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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-17 9:23
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Points: 42
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra, is a small European passerine bird. Formerly considered a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), it is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae). It, and similar thrush-like Muscicapidae species, are often called chats.

The Whinchat is similar in size to its relative the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). Both sexes have brownish upperparts, a yellowish rump, a buff throat and breast, a whitish belly, a blackish tail with white bases to the outher rectrices. The male in breeding plumage has blackish head sides almost encircled by a strong white supercilium and malar stripe and white wing patches.

The female is duller overall, in particular having pale brown head sides and a buff supercilium, malar stripe and wing patches. Males in nonbreeding plumage and immatures are similar.

The male has a whistling, crackly but soft song, consisting mainly of the tell-tale phrase fü-chack-chack. Its call is the chack noise typical for chats, or a soft whistle. On the wintering grounds, it often calls but rarely sings.

S. rubetra is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in open rough pasture or similar uncultivated grass- or shrubland in Europe east to the Ural Mountains approximately. Bracken (Pteridium) stands on rock-strewn ground are also a favorite habitat of this species. It nests in tussocks. The birds like to perch on elevated spots such as telephone wires, from where they make sallies to catch flying insects.

They winter in norther sub-Saharan Africa; they arrive in Western Africa at the start of the dry season. Molt of the remiges does not usually take place in winter quarters, but young birds may replace their first set of remiges before their first migration back to the breeding grounds.

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Buna Marius,
Minunata imagine iarasi cu o compozitie excelenta si claritate de invidiat. Culorile si lumina sunt de asemenea perfecte. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

Hi Marius,
excellent sharpness and details. Perfect composition. Nice natural colours. Suitable background.
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Marius
The Winchat is a beautiful little bird with prominent details, and you have captured it well. I like the detail in the neat plumage very much, just as much as I like the pencil shaped beak and polka dot eye which is beautifully seen. The dried grass it is resting on is an additional bonus to this already super image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Marius,
Beautiful colours and composition in great sharpness. What a pleasure to view. Well done my friend. Best wishes.

Hello Marius,
wow, fantastic capture of this bird with excellent sharpness and a very nice pose. I especially like the matching blurred background and the beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

Beautiful setting on the grass stem with matching colours.
Excellent detail, light and background.
A superb image.
regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-17 10:56]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic photo of this Whinchat. Great sharpness, details and composition. Beautiful natural colours and matching background. A beauty!

Buna Marius
O compozitie foarte buna si excelenta foto din toate punctele de vedere.Detalii bune si culori naturale.
Un weekend placut!

Ciao Marius, lovely double diagonal composition with cute bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-12-17 12:23]

Very nice portrait Marius!
The POV is great and shows the features of this female Winchat with excelent sharpness and natural colours. The composition with the reed stem is perfect!
Thanks and enjoy your Sunday.

Ciao Marius. This is the perfect paint! TFS and have a nice Sunday.


Marius, what a great shot of this little bird. Excellent sharpness, detail and POV. Have a great weekend, Bill

If you have time, check out my new website:
Bill Houghton Photography

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-17 15:55]

Beautiful whinchat in fine composition and I liked the colors and details very much. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15611] (65309)
  • [2011-12-17 16:13]

Hi Marius,beautiful capture from a very nice point of view,very impressive sharpness,colors and light balance,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Another impressive photo Marius! The composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

Hi Marius

Great shhot of this Winchat. Excellent composition and OOF background. Good sharpness


wonderful composition from fine POV, with great performance Marius!
Regards ,Nasos

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-18 4:58]

Hello Marius,
another masterpiece!!
This image is really fantastic. Top sharpness, detail and light. Splendid composition and great POV; very beautiful shades of colour. Compliments!

hello Marius
this is SUPER sharpness
Great details and beautiful colours with very good light
i like this shot
thanks greeting lou


Another high quality image.
The sharpness, detail, lighting, POV, OOF BG, DOF, composition, colours and clarity of the image are all very well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-19 4:34]

Hello Marius,
Supetrb bird-shot! What fine tints and what an elegant plumage ! Fine decentred composition (may be you could have cut the white stripe at left).
perfect sharpness too. As usual well done!
Kind regards

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