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Buff-Streaked Chat

Buff-Streaked Chat
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-12 19:50
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
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Buff-streaked Chat (Oenanthe bifasciata)

This picture was taken on a lovely winters day in the Marekele National Park in the Limpopo province. The park is just north of the town of Thabazimbi in the Limpopo province. It was my first visit, and although it is not Kruger, I liked it very much.

Size: 16-17 cm

The male's black face, throat and wings and buffy underparts are diagnostic. The white eye-stripe extends down the side on the neck and into a characteristic 'V' on the mantle. Female differs from juv. Capped Wheatear in having a buff (not white) rump. Juvenile is mottled with black and buff above and below, and has a rufous rump.

Habitat: Rock-strewn, grassy hill slopes.

Status: Common but localised resident; endemic.

Call: Loud, rich warbling, including mimicry of other birds' songs.

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Hi Jan,
A magnificent capture here!
I like so much the sharpness of the image, and all the clear details got on the bird's plumage.
The light and illumination is pretty good, I like very much also the pose catched.
Excellent the DOF and the blurred background got.
Congratuations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Jan,
This is such a perfect picture of this nice specie. You had great lightning and details are amazing. You realized the best this zoom can do :) Colors, BG, exposure and compo are just great. This is really well done. Thanks,

This is beautiful Jan. Exposure, natural color and sharpness are excellent. Very nice work.

Evelynn : )

Hi Jan Hendrik,

Excellent shot
SUPERB compo
PERFECT sharpness, details, POV, DOF and BG
Lovely colours

TFS Thijs

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-12 22:14]

excellent fierce expression good catchlight in the eye nice colors good focus great DOF

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-05-12 23:06]

This is a WONDERFUL portrait of this beautiful bird. The colours, details and POV are really good. I like the eye contact too.
Well done Jan,

great close up, TFS Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-13 6:43]

Hello Jan,
Terrific close shot of this elegant bird. Beautiful sharp and shiny plumage and lovely colours. I like the soft background too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-13 8:14]

Hi Jan,
outstanding tÚlÚ shot, all is perfect. Details, colors a big art.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-13 10:48]

Hi Jan,

This is perfect! You show us every detail on this Chat - we can see the details in every feather! He has a beautiful face with a lovely expression and a sparkle in his eye. Wonderful pose. Just a marvelous capture.


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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-05-13 17:12]

hello Jan
This is beautiful picture,
Congratuations and TFS

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-14 10:56]

Hi Jan. This is a superb protrail of this handsome Chat. Great POV. The bird is very clear with v good sharpness on the feathers. Beautiful pose from the bird. Colours and DOF excellent. Great job.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-15 6:51]

Magnificent capture, Jan!
What a beautiful bird and what a marvellous shot!
Excellent sharpness with acute details, great bg and wonderful composition.
Congratulations and TFS.

Sorry, I almost forgot the points :)

Hi Jan-Hendrik,
Another 'pro' image....
What do you mean by 'although it is not Kruger...'?

Very good picture with an excellent quality, the BG is great and has good contrast to the subject, well done!

Wonderful picture of this fascinating bird.

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