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Buff-streaked Chat

Buff-streaked Chat
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-26 15:26
Viewed: 5506
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Buff-streaked Chat (Oenanthe bifasciata)

This picture was taken recently (about 3 weeks ago) on a trip to Thabazimbi in the Limpopo province.

Size: 16-17 cm

The male's black face, throat and wings and buffy underparts are diagnostic. The white eye-stripe extends down the side on the neck and into a characteristic 'V' on the mantle. Female differs from juv. Capped Wheatear in having a buff (not white) rump. Juvenile is mottled with black and buff above and below, and has a rufous rump.

Habitat: Rock-strewn, grassy hill slopes.

Status: Common but localised resident; endemic.

Call: Loud, rich warbling, including mimicry of other birds' songs.


                Camera: Canon 20D
           Camera mode: Av
           Time of day: 15H24
                  Date: 4 August 2007
                  Lens: Canon 100-400mm IS USM
          Focal Length: 330mm
         Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec
                F-Stop: F/5.6
               Support: Hand Held
                   ISO: 200
    Original file type: Raw (CR2)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-26 15:48]

Hi Jan hendrik,

A terrific capture with excellent sharpness and colors,the bird has a great pose on the rock,almost like a statue,it realy pops into my screen,the BG is great as well,however the only small nit is imo that the composition is a bit tight cropped,tfs


Superb. DOF and POV plus BG matched perfectly.
Exposrue is great.

Hi Jan,
Very sharp capture of this Chat on the rock.
Nice feather detail, light, POV and DOF as well as the blurred BG make this a fine image.
Maybe the crop is a bit close in front of the bird on the right.

Hi Jan,
This is a great capture!
It's so good the lighting, pose and details got.
The sharpness of the image is amazing, you really took advantage of the nice light there.
The blurry background works great to stand out the subject.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-26 20:08]

Hi Jan Hendrik - great shot of the Buff-streaked Chat. It is a tight crop, but you have him all showing in the frame. Very sharp and clear to see,

fantastic portrait, TFS Ori

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-26 22:50]

Hello Jan Hendrik,
Beautiful capture.POV,pose of bird,exposure,clear details and compositon are excellent.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-08-27 1:10]

Hello Jan Hendrik,
In spite of the tight crop this is a fantastic photo. Great sharpness with perfect details. Very beautiful colours in the bird as well as in the BG. Perfect light, POV and DOF.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-08-27 4:07]

Hi Jan Hendrik,
This is an excellent sharp photo. You managed to let the bird stand out from the bg. Great sharpness and very detailed. Great pose of your model and very good light with nice colours and blurred bg.

Excellent shot, Jan!
Details, pose and colours are really good!

Fantastic clarity. The rock colouration adds lustre to the photo.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-27 6:39]

Hi Jan,
Outstanding portrait shot with such sharp details on its plumage and lovely colours. Superb lighting and the neutral BG enhances the beauty by highlighting the subjects. Excellent POV and DOF. A wonderful composition. Kudos.

Sharpness, color and exposure all look great. I agree with Paul, that I would like a bit more space at the sides, especially in front of the bird. the background is lovely.

Evelynn ; )

Hola Jan,
Preciosa toma de bella composición, gran nitidez, bellos colores, luz y fondo muy bonitos, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Jan Hendrik,
this must be one of your best so far.
Sharpness and exposure are spot on, lovley colours and good POV. The DOF is alslo very good, the bird standsout great,
The compostion is maybe a bit to tight but that is a minor nit and of course it's personal.
Very well done.

Hello Jan Hendrik,
A great point of view to depict this fellow at his best!
Superb details in the plumage and the colours have great clarity...
Close-up work is well done, and presented in a fine composition!
Pablo -

Hi Jan Hendrik,
perfect capture of this beautiful wheatear.
great sharpness and details. POV/DOF, BG, composition, eye contact also great. good notes. thanks a lot.
best wishes

Hello Jan Hendrik
which beautiful bird, and you have reussi a photograph of a great clearness.
Thank you

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-29 1:20]

Hi Jan Hendrik,
Finding a short time for TN today,I see that I missed some beautiful photos again. Lovely capture. Focus, clarity, sharness, light and colors are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-08-31 19:27]

Hello Jan Hendrik,
fabulous shot of this bird in a great pose. The neutral BG looks great and shows off the details perfectly.
Great work.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-09-24 23:20]

Hello Jan Hendrik,
Excellent capture of Buff streaked chat with perfect POV and DOF. Very sharp and detailed shot. Good pose of the bird and you even got a catch light in its eye. Superb shot and thanks a lot for sharing it.

Hi Jan hendrik,

Superb shot of this Buff-streaked Chat
Compo, sharpness, pose, details, colours POV, DOF and BG are excellent
i also like the catchlight in its eye

TFS Thijs

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-10-13 7:52]

Hello Jan Hendrik,
So glad you got a chance to poke your head in. : )
I know what you mean about the hectic pace of life.
This unusual bird is very handsome.
I don't think I have seen one before.
I like the light on it, and the beautiful colors.
Great pose as well.
TFS. : )

hello jane,
this is a lovely shot, the focus is superb, excellent dof, lovely colours,
nicely composed picture,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi, Jan.
Very nice bird and shot. Golden light. Tack sharp, with excellent details and colors. Clean beautiful BG.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-16 14:00]

What a perfect shot!!
A beautiful bird this Buff-streaked Chat. The details are superb and very interesting. Magnificent composition with an excellent pose, framing, and bg.
Congratulations, dear friend.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Hi Jan Hendrik,
Good photo in terms of BG, POV, DOF, etc.
Also content! Concerning the former, I don't think I spotted this one in KNP (Kruger).
I verified the Kruger map and this chat specie isn't listed or depicted in that map. Two other 'chatters' are: the African stonechat and the Mocking cliff-chat. I don't think I've spotted these either let alone photographed them.
Strange it isn't in the map as it is photographed in the province Limpopo and the northern part of KNP is also part of Limpopo? Maybe it isn't 'so' common.
Well done!

Technically excellent Jan,
Lovely color and great detail, DOF, exposure, and BG.
Beautiful bird! :)

Hello Jan Hendrik. Stunning image in well exposed detail and plumage. Well framed and best regards. Jusni

Ciao Jan Hendrik,
meravigliosa cattura, splendida composizione con una bellissima posa ed uno stupendo BG, la definizione č molto buona, ottima esposizione con una buona resa dei colori molto belli e contrastati.
TFS. Maurizio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-21 7:58]

Hello Jan! That's a very nice bird and you captured it perfectly, all the colors blend well together! A beautiful image!


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