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Female Blackbird

Female Blackbird
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-18 11:32
Viewed: 5255
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I don't usually do songbirds (apart from Robins) but this lady was waiting by the local bus stop so I thought I would take a couple of quick shots.

Information from British Garden Birds:
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

The juveniles are reddish-brown (rufous) with paler spotting that is similar to that of the adult female but more spotted and redder. After the juvenile female moults, late summer to autumn, she is indistinguishable from an older female. However, while the juvenile male moults his wing feathers will remain brown (known as a 1st-winter male), also the eye ring and bill will be a "dirty" yellow, and it will be another year before his plumage is entirely black, and his eye ring and bill are pure orange-yellow.

Albinism and leucism is common in Blackbirds, but there are even more that are "partially albino" (e.g. white head, or white patches on the wings) Albinism is a complete lack of pigment whereas leucistic birds have weak pigmentation and appear "wishy-washy".

The Blackbird sings from a perch and its song is rich, varied and flute-like, but usually finishes in a squeaky phrase. Their calls are loud and varied. The warning call is given with flicking wings and tail and sounds a little like "chook", and the alarm call is a loud rattle.

William Henley wrote:

The nightingale has a lyre of gold,
The lark's is a clarion call,
And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute,
But I love him best of all.

For his song is all of the joy of life,
And we in the mad, spring weather,
We two have listened till he sang
Our hearts and lips together.

nglen, Juyona, timonejoon, vanderschelden, jaycee, NinaM, CeltickRanger, SelenE, Alex99, angela926, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-18 11:44]

Hi Karen. This is a bird i dont see too many off one pops into the garden but sone goes. you have captured this one with good detail and natural colours. I like your very low POV. well done TFS.

Hello Karan
Whether you do songbirds or not.... Im really glad you stopped to pay this wonderful blackbird the time of day..you have a nice pov and good details on this superb part of nature.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-18 11:50]

Bonjour Karan
Trčs belle prise et attitude du sujet, les jeunes se laisse assez facilement approcher.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-18 12:08]

Hola Karan,
bonito retrato,
detalles y mirada, plumaje y bg, agradables...
buena captura,

Hi Karen

Lucky you, I don't have these kind of chances:))she is looking at you and make a pose: hey lady, yes u, yes, take me a nice picture please, i need it for my passport, for Scotland, yes, it should be complete face please:)))
I like the details and BG and also thank you for the nice poem.
well done

HI, nice to see a female for a change...nice composition and lovely features on this bird, quite a lot of subtle colouration on the feathers as well..TFS

Hello Karan,
Always difficult to photograph these kind of birds on the ground. But you did a great job actually. Good sharpness, tones, light, etc...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-18 15:25]

Hi Karan,

I can't help but ask if she got onto the bus. A wonderful blackbird with a great expression on her face. Excellent details and natural colors. A lovely colorful setting.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-18 15:55]

Hi Karan,
What an approach for the lens you used! Perfect details, colours, pose and even "visual contact".
TFS and best regards,
José M.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-18 16:06]

Hi Karan,

She's really posing for you, nice natural colours, good details in the plumage and an excellent light in the eye. Hope she didn't miss the bus!!


Hello Karan,
delighted to see your posting of a beautiful Blackbird!
excellent close up with superb sharpness on the plummage and the awesome colouration, just beautiful!
many thanks for sharing this shot
best regards

Hello Karan,

Beautiful close-up of this blackbird. Excellent sharpness and very nice natural colours. Very beautiful foreground with the leaves on the ground. I find the background a little bit too busy.


Hello Karan,
She seems to give an attentive pose, tilting the head in this funny wayh!
Effective low point of view, good DOF blurs the back nicely...
A fine composition and all together an attractive image!
Pablo -

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-19 3:53]

Nice shot of this female Blackbird.
We have a pair in our garden that are just starting to nest! :-)
Great low-down POV and a superb composition.
Nice colours and lighting.
Excellent DOF.
Very well done Karan,


Hi Karan, lovely little bird in great pose, good colors, splendid sharpness and excellent details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-19 11:04]

Hello Karan,
Great photo in a beautiful pose and excellent sharpness. Good natural colours, low POV and eye-contact.

Hola Karan, una simpática toma , con buen enfoque y sobre todo pose del ave.
Un abrazo.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-19 16:37]

That's a beauty, Karan, I love it. You are close to it and at eye level, this is real nice. And the grass is green, G-R-A-S-S! I am so anxious to see some grass. Here, we have snow piled up in the backyard, it's thicker than my height! I welcome this picture of a bird, with grass and light, and what seems like warmth... thank you Karan!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-20 1:22]

Hi Karan,
I liked your POV, composition, pose you captured and the details. TFS

hello Karan

excellent shot of this Female Blackbird,
excellent POV & framing, excellent sharpness & details
and i love specially her lovely pose, her lovely glance to you
and eye contact with your camera lens, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-21 11:04]

Hi Karan.
What a nice scene. I like a lot impressive green grass cover decorated by dry leaves and wonderful bird at very cute pose. I cannot imagine your POV. It is simply amazing as well as the magnification of the image. Bird is reproduced fantastically. Very feather is visible perfectly. Colours are superb. Well done and TFS.

Hello Karan, Great shot, nice composition ,point of view and lovely colors, excellent sharpness and depth of field, great pose.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-23 5:16]

Hello Karan,
This is a lovely capture of the female Blackbird in a fine pose and from a nice low POV. Great focus on the eye and I love the sharp details and beautiful colours of the plumage. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-25 7:48]

Hello Karan, very good shot of that Blackbird, very sharp details, great light and exposure and very good overall quality. Thanks!


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