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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 400
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-03 7:19
Viewed: 4260
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Blackbird at my backyard. The white in the background is snow. We got it more than usual this time.

From Birdguides:

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

In: Common Blackbird Ca: Merla Da: Solsort De: Amsel Es: Mirlo común Fi: mustarastas Fr: Merle noir It: Merlo Nl: Merel No: Svarttrost Pt: Melro Sv: Koltrast US: Common Blackbird Ru: Черный дрозд

The all-black male with his bright yellow bill is unmistakable and the female is distinctively dark brown all over with only obscure streaking on the breast.

Breeds and winters in woods, farmland, gardens, wasteground and hedges.

Blackbirds are one of many species which indulge in 'mate-guarding' whereby, when the female is in her most fertile period, the male never leaves her side. It would be sentimentally nice to think that he is protecting her but actually he is keeping watch on her to make sure she doesn't sneak off and copulate with a rival male. Once he knows she is no longer fertile he becomes much less attentive.

Resident or migratory depending on distribution. Birds from Scandinavia will winter in Britain while some British birds will move southwards.

haraprasan, billynewboy, Morigann, siggi, nglen, jaycee, eng55, Maite, CeltickRanger, Dis. Ac., fiyo, crs, bikefifty has marked this note useful
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-03 7:50]

Hi Pekka,

A superb close up with great color and detail,to look at the BG colors it has snowed as well in your backyard,tfs


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-03 7:54]

Hej Pekka,
We are neighbours today!
A fine close portrait of a female Blackbird, the head and neck being shown in excellent sharpness and detail against a fine snowy BG!
I see in the news that you got snowed under in England!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-03 8:10]

Heloo Pekka
Nice portrait with fine details, good light and perfect focus.

Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful portrait of the Black bird. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Pekka
This is a fine portrait of Mrs Blackbird
The snow we have makes a perfect bg for the sharp details that you have captured.
Its interesting to see the winter plumage close up as they almost look Thrush like with the chest markings.
All the Best

Hello Pekka,
beautiful close up of he backbird, with very fine details. Excellent POV and superb lighting.
Well done

Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-03 9:03]

Hello Pekka,
Perfectly detailed portrait of this blackbird. Fantastic pose and eye-contact. Beautiful natural colours, also in the contrasting OOF BG. Great composition.

HI Pekka,
very close, very sharp, you made a beautiful shot of this nice blackbird, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-03 9:55]

Hi Pekka,
Wonderful close-up portrait of this Blackbird. The face and eye are fantastic. Beautiful colors and sharp details. The grey background is perfect.
Best regards siggi

Ciao Pekka, fantastic portrait with vonderful details, perfect focus, splendid light and good natiural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-03 10:22]

Hi Pekka. A very good close up of the female blackbird. The white Bg shows it of so well. With good detail and natural colours in the feathers, well done TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-03 10:27]

Hi Pekka,

A beautiful portrait of this Lady Blackbird. She has such a pleasant face and her eye is magnificent. Beautiful colors and shadings and razor sharp details. A lovely profile, wonderful background and excellent composition.


Wow, stunning close up - wonderful detail. Very well taken, Val

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-02-03 11:56]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent close up with sharp details.. Great POV and wonderful
framing.. Well done


hello Pekka
great macro picture
i like the very nice details of the bird
great sharpness
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-03 12:36]

Hi Pekka,
Great portrait of this lady.POV,sharpness,framing and clear details are perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-02-03 13:12]

Hello Pekka
What a fantastic close up of this female blackbird!! Excellent colors and details and very good framing and composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

hello Pekka

excellent portrait photography of the female Blackbird,
shot with fine POV, appropriate vertical framing,
great sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Pekka

A terrific portrait of this thrush.
The POV is amazing with excellent plumage detail and feather definition.
Lovely eye detail and contact.
Well done.


Hi Pekka,

nice close up from this Blackbird.
Exellent sharpness and details with beautiful colours.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-03 22:48]

Hello Pekka,
Very nice capture.POV,catchlight in eyes,pose of Blacbird,framing and clear details are very nice. TFS.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-04 13:09]

Hello Pekka,

You have made an interesting portret of this blackbird female. You have chosen a good DOF showing well the head of the bird. As the image is sharp excelent details of the plumage can be seen.

Thank you for sharing,

Great head shot of the Blackbird. That 400mm sure did pick up the detail. The snow around the beak is great. Siince it isn't black, I assume this is a female Blackbird.

Nice job - Bob

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