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Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler
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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: 2007-06-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 6:54
Viewed: 3270
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again!
After a week away in C. Sweden, mainly to be present at our grand-daughter's christening, Ulla and I are back with a few more pictures taken during stops on the way.

This shot of the Sedge Warbler was taken at Lake Hornborga, famous for its thousands of Cranes that rest here before dispersing to their breeding places in April.

The lake also has a good variety of breeding birds like this Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus).
This a more vigorous mimicking singer than its relative, the Reed Warbler, flying occasionally up to display its singing capacity a few meters above the reed beds. It is usually found in bushes around the reeds and sometimes appears in gardens. It is also the most widespread of European warblers and spends the winter in tropical Africa.

This is an example of a successful haphazard shot. I was so amazed that I could photograph this singing male at a distance of only 6 meters away that I completely forgot to reduce the ISO and set up the aperture. A question of more haste and less speed!

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Hello Ivan
Wonderful shot of this Sedge Warbler ,
Great focusing,details and BG,
Excellent lighting and compo,Welldone.


Hallo Ivan
I like this posting. It looks like this Warbler is crying for help. I am sure it is not the case, but that is how I see it. Or maybe it is singing a hymn for your baby granddaughter. Congratulations on the christening. It is always a special occasion to attend. I also enjoyed your informative note. Interesting reading material.
Thanks for sharing.

This is a vey beautiful picture .The sharpness is excellent.BG is awesome.

Hello Ivan,
Nice shot on this small Sedge Warbler. Good timing to get this singing action. Very nice composition. Sharpness and exposure are great.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-21 8:14]

Hello Ivan,
I recognize the situation. Considering all you would have done different, you have taken a pretty nice picture. These warblers can be impressive imitators but always reveal themselves by distinctive sounds. Nice blink in the eye. I think I would personally darken the sky a slight bit in the exposure. I makes the bird stand out somewhat more.
Regards, Jacob

Hello Ivan!
it is nice to here that you came bakc on TN. I hope that after a few days of breat you are full on energy and with some nice and beauty pictures :)
And this is one of them as I can see. Very nice composition with good detailas and POV. I really can imagine how this specimen is singing! ;>
TFS and have a nice afternoon!

Beautiful bird image Ivan.
Excellent composition and wonderful details with the bird singing a song I can even hear :) and the catchlight in the eye.
Your camera ofcourse does'nt have any problem with ISO 400 and with this shutter speed an image is sharp anyway :)
Made qiute a lot of shots of the sedge warbler in Norway myself and each time these little birds were stay put even at distances of less than 6 meters.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Harry

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-21 8:43]

Hi Ivan,
This is a nice capture of the Sedge Warbler captured while singing. Composition, your POV and the catchlight in his eyes look very good. TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-21 9:11]

Ivan, It must be singing a nice song and lovely catch with the beak open. TFS Ganesh

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-21 9:15]

Hi Ivan,
Fabulous shot of the singing Sedge Warbler. A perfect 'World Music Day' shot. Very neat and sharp details and fine focus. The natural lighting, the diagonal branch with the green leaves and the clear blue sky as the BG makes the frame look magnificent. I like your POV to portray it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

hi ivan,
very nice shot, liked the pose very much, well composed shot, sharp image, sky makes fine bg,
tfs & regards

Hi Ivan,
excellent composition and framing on this shot. It still turned out very well with the less than perfect settings. Great pose with him singing in full voice. Looks very good!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-21 10:52]

Hello Ivan,
Very nice capture.I liked natural colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-21 10:55]

Hi Ivan,

Welcome home and Congratulations.

Another bird I've never seen. I just love birds with open beaks! Nice colors and excellent details. I love the composition with him on the curved branch and the leaves framing the picture.


I was wondering where Ulla and you had gone in the past one week, Ivan.
Now I know.
Congratulations on being blessed with a grand-daughter!
Is this new arrival in the family your first grand child, BTW? I have two -- a boy and a girl. And I know what a fantastic feeling it is to turn grand parents.

Despite the haste you speak of in taking the picture of this cute Warbler, you have managed a lovely shot. I like its singing posture and that glint in its eye.
Well done and thanks for sharing it.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-21 12:36]

Hi Ivan.
Glad to see you.
DOF is really great and exposure time is really funny a bit as well as your note -: ))). You are right. Bird will not wait for you. It is true.

However, pictured scene is great. Nice captured moment, composition of the shot and colours. All image is in focus and sharp. So, well done and TFS.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-21 13:27]

Hello Ivan, congratulations, excellent capture! Wonderful POV and composition, the Warbler has great collors, the bird is posted in a natural and sky for BG.. Well Done

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-21 14:30]

hi Ivan,

très bonne image de cet oiseau qui chante, la composition est superbement maîtrisée, ouvrant la place à l'imagination, du son, et de son regard vers la gauche.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-21 14:51]

This is a dramatic shot of song bird with beak wide open! Excellent focus and detail. I guess the extremely fast shutter speed was good to you. The exposure did not suffer. The light is very soft and even and you got that great glint of light in eye. Nice composition also.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-21 19:44]

Hello Ivan
Very nice composition.
Sahrp details and excellent POV.
TFS Michel

Dear Ivan,
you could'nt do better than you did it here, wonderful composition, posture of the bird, light, sharpness. Congratulations!
Best regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-22 9:01]

Hello Ivan,
fabulous composition, this bird seems to be full of song. Great POV and the light blue BG does show off this singer very well. Great details and lovely colors.
Very well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-23 0:48]

I can hear it singing from down under Ivan! Well done on the capture, and TFS

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