<< Previous Next >>

Turdus merula

Turdus merula
Photo Information
Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-07-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-08-15 5:44
Viewed: 1769
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this bird in Skipton, North Yorkshire during my recent school trip to UK. I noticed this bird foraging around in gardens. I had only my 18-200mm wide lens mounted on the camera at the time, so the quality of the picture is not as good as it could be if I had used my 300mm zoom.

Common Blackbird, Turdus merula

Male: Glossy black plumage with orange-yellow bill.
Female: Dark brown plumage with faintly spotted breast
Apparently, this is the male of the species.


The glossy black plumage and the orange-yellow bill and eye ring of the mature male Blackbird makes it easily recognisable.

The mature female has dark-brown upper parts and underparts, and yellow-brown bill. The underparts are speckled and she usually has a pale throat.


marius-secan, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

hallo Ram
very nice picture of this black bird
thanks gr lou

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-08-15 12:44]

Hi Ram,very nice capture of this blackbird,very common in Italy too,i have a nest in my countryard and they like a lot the cakes of my bar too..ehee..well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram,
It is a nice bird common in parks and gardens in the city I live.
The specie is avoiding predators living very close to humans....
Nice contrast against the background.

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-08-16 9:18]

Hello Ram,
Your Common Blackbird is actually quite attractive with its all black plumage in contrast to an orange beak and eye ring. Nicely focused and just the right exposure. Would have been nice if it would have looked more in your direction, but you still managed to capture a little catchlight in its eye in spite of it.

Hi Ram,

The grass is framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Common Blackbird. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


Calibration Check