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The Common Chiffchaff

The Common Chiffchaff
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-02-10
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-17 10:19
Viewed: 1451
Points: 16
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I am quite sure that this is the lovely little winter migrant that we have this time of the year named the Common Chiffchaff or simply the Chiffchaff, (Phylloscopus collybita).I found it very hard to photograph. Once again it was late afternoon and luckily this little bird perched for a while on this little twig, in the slanting late rays of the setting sun and I was able to capture it with this handheld shot of an acceptable quality.Smaller birds are difficult to identify like this common leaf warbler of Europe.How good one feels when one is ultimately able to identify a bird which one has photographed with such diligence.This is the pleasure, genuine pleasure of nature photography, a blessing indeed!

The Common Chiffchaff, or simply the Chiffchaff, (Phylloscopus collybita) is a common and widespread leaf warbler which breeds in open woodlands throughout northern and temperate Europe and Asia.

It is a migratory passerine which winters in southern and western Europe, southern Asia and north Africa. Greenish-brown above and off-white below, it is named onomatopoeically for its simple chiff-chaff song. It has a number of subspecies, some of which are now treated as full species. The female builds a domed nest on or near the ground, and assumes most of the responsibility for brooding and feeding the chicks, whilst the male has little involvement in nesting, but defends his territory against rivals, and attacks potential predators.

A small insectivorous bird, it is subject to predation by mammals, such as cats and mustelids, and birds, particularly hawks of the genus Accipiter. Its large range and population mean that its status is secure, although one subspecies is probably extinct.(Wikipedia)

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Hi Syed Abid,
Beautiful bird taken from a very good point of view. Nice natural colours. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Mr.Hussain,
Beautiful atmosphere here.Excellent light management with splendid sharp picture.Like this little one in its natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao Abid, lovely composition with beautiful bird in nice pose, good details, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness 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)
  • [2014-02-17 14:00]

Hi Abid,it seems thinking a lot this nice chiffchaff,the capture is truly nice and very good,you were lucky with the light and the colors are perfect like the details.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Syed, Nice little bird captured with great POV and nice composition along with clarity of everything. Best regards

Hello Abid Sahab!
Very good shot of this little visitor, excellent use of light. Very good lateral POV and sharp details. Thanks for this lovely composition,
Best Regards,

Not easy to catch - nice shot with especially nice light.

I tend to agree with you, Abid bhai, that identifying a bird correctly gives great satisfaction to a nature photographer. This little bird looks cute in your picture. I have a feeling I too might have shot it in the last couple of years here in Jammu and failed to identify it. I do have its pictures in my archives.
The mellow light has given the bird a really beautiful outlook in your picture.
Thanks and regards.

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