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Song Thrush

Song Thrush
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-11 12:05
Viewed: 3742
Points: 30
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taken during a recent trip to a very snowy New Forest at a place called Cadnam Pond, which some other TN members will know well. I'm pretty sure this is a Song Thrush, but there's a chance it could be a Mistle Thrush. My apologies of this is a wrong ID, i'm sure some of you will know better.

From the RSPB website:

Latin name
Turdus philomelos

Chats and thrushes (Turdidae)

A familiar and popular garden songbird whose numbers are declining seriously, especially on farmland making it a Red List species. Smaller and browner than a mistle thrush with smaller spotting. Its habit of repeating song phrases distinguish it from singing blackbirds. It likes to eat snails which it breaks into by smashing them against a stone with a flick of the head.

Where to see them
Woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens across the UK - wherever there are bushes and trees.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Worms, snails and fruit.

Thanks for looking...

nglen, Juyona, pekkavalo1, Royaldevon, CeltickRanger, crs, Heaven, haraprasan, billynewboy, Alex99, angela926 has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-11 12:09]

Hi Paul. You are showing your skills in all departments. This is a first class close up of the Thrush. A bird i have not yet got aa half decent picture of. You have a first class one here. with fine detail and natural colours. A goo low POV/DOF. well done TFS.
PS thanks for telling me about TN Two years ago.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-11 12:29]

Hello Paul,
Fantastic photo of this Song Thrush in the snow, taken from an excellent low POV. Beautiful natural colours and a very good composition. The frame is a bit too heavy for me. Fantastic sharpness and details.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-11 13:02]

Hola Paul,
muy bonita captura,
perfecto pov y bello plumaje...
color e iluminación excelente.

Hi Paul,
There is no doubt in identification of this bird and you got it right. Excellent capture of Song Thrush; great low POV, good composition, sharp fine details, nice catch-light on eye, bright beautiful colours.

Hello Paul,

I haven't seen many bird shots from you but this is a fine shot of the wind-buffeted thrush.
Good plummage details and a good eye reflection.
The snow makes an interesting contrast, texturally and colour wise.
The bird is nicely positioned in the frame.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

hello Paul

a beautiful photography of the Song Thrush on the snow,
shot with fine low POV, also fine framing with leaving
a god space in front of the bird, very beautiful luminosity
of the image and colour tones of the bird, excellent sharpness
and details of the plumage, and the catch-light render
the photo always more beautiful, TFS


hello paul,
this looks like our common house sparrow male in size and shape but its more beautiful for its lovely patterns, the image is sharp with good details of the plumage, well composed too,
tfs & regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-11 21:08]

Hello Paul,

The bird is sharply shown in your photo as the image quality is good. Plumage pattern can be well observed. You have made good use of the strong lite rendering well the colors. As you have chosen well the low POV the bird is seen from a fine perspective.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-11 21:22]

Hi Paul!

It's so fine to get surprised. Indeed, this picture is not an usual "PaulH", and I like it very much. It seems that it is quite difficult to take a picture of this bird and you have realized a perfect one in all technical aspects. Moreover, it's very pleasant and the unusual environment adds to the value.

Kind regards


Hi Paul,
A wonderful capture of this thrush in the snow...very similar to Joes last post.
Great exposure and details.
Nicely sharp & well composed.
Cheers & TFS

Hi Paul,
A nice capture of this beautiful thrush. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Excellent bird photography. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-12 3:03]

Hi Paul,

A good and well exposed capture of this thrush in the snow,the light is golden,tfs


Hello Paul
A fine capture of the Song Thrush in difficult to expose conditions.
A proper good low pov with a gentle fg blur...Top Work
All the Best

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-16 22:49]

Hi Paul.
What a cute bird you have captured. And you have done it at your firm style which is represented best of all on landscape pictures. Very rich and nice colour of the shot. Exposure of the image is spot on considering the plenty snow in the frame. Sharpness and details of the bird image also are ultimate and bokeh is excellent. I like low POV and composition of the shot a lot. By the way my Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro has 58 mm filter. My best regards and wishes.

Hello Paul,
Excellent capture, superb sharpness, depth of field,
clarity and composition, beautiful colors,
wonderful catchlight and nice pose.

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