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Asian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus)

Asian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-29
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-27 6:51
Viewed: 1273
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I searched this shot of Asian/Siberian Stonechat from my recent archives. I took this shot in Islamabad in a small park. Good light, green trees and some bushes in the background helped to attain a good focus on this little bird that was at a distance of some 15-20 feet from me.
Some details from Wikipedia are as under:
The Siberian Stonechat or Asian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) is a recently validated species of the Old World flycatcher family (Muscicapidae). Like the other thrush-like flycatchers, it was often placed in the Turdidae in the past. It breeds in temperate Asia and easternmost Europe and winters in the Old World tropics.

It resembles its closest living relative the European Stonechat (S. rubicola), but is typically darker above and paler below, with a white rump and whiter underparts with less orange on the breast. The male in breeding plumage has black upperparts and head (lacking the brownish tones of the European Stonechat), a conspicuous white collar, scapular patch and rump, and a restricted area of orange on the throat.

The female has pale brown upperparts and head, white neck patches (not a full collar), and a pale, unstreaked pinkish-yellow rump. Males in winter plumage are intermediate between summer males and females, with a supercilium resembling the Whinchat (S. rubetra); from this species and the female it can be distinguished by the full white collar.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-27 7:28]

Hello Akbar,
Excellent photo of this stonechat in superb sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Attractive pose and frontal POV. Good choice of composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-27 11:15]

Hi Akbar,a very nice pose,it seems very proud to be photographed by you..ehehe..and the result is truly great,magnificent DOF for the best details,and natural colors very well exposed,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Bonsoir Akbar,
Très belle attitude du sujet saisie sous un bon angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hallo Akbar
great sharpness of this beautiful coloured bird and nice light

thanks greeting lou

Hello Akbar

Excellent photo of this beautiful bird that is the Asian Stonechat,
fine POV obtaining its head turned eye-contact, with the bird
and the beautiful golden light doing the beauty of the photo, TFS


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-05-30 9:51]

Hi akbar,

Awesome shot and excellent capture, great texture of the plumage.
Wonderful pose, B/G and F/G perfect for the composition.
My best regards.
John vantighem

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2014-06-08 10:52]

Hi Akbar,
wonderful photo that you made,
lovely composition, great lighting, excellent details !
Best regards !

Beautiful background makes your subject pop out. One can really enjoy the details on this lovely capture of the Stonechat. Well done.

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