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Monticola solitarius

Monticola solitarius
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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: 2008-11-08
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-04 5:20
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Monticola solitarius (Linnaeus 1758).
Blue Rock Thrush

Monticola solitarius is a thrush-like chat in the family Muscicapidae. The summer male has an all blue-grey plumage apart from its darker wings. In the first winder it has a duller vermiculated blue-grey colour. Females and immatures have dark brown upperparts, and paler brown scaly underparts.
Monticola solitarius breeds in southern Europe and northwest Africa, and from central Asia to northern China and Malaysia. The European, north African and southeast Asian birds are mainly resident, Other Asian populations are more migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa, India and southeast Asia. It is a very uncommon visitor to northern and western Europe. It nests in rock cavities and walls.

In Cyprus Monticola solitarius is a passage migrant and winder visitor. It is also a rare localized breeding resident in the mountains.

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Hello Christodoulos,
this is another fine picture of this bird with good sharpness and a nice pose on the rock. I especially like the lovely eye contact and the beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

Ciao Christodoulos. Fantastic BG for the sharpened bird taken in excellente details and DOF too. Impresive focused eye.


Super shot with your long lens, Chris.
The sharpness is amazing with the catchlight in the eye of the bird creating a lovely effect.
The plain BG supports the subject magnificently.
Thanks and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-04 6:52]

Hello Christodoulos,
Great photo of this Blue Rock Thrush only with a 400 mm lens. Fantastic sharpness, details and OOF BG. Pleasing eye contact. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-04 7:31]

Hello Christodoulos,
wonderful capture of lovely bird on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, superb sharpness and very fine natural colors.Best regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful definition, excellent DOF and OOF BG on this beautiful and, for me, unusual bird, all of which are working together with the result being a very pleasing image indeed. Well done and best wishes.

nice one, I love this species, TFS Ori

Hello Christodoulos,
a very beautiful bird, especially the ruffled feathers.
The picture is very sharp and nicely detailed and the bird is fine in its shades of gray.
It's stands also out great against the blurry BG.
Well done, mf.


Hi Christodoulos,
very good photo. Perfect depth of field. Amazing colours. Very good composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Christodoulos,
A beautiful photo of this Blue Rock Thrush. What I like at this image are the excellent sharpness, fine details and great OOF BG. Good POV and composition, too. Well done!

very good capture, , nice details and good focus on the eye, congrats Chris !

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird in nice pose on a fantastic blurry BG. splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-04 12:30]

What a beautiful thrush and what a magic and elegante pose,perfect pic and very interesting specie,no comment about the quality always at the top!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Perfect pose and setting. Excellent detail and light. The bird is shown in its natural habitat with a perfect background. regards yiannis

Hi Christodoulos,
Beautiful photo.
I like composition with cute bird and POV.
Good details, colors and DOF.

Hallo Christodoulos
What stylish and most elegant bird is this Blue Rock Thrush. It looks as if it is posing just for you and seems to be very aware of the camera. Just look at the head pointed upwards and the great pose. Like always I enjoy visiting your images as it is always presented with pride and a pleasant style. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-11-04 14:43]

Olá Cristodoulos,
Bela paisagem com cores e nitidez excelente muito boa a composição parabéns.

Hi Christodoulos

Beautiful bird with a nice setting in terms of light and POV, very well captured. The touch of Blue on top works very well for the image.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-04 23:03]

Good morning Christodoulos!
A very fine one from your archives!
The sharpness, natural colours, lighting ans DOF are excellent in this well-composed portrait of the Blue Rock Thrush on a limestone rock.
I have seen one at the Roman ruins in Paphos but didn't get as close as this!
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Very excellent shot of this bird, well done!
TFS & have a nice week end, Ferran

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-05 5:12]

Hi Christodoulos,
Perfect capture of this nice bird.
Perfect composition,colours and sharpness details. Background are nice too.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Très bon angle de prise de vue restituant le sujet dans une belle posture.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Buen encuadre y manejo de los colores. Pose del ave más que correcta.
Gran belleza del conjunto y una especie interesante que desconocía.
Saludos Christodoulos: Josep Ignasi.

τον βλέπω στην Ιθάκη το καλοκαίρι στις κορυφές αλλά δεν μου έχει ποζάρει... πολύ καλό κλικ Χριστόδουλε!
καλό βράδυ Νάσος

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-05 11:12]

Hi Chris!
What an elegant bird!.. and also conceited : it is in perfect pose :)
The capture is superb, as usual, and I love the harmony of the soft colours.
Have a nice Sunday.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Christodoulos,
This is amazing picture and perfect detalis.
I know, Very difficult taking birds photo.
Very good work.
Thanks a lot for this share.
have a good weekend.

hello Christodoulos
this is a beauty with beautiful colours
and great sharpness
very nicepose
thanks Christo
greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos,
A very good sharp photo of this Blue Rock Thrush, excellent details, great highlighted eye and very nice out of focus background, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

Hallo Christodoulos,
Great exposure with good detail and an excellent POV against the OOF BG. Well done.

Hi Christodoulos,

The rock is framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Blue Rock Thrush. The late morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-10 2:26]

Hello Christodoulos,
A species of Trush I didn't know, so thanks to show it with your posting. Very well composed shot with almost diagonal presentation and the fine blueish background. Not an easy shot with the fine dark patterns of the plumage. A beautiful bird too!
Un grand merci for the little green star on my last picture. It's really very kind of you.
I wish you a nice afternoon.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic capture of the Blue Rock Thrush taken in a very beautiful pose, superb sharpness, marvellous lighting and colours, point of view and composition are excellent.
Best regards

I like the beautiful lines of details crafted by your shot here, Christodoulos. Vivid details and the silenced background has pleasing visual effect.
Thanks and have a nice day,

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! great close-up photo of this species of Thrush,
fine POV at its level, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Christodoulos
Excellent photo, impressive sharpness!
I know this bird,now I know it better
Thank you

Luis Nunes Alberto

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