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Hidden Whitethroat

Hidden Whitethroat
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A900, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-31 2:17
Viewed: 3154
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I passed a bush I heard and later saw that this whitethoat was hidden here,although he gave me no change for a more open shot,I could make a few captures between the branches,so maybe a not so clean Fore and Background as I would have wanted,but for me a first time capture of this bird,anyway it was a good test for the AF capacity of the new camera,hope you like it and tfw

The Whitethroat
The Whitethroat, Sylvia communis, is a common and widespread typical warbler which breeds throughout Europe and across much of temperate western Asia. This small passerine bird is strongly migratory, and winters in tropical Africa, Arabia and India.

This is one of several Sylvia species that has distinct male and female plumages. Both sexes are mainly brown above and buff below, with chestnut fringes to the secondary remiges. The adult male has a grey head and a white throat. The female lacks the grey head, and the throat is duller. The Whitethroat's song is fast and scratchy, with a scolding tone.

This species was believed by some to be closely related to the Lesser Whitethroat, the species having evolved only during the end of the last ice age similar to the Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs. But researchers learned soon that this is not correct, and now it is known that white throats are unreliable morphological markers for relationships in Sylvia. Chestnut wing patches, like white throats, seem to be plesiomorphic, but indicate phylogeny better. Nonetheless, apart from the Whitethroat not being closely related to the Lesser Whitethroat group, little can be resolved as it seems a fairly basal taxon.

This is a bird of open country and cultivation, with bushes for nesting. The nest is built in low shrub or brambles, and 3-7 eggs are laid. Like most "warblers", it is insectivorous, but will also take berries and other soft fruit.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-31 2:42]

Hello Paul
Nice shot, I saw this bird many times but I couldn't take a good photo. You capture has good details, natural colors and BG. Well done.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-31 4:32]

Merhaba Paul!
Karışık ortama rağmen çok iyi bir foto. Tebrikler.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-31 13:02]

Hi Paul. This Whitethroat looked well hidden in the bush. But you still have taken fine close up. the bird is well focused with fine detail . i like the OOF leaves making a frame around the bird. well done TFS.

Hi Paul,
This is a beautiful capture of the Whitethroat.
In shape,it looks a bit similar to a nuthatch as well.
Nicely composed shot.
Cheers & TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-31 16:57]

Hi Paul,

This Whitethroat is lovely and you captured him beautifully. He looks wonderful in the tree and against the green background. A typical Warbler expression, lovely colors, superfine details of the face, eye and feathers. A beautiful setting and composition.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-01 1:00]

Hello Paul,
You had luck very much. This photo is very smart. The bird look out very joyful, excellent sharpness and light. Surrounding green leaves add charm to it.
Best regards, Pawel

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-06-01 6:19]

Hi Paul
Nice presentation.I know what you mean sometime the only chance we get do not lst to long and it seam to be worst with species that your are seing for the first time.You had managed anyway to get a clear image that give us an excellent look at the subject.
TFS Michel

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