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jackdaw (Corvus monedula

jackdaw (Corvus monedula
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-09-24 1:23
Viewed: 793
Points: 14
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The western jackdaw (Corvus monedula), also known as the Eurasian jackdaw, European jackdaw, or simply jackdaw, is a passerine bird in the crow family. Found across Europe, western Asia and North Africa, it is mostly resident, although northern and eastern populations migrate south in winter. Four subspecies are recognised, which mainly differ in the colouration of the plumage on the head and nape. Linnaeus first described it formally, giving it the name Corvus monedula. Later analysis of its DNA suggests that, with its closest relative the Daurian jackdaw, it is an early offshoot from the genus Corvus, and possibly distinct enough to warrant reclassification in a separate genus, Coloeus. The common name derives from the word "jack", meaning "small", and "daw", the native English name for the bird.

Measuring 3439 centimetres (1315 in) in length, the western jackdaw is a black-plumaged bird with a grey nape and distinctive pale-grey irises. It is gregarious and vocal, living in small groups with a complex social structure in farmland, open woodland, on coastal cliffs, and in urban settings. An omnivorous and opportunistic feeder, it eats a wide variety of plant material and invertebrates, as well as food waste from urban areas. Western jackdaws are monogamous and build simple nests of sticks in cavities in trees, cliffs, or buildings. About five pale blue or blue-green eggs with brown speckles are laid and incubated by the female. The young fledge in four to five weeks.(Wikipedia)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-09-24 1:52]

Hello Sigi,
Very nice portrait if this Jackdaw in almost black and white. Good sharpness and a fine pose.

Ciao Siggi, great portrait of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Siegfried,

Looks grumpy! Mood not good (smile)!
Well captured its facial impression. Splendid detail and well BG. Good work.....it would be nice to see its full body.
Thanks for showing,
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-09-24 15:23]

Hi Siggi,elegant portrait of this jackdaw,looks a pic in black and white in this difficult light..ehehe.but the sharpness is excellent,i like the pose too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Siggi
great portrait of this jackdaw, excellent sharp detailds, the bird is very well highlighted against the blurred BG
Have a good night

Beaitiful picture Siegfried.
Well done.


Hello Sigi,
Beautiful profile of this western jackdaw. The jackdaw stands out nicely from the background. Very well done.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-27 17:40]

hello Siggi,
An attractive close-up shot of this Western Jackdaw. Just from it's appearance it looks like it is a fairly large bird. Focus is sharp, allowing us to get a good look at it's plumage and unique markings. I like it's dark forehead and tiny black eye mask. The light white colored iris immediately captures your attention. Well done!!

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