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Winchat (male)

Winchat (male)
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-11 1:30
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Winchat (male) (Saxicola rubetra).
Swedish name: Buskskvätta, meaning ‘bush chat’

This is a male that has caught a garden chafer beetle to feed its young.

We were looking for dragonflies and other insects when I heard the warning ‘tchack….tchack’ calls of a pair of Winchats that had a nest in the undergrowth near the perimeter fence of this nature reserve.

Their habitat damp meadows, nearly always near water with suitable deep ground vegetation and bushes rich in insects. In this case the habitat is a nature reserve of marshy wetland adjoining a small lake, known for its orchids and interesting insect life.

Winchats are widespread summer visitors to most of Europe. They overwinter in tropical Africa.

This was taken at a distance of about 10 meters (33 ft.) without my TC, which meant heavier cropping.
I have to accept that he stands on a treated wood fencing post instead of a natural object, but I suppose it reflects how much we affect nature in this world!
After fairly heavy cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-11 1:35]

Hello Ivan
Excellent capture with vivid colors and great details

Hi Ivan,

very nice presentation from this bird.
Good bg, sharpness and pov.
Fine Colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-11 1:54]

Hello Ivan,
This is a stunning shot. Great detail and sharpess on the subject against a wonderful BG. I really like its pose . Excellent composition. TFS .
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-11 2:01]

Slav Îvan,
Wonderful presentation.Great composition with excellent sharpness,details and natural colors.Thanks for sharing and regards,

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2009-08-11 2:02]

What a nice photo of this winchat. I really like the pose and the lightning..

Hi Ivan...Good colour and detail and the prey is a bonus.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-11 4:05]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful photo of this Whinchat. Excellent sharpness, details and clear, natural colours. Great DOF, plain BG, POV and composition.

No está mal Ivan, y más a 10 m. de distancia. Yo soy incapaz de fotografiar un ave pequeña con las mínimas condiciones técnicas jeje.
En mis guias veo que winchat (tarabilla norteña se denomina en España) cria desde vuestras tierras hasta Lleida, donde yo vivo, aunque no la he observado nunca.
Como siempre un buen enfoque y colores.

La Mariposa de la que te pedí ID, creo que se trata de una variación de Zygaena occitanica, pero no he encontrado referencias ni ninguna similar en mis consultas.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-11 5:48]

Hello Ivan,
Nice photo, this species I see very rare in nature and can look on screen. Exact sharp details of plumage, clear smooth BG.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Ivan,

An excellent capture with such vivid colors, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.



I am not familiar with this bird so it is doubly appreciated by me. Wonderful clarity of detail, composition, DOF, and lighting. It is always great when you can capture the image with its prey. I also concur about how much we affect nature with our presence and our habits.


Very nice composition. Cute bird.
Top-level photo quality.
A good share.
Best regards.

Hello Ivan, superb shot of this cute winchat with fine composition.
TFS and regards,

hello ivan
super composition with very good details and good sharpness
beautiful bird with great colours
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-11 13:18]

Hi Ivan,very nice work.Simple,essential,and a very nice composition too.Your crop was perfect,the pic is just for the winchat,no others ingredients..ehehe...my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-08-11 16:49]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Foto de gran calidad y nitidez. Bellos colores y hermoso fondo difuso que le da realce al pequeño Pajarillo. La pose y la comida en su pico son puntos adicionales pues son un exelente detalle.
Saludos Sr. Ivan.

Ivan, you have to explain how to achieve this level of sharpness! ... excellent, is that the reflex Canon are excellent, but just continues to surprise me you get good results with ISO 400, undoubtedly, has to do with your talent for adjustment.

Superb colors, very strong and defined.

Beautiful capture.



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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-08-11 20:10]

That's a really nice picture, Ivan, a beauty! I love the richness of the colours yet they are soft, I love the details and sharpness of the bird's plumages yet it remains so natural. The bakcground is perfect, mimicking the colour of the pole where the bird is standing. Thank you, beautiful work,


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-11 23:59]

Hello Ivan

Great close-up shot wih excellent detailand OFF BG. Excellent work as usual.


Hi Ivan dostum, winchats are very beautiful tiny birds which i captured and uploaded to TN before. You perfectly captured this one with lovely pose and delightful composition with its prey.
TFS and have a nice day dostum!

This is such an awesome shot, Ivan!
i love the pale BG, the beautiful light and the POV!
Everything about this shot is perfect!
It goes straight into my favs!

Hello Ivan
a lovely shot of this Winchat with a beetle in his beak, wonderful pose against a plain BG, superb sharpness with beautiful details on the feather
great natural colors and lighting
Have a good night

Hello Ivan,
excellent capture of the "bush chat", perfectly captured in action before flyig off to its youngsters. Very well placed and composed in front of a uniformly coloured background. Looking very lively and fresh.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Ivan,
I can't but agree with everyone about the unbelievable sharpness. Simply fantastic. Background's like a carpet on the wall, absolutely smooth and not busy at all, doesn't lead the viewer's eyes off of the bird, so composition-wise the photo's excellent also. Brilliant job. Tfs.
Best regards, László

hello Ivan

excellent photo of the Winchat, with fine POV and framing,
fine focus on it with excellent sharpness and details,
and wonderfully blurred background, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-17 3:56]

Hi Ivan,
this a pheww...to me. you favourite stance with total silence of the background and superbs shot of the bird.
so lovely and excellent composition. the classical food on the beak is the gift of the moment, giving a lovely composition and exciting shot.


Superb Ivan ! Awesome catch! Lovely PoV and superb framing. Very nice sharp picture. Amazing clarity. Also you caught light in teh birds eye. this is really fantastic. I liked this composition. Great work. Congratulations!


after big absence, I returned…
I am glad that I see again your photos!
very beautiful scene, beautiful glance and composition, a sweet result,technically very good photo
TFS and regards Ivan

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