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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 300 F4 IS USM.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jacqueline's favourites, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-21 8:00
Viewed: 3391
Points: 68
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One more from the garden at home . We have had a wet dull day again and the forecast looks not very good all week .I have the week off work so i am hopeing for some dry weather.
Have a good week ahead.

Blackbird ( Turdus merula ) Length 25cm.
Familiar garden bird in much of Britain and Ireland. Can also be found in woodland, farmland and on moors. Mostly resident but North European birds add to numbers in winter. Male easily identified by Thrush like appearance and all black plumage, yellow eye ring and bill. Female and juvenile has brown speckled plumage. Harsh alarm calls often heard at dusk and if a prowling cat is nearby. Male is an excellent singer. Feeds on worms, insects, fruit and berries

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-21 8:02]

Hello Nicholas.

This is a beauty.
So sharp, all the feathers and the details are very well to see.
Magnificant colors and a fine POV.
Very well done and thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

hello Nick

WOW ! what an excellent photo of the Blackbird, always very
fine POV, DOF and framing, on this photo you managed
superbly your camera to obtain details of the dark plumage,
i think this is the best Blackbird photo on TN,
superb work with your new Canon 7D, TFS


Hi Nicholas.
A nice black bird,very good capture.
Great sharp and interesting close-up.
Best regards.Alin.

Dear Nicholas!

Your garden must be a paradise for all kind of birds. The Blackbird is always pleasant to look at and I'm looking forward to hearing its melody soon. The bird is shown with perfect sharpness and clarity and the composition gives the viewer a good overall impression.

Kind regards


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-21 8:24]

Hi Nicholas
Great Turdus Merula today!
I like the sharp details and great colors.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-21 8:26]

Hi Nick,
Turdus Merula and a very nice kampozisyon ...
Black color is very beautiful, sharp detail is great.
Best wishes,

Hi Nick,

Great picture of this blackbird. Lovely and sharp showing the details of the feathers ans the beak and eye ring has a lovely colour. Nice composition and light in the eye.
Good capture and TFS


Ciao Nick,
today we are neighbours; a fantastic portrait of this common bird taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and fantastic colours with perfect black tones (not easy), a very nice composition in a beautiful environment.
Have a good week
Ciao Maurizio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-21 8:34]

Hi Nicholas,
very beautiful this picture.
An outstanding macro with the black bird.
Excellent POY we present more beautiful.
Have a good Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-21 8:41]

Hello Nick,
Same weather and also a weeek off work.
This is again a fantastic photo. The sharpness, details, DOF, POV, natural colours and composition all looks marvelous. I think your Canon 7D is a super camera!

Hello Nicholas,

This is a beautiful bird and you have captured it with all its glory. Black and in the sun is tricky exposure which you have mastered here.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-21 8:54]

Splendid photo, great colors and details!

Hello Nicholas, excellent shot of this blackbird.
Nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Nicholas,
A wonderful photo, perfect sharpness, highly visible natural background.

Hi Nick,
I hope that this doesn't sound too much as if I am taking credit from you yourself, but the more I see your photos taken with your new camera, the more I want one.
This photo is full of loads of detail and I see that you had the ISO set at 800. Perhaps it is not such a calamity this week if the weather is not that great!

Hello Nick,
Excellent capture. Very nice colours and good clarity. The details are amazing.
Nice composition and fine POV.

Ciao Nick, wonderful blackbird, splendid sharpness and fine details, great capture, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-21 10:05]

Hello Nicholas,

We see the blackbird every day, but you shows us a very nice copy.
His eye a wonderful a&nd beak.
Sharpness and clarity are very well. TFS.

Good evening,

Thanks for sharing with us this beautiful tele-macro capture Nicholas, the low angled lateral vantage point clearly shows the salient features of this nice Blackbird to a perfection in sharp focus and good exposure against those natural greeneries. Good job my friend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-21 11:09]

Hello Nicholas,
Lovely capture of the male Blackbird in a fine plumage. Good focus on the eye and a fine composition with sharp details.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Nick,

A fantastic capture of this Blackbird with deep and beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details. Great pose & POV. Very well taken, composed & presented. TFS & all the best.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-21 11:37]

Hola amigo,
esplendido trabajo,
buena nitidez y color...
estupenda iluminación y habitat.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-21 11:51]

Hello Nicholas
Excellent details and wonderful colors

excellent capture indeed, Nicholas. congratulations. every thing wonderful and in your usual quality. sharp details, exposure, POV/DOF and light using splendid. coloration and composition also wonderful. great work. thanks for sharing this beauty. have a nice evening and new week.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-02-21 12:39]

Slav Nîck,
What a great capture with excellent lighting and wonderful sharpness.Very good details and great composition.TFS and best regards,

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2010-02-21 12:43]

Hi Nick!
Bird in your photograph is super black, excellent natural colours and the contrast.
I am greeting Slawek

hello Nick
he is beautiful
very good pose and nice fresh colours
great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

Hi Nicholas,
Well, you make very good pictures in your garden!
Excellent background work, I like like you're doing now, allowing backgrounds with solid details and focused, this provides a sense of atmosphere. The black color and texture of the bird that is seen in its plumage is a clear sign of how well you handle the lens. Good job!
TFS, happy week for you friend...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-21 16:10]

Hi Nick,

I think I have fallen in love with this bird which I have seen only in pictures. I always think they are beautiful but this one is exceptional. The beak, eye ring and the marvelous black shadings are fantastic. Details of the face,wings and plumage are exceptional. This bird in this setting is a winner.


Hallo Nicholas
This is a super sharp image, presented in a delightful manner, and I fancy it a lot. The colours are superb, not only of the bird but of the surrounding as well. The details are magic. The black, orange and green are in wonderful harmony with each other. Great composition and pleasant background. It is my kind of photograph, as it has lots of style to it. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Ciao Nicholas. Excellent details and super focus here with beautiful colours. Wonderful macro shot.


Hello Nick,
Hope you'll be doing fine friend. I had missed this fantastic photo of yours earlier. But your support compelled me to visit your page and I spotted this beauty. This blackbird first of all reminded me of the Beatles and the McCartney's vocals of the song of the same name, good poetry indeed. This photo incredibly is very finely focused and there are few of the photos on this site which are as crystal clear in the markings of plumage, the colour of eyes, and the beak etc. Though almost all black, its plumage is so superbly focused from head to feathers and tail with all the shades so visible. What a shot! You must be very proud of it.....smile. Thanks a lot for sharing this, Nick and thanks also for all your comments and support, bro. take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-23 7:08]

Hello Nick,
A very beautiful and clear capture of this Blackbird against a lovely green background.
Beautiful light and colours and wonderful details of the plumage.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-24 3:57]

Hello Nick,
Very fine and natural shot of this common bird, which isn't so easy to photograph well, due to its black plumage. Your shot is excellent, the color-contrast with the surrounding vegetation perfect. And I also like your horizontal composition.
Kind regards

Hello Nicholas
this is a top picture, greatly composed with crisp clear details on the black plumage of this blackbird,it stand so nicely on this wood in the best position,
this nicely illuminated leaves makes a wonderful BG
Have a good night

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