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Eastern Black- eared Wheatear

Eastern Black- eared Wheatear
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-27 9:46
Viewed: 3255
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Easter Black-eared Wheatear is very common on Lesvos. Its not a shy bird and easy to shoot. The photo is taken from my car, the perfect hide.
The Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) is a wheatear, a small migratory 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, Muscicapidae.
This 13.5-15.5 cm (5.6 inch) long insectivorous species is dimorphic with eastern and western races, sometimes split as Eastern Black-eared Wheatear and Western Black-eared Wheatear. In both forms, birds with or without a black throat are met with.
The breeding male of the western form O. h. hispanica of the Iberian peninsula and north Africa has the forehead and crown white or nearly white, the mantle buff, and the wings blacker than those of the Northern Wheatear. The underparts are white tinged with buff. The back, upper tail coverts and most of the tail are white. The ear coverts and a line from the bill, and sometimes the throat, are black.
In autumn and winter the head and mantle are distinctly buff, as are the underparts, including the throat, but the buff varies in intensity. Except for the central pair, the tail feathers are much whiter than in the Northern Wheatear, the white on the inner web often extending to the tip.
The female is a browner bird, but has the characteristic lower back, and her seasonal changes are less marked.
The eastern O. h. melanoleuca is found in the eastern Mediterranean, and migrates to winter quarters in the Sudan.
The male of the eastern form is even whiter in summer than the western bird, but as a rule may be distinguished by the line which extends across the base of the bill. Black-throated individuals of this race have a greater amount of black on the throat and face than on the western birds, and the black generally terminates more abruptly or in a straighter line.
It is a rare vagrant to northwest Europe.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-27 10:36]

Hallo Zeno,
Deze had ik in de vlucht en op een steen. Maar op de steen was wat ver weg. Zo veel heb ik er trouwens niet gezien. De keel was ook helemaal zwart gevlekt.
Deze staat er erg mooi op, al lijkt hij wat overbelicht. De scherpte en compositie zijn prachtig. Mooie vage achtergrond.
Goed weekend,

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2011-05-27 11:17]

Hi Zeno

A very interesting place Lesvos, a real birding hotspot. I wish I could have a vacation there.
The bird you posted is a real beauty but almost impossible to photograph well in hard light. You managed very well with good compromise between white and black tones.
Personally I would under expose at list 1/3 and try afterward to lighten the darks in PP. Apparently human eye is more sensitive to the details in the light areas.

Regards, Mario

Hi Zeno,
Impressive shot for this lovely bird.
Excellent light management and very good sharpness.
Composition and colours are fantastic!
Thanks for sharing

amazing bird, TFS Ori

Hi Zeno,

wonderful capture of The Easter Black-eared Wheatear my friend, this image is picture perfect except for a slight over exposure, lovely highlighted eye good sharpness and a strong composition,
Congratulations Zeno and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,


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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-05-27 23:39]

a beautiful looking species photographed with all perfection.

Bonjour Zeno,
Exercice difficile compte tenu des couleurs du sujet et d'une lumière qui me paraît un peu trop forte mais l'oiseau est tout de même relativement bien valorisé.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-28 21:49]

Hi Zeno.
You managed to reproduce the splendid apparel of the charming bird perfectly. Precise exposure, soft lighting, tiny details create a nice impression. The whole scene is also delicate and pleasant for look and composition of the shot is blameless. Well done and best regards.

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