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1st for TN - Kurdish Wheatear

1st for TN - Kurdish Wheatear
Photo Information
Copyright: Kuzey Cem Kulacoglu (kuzeycem) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 32] (198)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 400 mm F 5.6 L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-17 4:56
Viewed: 1868
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a male Kurdish Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna-TR:Kızılca Kuyrukkakan), also known as the Chestnut-rumped Wheatear. It was once considered to belong to family of Thrushes (Turdidae) but nowadays most authors consider this and other wheatear species to belong to Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae).
This wheatear breeds in eastern Turkey, northern Iraq and Iran. It winters in Arabian peninsula, from Egypt to Sudan & Eritrea and to northeast Somalia.
It was widely considered to be conspecific with the Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia) of Caucasus and SW Asia (also maybe NE Turkey?), but they are now separated on the basis of their distribution and morphological differences.
O. xanthoprymna has pronounced sexual dimorphism, males having dark grey upperparts, head and throat with whitish supercilium and underparts. Female is dusky brown and nondescript apart from the tail pattern.
O. chrysopygia on the other hand is sexually identical and both sexes are brown like female Kurdish.
This species breeds on dry, rocky slopes and mountainous areas, as well as valley bottoms with little vegetation.
This was one of the two birds we encountered on the summit of Mount Nemrut. This male was singing from the top of the on one of the 2000-year old thrones on the East Terrace. It was very territorial.
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-17 5:29]

Hello Kuzey,
Excellent photo of this Rufous-tailed-, Chestnut-rumped - or Kurdish Wheatear. Extremely beautiful light, superb sharpness and details and taken from the best POV. Nice blurry background too.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-17 5:38]

Hello Kuzey,
You have captured the bird in a fine pose lighted by a fine light. There are so many and fine color tones shown in your photo. The colors of the plumage makes a fine match with the background.Regards Sigi

hallo Kuzey
very nice and sharpness picture
good details and beautiful colours
thnaks gr lou

Ciao Kuzey, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful blurry BG, fine details splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, congratulations for an other first time on TN, ciao Silvio

Hi Kuzey

Excellent image of this lovely bird, very nice lighting, beautiful brilliant natural colors, excellent sharpness and details, nice pose, very nice bokeh, nice POV



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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-08-17 10:35]

Kuzey Cem selamlar,
Çok genç yaşına göre, çok başarılı kayıt ve sunumlar için; öncelikle seni kutlarım ..
Kompozisyon ve keskin detaylar yerli yerinde,
Emeklerine sağlık,

Oenanthe xanthoprymna; an elegant and strange scientific name; worthy of this bird that you have portrayed with extraordinary fidelity. Congratulations; Kuzey.
I'm glad you're with your young years sharing with us these wonderful pictures. Well done boy.

Hernan Bortondello

never saw this species, new to all of us in TN, TFS Ori

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