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Sardinian Warbler

Sardinian Warbler
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sylvia Warblers, BIRDS of CYPRUS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-23 2:38
Viewed: 5177
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though the Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala) is a fairly common resident in the whole of the Mediterranean region, it is regarded as less common in Cyprus. However, when we were there it appeared to be at least as common as the native and closely related Cyprus Warbler where they frequent the same type of macchia habitat,

It differs from the Cyprus warbler (posted earlier) by the more intense red eye ring and the lack of black blotches on the throat and breast. The female has a grey instead of black head, less red round the eye and a brownish back.

The Swedish name, Sammetshätta, implies that the head looks as though it has a black velvety textured plumage. It is a rare vagrant in Sweden.

Like other warblers in the Sylvia genus it is very active and hard to capture, except when the males guard their territories by singing a scratchy repetitive song often in an exposed position like this one at the top of a thorn bush.

ISO 200
Camera hand-held at a distance of about 6meters
Image cropped by about 40%
After size reduction it was sharpened and treated for noise using Neat Image.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-23 2:52]

Hi Ivan

A fantastic shot - the BG isolates the bird well. The bird is nicely in focus and the muted light enables the viewer to gain an excellent impression of the species.


Hi Ivan

This is a great shot. What a lovely wee bird. The plumage colours are lovely especially the red ring around the eye. Nice compo too. :-)

Hello Ivan , difficult species but very good photo , TFS.

Hi Ivan
Great picture with very nice BG, probably no sunshine that day

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-23 4:27]

Hey Ivan,
this is a super shot with a great DOF and brilliant composition.
TFS Joey

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-04-23 4:28]

Nice and sharp shot.Good compo&POV!!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-23 4:51]

Preciosa captura Ivan,
excelente nitidez y compo.
buen bg y detalles,

Hello Ivan,
Nice shot of this Sardinian Warbler. On the spot focus with great details to appreciate. Lovely composition with vivid colors. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-23 5:53]

Oh, he's a pretty fellow Ivan, especially the red eye make-up. Very good pose on the prickly branch too. Well done

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-23 8:21]

Hello Ivan
Great composition , very sharp picture with nice colors.I also like very much the colors of the BG.
TFS Michel

bonjour ivan
impeccable et magnifique.

Hello Ivan
What a wnderful shot of this Sardinian Warbler,Fantastic details and colors,
Excellent BG and POV, Superb shot.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-23 10:03]

selam ivan; nice shot of the lovely bird , splendid colours , nice pov, well composed shot, very nice bg
tfs & regards

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-23 10:05]


The sharpness is good, the position looks uncomfortable but for a bird it's a usual place. TFS.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-23 11:16]

Hola Ivan. Los colores rojos alderredor de sus ojos lucen espectaculares y se observan con gran nitidez.
Hermosa pose y bello fondo.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-23 11:28]

Hi Ivan,

Another beautiful bird I have not seen before. My favorite colors - black, white and red. The details are wonderful - the pose is magnificent - the bg is perfect.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-23 11:54]

Hi Ivan.
Work by Great Master. Brilliant exactness of reproduction of the bird and plant. Stunning BG and lighting. Charming character. Composition is outstanding. Bravo and my congratulations.

Just beautiful Ivan. I love the thorny bush and that wonderful little bird against the gorgeous soft OOF background. Beautiful work. Your lens works well with that converter!.

Evelynn : )

Hello Ivan what a superb catch perfect sharpness and detail lovely quality perfect! tfs rgds Necip

Salut Yvan
Une belle prise de vue les couleur sont vives ,les détails sont beaux et très belle présentation.La couleurs du Bg est fantastique .Ce n'est pas évident d'approcher cet oiseau avec toutes ces épines.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-23 14:26]

Hola Ivan,
Cute bird captured with full details against a wonderful background.
TFS, José M.

tres joli cet oiseau, bonne délimitation de la couleurs noire autour de la tête
beau travail, bravo et merci, amitiès

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-23 15:37]

Hi Ivan, excellent photo, never seem one of this, Sardinian Warbler, well done, nice focus and sharpness..

bonjour Ivan

quelle belle photo, je suis encore nouveau dans ce forum
je commence a visiter de plus en plus et a m'y habituer
il y a des photos animalières les une plus belles que les autres
mais celle-ci est pour moi pour l'instant est la plus belle

juste une petite chose, vers l'extrémité de sa queue en dessous
il y a une petite place blanche, je l'aurais retouché de la même
couleur que l'arrière-plan, merci pour cette partage

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-24 4:08]

That's a beautiful little bird, Ivan.
I love that red ring around the eye in the black face.
Excellent sharpness and light.
The colors in the BG are lovely.
The spikes on the plant make a wonderful composition.
TFS. : )

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-24 4:21]

Wow beautiful and a wonderful shot. Look at the position it is standing. Good shot. Ganesh

Wonderful close-up presented here. I love the colours and sharpness of the bird.
Best wishes,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-24 9:53]

Pretty sharp Ivan,
I mean both the needles and the picture. The image has a pleasant background and a nice composition. A nice capture of the warbler. As I said in my last comment: I never managed to get this one framed....too fast and skulking
Regards, Jacob

Hi Ivan,
Great composition. Beautiful colors. Sharp bird.
A beautiful portrait of the Sardinian Wrbler...

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-24 10:11]

What a marvellous capture, Ivan!!
I love this little bird with the curious red ring around the eye. Excellent sharpness and stunning composition with that prickly plant and bg.
A superb job!
Congratulations and TFS.

The red ring around the eye --the distinguishing feature of this Warbler -- is nicely captured in this grand picture, Ivan.
A lovely composition, indeed.
When you use a converter with your 300mm, do you have to necessarily resort to manual focusing?

Hi Ivan,

Brilliant shot of this beauty
i have neven seen this bird before
Excellent compo with superb sharp details and lovely colours and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-25 2:58]

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-25 4:48]

Hello Ivan,
Wow, what a splendid capture of a new species I haven't seen before. Your image is tack sharp and very well composed. Thanks for sharing Ivan.

Hi Ivan,
Another great shot from you,
Colors,details and sharpness are superb,
Well done

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-30 9:58]

Hello Ivan,
wonderful composition, I like the POV and the neutral colors of the back ground. Perfectly sharp details and great presentation.

great pic, TFS Ori

Great composition! Smooth background and gorgeous bird. Maybe its me, but I can not stalk birds like these at a range of 6 meters! Do you use any feeder and/or hide? If so, what kind of food works best for you? Very well done. My best regards.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-28 11:14]

Hello Ivan
great capture of this cute bird, looks great against this beautiflly blured background
I like the composition and this thorn bush looks very nice in the pic
regards, Dejan

Beautiful picture with great clarity. I love the way his eye contrasts with the background as well. Very cool picture. TFS Trevor

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