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2 YEARS on TN!

2 YEARS on TN!
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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: 2008-07-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-08 21:51
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A singing Redwing (Turdus iliacus) is my way of celebrating 2 years on TN!

This was taken just below the tree-line on a trip to the mountains in Southern Lapland that my son and I took recently.

Redwings are members of the Thrush family. They are so-called because the inner part of the underside of the wing is a rusty red that also shows on the flank.

They nest in most of Scandinavia, especially in the N., NE Europe and Siberia. In Europe they spend the winter in the S. and W. They also nest in smaller numbers in Iceland and the very N of Scotland.

The song is basically a descending range of tones that varies in character according to where it has been raised and it returns to its place of birth to breed. This means that Redwings coming from S. Lapland sound differently compared to those from S. Sweden.

This was taken at a distance of about 12 meters: I had to stalk up to this singing male among the mountain birches where it had its nest. After fairly heavy cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years on TN!
I thank Ulla (Uleko), my wife for introducing me to TN and all the members that have helped me to improve my photography as well as my knowledge of nature and wildlife in various parts of the world.

I hope that this site continues in its present form as a source of inspiration in seeking and depicting the natural wonders that are still to be found on this planet.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-08 21:56]

Congratulations Ivan! What a great picture to celebrate with. This beautiful Redwing is singing just for the occasion. I think you know how much I have enjoyed both your pictures and your friendship over the past two years. As in all of your shots, colors, clarity of details, pose, background, composition are all superb. Here's to the next two years, and the next, and the next.


Well, congratulations to all of us for enjoying two years of your photography. It was cooperative of your little bird to face inward and be nicely framed by the branches. He is singing to you.

Thanks for sharing 418 photos with us.

Evelynn ; )

Hi Ivan,

congratulations with 2 years on TN.
Nice picture from these bird with good pov.


Hi Ivan, what a lovely image, this is a great composition, the capture is excellent, colouration and framing. This defines summer, a singing bird and such good detail to the moss/lichen on the twigs..... best regards h

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-09 0:51]

Hi Ivan and many congratulations on such a wonderful occasion!

In these two years, your contribution here has been immense and i sure hope that you will continue to produce the same high quality work in the future, too.

This is a very nice shot and the feeling that it has is excellent for this celebration. This little Redwing is singing you a "Happy birthday" and we all wish you many many more TN b-days!
The photo itself is good - with good details and colors on the bird despite the very bright BG. Nicely composed, too.

Cheers and TFS

Hello Ivan,

Congratulations on this achievement!
Even the Redwing appears to be singing your praises!
A very well composed shot using the twigs as a natural frame as well as a perch. Good plummage details.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-09 1:06]

Congratulations on two years here on TN, and also a wonderful shot to mark it with. Very well composed with superb detail and excellent timing - hope you presence here continues, TN would not be the same without you.

Hi Ivan,
We are the ones that have to be so grateful for you participation and contribution to TN.
It has been just invaluable, and I appreciate it a lot.
A great timing in this shot, I like the singing action caught here, very appropriate to commemorate your first 2 years among us.
My compliments for this 2nd. anniversary, and for the picture.
Thanks for post it.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-09 2:21]

Hello my younger friend :-)
Congratulations! In two years you posted many fantastic photos and became one of core members of this site!
Nicely composed picture with interesting bird. Very good pose during singing. I like composition with silhouette of bird, blue sky and twigs with lichens. Good photo to celebrate such anniversary.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-09 2:24]

Hi Ivan,
congratulations with 2 years on TN.
Very beautiful capture!
I really like the sharpness of every detail here. Your every shots are nice.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-09 2:45]

You and the bird have something to sing about then Ivan.
And what pretty colours he has - I love those reddy brown patterns on his breast. Nice and sharp - well capturd too
TFS and congrats on your 2 years.

Hi Ivan

Its been great having you here on TN, as well as learning you have taught many us tip and techniques and along with Ulla allowed us to have a wonderful window into the wildlife and lanscapes of Sweden. Hope you hang around.
Great shot of the redwing singing. As usuual, the sharpness from your 300 is excellent. Great composition too.


hello ivan,

congratulations on completing two years on Treknature. We have enjoyed each of the posting in this duration and hope to see your beautiful work for years to come. Looks like this bird is singing in joy for the occasion.

The image is lovely and the blue sky makes a fine bg here, liked the colors and the composition, you have managed the exposure quite well inspite of the illuminated bg,

well done & keep shooting and sharing,


Singing I see with it's beak wide open..and a natural perch full of growth...congratulations on your 2 years sir. A fine dedication to an anniversary, in sharp colours and fine contrast.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-09 8:48]

Hello Ivan, Congratulations and good picture. I wish more and more years to come. Brilliant shot and great composition. Great focus and lovely lighting and good details. More and more shot to keep coming. Ganesh

Congratulations Ivan. Two active years in TN and you have provided us with excellent critiques - the best around :-)
This bird is so well captured and perched against the spotless blue sky. The branch adds perspective of the habitat. Keep shooting and sharing. Best regards. Jusni

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-09 9:10]

Hi, dear Ivan.
During two quick years you have gifted us gladness of your amazing pictures, interesting notes, useful advises and honest comments. Many thanks for all these and kind wishes on the future.

I like this unusual shot. Tree branch pattern is unique. Image of the bird is outstanding (timing, pose, details, etc. are perfect). Colours, including tree and sky, are so natural and nice too. Bravo and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-09 10:42]

Hi Ivan. I missed this fine picture yesterday to celebrate your 2 years on TN. I was at my sons wedding and thank goodness it stayed dry with sunshine unlike today. You have always been such a help to me and many others with the ID of insects .as you say i just hope TN keeps going as we have got to know it.
You have posted a fine picture of the Redwing
with a good singing pose in the tree. The POV helps to show the red of the underwing. With good detail and colour in the feathers. well done TFS

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-09 11:19]

Congratulations Ivan!
Your Redwing splendidly present with very good light on his plumage.
Regards, Pawel

Mucho realismo en tu toma Ivan, gran naturalidad en la luz y los colores con un excelente enfoque y encuadre.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-08-09 13:56]

Hi Ivan
It's a beautiful shot of a fantastic bird, good colors and details. The compositon is nice.
Well done

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-10 2:25]

Hi Ivan,nothing better to celebrate the 2nd anniversary,the bird seem tell that at all the animals caughting and posting in your gallery..ehehhe...very very nice pic,my best compliments and thanks for your work,have a nice day,Luciano

Dear Ivan,
Congratulations on your milestone. I have always enjoyed your pictures and notes in TN. Looking forward to manymore from you...
As usual the picture is excellent in all aspects.
Thanks for the share,
P.s: Sorry I had to make the critique brief. :(

  • Seabird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
  • [2008-08-10 7:12]

Hi, Ivan,

many thanks for your comment and encouragement at my bee photo : )

wow, here you have a beautiful bird with excellent colours and details. I like the composition of this photo a lot - the bird and the tree are in good harmony.

thanks for sharing. and happy 2nd anniversary at TN!!

Man Yee

oh....I have run out of smileys already. i would love to give you many smileys for this one, but i have just used up all : PP

I hope you wouldn't mind.

have a great sunday!!

Man Yee

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-08-10 12:08]

Hello Ivan
Congradulation for those two very productive year.Excellent presentation of that redwing.As ussual razor sharp image with great plumage detail. I like your subject pose.Also very interesting text.
Hope to see a lot more of your fantastic image.
TFS Michel

Hi Ivan,

Many congratulations on your 2nd year anniversary here on T.N, a very impressive mile stone, and an amazing achievement, your contribution is invaluable, looking forward to seeing a whole lot more, all the best,

Cheers Rick

Dear Ivan,
It is owing to erudite, dedicated and gifted members like you that TN is what it is today --a nature photo sharing website that is rich in content and humane in attitude.
I extend hearty congratulations to you for completing 2 years on it.
Your work in these two years has been of stupendous value for all active members, both in terms of knowledge and aesthetics.
I wish you all the best in your third year!
The picture of a Redwing you took up north in July this year suits the occasion very well by dint of its beauty and technical excellence.
Best regards.

Ciao Ivan,
congratulazioni per i due anni su TN che celebri con una splendida immagine di tordo sassello colto con un eccellente POV in una bellissima posa canora, ottima nitidezza, molto bella la composizione con il grafismo dei rami e lo sfondo azzurro del cielo, bellissimi i colori.
TFS. Maurizio

Hi my beloved friend Ivan,
Congratulation on two years on TN and a great capture of a singing redwing in all around to celebrate this event my friend.
Greetings from TR N. Cyprus

Hi Ivan,
Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary here on TN. A very well captured shot of this redwing bird. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-08-11 7:28]

Merhaba Ivan,

Treknature'de doldurduğunuz 2 yılınızı tebrik ediyorum. Birbirinden güzel kareler ve değerli yorumlarınızla bu siteyi renklendirip, zenginlştirdiğinizi düşünüyorum. Bu çalışma bu iddiamı kanıtlar güzellikte. Nice güzel yıllara diyorum.
Yeni karelerde görüşmek dileği ile.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-11 10:54]

Hello Ivan! Congrats for the anniversary! Very nice shot of this beautiful bird, well composed with a very good technique! Thanks,


hello Ivan

congratulation for your second TN anniversary,

excellent shot of this wonderful bird of turdus family (famille des Turdidés),
fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details,
but the most important thing (to me) it is that you shooted
the image while the bird is singing, i love that kind of images,

TFS alot of this fine shot


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-08-20 19:38]

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary, and thank you for all your great contributions to this site.

merhaba Ivan,
sorry for my delay. I had also missed this beautiful post and your anniversary. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary. I am very pleasure to meet you on TN. I learn many things from your posts and I have a great friend. I hope we will see more shots for a long time here. best regards my friend

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