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Luscinia svecica

Luscinia svecica
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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: 2011-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Sigma EX APO DG 50-500mm f/4-6.3, Digital ISO 400, 86mm Kood Skylight Filter
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-26 4:24
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Points: 18
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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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Hi Thijs,

A very nice capture of The Bluethroat Bird, a little small in the frame but i like the surrounding and out of focus foliage, love the BG colour tones that supports and pulls the bird forward, splendid picture and well done,
Congratulations Thijs and have a nice day,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-26 6:38]

Hello Thijs,
nice view indeed is such pleasant pestel color tones. The surroundings allow symbolism of freedom.
well seen in good details and effective view too.


Beautiful photo Thijs! The composition is excellent. The BG, the lighting and the colours are fantastic.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-26 7:24]

Hi Thijs.
Very elegant composition. Charming inclined stems, cute small bird and amazing light neutral smooth BG. Details of the bird are excellent as well as beautifulness of the blurred surroundings. TFS and best regards.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-26 8:55]

Dag Thijs,

Aan de snavel te zien een jonge blauwborst. Mooie pose zo op die rietstengel.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-05-26 10:00]

Hi Thijs,
Excellent photo of this very interesting species, TFS!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-26 10:24]
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Hallo Thijs,
Leuke foto van deze jonge Blauwborst zonder nog veel blauw op de borst. Staat mooi in de compositie. Prettige zachte kleuren.

Leuk plaatje thijs, good scherp.

Ik heb jaren in Delft gewoond, maar nooit geweten dat dit in de lier zat,


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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-26 19:38]

A very goodd shot of this «Gorgebleue à miroir», a sapecies that is unknowwn to us in Canada.Your composition is very artistic, the bird standing out perfectly against that beautiful blurry background.

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