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Black Redstart

Black Redstart
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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: 2019-04-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-04-16 8:13
Viewed: 356
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just back from a trip through the Extremadura, Spain.

The Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) is a small passerine bird in the redstart genus Phoenicurus.

The Black Redstart is 13–14.5 cm in length similar to the Common Redstart. The adult male is overall dark grey to black on the upperparts and with a black breast; the lower rump and tail are orange-red, with the two central tail feathers dark red-brown. The belly and undertail are either blackish-grey The female is grey.

Distribution and habitat
It is a widespread breeder in south and central Europe and Asia and north-west Africa.
The species originally inhabited stony ground in mountains, particularly cliffs, but since about 1900 has expanded to include similar urban habitats.
The male has a rattling song and a tick call.

Behaviour and ecology
The Black Redstart is socially monogamous. A male pairs with a female to rear young, guards her against other males, and mates with other females.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Nice bird. Excellent details. Very good focus.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-04-16 9:27]

Hi Peter,a total black to start your new series from your last vacation. The quality is super,very difficult to take the dark redstart in this sharp and bright way in this dark light,well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-04-16 18:06]

A beautiful square frame, this is not an easy task and this had to play with metering.
Well exposed and composed nice shot.

The frontal POV shows the bird in sharp details, Peter. Despite the black colour surrounding it, the eye of the bird stands out sharply.
Hope to see more from your trip to Spain.

Hello Peter,
Excellent details and in good focus.


Hello Peter,
Hind portion gets soft when Bird mainly face towards you and that happened here. So I try to find bird mainly either horizontaly or facing back towards me.
Beautiful bird, no doubt. Good details and colors.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful metallic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, Happy Easter to you and your family, ciao Silvio

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