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Berthelots Pipit

Berthelots Pipit
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Copyright: Josien Greidanus (Josien) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 5 N: 43] (166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-04
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 10:23
Viewed: 4088
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Berthelots pipit. A real topmodel; rather curious than shy in front of a big lens. I met this bird at São Lourenço, in the East of Madeira.

A bit of information on São Lourenço from http://www.madeira-web.com/PagesUK/s-lourenco.html

Ponta de São Lourenço is one of the last nearly untouched places in Europe. Located in the eastern part of the island, this is the place where a fantastic combination of rocks, sea and nature created one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces.

You can climb up the rocks and see very little evidence of man’s changes to the island. There are excellent views over both the northern and southern sides of the island and, when the weather conditions allow it, also on Porto Santo Island.

The walk to the 'oasis' (as it was called) where we found the bird was pretty heavy but absolutely stunning. The surroundings are beautiful. There was a bird watch in the oasis (but I didn't go in, as it was getting dark and the way back is just too dangerous when it's dark). There were also lots of wild canaries, goldfinches etc. so lots of things to see!

zetu, mwmod99, jconceicao, Dis. Ac., Argus, PeterZ, CatherineD, Pitoncle, tuslaw, bartove, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-13 10:27]

Hello Josien
Excellent capture here. Great details, natural colors and low POV.
Thanks for sharing

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-13 10:34]

Excellent photo of this interesting Anthus species, TFS!

An absolutely breathtaking capture Josi! Wow, now I feel like and idiot who tried to teach you some lessons in the past! Obviously you are not an amateur at all! Bravo! Superb, natural colors, amazing point of view, incredible dept of field and composition! No doubt, the best image of the Barthelots pipit I have ever seen! No Joke! Let me challenge you however! Can you repeat that fantastic achievement with a different subject in the near future? Have a great evening Josi, and well done once again! Great shot!
George Veltchev

hello Josien
beautiful shot
great details

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-13 11:38]
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Hallo Josien,
Ik kan me niet herinneren veel vogels op Madeira gezien te hebben, en zeker deze niet. Dit is echt klasse! Alles klopt in deze foto. Zoals je misschien weet heb een verzameling van zo'n 8 en een half duizend foto's van verschillende vogels in mijn computer, natuurlijk niet allemaal zelf gemaakt. Steeds vernieuw ik ze wanneer ik van een soort een betere zie. Maar dit is de beste van deze soort die ik ooit gezien heb. Dus wordt hij vereeuwigd.

Hello Josien,

Fantastic photo of this interesting bird.
Colours,focus and lighting are excellent.
Good composition.

Hallo Josien,

kijk hier doe jet het goed, de kijkruimte is groter naar links.
Goede scherpte en laag standpunt, ok veel detailering.
Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren en het onderwerp komt mooi los van de achtergrond.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-13 12:01]

Hello Josien,
A fine capture of a Bertelot's Pipit.
The low lateral POV is great and shows its features with excellent sharpness and colours.
I have taken many photos of this species on Lanzarote!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Josien,
Another great capture of Madeira. Very cute bird perfectly captured, with so fine details. Thanks for your note which give the desire to visit this beautiful natural island. Cheers,

Bonjour Josien,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-17 19:29]

Hello Josien,
Exceptioanl detail and exposure in this fine photo. Such a pretty little bird and captured in an attractive pose, allowing us to see his beautiful plumage. Gorgeous natural colors and nicely composed. Very informative notes. Well done!!

Fantastic capture of this interesting bird.
Light,focus and colours are excellent.
Good composition.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-19 6:04]

Hello Josien,
nicely captured bird in superb sharpness and features. The feathers are so special in good camouflages as the background.
Well seen in details.


Hi Josien,
very clear and precise, lively and well composed presentation - an ornithologist's delight!
Thank you! With best regards,

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