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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF Nikkor 300mm ED f/4
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-12 14:24
Viewed: 2250
Points: 20
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Binomial name
Sylvia atricapilla
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Tr name: Karabaşlı Ötleğen

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum : Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae
Genus: Sylvia
Species: S. atricapilla

The Blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla, is a common and widespread Old World warbler which breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe.

This small passerine bird is migratory, and northern and central European breeders winter in southern Europe and north Africa where the local populations are resident. It is hardier than most warblers, partly because it will readily eat small berries as well as the more typical warbler insect diet. An interesting development in recent years is for substantial numbers of central European birds to winter in gardens in southern England. Presumably the ready availability of food, particularly from bird tables, and the avoidance of migration over the Alps, compensate for the sub-optimal climate. Bearhop et al. (2005) have recently reported that the birds wintering in England tend to mate only with each other, because they arrive back from the wintering grounds earlier than those wintering in the Mediterranean. The authors suggest that the division of the population into different migration routes may be the first step in the evolution of distinct species.

This is a bird of shady woodlands with ground cover for nesting. The nest is built in low shrub, and 3-6 eggs are laid.

This is a robust warbler, mainly grey in plumage. Although most warblers have the sexes identical, several Sylvia species have distinct male and female plumages. The Blackcap is an example: the male has the small black cap from which the species gets its name, whereas in the female the cap is light brown.

The song is a pleasant chattering with some clearer notes like a Blackbird. The song can be confused with that of the Garden Warbler.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-12 14:26]

Hi Fikret,what a magnificent capture,i like the great details on the small blackcap,and the composition too is rich and colorful whit these bright res fruits in background.Very well done,have a good night and thanks,Luciano

Hello Fikret,
Excellent photograph of this beautiful bird, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.

Hello Fikret,
Wonderful capture with nice sharp details and clarity,excellent composition with beautiful natural colour and freshness.

Fantastic photo Fikret! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-13 2:12]

Hello Fikret,
Very nice photo in excellent sharpness, details and beautiful bright contrasting colours. Fantastic composition.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2012-12-13 2:37]

Merhaba Fikret hocam,
Herzamanki gibi yine harika bir kuş karesi. Kompozisyon enfes.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-12-13 5:38]

Hello Fikret
Another very nice composition.Excellent point of view and nice colours.Sharp image with good plumage details.
TFS Michel

hello Fikret
Great sharpness composition with the berries in the back ground
the colours are beautiful to
greeting lou

Hallo Fikret
A striking image of a beautiful bird. The vivid colours in the whole image is pleasant and a pleasure to look at. The focus here is praiseworthy and the presentation as a whole very eye-catching. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-12-18 0:40]

Hello Fikret,
Missed this beautiful shot. The blackcap isn't easy to "catch" and you have seeen it so well in a rasberry-bush which gives this marvellous color-spot on your picture. Very alert attitude of the bird too. Very pleasant picture from nature.
Have a nice day

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