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Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Acrocephalus arundinaceus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-12
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite pics, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-28 2:05
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 60
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Acrocephalus arundinaceus (Linnaeus 1758)
Great Reed Warbler (catching a male Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé 1832))

Acrocephalus arundinaceus, is a passerine bird in the family Sylviidae (Old World warblers).
It is a large thrush-sized warbler, 16–20 cm in length. The adult has unstreaked brown upperparts and dull buffish-white chin and underparts. The forehead is flattened, and the bill is strong and pointed. It looks very much like a giant Eurasian Reed Warbler (A. scirpaceus), but with a stronger supercilium. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are richer buff below.
A. arundinaceus breeds in Europe and westernmost temperate Asia. It is a migratory species, wintering in tropical Africa.
This is a species found in large reed beds. On their breeding grounds, they are territorial. In their winter quarters, they are frequently found in large groups. It is insectivorous, but it will take other prey items of sufficiently small size, even including vertebrates.

In Cyprus A. arundinaceus is an uncommon passage migrant in spring and autumn. Breeding has occasionally been attempted, the last being in 1985.

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Χριστόδουλε καλημέρα,
διαμάντι η φωτογραφία σου, εξαιρετική λήψη!!!
καλή συνέχεια,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-28 3:05]

This pic is simply fantastic.What a timing my friend!And what a impressive quality!Today 2 points are not enough,very very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

yasu Christodoulos
what a great capture of Red Dragon and Reed Warbler together. great sharpness of focus. POV and light using also great. superb exposure and colors. nicely composed and presented with good informative notes.
efharisto, kalimera

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-28 3:20]

Hi Christodoulos,

Splendid photo, great lights and very nice and sharp details, TFS!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-28 3:40]

Hello Chhristodoulos,
A superb capture of Great Red Warbler with its Crocothemis catch.
The composition for the pose and POV is ideal and it is sharply seen against the Fasouri reed BG.
Great to view!
Thanks and ahve a good weekend,

Ciao Christodoulos. A real masterpiece MF! DOF and details are excellent so like light and colours. Lovely compo.



Another wonderful post you have here on TN. I like the sharpness, detail and clarity of the subject - it is once again magnificent. The POV, lighting, colours and DOF are also very good and make a very good image.

Hello Christodoupolos,
another very nice photo from an little bird with insect.'
Exellent catch and just on time, good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-28 7:27]

Hi Christodoulos.
I congratulate you on next outstanding bird picture. You managed to achieve and amazing 3D-effect. Sharpness and details of the bird and dragonfly are unbelievable. Sunlight, colours are so beautiful. DOF is simply great. Surroundings are detailed and blurred at the same time superbly. Bravo.

hello Christodoulos

WOW ! you where at the best place the best time,
superb timing to shoot this photo of the bird
with his catch, with a very fine POV, beautiful light
and beautiful warmer color tones, great focus
sharpness and details, excellent contrast, TFS


Impressive photo, very alive and with much detail! regards Yiannis

Hi Christodoulos
the bird itself is razorsharp but we also have a nice pose and great natural habitat and the cherry atop the cake a wonderfull colored nice prey

Geia sou Christodoule,
Outstanding quality! The composition, sharpness, light and colours are superb! I always enjoy your photos. Kalo brady, Pambos

Hello Christodoulos, fantastic capture, fantastic moment, fantastic picture. A very very beautiful image. Is very rare to capture a picture so beautiful. Bravo. Regards, Paolo

Hello Christodoulos,
A fantastic capture with excellent details and natural colors.
Exceptional composition.

Hi Christodoulos.
You captured incredible situation. Great sharpness. Amazing natural colours. Nice water environment.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-28 8:45]

Hello Christodoulos.
Very nice bird image.Excellent sharpness and wonderful details with the prey of the bird almost as big as the bird itself.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-28 8:59]

Hello Christodoulos,
Unbelievable what you show us, day in day out. This is real top quality! A Great Reed Warbler is difficult to photograph, but with a prey in this superb quality is almost impossible. But you did it. A masterpiece!
Thanks for this great gift.
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic double capture, amazing details and marvellous colours, excellent POV and DOF, a very pleasant composition with a great action and a superb visual impact
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Christodoulos,

This picture is very impressive as your entire gallery.
I can see you take nature photography very seriously and the results are grate.
I am also impressed of your competence as bird watcher and your knowledge about birding spots and sightings on your island.
I hope to see Cyprus sometime time – it looks very interesting through your lens.
What is your magic 400mm lens? Do you use a support of some sort or your shots are hand held?

Regards, Mario

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-28 10:31]

Hello Christodoulos
Wow! Superb capture and scene
Excellent work as usual
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Christodoulus, you take a great moment, wonderful capture of lovely bird and it's prey, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Christo
You are one of the BEST on TN
this picture have so many good quality !!
super good pose the bird with the dragaonfly
1 times in your live to make so a picture
great shot Christo
greeting lou

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-01-28 14:30]

The background is a bit busy but the main subject and its prey are awesome. The work of post-production looks very professional. Very well done.

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful image and quality. A great capture and very well presented. Congratulations on an exceptional photo.

No need to add many words, except may be the simple gesture ..... WOW ! Bravo, I may be not very popular here, but definitely my words has some wight, when I write not long ago about you that you are one of the greatest photographers around. With very consistent result like this one! Amazing, pure enjoyment for the eye! Bravo Christodoulos!

George Veltchev

P.S. Thanks for your e-mail. Very kind of you my friend. Appreciate it!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-01-29 0:19]

Truly astounding, technically and aesthetically! My compliments!


Hi chris,

Good capture from the bird & you too.
Perfect timing shot with fine clarity. Welldonw & TFS.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-01 1:13]

Hello Christodoulos,
very well captured and exciting details. The dragonfly on the tip od the beak is indeed well presented. you have ,asterly shown a wonderful composition. the lighting, the features and the details are stunning.
Very well presented shot.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-18 18:46]

Hello Christodoulos,
I was just surfing some of the photos on TN when I ran across this fantastic image of yours. I must say it is very impressive, showing exceptionally fine detail and excellent composition. The fact that you were able to capture this beautiful bird with a dragonfly in it's beak and in such superb focus is awesome. Great job!!

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