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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: 2013-12-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D 610, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-19 3:39
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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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Your pic looks fabulous on my Mac screen, Marius. The effect is almost three dimensional.
Thanks for sharing this marvellous bird picture.

Hello Marius,
Wonderful depth,beautiful play of light and details.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-12-19 4:36]

Hello Marius,
lovely bird and good capture blackbird, regards..

Hello Marius

The ground with maybe hard ice or water acts like a natural reflector here to help show the best details of this blackbird. The yellow BG works well with the black. Superbly done.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-12-19 5:02]

The reflecting golden lighting is dazzling...the beautiful black bird in this light is lovely to see..good composition too. tfs.

I agree with the fellow, wonderful sensasion deep. Besides, it's really admirable that you have captured the nuances of black plumage. We all know the major complications posing capture the subtleties of fur or feathers of that color. Beautiful golden background and delicate reflections on the wet floor ... A true work of art, Marius!

A hug from Argentina,
Hernán Bortondello

Hello Marius
Wonderful image with great perfection.
Lovely colour with stunning sharpness.
Thanks for this brilliant picture.
best wishes,

hallo marius
super good sharpness and great details of this blackbird
colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-12-19 8:00]

Hello Marius,
Brilliant photo in splendid golden and black colours. Impressive sharpness, details and a very attractive pose with eye contact. A masterpiece.

Hello Marius
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
眼睛真是可愛極了 神情奕奕 令人喜歡
最美的是濕濕的地下背景 有著水相的變化 有著色彩的宣闊
很特別 光線亮麗使然
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Marius,
I like the bird. Nice colours. Perfect point of view. A lot of details.
Have a nice evening,

Hi Marius,
Excellent shot in the pleasant BG. beautiful colours and sharpness.
loved it. well composed.


Ciao Marius. Impressive DOF and focused eye. Stunnin details. Amazing scenographic environment.


Ciao Narius, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fascinating reflections, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-12-19 15:17]

Hi Marius,a magnificent capture of one of the most common birds,living in my courtyard too and eating the cakes of my bar...ehehe....the light and the location makes the difference,great details and perfect exposure,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-12-19 17:20]

Hello Marius,
Taken from an attractive low POV and showing excellent detail and stunning natural colors. Perfectly focused, allowing us to see it's fine facial features and beautiful orangish ringed eyes. Exposure is superb, as every feather can be distinguished in it's very dark plumage. Awesome shot!!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-12-20 0:14]

Common bird, but beautiful picture. The icy background makes the difference!

Have a pleasant weekend, Marius,


Hello Mr.Marius,
Excellent picture of this black-bird.Nice majestic pose with artistic angle on neck.Nice sharp photograph with splendid light.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice day,

Another great photo Marius! The lighting is fantastic!! Good composition and impressive sharpness too!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-12-20 5:22]

Brilliant picture, Marius.
Subject is simply fantastic and quality of the image is even better. Colour palette is awesome as well as reproduction of the ice surface and every tiniest detail of the bird. BG is also unbelievable. My congratulations. Bravo.

Hello Marius, what a wonderful image! I really like the bird's pose, the natural setting, the angle of view, the clarity and light and sharpness.
best regards

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