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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: 2006-09-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-30 5:33
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Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)
TR: Bülbül

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Luscinia
Species: L. megarhynchos

Binomial name:
Luscinia megarhynchos
(Brehm, 1831)

The Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), also known as Rufous Nightingale and Common Nightingale, is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It belongs to a group of more terrestrial species, often called chats.

It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in forest and scrub in Europe and south-west Asia. The distribution is more southerly than the very closely related Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia. It nests low in dense bushes. It winters in southern Africa. At least in the Rhineland (Germany) breeding habitat of nightingales is known to agree with a number of geographical parameters (Wink 1973):

less than 200 meters above mean sea level
mean air temperature during the growing season above 14°C
more than 20 days/year on which temperatures exceed 25°C
annual precipitation less than 750mm
aridity index lower than 0.35
no closed canopy.
The Nightingale is slightly larger than the European Robin, at 15-16.5 cm length. It is plain brown above except for the reddish tail. It is buff to white below. Sexes are similar.

The male Nightingale is known for his singing, to the extent that human singers are sometimes admiringly referred to as nightingales; the song is loud, with an impressive range of whistles, trills and gurgles. Although it also sings during the day, the Nightingale is unusual in singing late in the evening; its song is particularly noticeable at that time because few other birds are singing. This is why its name (in several languages) includes "night". Recent research has shown that the birds sing even more loudly in urban or near-urban environments, in order to overcome the background noise. The most characteristic feature of the song is a loud whistling crescendo, absent from the song of Thrush Nightingale. It has a frog-like alarm call.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-30 6:13]

Hi Fikret,
an awesome capture with amazing quality.
Well done,

Hi Fikret,

What a beautyfull shot of this Nightingale
Excellent compo, colours, sharpness, details, POV and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-30 6:24]

Mükemmel bir bülbül fotografi. Arkadaki yesillikle olusan kontrast ve keskinlik özellikle göz alici. Tebrikler.

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  • Victor (75)
  • [2007-04-30 6:28]

Hey, Fikret.

What an outstanding shot! Astonishing detail, great bokeh, excellent sharpness. My sincere compliments!

Kind regards

Good light!


Fikret görmesi bile çok zor olan bir türü çok başarılı fotoğraflamışsın , rezolüsyon , netlik ve kontrast mükemmel , eline sağlık , bol şanslar.

fikret abi çok güzel. bir de kuyruğu havaya kaldırdığı an olsaymış tadından yenmezmiş :)

This is a beautiful specie Fikret! It really looks like the Hermit Thrust I posted a few days ago. Those birds are not easy to photograph and they have neutral colors that make focus difficult to do while they are in the wood. I like those sharp details, natural colors and beautiful POV and composition. A great work as usual. Thanks,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-30 7:22]

Hello Fikret,
Brilliant shot from a nice vantage point and in nice light. Great sharpness and lovely colours which stand out against the green background very nicely.
TFS and regards, Ulla

bonjour fikret
c'est une fois de plus magnifique,la netteté sur l'oiseau,le POV, les couleurs et details,le BG flou et uniforme.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-30 8:02]

Hello Fikret,
Fantastic colours in a beautiful natural light.
The contrast with the background is perfect.
Very sharp with a lot of details.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-30 8:06]

Hello Fikret,
Amazing sharp and well-lit capture of the Nightingale with great pose and POV. This species is usually very hard to photograph as he keeps hidden in the bushes, but you ahve managed an excellent shot with an almost studio-like Green BG.
Well done and TFS!

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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 10:02]

Hello Fikret,
Lovely s shot, very nice lighting. Great details, and there is a wondeful catch light in its eyes.. The colors are wonderful and the composition is very nice.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-30 11:07]

Hi Fikret,

This Nightingale is absolutely beautiful. Another bird I have never seen. The colors, details, pose and bg are all perfect. Wonderful from beak to tail feathers.


Isn't is interesting that what we know as Bulbul in the region comprising Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and many more neighblouring countries is this bird you have captured? In our socio-cultural consciousness, this bird is associated with the most melodious singing as described in the last paragraph of your note and has become an integral part of our literature and culture in the march of the civlizations.

As usual this is one of the finest bird pictures once again to emerge from your camera. For me, personally, you are the best photo artist on TN so far as bird photography is concerned.

müthiş netlik,arka tarafın flu yeşili ile harika
Elinize sağlık

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-30 17:25]

Hi Fikret

A wonderful capture here of this charming Nightingale!
The pose of the bird is lovely and the POV from where you took this image is excellent.
Also the details are razor-sharp as usual and the DOF made sure that the BG would be pleasantly blurred.
Thespot-on exposure and the beautiful colors complete this brilliant composition!

Bravo and TFS

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-30 18:46]

Hi Fikret, a nice little bird here indeed. Good focus and detail. Good eye. Looks very nice against the background. Nice pose. Composed very well, thanks.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-30 22:20]

Hi Fikret.- Amazing quality. Very Very sharp and clear. Exelent focus and BG. Congratulations Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-30 22:42]

Hello Fikret

Wonderful DOF and POV.The image is well focused with razor sharp details.The OOF BG is lovely.Well saturated colours.Excellent camera work.TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-01 0:40]

Hello Fikret,
Excellent composition with sharp details. Great camera work Fikret.

Hola Fikret,
Preciosa imagen, la iluminación y nitidez conseguidas son excelentes, el fondo muy agradabe. Saludos
José Ramón

Amazing sharpness, colours and detail, Fikret.
Well done

Hi Fikret ,
excellent shot. it has great focus.
amazing colours.
really this is lovely.
thanks for sharing

Merhaba Fikret, splendid bird, great contrast with blurry green BG, splendid light and colors, wonderful details, exceòlent sharpness, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-05-01 17:37]

Hello Fikret,

Very good picture of this nightingale!You managed excellently the exposition and got a great pov in order to have this wonderful green bg...Nice details on the feathers too...

2 things:

- IMHO, the tail is too close to the frame;
- It seems to me that there are some noise in the bg (easy to correct).

Good job and TFS,


Selam Fikret,
Well focused, nice DoF, sharp and nice details. Superbly done.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-02 3:10]

Hello Fikret,
Again a marvellous bird picture. The nightingale is a discreet bird, but you show it in such a beautiful fine way. I like also the green background fitting so well with the birds plumage.Thank's and
Best regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-05-02 5:55]

What a lovely tender-looking bird. And I'd love to hear it singing. Well captured Fikret, and nice and sharp too. TFS

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-05-02 14:54]

hello Fikret,
Amazing sharpness, colours and light, very well done
TFS, marcin

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-04 12:08]

Hi Fikret.
Once more your extraordinary by impressiveness and quality bird picture with amazing pictured scene, outstanding reproduction of all features of the bird, terrific BG and… The list of virtues of your perfect shot is simply infinite. BRAVO, my friend. BRAVO and TFS.

absolutly amazing this picture


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