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Common Stonechat (Non-breeding, Male)

Common Stonechat (Non-breeding, Male)
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-07
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-08 6:34
Viewed: 1313
Points: 16
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My first ever shot of this beautiful Common Stonechat(Saxicola torquatus)male in non-breeding plumage.He was accompanied by his mate whose photo, I would post after this one. They were feeding in a field of millet crop and seemed like new arrival.I was surely delighted, for I have little time at my disposal to visit the countryside for extended trips.I spotted the birds in the fields near my home.Though September day was very hot but the excitement of catching this pair did not deter me and I do hope friends will like this humble effort of mine.

The African stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) is a species of the Old World flycatcher family (Muscicapidae), inhabiting sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent regions. Like the other chats, it was long assigned to the thrush family (Turdidae), to which the chats are convergent. Its scientific name refer to its appearance and habitat and means "collared rock-dweller": Saxicola from Latin saxum ("rock") + incola ("one who dwells in a place"), torquatus, Latin for "collared".

In the past S. torquatus usually referred to the entire "common stonechat" superspecies and some sources still keep it that way, but all available evidence strongly supports full species status for the European (S. rubicola) and the Siberian stonechat (S. maurus) of temperate Eurasia, in addition to the island-endemics Fuerteventura chat (S. dacotiae) and Réunion stonechat (S. tectes) which were never unequivocally accepted into S. torquata. Also, the well-marked populations of the Horn of Africa uplands (and Arabia?) and Madagascar (and Grande Comore?) may well qualify as yet additional species. (Wikipedia)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-08 6:43]

Hello Abid,
Very nice photo of this Common Stonechat in beautiful light, natural colours and good sharpness. Taken from an excellent POV. A pity that the blurry background is grainy.

hallo Syed
very nice composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

Wonderful image again very beautiful color and good eye contact.

Hello Abid Sahab- Yes, I am well and hope everything is going well in your side too. Very well composition shot with stunning BG. Well captured this Stonechat with perfect focus and sharpness. Natural colour and well framed. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

Ciao Abid, lovely composition with cute bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-08 15:28]

Hi Abid,a perfect pose and a very good quality talkng about this very small and nice species,i like a lot its colors and the abstract peinture in background too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-09-09 8:26]

Hi Syed,

I like very much the texture of the plumage, very nice blurred B/G.
Great capture here, perfect light and sharpness.
My best regards.
John vantighem

Hello Abid,
lively, nicely well lighed presentation of a stonechat posing in front of pleasantly smooth distand background with just a few strokes of bright green adding to the images's fresh and dynamic feeling. Thank you!
With best regards,

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