great sharp details and a good composition, POV, DOF and eye-contact.

the composition, the background, the natural colours and the light, one splendid capture

Hello Ivan,

Fantastic capture.
Wonderful colours with excellent focus and details.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

I have added this special one to my theme of sun use...It is a defining factor in the image Ivan, but you knew that I'm sure...just so you know I noticed as well.

Hi Ivan,

A great shot of the whitethroat, one bird I have yet to see.

Great focus and dof, great oof background and a nice catch-light in the eye. Composition is good with a good pose on the top of the bush/branch.




hello Ivan
super picture in good light
great sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Ivan,
Very good BG. I like the composition and the natural colours of the bird.
Well done!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-10 12:04]
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Hi Ivan. This Common Whitethroat is a little beauty. I love the soft looking feathers to the head. With brown eye taken with good light. This is a fine side POV against the plain coloures BG. A first class picture. I am going to put this one into mt favorites. Well done TFs.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-10 13:13]

Hola Ivan,
exquisita captura,
fino pov y foco,
bonita iluminación y bg.
saludos amigo.

Hi Ivan Dostum,
A superb capture of a common whitethroat in a fine composition with excellent details and wonderful POV/DOF.
TFS and have a good night MF!

Well, Ivan, this is certainly not common around here...
But it does look familiar, must have some cousins here...
As usual, a superb shot taken from a very well chosen POV!

Hello Ivan,

A photo absolutely balanced. The naturalness of the colors and details of the bird, are absolutely perfect. seems that the bird could go flying at any time!. Way to go with each photo, your photographic talent, can be seen most clearly.

Regards & TFS!


hello Ivan

excellent photo of the Common Whitethroat
with fine POV and framing, beautiful luminosity
comming from the sun, excellent sharpness
and details and even of the bird's eye, TFS


Hello Ivan
what a lovely bird and you have captured it with a nice pose on the top of this tree
wonderful sharp details and superb colors
Great DOF and BG
Have a good night

Hi Ivan,
Although I'm in connection with Your wife Ulla and I respect her very much, this is the 1st time I browse Your gallery. Don't know why - probably due to the limited time of me I can spend on TN. For a debut critique I chose this image - fantastic composition, lights, sharpness and colors, a fabolous image which is something to be proud of. Bravo.
Have a nice weekend, best regards from Hungary, László

Hello Ivan,
a great view of the Common Whitethroat. i like the pose of this small bird and the splendid colours, superb sharpness, very nice composition with the marvellous eye contact.
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-21 5:01]

Hi Ivan,
what I really like is the muted background. It silenced the shot into an amzing picture of a cute bird. Well lighted asnd excellent dharpness. The innocent face of the bird is well noted.


Really nice background, Ivan. Everthing is nice =)

I see nothing that you could have done better.


superb shot , lovely bird, nice clarity

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