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Amusing neighbour

Amusing neighbour
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-26 23:36
Viewed: 4417
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have pictured this cute bird nearby to my countryside garden on a fence. It lives in one of the gardens of our cooperative and looks like almost tame. However, it was our first meeting and I have taken its photo immediately.


The Rook (Corvus frugilegus) is a member of the Corvidae family in the passerine order of birds. Named by Linnaeus in 1758, the species name frugilegus is Latin for "food-gathering".

This species is similar in size (45–47 cm in length) to or slightly smaller than the Carrion Crow with black feathers often showing a blue or bluish-purple sheen in bright sunlight. The feathers on the head, neck and shoulders are particularly dense and silky. The legs and feet are generally black and the bill grey-black.

Rooks are distinguished from similar members of the crow family by the bare grey-white skin around the base of the adult's bill in front of the eyes. The feathering around the legs also look shaggier and laxer than the congeneric Carrion Crow. The juvenile is superficially more similar to the Crow because it lacks the bare patch at the base of the bill, but it loses the facial feathers after about six months. A group of rooks is called a building.

(See more info here: Rook.)

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Hello Alexei,
a fantastic portrait of the Rook, outstantind sharpness and impressive detail, marvellous colours with splendi reflections on the plumage, a very pleasant composition with a great eye contact.
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-26 23:59]

Hi Alexei
Not only amusing neighbor, but a perfect portrait of this Corvus frugilegus.
Details and light are fantastic.
I like how work your lens.

Details of this rook are amazing, colors and light are great!

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic portrait of this funny and handsome bird, showing his beautiful brown eye and a top class haircut! You captured the reflections of the feathers very well and your background is great too. Great management of light! Have a nice weekend,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-27 1:03]

Hi Alexei,
знову верхньому зображенні.
Це винятковий портрет ворони.
, Б. дуже цікава і добре грав.
Красиві суботу,

Deslumbrante trabajo Alexei !

La gama de colores ya impacta en un principio, pero el contraste además con ese ojo tan bien captado es simplemente genial.
Destaca también ese potente pico, de textura bien reproducida. Un excelente documento.

Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-27 1:59]

Hello Alexei,
Wow! what great eye contact!
Superb close portrait of a Rook.
The POV shows its features, especially the eye, with excellent sharpness and colours.
Top quality shot my friend!
Thanks and my best regards to you,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-27 3:46]

Hello Alexei
Wow! Wonderful portrait of this common bird.
Excellent details and colors
Thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-27 5:12]

Hello Alex,
What an pin-sharp bird-portrait. We can see every single feather of this impressive Corvus! And I must say that it looks in a quite smart way..
Beautiful light-management, and a well chosen composition. Just great, Alexei!
I wish you a nice weekend

Ciao Alexei. Perfect focus on eyr and stunning details fort this top quality portrait.


Ciao Alexeei, superb portrait with fantastic details, lovely blurry BG, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-27 7:27]

Hola Alexei.
Like this portrait of this "Rook" and what a fine neighbour friend You have. I think Your trio(D700+70/200+1.4x) is going to give You a lot of fine photos like this one, so I feel happy becouse You hit the ball.
The name of this black bird in Spanish is "Cuervo" and it is same name as the ranch were I work here in Mexico, we have a lot of cows in 12,000 Has. If some day You can come here I be glad to have You as my guest.
Have a nice WE and a lot of photos with Your trio.
Luis Leal.

Hello Alexei.
What marvellous bird!
Excellent definition with impressive details.
Perfect framing and great perspective also.
Very well done, my friend!
Greetings and happy weekend!
José Roberto

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-27 9:18]

Hello Alex,
Fantastic photo of this Rook in perfect sharpness and details. Every feather is pin-sharp. Very beautiful clear colours and an attractive pose with eye-contact. Great OOF BG.
A beauty!

hello Alexei
WAUWH this is SUPER!!!
great sharpness with super good light and very good details
beautiful BLACK colour
great shot
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-03-27 9:31]

Hello Alexei,
Thank you so much for your kind critique on my Goshawk! I really like your close-up of this Raven too, it is pin sharp and I love the shiny plumage! Beautiful colours and I like your framing too.
Yes, the snow is gone and spring is here but I've not managed to capture anything yet! I've so far seen one Ladybird, two Honeybees, one Tortoiseshell and two Brimstones - it's really lovely to see things coming to life again.
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

hello Alexei

WOW ! great portrait shot of the Rook, with fine POV,
superb focus sharpness and details, you managed
superbly your camera to obtain details of the dark plumage,
and beautiful eye-contact of the bird, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-27 10:41]

Hello Alexei,
This is a wonderful portrait of this bird. The details you caught are really amazing and I like this great light, POV, composition and background. This is really well done as the sharpness is also impeccable. TFS,
Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei,
Exceptional sharpness, clarity and details. It's a fine portrait of Rook.
Perfect background and focus. Nice POV.

Hello Alexei friend,
I remember seeing many good pictures of birds you, but I assure you this is the most "eloquent"! Congratulations, impeccable approach caldidad overwhelming in the details and textures. Impressive light. Greetings, Jesús

Olá Alexei, tudo bem?

Maravilhosa foto...ótima luz e nitdez.
Bonitas cores e composição.
Grande abraço,

Hello Alexei,

an very good close up portrait from this Rook.
Exellent details and sharpness, this an good lens the 70-200 vr2.
Good dof and fine ciolours.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-03-28 0:03]

Slav Alexeî,
Great portrait of the Rook with excellent sharpness and impressive details.Wonderful colours and composition.Very well done!
Best regards,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-03-28 1:24]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice portrait such common bird. You show details exactly which can't see without binoculars. Now these birds live in towns but in villages and fields can meet them less and less.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Alexei
I'm always impressed by the sharpness you get with the Nikon 700
A very good portrait indeed
Best regards
PS:I have not been active on TN for the past months but I'm now at the end of my last consultancy job and will get more free time in a near future

Hi Alexei

Great portrait of this impressive rook, a species I have not yet seen in the wild. Excellent composition and he is definately giving you "the eye". Great sharpness and OOF background.


as Luis wrote.....the trio works wonderfully!!!
excellent portrait Corvus frugilegus, which seems to have posing for the passport photo
thanks Alexei
have good week sERGIO

Hello Alex
Great portrait of this Rook, superb details on his black feathers in the sunlight,
his eye is well focused, i love the two colors of the BG and the profil view of the bird
very well done

Hallo Alexei
I am not well at the moment and cannot critique as quickly after a photo was posted as I would love to. Absolutely outstanding photography!. The colours and details are unbelievable and portrays so well on the screen. I cannot find fault at all with this excellent photograph. I can only but sing my praises. Indeed a pleasant photograph with lots and lots of detail to appreciate. Thanks for sharing this lovely portrait. Kind regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-29 6:54]

Hi Alex,
wow...what a great shot showing the details of this guy'd head.
Very sharp and very detailed presentation.
So near with the eyes and feathers are well seen in its best view.


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  • alin-m Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 472 W: 1 N: 126] (1773)
  • [2010-03-29 10:12]

Wow!Very good portrait of this bird,with perfect details.
I like the black color of it.
Nice picture.
Best regards.Alin.,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2010-03-29 23:12]

Hello Alexei !
What a gorgeous friend you have found yourself here ! I love the look on his face, and his shiny black feathers. it stands out wondefully on the lovely BG, blured and with pastel colors. Amazing details all over the bird, fantastic composition, great POV. Just perfect, as usual from you. Very well done !

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-03-30 9:36]

Great portrait Alexei! Very sharp details and very good exposure in difficult conditions, very well done my friend!


Privet Alexei,

Fantastic portrait about a bird which is / was common enough, but wasn't shared too often on TN. All details are razor-sharp. Bravo.

Good choice also because the populations of rooks, at least in Hungary, drastically decreased in the last decades. In the '80's the amount of nesting pairs (in Hungary) was ca. a quarter million - now around 20 - 25.000. The ornithologists don't have a clue at all about the reasons.

Tfs, friendly regards, Vladyslav

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-03-31 12:46]

Hi Alexei . This is a fine close up of the bold looking Rook. i love the look in its eye as if its just waiting for you to take his picture. Such fine feather detail with sharp focusing. All with bright colours. well taken TF.

Hi dear Alexei,
What a great portrait.
Excellent mood with great details.
Very well captured.

Best wishes

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-04-01 10:34]

Hello Alexei,

What a nice detailed picture.
Marvellous colours with splendid reflections on the plumage, a very pleasant composition with a great eye contact
Nice composition, TFS.

Best regards,

impressive close up my friend Alexei, with top quality output, bravo!
"keep photographing!" TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-04-01 13:48]

Hi Alexei,
Rook great portrait ...
Light, sharp detail and color are excellent.
Best wishes,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2010-04-03 18:39]

Hello Alexei
Wonderful shot with sharpness details and brillant colors. The composition is amazing.
Well done

Such a finely DETAILED & MAGNIFICIENT species.
Am so happy I ran into you.
Greetings from Canada.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-04-07 6:49]

Hi Alexei
I had miss that great portrait.Pin sharp image with nice light and natural colors. .You had done a perfect job in regard of capturing this amasing plumage detail
TFS Michel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-04-07 17:02]

Another exceptional image from you Alexei. You never cease to amaze me with the quality of your images.

Well, I'd have simply thought this was a crow and left it at that, Alexei, had it not been for your excellent note.
Yes, I do see the subtle differences.
Very well done, my friend!

Dear Alexei,
fascinating portrait, capturing an intense moment of watchful communication beween two very intelligent citizens sharing planet earth's delicate biosphere. My congratulations, dear friend. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-05-11 4:22]

Hi Alexei , wow this is quite the photo , amazing detail , and perfect background , I like the pose of the bird and how clear the eye is , great stuff. TFS


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-06-16 11:59]

Hi Alexei,
you continue to make excellent bird photography. This portrait is just marvelous. How you handled all the difficulties, the blackness of the body, the background, great. I regret not having visited TN in the past three months.

Best regards from rainy Switzerland (I should guide a foreign visitor, that is difficult now).

Hello Alexei,
The best ever seen portait of the Rook taken with wonderful details and beautiful blurred BG. Well done!

nice portrait, TFS Ori

Your definitely not a rookie, Alexei and by the way I hope everything is fine.
What certainly is fine is the image as you portraited this Rook very well. You already suggested it in your note, the fellow doesn't look shy at all.
Thanks for sharing.

Your shots make great impression on TN, Alexei. Professionally crafted image and well presented in very good details. Love this mugshot and well deserved 100 plus for the score :-) Well done MF.
Thanks for sharing and best wishes - Jusni

Hello Alexei,

A fine portrait of this crow species, stunning details in the plumage!
And the cunning expression is well recorded, great eye contact...
A well framed capture of your feathered friend..!

Pablo -

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