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African Stonechat


African Stonechat
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1488 W: 24 N: 2195] (14276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-10-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-10-12 12:59
Viewed: 1584
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this 'African Stonechat' ( Saxicola torquatus) at Marievale Bird Sanctuary. In Weekend we travel this bird sanctuary not only to take picture but also to observe birds activities. It wasn't a full cloudy day like first time. In the afternoon got beautiful reddish tint. This picture was taken at the GOLDEN HOUR. I saw so many chats are flying here and there and also noticed a few birds chest colour (Red) bit dipper than others. I have captured a few picture where it is quite evident that difference. Is it breeding plumage! Or pale red colour birds are juvenile! Don't know exactly. So use Google image and found depper as well as pale red feathers stonechat. It was a very windy day and it wasn't an easy shot when this bird was sitting on such thin dry plant and it was tossing its head.

African Stonechat is an old world flycatcher, inhabiting sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent region.

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Another great poster of the week lovely eye expression and warm colours well done SRIKUMAR BALIAL

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 329 W: 12 N: 89] (9585)
  • [2016-10-13 7:12]

Me calculating the focal length, nice catch with beautiful colors.

hallo Sri
very nice coloured picture with good sharpness and nice BG
gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-10-13 17:45]

Hello Srikumar,
Your African Stonechat is a very beautiful bird with bright contrasting colors. It appears to have a small sliver of twig or wood either stuck under it's eye or possibly even piercing the lower lid.
I really like the colorful clean BG and nice exposure you managed to obtain. Composition wise I would have had just a little less open space beneath the bird, although this is just my personal preference. Well done!!
Ron.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-10-14 1:33]

Hello Srikumar,
Very nice photo of this African Stonechat in beautiful contrasting colors and good sharpness. Taken from an attractive POV. Beautiful blurred background too.
Regards,
Peter

GOOD SHOT..

Ciao Srikumar, lovely composition with nice bird, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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