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Saxicola maurus variegatus

Saxicola maurus variegatus
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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: 2011-04-10
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-18 4:52
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Saxicola maurus variegatus
Caspian Stonechat

The Saxicola maurus (Pallas 1773) (Siberian Stonechat or Asian Stonechat) is a small passerine bird, 11.5–14 cm long, in the family Saxicolidae.

Saxicola maurus variegatus (Gmelin. S.G, 1774)(Caspian Stonechat) is one of the six subspecies of Saxicola maurus. It found west of the Caspian Sea.
This subspecies has a very distinctive tail-pattern with white sides like a Wheatear.

Saxicola maurus is a recently-validated species. It resembles its closest relative the European Stonechat (S. rubicola), but is typically darker above and paler below, with a white rump and whiter underparts with less orange on the breast. The male in breeding plumage has black upperparts and head, a conspicuous white collar, scapular patch and rump, and a restricted area of orange on the throat. The female has pale brown upperparts and head, white neck patches (not a full collar), and a pale, unstreaked pinkish-yellow rump. Males in winter plumage are intermediate between summer males and females, with a supercilium resembling the Whinchat (S. rubetra).
The breeding range covers most of temperate Asia, from about latitude 71°N in Siberia south to the Himalaya and southwest China, and west to eastern Turkey and the Caspian Sea area. It also breeds in the far northeast of Europe, mainly in Russia but occasionally as far west as Finland

The wintering range of the migratory bird is from southern Japan south to Thailand and India, and west to northeast Africa. On migration, small numbers reach as far west as western Europe, and exceptionally as far east as Alaska in North America

In Cyprus Saxicola maurus variegatus is a very rare spring passage migrant with only a few sightings annually.

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Hello Christodoulos,
A Superb image of this bird! beautiful colours and focused feather and eye details, the contrasting of out of focus background is very pleasing,
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid natural colors and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos!
What a lovely pic showing this cute bird! Great BG and great composition. The bird seems to pose just for you! So cute ! Well done dear friend!TFS
Lovely week!

Bird pictures like that are meant to feature in glossy books illustrating bird species, Chris. It is a gem of a picture that shows this Stonechat in perfect detail with extremely natural shades and hues of colour on it.
Well done and really thankful to you for giving us the pleasure of watching a picture of such a great quality.

hello Christodoulos
beautiful with great details nice pose and great sharpness
Super shot
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-18 7:24]

Good portrait of this lovely bird with interesting background, some more contrast is better. tfs.

Ciao Christodoulos. Top quality for the dynamic posture of the cute coloured one. Excellente detauls and focus. Interesting BG.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-04-18 7:37]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent photo, great sharp and colorful details, interesting subspecies, TFS!

Hi Chris,

Fabulous image today of the Saxicoloa maurus variegatus Bird, lovely posture sitting proud, great sharpness as usual, and natural colours with perfecto exposure,
Congratulations Chris and well done,
Best Regards,


Excellent image of this bird against a clear background. regards yiannis

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent details, colors and focus. Amazing capture as usual.
Very good contrast and exceptional sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-18 8:37]

Beautiful work as usual,impressive pulms details,colors,sharpness and the best point of view!Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

Hi Christodoulos,
another beautiful portrait. Perfect point of view, excellent sharpness. Very nice suitable background.
Thanks for sharing,

great capture, I like the legs...Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-18 9:34]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another fantastic close photo of a very beautiful bird. A new subspecies to me. So thanks for this great gift of this Caucasian Stonechat. Technically perfect!

Great shot of this stone chat, nice focus and oof back

well done


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-18 10:38]

Hello Christodoulos.
This is a beautiful bird you have captured.Superb lighting and colours. Nice composition and a nice pose of your Stonechat.Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-04-18 12:48]

Excellent details and composition
Thanks for sharing

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-04-18 16:37]

Hi Christodoulos,

A fantastic capture of this Stonechat - a bird I will probably never get to see except in pictures. I am getting a better view of it here than if I could see in "the flesh." This is picture perfect with the excellent details of the face, eye, wings and plumage. Colors are superb and the pose is outstanding. He looks like a proud little bird and stands out beautifully from the background.


Hi Christodoulos,
Wow fantastic bird. What can I say that hasn't already been said I am sure. Wonderful capture as always. You seem to have a never ending supply of amazing photogenic birds to shoot. Good for you, I am jealous, a lot.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb capture of the Caspian Stonechat, fantastic from all aspect
Best regards

Hallo Christodoulos
This is a spectacular shot and one that is truly praiseworthy. Every little detail in this image is excellent and really stunning. Only a great photographer can produce such a perfect photograph. From A-Z in this image is worth a huge smiley and a definite A+. Absolute viewing pleasure. The colours and details are just stunning. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hi christodulos, a really nıce photo of a rare bırd.

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Impresionantes la luz, el enfoque y las tonalidades conseguidas.
Realismo al máximo nievel.
Enhorabuena Christodoulos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up photo of the Caspian Stonechat,
with fine POV and framing, beautiful light,
beautiful catch-light, i love the bird's pose,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Χριστόδουλε καλημέρα
θέλοντας να ευχηθώ Καλήν Ανάσταση, θαυμάζω αυτό τ καταπληκτικό πορτραίτο. θαυμάσιο Φως και διδασκαλία το φόντο!!!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-04-19 23:35]

Hello Christodoulo,

Your bird pix are really remarkable. Simply excellent!



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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-04-19 23:55]

Giasou Christodoulos,
Perfect shot!
The splendid colours are very well saturated in awesome light. Great sharpness, details and composition.
Best wishes,

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