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White-crowned Wheatear

White-crowned Wheatear
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma DC 18-125mm f/3,5-5,6, Kingston CF 1GB, Hoya 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-16 8:36
Viewed: 4280
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This small far away bird seems to be a White-crowned Wheatear.

As i searched TN for it, i did not find any entries,
so it may be the first shown here,
and this is the reason why i uploaded it despite the poor quality.

The photo was taken at an observation point shortly
after Mizpe Ramon were you have a terrific view of the negev desert
(seen in the bg and in the Workshop-section).


The White-crowned Wheatear, or White-crowned Black
Wheatear, Oenanthe leucopyga, is a wheatear, a small
passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member
of the Thrush family Turdidae, but is now more
generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher,

This large 17-18 cm long wheatear breeds in stony
deserts from the Sahara and Arabia across to Iraq. It
is largely resident but as occurred as a rare vagrant
to western Europe as far away as Great Britain. It
nests in crevices in rocks or walls laying 3-5 eggs.

Although most wheatear species have distinctive male
and female plumages, adults of both sexes of this
species are black except for a white rump and mainly
white tail. Full adults have a white crown, not shown
by young birds.

This species mainly eats insects. This wheatear has a
loud song, more varied than most of its relatives and
often including mimicry.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-crowned_Wheatear]


The Negev is the desert region of southern Israel. In
Biblical Hebrew Negev means "south". The Negev covers
the greater amount of Israel's official Southern

Geographically, the over 13,000km˛ Negev forms an
inverted triangle whose western side is contiguous
with the desert of the Sinai Peninsula, and whose
eastern border is the Wadi Arabah.

Its central city is Beersheba (pop. around 200,000),
in the north. The southern end is at the Gulf of Eilat
and the resort town of Eilat. Other towns include
Dimona and Mitzpe Ramon, and a number of Bedouin
towns, including Rahat and Tel Sheva.

The Negev has a number of interesting cultural and
geological features. Among these are three enormous,
craterlike erosion cirques or machteshim, which are
unique to the region: ha-Machtesh ha-Gadol ("The Large
Crater"), ha-Machtesh ha-Katan ("The Small Crater")
and the Ramon Crater.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negev]

wkshelton, marhowie, elefantino, aido, hekcik, jchemas, Dando, valy67, dew77, hester, liziafa, shirgold has marked this note useful
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Hello thurston, excllent landscape with this bird, excllent work, Great colors, bg, POV DOF perfect details, Great work, TFs Kyle

Hi Thorsten, nice post.
I don't remember having seen this one before on TN...Excellent note and a great contribution :)
Well done and TFS!

Hi Thor, nice shot of this small bird taken with its environment.
Nice compo and great detailed BG.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-16 9:39]

Hi Thor,
I think even though we can't see the bird clearly I like the shot, it shows us the bird in his natural habitat and gives a good impression of how harsh the environment is. Excellent note too, very informative. A great post.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-16 9:56]

Lovely picture, Thor!
This is indded a very cute bird. Great POV and framing. I love the contrast with the BG, too.
Bravo and TFS

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-16 11:22]

Hi Thorsten,

Very nice shot.
Excellent colors, details, light and composition.
I like it. Well done!

TFS :-)

Hi Thorsten
Great composition.
Excellent colors and details and excellent POV and BG too.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-16 16:35]

Hi Thorsten, I like your use of space on this shot. Like you say the bird is in shadow but the rest of the shot is sharp with good colours and lighting. Thank you for showing us.

Hi Thorsten !
I like this picture firstly because I never saw this bird before, but also because it is really beautiful. It is instructive, as you show the natural environment of the bird, but it is also beautiful. The warm colors of the stones are beautiful. Composition and POV are excellent, good details,, and great DOF. Very well done !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-17 4:01]

Hello Thorsten,
Unusual and very nice capture.POV,lighting,3D effect,sharpness and composition are excellent.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-17 16:22]

All alone in a desolate landscape..interesting bird and I quite like the composition. Great note

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-18 6:58]

Hi Thorsten
Two in one good landscape and bird shot. Good sharpnes, details, light, POV and DOF
Well done mf


Hi Thorsten,
Very good shot.
Nice composition, DOF, POV, BG and colours.
Well done.
TFS Malgosia

Hi Thorsten,
Although the bird is quite small I still like this one. I love this small bird, sometimes the only one you will see in the desert - out even durinf the heat of the day. Good job in showing the habitat and a great note.
TFS - Shir

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