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Hypocolius ampelinus first for EU

Hypocolius ampelinus first for EU
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-04
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-05 2:06
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday I had the happiness to see a bird which I was did not believe that I would see in Cyprus.

I had the information on Friday. On Saturday morning I went with some friends at Kavo Gkreko cape in southeastern Cyprus and the first Hypocolius ampelinus for Cyprus was there. It was not very shy and it gave me the opportunity for some photos.

Hypocolius ampelinus (Bonaparte, 1850) (Grey Hypocolius) belongs to the family Bombycillidae (Waxwings). Some authors place it in a family of its own, the Hypocoliidae.
The Hypocolius is a slim bird with a long tail, slight crest and thick, short hook-tipped bill. Its shape and soft, satiny plumage resembles that of the waxwing. Birds are mainly a uniform grey or brownish-grey colour, with males having a black triangular mask around the eyes.
According Wikipedia, The Hypocolius ranges through the Middle East, breeding in the Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan area, and wintering mostly near the Red Sea and Persian Gulf coasts of Arabia, including Bahrain. It is a vagrant to Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Oman. They fly in flocks and forage mainly on fruits.
There are only a few records of this bird from Israel and Turkey. This is the first one from Cyprus.

Regards Christodoulos

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It is very good when someone like you in this case presenting a note related with personal experience mixed with info about the specie. Bravo Christodoulos ! I think that your work becoming more and more distinguishable!! Wonderful capture the rare Hypocolius for your area. Great demonstration of fine technical skills indeed. I love the detail, the point of view, the briliant natural colors and the amazing clean background. The bird is standing perfectly exposed in that frame. Bravo , a immaculate presentation in my opinion!
George Veltchev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-05 2:15]

Congratulations in capture this Middle Eastern species Christodoulos!
A first for Cyprus and EU: not bad!
Excellent capture of a high technical and esthetic standard that makes this a fine portrait of the Hypocolius.
Well done and thanks,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-05 2:17]

This is a fantastic scoop,and a beautiful top class pic too,impressive sharpness,colors and composition,but this is natural,you're a great photographer...ehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-05 2:17]

Hello Christodoulos,
A unique photo of this Hypocolius, congratulations. The quality of this photo is very good. The pose with eye-contact is very pleasing. Excellent sharpness, details and matching colours. The plain BG is great! Taken from a very good POV in a marvellous composition. Thanks for this beauty!

Hello Christodoulos,
congrats for this capture, the first in EU.
This a great picture with fine sharpness with fine details.
it's also well exposed with natural soft colours.
Maybe I managed to find it when I visit Cyprus next month and stay through the winter

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, perfect focus on eye, splendid details, excellent sharpness and wonderful light, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-05 4:41]

Hello Christodoulos.
Very cute bird. I love the position and all the details in the feathers. Nice light and DOF. Excellent POV.Congratulations of first for TN!Best regards Siggi

Ciao Christodoulos. The best contrast in same tones! Impressive focus and dynamic posture. Intrigant BG.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-05 5:32]

Hello Christodoulos
Wow! Perfect capture of this new visitor...excellent work and great information

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-05 5:34]

Hello Christodoulos,
It's always very exciting to discover a new species in your environment and this is a very elegant apparition. Its plumage reminds other Waxwing-birds. A fine-colored and raffined bird-shot. Thanks!
kind regards

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Belle publication d'une part par l'excellente opposition du sujet sur l'arrière plan et d'autre part par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails par une profondeur de champ bien maitrisée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-05 7:22]

Hello Christodolous,
This is a fantastic capture of a fabulous bird that I've never seen before. You managed very skilfully to capture it from a nice angle in beautiful light. Details are very sharp and the colours are wonderful. Congratulations!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Γεια σου Χριστόδουλε,
A very nice photo and a valuable record!

hello Christodoulos
You make picture,s FIRST class
with so many sharpness and very good details
super colours and very good composition
great shot
greeting lou

Hi Christodoulos

A very handsome bird and perefctly captured with no annoying twigs behind it. Excellent sharpness and composition.


Hello Christodoulos,
Impressive capture as usual with splendid details and perfect colours.
Exceptional composition.

Geia sou Christodoule,
Congratulations for this first record on Cyprus and for this great shot. Very harmonious warm tones and perfect sharpness. Se xairetw,

Hi Christodoulos.
Very good catch with 400mmm glass. Love the details and the perch in this harmonious colors in the frame. Very good details in the plumage and oriental styled framing.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

Hi Christodoulos,congratulations for first recording(sight). very good details super colours and very good composition .

AMAZINGS!!! fongratulations, I saw it once in Eilat (S Israel), great pic, Ori

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful close up with great details, nice colours and excellent blurred background. Well done!

απόλυτα αποδίδεις το λόγο των χρωμάτων του με το φυσικό περιβάλλον του, τεχνικά άρτια μέσα σε μια πολύ καλή σύνθεση, καλή σου μέρα Χριστόδουλε!

Hello Christodoulos!

super records and photo , congratulations ....best regards ....


yasu Christodoulos
congratulations on this very rare record and its great capture. everything very nice, from focus to composition and of course this first record. I write a small news letter on our (Turkish Birds) web site (TRAKUŞ) for your new and rare records,incl. H. ampelinus.
I pleasurely fallow your findings and beautiful photographes.

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up photo of this bird from
the Waxwings family, with always fine POV at
the level of the bird, fine DOF and framing,
beautiful soft light and color tones, great focus,
sharpness, and details, the catch-light
render the eye-contact more beautiful, TFS


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