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Female Blackbird

Female Blackbird
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-01 5:44
Viewed: 5003
Points: 66
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After a very wet and windy day yesterday managed to get this Female Blackbird. Her feathers are a little ruffled with the wind.

Blackbird ( Turdus merula ) Length 25cm.
Familiar garden Bird in much of Britain and Ireland but also found in woodland and farmland. Male easily identified by the thrush like appearance and all black plumage with yellow eye ring and bill. The Female and young have brown plumage. Male is an excellent singer. Feeds on Worms, Insects fruit and berries.

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Hello Nick,
This is a very sharp capture of this female that we don't see often. I like her pose, great exposure and composition. This is an excellent portrait of this lady; well done!

Hi Nicholas,
it's a wonderful bird and you captured it so sharp and in such a proud pose, I like it so much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Great detail! I like the pattern captured in the breast feathers and the glint in her eye. Pretty composition. Like Sabine said, it's a proud pose. :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-01 7:42]

Hi Nick,

I love this blackbird! She is so sharp and clear with every feather showing. Beautiful pose and expression on her face, nice sparkle in her eye. Wonderful colors.


nice focus good colors interesting pose good catchlight in the birds eye

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-07-01 8:03]

Hello Nicholas,
Excellent sharpness on this female black bird.
Their plumage is usually rather uninteresting, but you have managed to bring out interesting details.
Great light and pose.
TFS. : )

selam nick ;wow excellent shot of this lovely bird, very good details presented nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hello Nick,
This is a beautiful picture of a beautiful lady, even if her feathers have been ruffled! A great pose, she looks so alert! Good detail, colours and dof.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

He Nick!
Blackbird's very pretty female. It turns on male attention from yellow beak mostly. You shew eye and feather beautifully. I like tight frame.
It congratulates and I greet - Roma

Excellent detail, DOF, POV, exposure, and warm color Nicholas. A well composed closeup, and I like the birds pose with head uplifted. Nice catchlight, well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-01 10:15]
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Hello Nick,
Superb sharp capture of a Blackbird with excellent bokeh BG, making this shot of high technical quality. The only let down is the strange wooden construction and nail that it is standing on.
BTW, this may be a female but the yellow skin at the corner of the mouth says that this is this year's young and at this age the sexes look alike.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-01 10:49]

Hi Nick,
Wonderful capture of this lovely blackbird, Interesting how the female is not even close to the male in dark colors.
Great POV and composition, very sharp and well presented, great BG.. well done

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-01 10:49]

Hi Nick, this must be the best shot I have ever seen of a female Blackbird. The mottle pattern of the feathers is amazing, light, tone and colour very good. I like the pov and pose from the bird. Detail and sharpness excellent.

Hi Nicholas,
This is a splendid close-up.
A great POV, very nice colors, composition and fine details!
Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-01 13:39]

Hola amigo Nicholas,
precioso trabajo,
nitidez y pov,
buenos colores y sensacional iluminación...

Hi Nicholòas, splendid bird in great pose, good light and colors, excellent details, very well done, greetings from Italy, ciao Silvio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-01 14:50]

Hola Nicholas. Una bella foto. Grandes detalles y alta nitidez. Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-01 20:48]

Hello Nicholas

A very high quality shot of this female blackbird.The focus is excellent with razor sharp details.The plumage detail is excellent with well saturated colours.The eye contact is excellent.TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-02 0:57]

Hi Nicholas,
Awesome portrait shot of the Blackbird. Very neat and impressive details on its plumage with lovely colour tones and fine focus. Excellent POV to capture this nice pose. Wonderfully composed and presented. Kudos.

Hi Nicholas,
Good photo, the plumage is well defined and detailed. The eye is very sharp.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-02 2:00]

Nicholas this is amazing shot and such a lovely color. Lovely focus and great colors. Ganesh

Hi Nick

Amazing capture of a very character-filled bird! Lovely details and greating light.


Belle photo de cet oiseau très bien pris et bien net.Amitiés Thomas

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-02 7:14]

Hello Nick,
Lovely capture of this young blackbird in a nice pose probably waiting for Mum to feed it!! Great sharpness and fine colours of the speckled plumage. Stands out sharply from the background too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-07-03 0:29]

Pieknie uchwyciles tego ptaszka. Taki dumny, jakby pozowal do zdjecia. Dobrze widać szczegoly, ladne kolory.


Hola Nicholas.
Perfectos colores y magníficos detalles.
Agradable presentación y buena luz.
Saludos, JL.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-03 12:23]

Hi Nick

All I can say is wow this is stunning. Wonderfully sharp and the light in the eye is wonderful. You have caught the intelligence and curiosity of this bird in the pose. Great light as well.



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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-07-03 12:41]

Hi NIcholas,
Very good colors in this picture, fine details and interesting pose. TFS
Regards, Mario

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-04 13:40]

Hello Nicholas,

Even if it is a common bird in Britain and Ireland, it is the first time I see it! I'm just wandering if you took a greater aperture like f/4.0 you would have been able to get the whole bird in focus with a more blurry bg...

You got a magic wondeful light here and I'm even wondering if we can see you within its eye! Great details on the feathers!!!

Great job and TFS!


Hi Nicholas,
The details are excellent. Very nice light as well.
Good pose and I can tell she is checking you out
Cheers, Shir

Excellent capture. The detail of the bird leaves nothing to the imagination because you've focused in so sharp. Even it's small talons are visible and you have a wonderful depth of field. There's a part of me that would love to reach out and pet this little one.

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  • akazemi (111)
  • [2007-07-25 13:13]

Hi Nicholas
Interesting pose , good exposure, good Sharpness & good composition.

Hi Nick
This is a great picture in all levels.
Just a note tho..Im Pretty sure that its a juvenile blackbird..The female is brown all over and rather bland looking..the male is black..thus the name..and the juvenile has these mottled chest feathers.
Regardless of this it is a great image.
All the best and tfs

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