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Eastern Black-eared Wheatear

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/16, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-05-11 5:33
Viewed: 3548
Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the field of the Petrified Forest near Sigri, I was looking for this bird for quite a longer time. And then it flew up singing in the full sunshine.

Difficult to say if this is a Eastern Black-eared Wheatear or a Northern Wheatear. When I look at the head and the colours of the feathers it looks like a Northern Wheatear, but I think it’s a Eastern Black-eared Wheatear because of the typical tail.

The Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca) is a wheatear, a small migratory passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the Thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.

This 13.5-15.5 cm (5.6 inch) long insectivorous species is dimorphic with eastern and western races, sometimes split as Eastern Black-eared Wheatear and Western Black-eared Wheatear. In both forms, birds
with or without a black throat are met with.

The eastern O. h. melanoleuca is found in the eastern Mediterranean, and migrates to winter quarters in the Sudan.

The male of the eastern form is even whiter in summer than the western bird, but as a rule may be distinguished by the line which extends across the base of the bill. Black-throated individuals of this race have a greater amount of black on the throat and face than on the western birds, and the black generally terminates more abruptly or in a straighter line.

It is a rare vagrant to northwest Europe.

Source: Wikipedia

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To euroblinkie: In de vluchtPeterZ 1 05-11 08:27
To Belgerdy: Aziatische SteenpatrijsPeterZ 1 05-11 08:21
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Hello Peter

Great in-flight shot of this species of bird,
with a very fine POV and framing, i love the
wide open pose of the wings and tail,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hallo Peter,
a beautiful capture of the Eastern Black-eared Wheatear in flight, splendid contrast between black and white against a very beautiful blue sky, just at right moment for a spectacular dynamic composition
Best regards

Hello Peter,
Very good capture of the Eastern Black-eared Wheatear with precise timing! great action shot, nice colours against the blue sky,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Ciao Peter. Exciting dimanic action here. Excellent contrast. Best compliments.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-11 7:38]

Hi Peter,the sharpness isn't at the top but i know how is difficult to take in-flight birds...and there aren't a lot in my gallery because i'm not a good photographer of that...ehehe...very nice specie,excellent light balance and flight effect.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

hallo Peter
mooie opname van deze vogel in vlucht
Jammer voor mij ik zie liever een vogel anders
dan zo in de lucht
je ziet er zo weinig van
Maar!!daar moet je ook een vogelaar voor zijn
want jij kijkt er heel anders naar,Peter?
bedankt groetjes lou

Hi Peter,
very nice capture. Really dynamic scene. Perfect point of view. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Mooie houding Peter,

heb je ook de aziatische steenpatrijzen daar nog gezien?


Hi Peter,

Well What a great action shot you have captured with spread wings and the open beak, good white balance and exposure,

But and im sure you will agree with me that your sharpness is a little off the mark here Peter,
This type of in flight Bird shots are not easy and requires lots of practice, apart from that a gallant effort,
Best Regards,


Hello Peter
Impressive and interesting photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours.

Hola Peter

Buena captura en el momento justo en que gira el ave, perfecta composición y contrastes.

Un saludo de Antonio

Ciao Peter, lovely bird in a beautiful fly, fine details, perfect focus and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Daring shot of this Wheatear taking off, Peter.
Needless to say, sky makes an authentic and well suited BG for the action shot.
The sharpness is not the best here but the moment of action is breath-taking.
TFS and regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-12 0:35]

Lovely species captured well in flight. tfs.

a very beautiful capture with bright colours, nice composition
Best regards

Hello Peter, an excellent image ... on the fly. Good shooting and the time you've read, hello, Paul

Dinamismo y belleza en los colores y contrastes.
Un saludo Peter: Josep Ignasi.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-05-12 10:01]

Hi Peter,
Nice timing!
Nicely capture of this Eastern Black-eared Wheatear. Colours, nice sharp detail and a fine POV.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-14 6:18]

Hello Peter,
A lovely view of this beautiful Wheatear displaying its plumage clearly against the sky. I like the timing and good focus on the eye. Well done!
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-17 3:26]

Hello Peter,
splendid view and the moment of turning is well captured. Good colour contrast.
I like the blue sky as a pleasant background.


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