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COMMON BLACKBIRD


COMMON BLACKBIRD
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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-09 11:25
Viewed: 2466
Points: 34
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COMMON BLACKBIRD (TURDUS MERULA)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Common Blackbird, Turdus merula, is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian Blackbird.
It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. It has a number of subspecies across its large range; a few of the Asian subspecies are sometimes considered to be full species. Depending on latitude, the Common Blackbird may be resident, partially migratory or fully migratory.

The male of the nominate subspecies, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich melodious song; the adult female and juvenile have mainly dark brown plumage. This species breeds in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.

Both sexes are territorial on the breeding grounds, with distinctive threat displays, but are more gregarious during migration and in wintering areas. Pairs will stay in their territory throughout the year where the climate is sufficiently temperate. This common and conspicuous species has given rise to a number of literary and cultural references, frequently related to its song.

Common over most of its range in woodland, the Common Blackbird has a preference for deciduous trees with dense undergrowth. However, gardens provide the best breeding habitat with up to 7.3 pairs per hectare (nearly three pairs per acre), with woodland typically holding about a tenth of that density, and open and very built-up habitats even less. They are often replaced by the related Ring Ouzel in areas of higher altitude.

The Common Blackbird has an extensive range, estimated at 10 million square kilometres (3.8 million square miles), and a large population, including an estimated 79 to 160 million individuals in Europe alone.

The male Common Blackbird defends its breeding territory, chasing away other males or utilising a "bow and run" threat display. This consists of a short run, the head first being raised and then bowed with the tail dipped simultaneously. If a fight between male Blackbirds does occur, it is usually short and the intruder is soon chased away. The female Blackbird is also aggressive in the spring when it competes with other females for a good nesting territory, and although fights are less frequent, they tend to be more violent.

he Common Blackbird is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, seeds and berries. It feeds mainly on the ground, running and hopping with a start-stop-start progress. It pulls earthworms from the soil, usually finding them by sight, but sometimes by hearing, and roots through leaf litter for other invertebrates. Small vertebrates such as frogs, tadpoles and lizards are occasionally hunted.

The main predator of the Common Blackbird is the domestic cat, but foxes and predatory birds, such as the Sparrowhawk and other accipiters, also take this species when the opportunity arises.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-09 11:33]

Hello Marius,
Very beautful photo in splendid soft colours. Good sharpness and details, POV and an excellent composition. Very nice DOF.
Have a good weekend,
Peter

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-04-09 11:37]

Hi Marius
Nice closed up.Excellent pov and razor sharp image.Nice plumage detail and nice little catch light in the eye.I also like the beautiful OOF BG colors.
TFS Michel

Bravo Marius,
An ultimate example of a classical Bird image!
Regards,
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-09 12:17]

Hello Marius.
This shot has lovely warm lighting and colours.
There is a wonderful ambiance to the shot.The Blackbird is well focused with very good
details.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Marius, lovely bird in nice pose against a wonderful lighting BG, good natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Buna Marius,
Ne-ai obisnuit cu postarile din week-end si ca de obicei imaginea este una reusita. Detalii foarte bune, culori naturale, claritate deosebita si un fundal care pune subiectul in evidenta.
Numai bine,
Mircea

Hello Marius,
beautiful photo, great composition with excellent color, contrast and sharpness.
Compliments
hello
Vanni

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-04-09 14:58]

Saluti Marius,
din nou ne prezinti o compozitie de exceptie.
Superbe detalii. In afara de a admira aceasta minunatie nu imi mai ramine nimic.
Un WE placut,
Adrian

Hello Marius
what a nice capture of lovely Turdus merula. I think it is a female in brownish colors. great sharp focus and exposure. splendid colors, BG and eyes contact. nicely composed and presented. thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend
Ahmet

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-04-09 20:19]

Splendid foto, felicitari!

Marius
Inca o minunatie de pasare!
Detalii si culori perfecte.
Fundalul este splendid.
Mariana

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-09 22:08]

Hello Marius,
A fine study of a female Blackbird. The pose and POV are perfect and taken with excellent sharpness and colours against a pleasing neutral BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,
Ivan

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-09 23:04]

Hi,
Fine composition and excellent colors/details. tfs.
nagraj.v

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-04-09 23:05]

Mircea
Desi esti(asa cum spui)atat de rar pe aici, capturile tale raman splendode ca de obicei.
Felicitari si pentru aceatsa!
Horia

Hola Marius,
gran belleza y realismo en tu toma, aderezada con especiales tonalidades salmon-azuladas y un ambiente creado excepcional.
Un trabajo precioso.


J. Ignasi.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-10 9:42]

Hello Marius,
A wonderful capture of lady Blackbird in a fine pose. Wonderful details and colours and a pleasing soft background. Well done!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-04 1:37]

Hello Marius,
A common Blackbird, but a picture like out of a dream. Fine pastel colors in the background and a very subtle rendered plumage.
Très beau!
Kind regards
Anne

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