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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-04-29 9:38
Viewed: 3479
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
European Stonechat-Saxicola rubicola

This is a small 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, family Muscicapidae. They, with similar small species in the family, are often called chats.

The European Stonechat is somewhat smaller than the European Robin. Both sexes have distinctively short wings, shorter than those of the more migratory Whinchat and Siberian Stonechat. The summer male rubicola has black upperparts, a black head, an orange throat and breast, and a white belly and vent. It also has white patches on the sides of its neck, a small white scapular patch on the wings, and a very small white patch on the rump often streaked with black. The female has paler brown upperparts and head, and no white neck patches, rump or belly, these areas being streaked dark brown on paler brown, the only white being the scapular patch on the wings and even this often being buffy-white.

European Stonechats breed in heathland, coastal dunes and rough grassland with scattered small shrubs and bramble, open gorse, tussocks or heather. They are non-migratory or short-distance migrants, with part of the population moving south to winter further south in Europe and more widely in north Africa.

The male has a clicking call like stones knocking together, for which it was named. The song is high and twittering like a Dunnock.
Extract from Wikipedia

This female was captured from a distance of about 12 metres with the camera handheld. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-29 9:59]

Hi Ulla,nice to take the stonechat whit the mouth open,it seem to hear the song...ehehe.very nice composition from an excellent point of view,just disturbed a little by tree but no problem...very good sharpness and saturation as i like.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hi Ulla,
very nice photo of this bird. Very good point of view. Nice natural colours. Is it singing? :)
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Ulla,
a beautiful capture of the European Stonechat, marvellous natural colours, a very nice composition with a lovely pose of this splendid bird against a blue sky
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Ulla

Excellent close-up photo of the European Stonechat singing,
with very fine POV (i love it) and appropriate framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
the catch-light always render the photo more beautiful,



Ciao Ulla, lovely bird in nice singing pose, beautiful natural ambientation, excellent sharpness, perfect focus, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ulla. Interesting low POV and good contrast for the small one in dynamic posture.


Hello Ulla,

Great capture.
Light,focus and definition are excellent.
Good composition.

Bonjour Ulla,
Très bonne utilisation de l'opposition des couleurs afin de bien valoriser le sujet sous un excellent angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-29 13:48]

Hello Ulla.
Very nice capture of this Stonechat.Good details,POV,lighting,framing,pose of bird.Blurred BG and composition are wonderful.Best regards Siggi

Buen enfoque y pose. Buenísima luz.
Pose del ave muy elocuente y natural.

I cloned out the distracting leaf that crossed the head of this bird - see workshop. Otherwise, very good composition and colors.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-04-29 17:42]

Hello Ulla,
like this view from below. The leves and branches offer a special visul and graphic attraction.
Exciting blue of the sjy giving a pleasant background. The bird is pretty in its nice details and sharpness.


wonderful moment and photo performance Ulla!
regards Nasos

Hi Ulla,

I am very disturbed about Alan Kolnik's comment, because he doe's not know enough about Photography to judge your image,
Perhaps a little fall off of detailed sharpness, but when it comes to Photoshop Wizzkids these guys are superficial,

Great shot and congratulations Ulla and well done,
Best Regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-05 7:18]

Hello Ulla,
Excellent photo of this singing Stonechat in very good sharpness, details and natural colours. Pleasing catchlight in the eye. Lovely composition.

Hello Ulla
Excellent photo with great POV and sharpness
Beautiful BG
compliments and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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