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At Watering: Thirst

At Watering: Thirst
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-16 4:44
Viewed: 5400
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After next short business trip, I begin presentation of a short bird-picture story about unique season.

In 2007 year, it was the hottest summer in our region in my life. During almost week, the temperature reached 41 degree on Celsius. (I am sure many of TN members remember that summer.) In Odessa, the climate is very damp and so high temperature is born too difficult. Both people and animals suffer from heat and closeness

Many other houses have not air conditioners as well as my countryside house has not. Those days even light wind was absent too.

However, there was old steel water-pipe with so old tap in our garden. (In the bottom on the shot you can see part of the pipe on the ground.)

This source of artesian water is very attractive for birds and insects in the summer especially in that season. Near the water (near the tap) birds become less timid. Despite the highest temperature (I remember that days perfectly as well as my pangs) I took camera, monopod and small chair and sat near the water-pipe few hours in waiting for the birds. I had opportunity to take bird pictures from shortest distance that time (about 2.5-3 m). I had not such opportunity anymore ever.

It is clear the most of visitors were common sparrows. But suddenly a slender beauty had visited our water source. I have not met this species before and have not idea about its ID.

However, I am very glad that I managed to take only picture of the bird.

To be continued.

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To rousettus: Lenses.Alex99 1 05-20 21:20
To XOTAELE: Dear Friend.Alex99 1 05-18 09:26
To Maite: In waiting for.Alex99 1 05-17 21:44
To Argus: Northern WheatearAlex99 1 05-16 07:20
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hello Alexei
beautiful pose, beautiful title,
I like the lighting and the very good clarity,another wonderful photo

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-16 5:01]

Hi Alex,
excellent sharpness and a real beauty in its natural chirping pose.
i like the real big eye of this species.
The slanding composition of the piping is very graphic and it adds some visula impact to the shot. Besides, the blurry background the light enhance the beauty very much.
Well composed nature.


Hi Alex
Perfect shot. Razor shar image. Good contrast, perfect blured background. Also good composition with the bird on the left side Nothing to citique here ;-)

PS I was in Macedonia in 2007 summer - it was awfully hot ;-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-16 5:09]

Hello Alexei,
What a jewel from your archive. The sharp details are wonderful. Great natural and clear colours. Beautiful OOF BG. Perfect POV and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-16 5:11]

Hi Alexei. This bird is making the most of the water . I dont now its ID but i will have a look in my books and see if i can find anything like it. It has a very large eye . You have taken a fine close up with good detail and natural colours. All taken on your old Minolta camera. well done TFS.

hello alex
belle photo le cadrage est parfait lanettetée aussi !
tres joli bravo

Hello Alexei,
a fantastic picture of this bird from your archive, outstanding sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV and composition, very well done.
Have a good weekend

Hi Alexei. It's perfect! In details and great light management. Very good colours and intresting BG.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-16 7:06]
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Hello Alexei,
A fine, technically excellent, capture with your old equipment. This is so good that it amazes me that you didn't post this earlier! The upright pose and the tail suggest that this is a juvenile Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe). The light coloured eyebrow has not appeared yet as this individual was only 2 months old when you took this.
Excellent eye-contact and composition with the OOF neutral BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-16 7:08]

Hello Alexei
You capture this bird with excellent details and natural colors. I like it.

helo Alexei!
interesting story that led to this excellent capture rich of details and definition..
compliments sERGIO

very nice close up, TFS Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-16 8:22]

Hello Alexei,
What a beautiful view of the Northern Wheatear very sharply in focus and against a fine soft background. I love the colours and the composition. The poor bird is panting in the heat! I suppose you were panting too!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • trake (30)
  • [2009-05-16 9:45]

Hello Alexei,
a very fine picture of lovely bird.
It's very sharp and taken in a very nice pose.
And I like the low angle.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-05-16 10:04]

Hola Alexei.
Great photo. as usual. Like the light and colors, very sharp and beautiful pose only for Your camera and lens( And for Us in TN)
Interesting note my friend.

hello Alexei

beautiful photo of this bird, with very fine POV at the level of the bird,
also fine framing with the good free space in front of the bird,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-16 16:41]

Hi Alexei,

It's been a while since you have presented one of your mini-series. I'm looking forward to this one after such a wonderful beginning. I see Ivan has identified this beauty as a young Wheatear. A marvelous pose, fantastic facial expression with the opened beak, lovely natural colors, excellent details of face, eye and feathers and a superb composition.


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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2009-05-17 1:58]


YEt another superb bird shot, my dearest friend Alexei!
I love the way you've brought out very fine details using the light to best effect!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-17 9:00]

Hello Alexei,
You show us here a superb and fine bird-picture, well done in all aspects, composition, light, sharpness and natural colors. I especially like the various brown and earth-colors this picture has and the vivid attituge of this elegant bird.
Well done,like always.
Kind regards

Hi Alexei,

Great shot.
Light,focus and colours are excellent.
Good notes.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-05-17 13:22]
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Hello Alexei
What a marvellous capture!! It's a curious bird with a beautiful plumage. I like a lot its pose and the clarity of details on its feathers. DOF, lighting and colors are perfectly measured and defined. I love it!
Thank you very much for this beauty.
My best regards

Hello Alexei
great shot of this beautiful birdtaken xith great sharpness and nice pose
great natural colors, lighting and POV
I like your note very much
Have a good night

Good Morning Alexei,

The need to drink, gave you a fine opportunity for photography! The sharp focus and beautiful plummage details are very well presented.
The catchlight gives the bird a very alert appearance. Superb dof.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-18 4:46]

Priviet Alexei!

Very interesting story. I remember this summer - it vas very hot and dry in Poland too. In September we went to holidays to Montenegro and there was even hotter. But I love such high temperatures. Picture is beautifull! Bird in good pose with perfect ligh and with superb details. Colours are great - ideal for hot day. I like it very much!

Hola Alexei.
Fabulosa captura.
Delicada escena, buen bg y agradable encuadre.
Un interesante comentario.
Saludos amigo, JL.

Nicely captured, good profile with lots of detail!


hello Alexei
super composition with good details
beautiful colours and good light
greeting lou

Witaj Alex,
Splendid little bird. Shiny eye and clear feathers. And this his face. It draws on smeared background well. I thank for description.
Pozdrawiam i gratuluje - Roma

Hello Alexei
what a great capture for thirsty wheatear. great timing, sharp focus, POV/DOF and composition. good notes always. many thanks for sharing.
Another thing, I'd like to ask about macro photography. Nowadays, I plan to buy macro lens, especially for butterfly and other insects close-up. which one better? I would be glad benefit from your experience. thanks.
have a good night, my friend

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-20 23:58]

Hello Alexei,
Great pose of this Wheatear. Beautiful colours and details. Outstanding light, composition and pose. Very good BG.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei !
What a picture, and what a story ! I'm happ we didn't have such a summer in France, as I really don't like hot weather. But it allowed you to take pictures of this very elegant bird. You captured him in a great pose, head up and beak open, with pin sharp details, natural colors, and in a wonderful composition. Very well done !

Hi again Alexei,

Definitely you are exploiting these summer days in their entirety. Excellent photo with wonderful details. I still insist that the colors are incredibly natural. Shows the structure of the bird, its texture, you can almost feel the movement. My congratulations for this excellent work.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-05-21 23:43]

great capture
beautiful specimen and expectant moment ...
Excellent focus and lighting,
certainly a great shot.
greetings friend

Hello Alexei!
Very nice capture of singing Northern Wheatear :> I like exposition and clarity my Friend. You have done a very good work - light, sharpness and DOF are very good. And even if the specimen is not very colourful, it is still a little, cute beauty :)
Best congratulation because of new species for you!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-05-23 13:35]

salut Alexei,
très belle image, la netteté est excellent ce qui permet d'apprécier les détails de cet oiseau. J'aime aussi les couleurs douces et homogènes.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-08-20 21:12]

Dear Alexei,
It is always a pleasure to dive into your gallery where you always have a fine array of chosen presentations.I also find myself scanning for stories you bring along with them making one get the exact feel of the ambience in which you locked that moment in your camera.

The little wheatear looks crisp.You made best use of the sunny opportunity and your good old equipment.The subject is an outstanding combination of technical and aesthetic qualities.I must add that the wavy line on that BG is slightly distracting though. But one would notice that only on a second glance since your birdie takes away all the attention in the first look.

Thanks much for sharing

Hi Alexei,

Stunning capture of pretty beauty!
Thanks a lot for your kind words which you wrote my 500th posting!
TFS and have a nice night!


When I saw the thumb nail I wrongly assumed that you had registered your subject in a "WHISTLING" mode; however, upon reading your notes I discovered the real reason of its wide open beak.
This species, I believe, migrated into Canada via Alaska from Russia. At first I thought it was a baby female Oriole; on closer inspection it is for sure a Northern Wheatear. I have one of them in my library of images. Shall post it someday. It came to visit us many, many times in the backyard for food.
This fellow was "posing" just for you.
HIGHLY IMPRESSIVE IMAGE. Very well done and its presentation is of EXCELLENT QUALITY.
Best regards from Calgary,
P.S. Looks like my mother-in-law will pass away within days... according to the doctors.... but then what do they really know???
Only HE knows for sure when this will happen. She has lost her ability to walk....

hi alexei!
sharp and well composed pic on
this very fine bird,nice background
and i like the open beak
good work!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-12-08 5:23]

Great focus and lightness, successful DOF and POV. Pretty composition and pose.
Greetings and TFS.

Hello Alexei,

Excellent details and a fine pose from your feathered friend!
Accurate focus and super details in the plumage...

And I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, if possibly white!

Pablo -

Hi Alex again,

I remember that summer / autumn. It was hot and dry here in Hungary, too. This one, in 2009, wasn't really better either (just a bit), but on the other side 2008 was a year I never forget. Bearable heat and a lot of rain, so I found such ultra-rarities even in the city park.

Clear capture with fantastic sharpness, plenty of details and neat background as always from You, not to mention excellent composition with more sőpace in front of than behind the bird. Artistic and elegant shot, pleasant to look at. Congrats and tfs.

Best wishes from Your Hungarian friend, Vladyslav

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