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Singing his Heart out

Singing his Heart out
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-05-04 8:40
Viewed: 3215
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wood Warbler, Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Swedish name: Grönsångare, meaning ‘green warbler’.

The Wood Warbler is widespread in deciduous wooded areas of most of Europe and it overwinters in tropical Africa.

At this time of year, just before the leaves have fully come out, it is a good time to photograph the newly arrived woodland birds like this Wood Warbler.

This male was singing his heart out to establish and protect his territory and attract a female. They build a nest hidden on the ground.

His song sounds like a coin spinning on a table and ends with loud piping calls.

I waited for him to come in range of my camera while he kept changing his perch, flying from tree to tree and branch to branch within a radius of about 20 meters. My patience was rewarded with several shots of which this one was the best.

The branch with the developing leaves is that of the Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

This was taken at a distance of about 12 meters (27ft) with the camera hand held
After heavy cropping and size reduction this image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for levels and converted from RAW.

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hello Ivan
this is very nice to see
great sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
very nice composition
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ivan my neighbor,
very well composed picture with fine detail and perfect capture moment. brilliant colour.
well done my friend,
best wishes

Hello Ivan,
Splendid photo composition with this Phy sib,Wood Warbler, singing his very characteristic song, TFS!
Have a nice weekend!

Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely singing bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Brilliant execution with pin sharp focusing , great colors, composition and clarity Ivan! Impressive work indeed!
George Veltchev

Hello Ivan,
you have done well to capture the Warbler in a lovely pose,the details are good and the presentation excellent/
Best regards Les.

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this bird with a lovely singing pose and good sharpness. I also like the beautiful colours and the nice eye contact.
Best wishes,

Fantastic pose and fantastic photo Ivan! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

Hello Ivan,

Hope you are doing fine. Man, you are a true romantic and a wonderful naturalist! This photo has a fine caption, for it is an excellent shot of this canary coloured wood warbler and they are fine songsters, almost all of them. The focus is fine, the framed bird beautiful and colours quite exquisite. Thanks a lot for sharing a fine note with a far more finer shot....take care....warmest regards/Abid

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-04 11:54]
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Hi Ivan,
Even on my iPod it's a fantastic photo.
Regards from Lesbos,

Ciao Ivan.
Complimenti per lo scatto.Ottimo tempismo nel fotografare questo esemplare di warbler mentre canta,con un’ottima nitidezza e stupendi colori,molto bella la composizione bravo.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Ivan,
What a lovely little bird.....Wonderful photo with perfect details, focus and exposure.
It is a great capture of a very interesting bird. Also useful photographers note.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-04 13:06]

Hello Ivan.
An excellent capture of this lovely little bird in great pose with wonderful sharpness and taken from perfect POV.Nice colors and impressive composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-04 14:06]

Hi Ivan,what a nice capture,the warbler is very very happy to see finally a cold sun and warm days..ehehe...magnificent composition whit super details despite the difficult position and magnificent bright colors too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Salam Ivan,

This is an excellent capture with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & details. Great composition & POV.

Ivan, I see quite a bit of these Warblers around...they almost never stand still...always moving looking for small insects. I do recognize their chirping sounds from a long distance. They are highly energetic. You did well to catch one standing still for a few seconds.

Many thanks for your efforts & sharing your skills & knowledge.

Best wishes & salam!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-05-04 17:50]

I like the poise of the bid, so elegant..very colorful bird against the blue sky..good lighting and that young leaves add to the image, wish that one small branch were not there...tfs.

Hello Ivan,
Your patience certainly was well rewarded and what a beautiful image it is with lovely activity and natural environment. Thank you also for giving us information about the circumstances under which the photo was taken. It is most informative. Very well done indeed. Best wishes.

An elegant photo of this perfectly photographed bird. The light and detail are excellent and the setting very beautiful.
regards yiannis

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-05 2:06]

Bonjour Ivan,
So cute this elegant and small bird singing his heart out..beautiful blue background and so nice to have a few fresh leaves which illuminate the picture too.
I suppose that this male has been successful.
Bonne fin de semaine à vous deux

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-05 3:07]

Hej Ivan,

Beautiful spring-time scene! You chose a lovely composition (with some help form the bird).

Great light and colors. Excellent "crispiness"!

TFS! Have a pleasant weekend,


Hello Ivan
Cette photo est magnifique, bonne capture de cet oiseau dans une position intéressante, avec le bec ouvert.
Couleur, et netteté au top.
Bon W-E

Hello Ivan
Beautiful bird and fine capture.Wonderful bright colours and great sharpness.
Thank You

Ciao Ivan. Wonderful brilliant colours and good contrast for the bird in great action. Amazing light.


Bonjour Ivan,
Bonne coordination de la vitesse et de la profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier le sujet dans une attitude originale et dans une belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

An adorable picture of this cute little Warbler, Ivan.
It must have been a challenging task to wait for a shot like this. The singing pose of the bird conveys its sense of happiness and contentment very strongly. The blue sky and the fresh leaves also accentuate the feeling of well being.
Hope you and Ulla are fine.

Hi Ivan,
very nice photo of this singing bird. Very good details. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Una fotografía de las que me gustan ya que muestra perfectamente el entorno y la actitud del ave, olvidándonos un poco de los grandes acercamientos hehe.
Un abrazo Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-05-08 2:41]

Hello Ivan,

WOW ! Just wonderful colors and light ! You captured the moment in a great manner ! TFS Tina

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-05-12 7:03]

Hi Ivan.
Surprising timing and wonderful captured moment. Pose of the charming bird is very expressive. I almost hear its song. Colours of the shot are also splendid as well as details of the main subject. Bravo. Great job.

Hello Ivan

This is another kind of bird photography that
i also love very much (but in my collection i
have only one photo of singing bird), very fine
POV and framing, his eye-contact the same time
of his singing it is a wonderful view, the light
it is beautiful, and the catch-light that always
enhance a photo, great focus, sharpness and details,



Hello Ivan.
This is a happy shot and love the graphism rendered in the frame. Beautiful bird and very sharp focus around the head. The silenced blue background is visually pleasing in the background.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-14 16:41]

Hello Ivan,
I see you have been chasing the warblers too. I think this a great shot of the Wood Warbler, and to think you managed to capture it singing is a real bonus.
Such a pretty little bird and shown in such wonderful detail. You did a great job of controlling the exposure on what looks like a very sunny day. Well done!!

great moment, very good focus and details for this wonderful bird, excellent colors and composition too, congratulations Ivan for the capture,

ciao, tino

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