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Keeping a Wary Eye

Keeping a Wary Eye
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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: 2007-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -II-, TN Classics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 3:28
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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Whitethroat (Sylvia communis).

This is an overlooked image from my archives.

This is a female, the male having a grey head and upper back greyish brown. She looks anxiously over her shoulder as she has fledglings nearby.

The Whitethroat is a common summer visitor 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 their territories. The nest is placed in dense undergrowth.

This was taken while we were looking for dragonflies. This was taken at a distance at about 12 meters (40 ft) with the camera hand-held. After fairly heavy cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Hi Ivan

A new species for me.
Great pose and composition. The warm tones contrast micely with the surrounding greenery in this shot.
Great sharpness, POV and DOF. A very pleasnat post.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-21 3:55]

Hello Ivan,
What a wonderful picture! Excellent composition, very good sharpness. Gorgeous light and colours.
Best regards Siggi

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-21 4:06]

Hello neighbor!
Superb shot of this Whitethroat.
The clarity and detail is excellent!
Great composition.
Nice lighting.
Well exposed.
Great work!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-21 4:12]

Hi Ivan,there is a magic light inside this pic! Very nice work,i like the bird and the background too,excellents details and colors,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hola ivan, muy bonita composición, con buena luz, fondo muy atractivo y colores naturales. Un saludo

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-21 4:32]

Hello Ivan,

Your photo has a very fine composition with for and background OOF. This helps viewers look concentrate on the main subject, the bird. Bird's image is vey fine with good sharpnes and interesting light and shadow fallin on. Plumage colors are very fine rendered lookin so natural. Bird's image is doing a fine contrast with the background as well as with the pearch beneath.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-21 4:39]

Hello Ivan
A beautiful shot of the white throat.....this resembles a sparrow when one looks at the plumage but the details show a definite diffference.
I like this PoV that gives a very good view of the bird in a structured manner. The green environmnet adds to the beauty of the composition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-21 5:02]

hi ivan,
just brilliant image! she looks like a queen here, not nervous but proud to be there, showing all here grace for us to admire. tfs.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-21 5:31]

At first glance, Ivan, I knew this was summer light, bright and joyful. The bird is beautiful in this light, you captured details and colours of its feathers and the glance of the bird is watchful. Green happiness of summer, thank you for this warm reminder!


Hello Ivan
A lovely shot of this Whitethroat, the dappled light is nice and soft, so the shadows enhance rather than hinder the overall feel. Good detail on the bird, and the all important glint in the eye!
Kind Regards

I love the POV and composition here... add to that the wonderful detail (and lighting) and you have an outstanding image of this bright eyed bird. Well done Ivan and TFS


hello ivan,
what a beautiful capture,i loved the pose, the eye contact, the dof and the details of the plumage, very nicely done,
tfs & regards

świetne zdjęcie Pokrzewki cierniówki!
Wszystkie elementy: DOF, POV i kompozycja, są idealne. Widać, że wiesz dokładnie jak robić zdjęcia ptakom...

Hi Ivan,
A very good picture of this female Whitethroat looking at you. Great POV, pose and composition, good eye contact and pin sharp details. Excellent work!

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-10-21 7:26]

Very good image. Great sharp and detail and netural colors

hello Ivan

beautiful image of the whitethroat with fine POV and vertical framing,
i love where are placed in the image his head and body,
beautiful and curious pose of the bird, beautiful luminosity and colours,
excellent sharpness and details of the bird's plumage, TFS


There is something which says "classic" to me in this image..I think it is the combination of the superb pose and the complimenting colours...and the sharpness where it needs be...I have added it to my Classics" theme...Wonderful image Ivan..simply wonderful!

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-10-21 9:18]

What a lovely portrait of this "törnsĺngare" They are quite hard to get this close.... It´s a very natural pose and you can see typical colours of the wings and I just love the BG.


Hi Ivan,

How could you have overlooked this very special picture? Right to my favorites - I think it is just about the prettiest bird shot I have ever seen. The pose is so perfect with the marvelous profile and view from behind. Colors, details, shadings are magnificent. I've never seen a Whitethroat - he has a beautiful face. The setting and composition are both marvelous.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-21 9:53]

Hello Ivan,
It's outstanding photo. Such pose as for birds atlas. This green BG and green twigs very suit to this bird.
Best regards, Pawel

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-10-21 10:21]

Hello Ivan,

Excellent capture of this bird. Great focus. Excellent sharpness and beautiful bright eye. Splendid composition. Great light and colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-21 11:18]

Hi Ivan. I dont think i would have over looked this one its far to good. The light , detail and colurs are all spot on. I like the pose with the Whitethroat looking around with a glint in the eye. against the blured BG. well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-21 12:10]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful photo of this Whitethroat in a perfect pose. Sharpness, POV and composition are excellent. Splendid natural colours. Lovely green environment.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-10-21 12:29]

Hello Ivan,
very nice capture with a superb composition.
Thanks for posting.

merhaba Ivan, dostum.
wonderful post from your great archieve. I like it very much. Title tells it nicely. Everything great, especially colors, BG and eyes contact. Superb composition. In this year, I couldnt capture this species very well, but S. melanothorax (Cyprus warbler), S. mystacea, S. atricapilla, S.curruca gave me relatively nice shots. Thanks for sharing this beauty and good notes. well done my friend,
iyi geceler [good night]

Hi My friend Ivan,

An excellent capture of this beautiful whitethroat with wonderful details on plummages, nice DOF and POV.
TFS and greetings from Cyprus,

Ps. My last posting (a murex shell which I dedicated to Prof. Atatur (matatur)-disappeared from my gallery without any explanation on this from TN.

Ciao Ivan,
meravigliosa cattura di questa Silvia, eccellente composizione per la bella postura e la bellissima ambientazione, ottima nitidezza e straordinaria la definizione dei dettagli dell'occhio e del becco, magnifici i colori e la luce.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-21 18:53]

Ni Ivan
Excellent presenattion.Good POV of a specie I had never seen before.Razor sharp image with excellent detail from the plumage.
TFS Michel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-21 19:23]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent point of view and depth of field here Ivan. The image is so crisp and clear, just look at that eye, great work. Thanks Ivan.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-21 22:10]

Hey Dostum!
Bu ne kadar enfes bir kuş karesi. Kesinlikle kusursuz bir çalışma. Renkler, detaylar ve kompozisyon harikulade. Eline sağlık dostum. Yeni karelerde görüşmek dileği ile...


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-21 22:28]

Hi Ivan.
This is simply outstanding picture of an amazing scene. I love it a lot. It is a dream for any bird photographer. Splendid scenery. Pattern created by twigs are fine as well as the smooth light BG. Image of the charming bird is the best. My congratulations.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-21 22:53]

Hi Ivan,
Outstanding shot of this cute little Whitethroat with immaculate sharpness and clarity on its plumage. I like the way it looks over its shoulder and the fine natural setting. Superb handling of natural lighting and perfect DOF. Very nicely composed.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-22 0:18]

Hello Ivan,
A very subtle bird-shot. Excellent composition with the decentred position of the Whitethroat, very fine colours and charming leaf-shadows on the plumage. Very well done
Bonne journée

Hi Iven, lovely bird in great pose with splendid details and great sharpness, great composition with beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hej Ivan
It is nice to have archive and pick up something new every time when it is nothing new to photograph :) This one is really good one with nice pose end details.
Well done and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-22 6:50]

Well, great archives you have Ivan! Well done, I love the pose and the light is so beautiful! A great capture my friend.


Hi Ivan,
You keep excellent pictures in your archives! Look at this! This is a perfect picture of a very nice bird. Details are sharp with natural exposure, colors and good composition. You had great timing to capture it when looking at you. This is charming specie. Thanks,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-22 11:28]

Hi Ivan
Very nice image,composition,details,pose and light are very good.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Ivan
Beautiful. Perfectly sharp and isolated from background. Nice natural surrounding. I like OOF leafs in background and foreground. Very good job

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-22 13:05]

Hi Ivan,
Catchlight in the eye, colors, lighting, POV, composition, details and the eye contact look so nice. TFS
All the best,

Hello Ivan,

What a wonderful shot showing the plummage of this beautiful female in fine detail.

The pose she has adopted is particularly good, allowing us to see the colours and patterns and also get a good view of her face, with that all important eye contact.

It is good that you captured her in a tree since this makes a good b/g and the off-centre composition works well.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-22 13:48]

Hi Ivan

A very beautiful close here from you on this lovely Whitethroat.
Your very good zoom range helped you here in getting very sharp details from this little bird and your excellent control over the exposure retained the wonderful colors of both the bird and the surrounding.
The pose is indeed the special elements here - the Whitethroat turning its head toward you and giving you the nice eyecontact. The little catchlight there is a nice bonus to help focus all the attention.
Great job!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Ivan,
An excellent portrait. Very good focus and an effective depth of field. The lighting is fantastic and mix of foreground and background is a visual feast.

Simplemente impresionante !!

Felicidades por esta bella toma llena de naturalidad y buen gusto. Soberbio encuadre, luz y fondo.

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.
Pd.- Gracias por la inf. del "fat hen" .

Hi, Ivan.
Very nice shot! Excellent setting and composition. Tack sharp and well exposed.

Nice exposure and detail Ivan,
The Whitethroat looks great surrounded in green, it contrasts the birds color well.
Well composed, I like this POV & pose. Interesting light/shadow mix also..
Very well done,

Hello Ivan.
This is a nice dorsal pov shot with a head-turn of a bird. This female bird is still pretty with very good details of the feather. Thanks for sharing this one from your archive and have a great weekend ahead.

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