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African Stonechat (Female)

African Stonechat (Female)
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2018-03-15 12:59
Viewed: 1155
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this 'African Stonechat' at Marieval Bird 🐦 Sanctuary early in the morning. ☀ Light wasn't in my favor this time 😔, so first time in my life ☺ (Wildlife Photography) used flash to get bit catch light in its eye and I got 🕺it.

Comparing with Male African Stonechat -

Females have brown rather than black above and on the head with an indistinct paler eyebrow line, chestnut - buff rather than orange below and less white on the wing. African Stonechat is found Senegal 🇸🇳, Ethiopia 🇪🇹, Madagascar 🇲🇬 etc ☺

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-03-15 13:12]

Hi Srikumar,the sharpness is good but not the best,while i like a lot the colors of background that are the same of the plumage,beautiful stonechat in a perfect pose. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2018-03-15 23:35]

Hi Srikumar

Very nice composition, very beautiful background, very good details, soft light



Hi Srikumar,
no excuses needed for the use of a flash ! It's a good portrait of this little bird that I have seen -- in Alpine meadows. You teach us that there are Stonechats in South Africa! From Wikipedia I learned that the Eurasian population and that of South Africa have become separated with the drying out of the Sahara after the quaternary Ice ages. Thanks, Srikumar

Greetings, Dietrich

Hello Srikumar,
pretty portrait of this species. Composition remarkably well reduced to the essence of just three elements: 1- the bird, 2 - the piece of wood that it is sitting on, 3 - the tiny granule of food that may have attracted to bird. Nicely supporting distant background in the colours of desert or dry vegetation. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2018-03-17 11:18]

Hello Sri,
Very harmonious Picture of this cute bird.
I like the earth colours a lot.
Kind regards

Hi Sri,
Every beginning is difficult - but from now onwards, you'll use flash for almost every image you shoot. ☻ Seriously, you can reach a lot of various effects, even in macro photography, with flash, which you couldn't catch otherwise. So I see no problem with your flash usage. Backlight in the stonechat's eye is interesting, and the colors couldn't be better, I love your white balance here! I agree with Luciano that sharpness, at least on the frontal plumage, would have been a little better, but otherwise a stunning shot, excellent piece composition-, color- and light-wise each. Congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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