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We are the future

We are the future
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Copyright: Catalin Josan (methos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-09
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nests of Birds, Baby Animals 6, Baby Animals 6, Turdus Philomelos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-02 10:08
Viewed: 5319
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another Turdus Philomelos nest (you can see the characteristic dead wood lining mixed with the bird's saliva) in which 2 chicks are already born and a third one is preparing to come into the world. You can see that there is a cracked egg (the one on the right). Also you can see the eggtooth that all the birds have when new born. It is located on the tip of the beak. It helps them break the membrane and the shell from inside and it is discarded soon after birth. All birds also have a special neck muscle that helps to free themselves from the shell, muscle that becomes inactive for the rest of their lives.
I love the way the chicks cuddle together and the one on the left tucks its wing against its brother.
Many birds are born with eyelids shut and initially have blue eyes (like all babys - animal and human) because the pigment in the eyes is activated by sunlight so in the darkness of the egg/womb the pigment is not activated.

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  • Mitch (0)
  • [2006-12-02 10:14]

Hi Catalin,
Great capture and excellent sharpness and colours.

Hello Catalin,
I must compliment you for capturing a great moment -- the birth of little birds from the eggs. I presume this happens unassisted; or is the mother bird around to help?
Very good camera settings that capture the scene in a gentle light that reveals the colours in their truly natural state.

Very interesiting picture and good photo quality.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-02 10:41]

Hi Catalin.
Greatly captured moment - brood and eggs.Very nice colours and details.
Great shot.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-02 14:05]

A warm welcome to TN, Catalin. : )
What a precious capture.
Amazingly sharp details and beautiful colors.
The pose of the babies is wonderful.
Informative notes about the eggtooth and special muscle.
TFS. : )

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-02 14:21]

Great capture - a real life beginning. Lovely details, colours and composition



Hi Catalin

Very good shot. Lucky you to find this. Well done on a super shot! :-)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-03 3:35]

Hi Catalin,
You have captured this young birds lovely with perfect details, exposure and pov. Great to see tow eggs too.
TFS, José M.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-08 21:39]

Hi Catalin, Very nice image, great composition thanks for sharing !


Hi Catalin,
And I must compliment you for capturing a great moment -- the birth of little birds from the eggs.
Beatifull shot and good work.


  • simon182 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
  • [2007-02-20 19:27]
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Hi Catalin,

These guys look incredibly fragile and in need of some motherly attention! Instead they have to make do with cuddling each other.
Nice point of view and good clear shot showing nice sharpness. Natural light has lent itself well to this shot.
Well done on capturing this precious moment


Please do not photograph birdnests. You may disturb them. In many countries you are also breaking the law doing this. Thank you.

LOVE THE TITLE: " We are the future".
What an education; even at 70 am always learning.
The photo too is well composed; very well presented.
Excellent clarity; focused to PERFECTION.
Best regards,

jour de visite des ateliers pas connus de moi
bravo pour cette agréable photo
la nature est tres bien faite, félicitations

Nice easter eggs, Catalin! Seriously, this is a great capture, a well exposed photo with good details. You were smart not to use a flash, which would have washed out the delicate colours and harm the chicks. Informative note. Thank you.

Hello Catalin!
Very nice documentary picture :) And how cute the small birds are! :)
Anyway, how big are they?

Hello Catalin,

Although I prefer creatures with more than four legs, there's also sympathy for birds' nests I just can't explain... A really great shot!

Best regards,

this is amazing, such miserable creatures that develop into birds, TFS Ori

Great capture and excellent sharpness and colours.

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