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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Sigma EX APO DG 50-500mm f/4-6.3, ISO 400
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-17 16:27
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Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Luscinia
Species: L. svecica
Binomial name: Luscinia svecica

The Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) is a small 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. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.

It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in wet birch wood or bushy swamp in Europe and Asia with a foothold in western Alaska. It nests in tussocks or low in dense bushes. It winters in north Africa and India.
The Bluethroat is similar in size to the European Robin at 13–14 cm. It is plain brown above except for the distinctive black tail with red side patches. It has a strong white supercilium. The male has a blue bib edged below with successive black, white and rust coloured borders. Some races, such as L. svecica svecica (Red-spotted Bluethroat) of northern Eurasia, have a red spot in the centre of the blue bib.
Others, such as L. svecica cyanecula (White-spotted Bluethroat) of southern and central Europe, have a white spot in the centre of the blue bib. L. svecica magna in Turkey has no central spot.
Females of all races usually have just a blackish crescent on an otherwise cream throat and breast. Newly fledged juveniles are freckled and spotted dark brown above.
Despite the distinctive appearance of the males, recent genetic studies show only limited variation between the forms, and confirm that this is a single species.
The male has a varied and very imitative song . Its call is a typical chat “chack” noise.

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-17 18:07]

Hi Thijs van Balen
This is a very good photo of that Bluethroat wwith a glittering eye.Lovely colors and sharp details. The composition is good but would have cropped tighter to focus on the bird. Good depth of field.
a good shot
Regards from Québec

Beautiful little bird, has a lovely bib and very delicate paws thin. Super sharp.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-17 23:14]

Hello Thijs,
A very fine capture of a male Bluethroat (on its way to Sweden?). The low POV, sharpness, natural colours and composition are excellent.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-18 0:17]

Very cute and colorful species, fine composition. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-18 0:26]

Hallo Thijs,
Al jaren staat deze op mijn lijst van vogels die ik zeker nog een keer wil zien, maar tot nu toe niet gelukt.
Dit is een erg mooie foto waarin zijn kleuren goed tot z'n recht komen. Goede scherpte en een prima pose met oog contact. Genomen vanuit een goed laag standpunt in een uitstekende compositie.

Hallo Thijs,
a very beautiful capture of the Bluethroat, very good sharpness, splendid natural colours, a very nice composition with a lovely pose of this colourful bird on the ground
Best regards

good sharpness, colors and background. wonderful species.

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  • senoli (60)
  • [2011-05-18 5:24]

hallo thijs ,
Super leuke foto.
bijzonder vogel hé nog nooit voorgekomen
groetjes : Senol

Hello Thijs,
What a lovely capture with splendid details, very nice colors and outstanding focus.
I never seen it im my country. Impressive composition with nice background.

altijd weer plezant om deze te fotograferen,
mooi gedaan


Hallo Thijs,

deze blauwborst staat er mooi op en ik heb hem niet... na al die jaren.
Goede scherpten en duidelijk in beeld.

Groet Gert

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