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European Stonechat

European Stonechat
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-07 2:59
Viewed: 2381
Points: 28
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The European Stonechat or Common Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) is 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, family Muscicapidae. They, with similar small species in the family, are often called chats.
The European Stonechat is somewhat smaller than the European Robin. Both sexes have distinctively short wings, shorter than those of the more migratory Whinchat and Siberian Stonechat. The summer male rubicola has black upperparts, a black head, an orange throat and breast, and a white belly and vent. It also has white patches on the sides of its neck, a small white scapular patch on the wings, and a very small white patch on the rump often streaked with black. The female has paler brown upperparts and head, and no white neck patches, rump or belly, these areas being streaked dark brown on paler brown, the only white being the scapular patch on the wings and even this often being buffy-white.
European Stonechats breed in heathland, coastal dunes and rough grassland with scattered small shrubs and bramble, open gorse, tussocks or heather. They are non-migratory or short-distance migrants, with part of the population moving south to winter further south in Europe and more widely in north Africa.
The male has a clicking call like stones knocking together, for which it was named. The song is high and twittering like a Dunnock.

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Very beautiful and artistic approach toward the little bird Razvan! Lovely soft light, well captured rich colorful colors and nice composition Razvan. The Stonechat is looking in your lens with curiosity! Well done!
George Veltchev

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-07 3:57]

Hello Razvan,
the thorns and the branches really pave you to the beautiful composition. The sharp and clear features and details of the stonechat express the beauty very well.
excellent and pleasant presentation of a natural subject.


Very cute bird, Razvan.
The picture is well composed and shows the delicate colours on the bird effectively. I also like the catch-light in the bird's eye.
Well done and TFS.

Ciao Razvan. Intrigant tones and good details for this cute bird taken by the right POV. Very good light's managment.


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

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-07 5:58]

Buna Razvane,
Frumos portret despre acest sax tor masc.in penaj nuptial, felicitari! Tach ruf cuibareste la noi, dar duce o viata ascunsa, doar asa spre toamna tirzie o pot apropia mai mult de ei.Numai bine,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-07 6:44]

Hello Razvan,
Very beautiful photo of this Stonechat in a great DOF, natural colours and very good sharpness. Good composition, pleasing POV with eye contact.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-07 7:29]

Hello Razvan,
A fine capture of a male European Stonechat set in a nice composition among the thorny branches. The POV, sharpness, colours and BG are excellent too.
Thanks and kind regards,

Buna Razvan,
Faina captura cu detalii si culori naturale foarte bune.
Greu se mai gasesc acum subiectele de orice fel....insectele dispar.... pasarile pleaca....si vremea devine neprietenoasa. Numai bine!

Hello Razvan,
Nice composition with beautiful colours. Excellent sharpness on the bird and eye contact. Interesting contrast between the spiny branches and the sweet bird. Cheers,

very nice capture of this lovely Stonechat among thorny branches, Razvan. focus,POV/DOF and eyes contact great. colors and light using also very nice. thanks for sharing, have a good night

Buena luz y colores, con un preciso y selectivo enfoque.
Las ramas como complemento son preciosas. Buen trabajo.
Saludos Razvan: J. Ignasi.

Great photo of this little bird in natural habitad. Good use of DOF and good detail in feathers, well done

Helo Razvan!

Interesting shot of Stonechat. I saw this species few times. Unfortunately allways in bush or from long distance so I don't have so good shots as Yours.
Well done!


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