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|WHINCHAT MALE (SAXICOLA RUBETRA)|
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra, is a small European passerine bird. Formerly considered a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), it is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae). It, and similar thrush-like Muscicapidae species, are often called chats.
The Whinchat is similar in size to its relative the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). Both sexes have brownish upperparts, a yellowish rump, a buff throat and breast, a whitish belly, a blackish tail with white bases to the outher rectrices. The male in breeding plumage has blackish head sides almost encircled by a strong white supercilium and malar stripe and white wing patches.
The female is duller overall, in particular having pale brown head sides and a buff supercilium, malar stripe and wing patches. Males in nonbreeding plumage and immatures are similar.
The male has a whistling, crackly but soft song, consisting mainly of the tell-tale phrase fü-chack-chack. Its call is the chack noise typical for chats, or a soft whistle. On the wintering grounds, it often calls but rarely sings.
S. rubetra is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in open rough pasture or similar uncultivated grass- or shrubland in Europe east to the Ural Mountains approximately. Bracken (Pteridium) stands on rock-strewn ground are also a favorite habitat of this species. It nests in tussocks. The birds like to perch on elevated spots such as telephone wires, from where they make sallies to catch flying insects.
They winter in norther sub-Saharan Africa; they arrive in Western Africa at the start of the dry season. Molt of the remiges does not usually take place in winter quarters, but young birds may replace their first set of remiges before their first migration back to the breeding grounds.
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let me be the first to congratulate you with great picture and composition,
- [2009-08-03 12:41]
Nu pot sa spun decat ca e perfecta...
Very good sharpness and detail of the birds and the perch which is interesting in itself showing good composition. The background is also fitting to the appearance of the whole image. Well done.
Hi Marius,excellent sharpness and depth of field and enjoy the pictures ... if a bird Congratulations ..
Superb picture.excellent sharpness and colors.composition well balanced.eye of the bird is nicely seen.
- [2009-08-03 20:45]
O compozitie reusita, prezentarea speciei la fel, felicitari!
- [2009-08-03 23:11]
terrific capture of the handsome whinchat! :-) sharpness and details are perfect as well as the composition and the isolation
against a great neutral background, love the pose with each foot on a different dried "flower" and the eye-contact.
well done & best wishes, thor.
- [2009-08-04 0:56]
detalles y fino pov,
- [2009-10-03 0:39]
Well captured Marius. A lovely combination of plant and bird.
It has style and excellent composition.