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Hypocolius ampelinus 2

Hypocolius ampelinus 2
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-05
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-04 7:03
Viewed: 3172
Points: 58
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Hypocolius ampelinus (Bonaparte, 1850)
Grey Hypocolius

On 3-12-2010 the species Hypocolius ampelinus was recorded from first time in Cyprus. A bird of this species was in a small area in Kavo Greko (eastern Cyprus) for three days. I took a lot of photos on 4 and 5-12-2010. This is my second posting of this bird.

Hypocolius ampelinus belongs to the family Bombycillidae (Waxwings). Some authors place it in a family of its own, the Hypocoliidae.
It is a slim bird with a long tail, slight crest and thick, short hook-tipped bill. Its shape and soft, satiny plumage resembles that of the waxwing. Birds are mainly a uniform grey or brownish-grey colour, with males having a black triangular mask around the eyes.
According Wikipedia, The Hypocolius ranges through the Middle East, breeding in the Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan area, and wintering mostly near the Red Sea and Persian Gulf coasts of Arabia, including Bahrain. It is a vagrant to Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Oman. They fly in flocks and forage mainly on fruits.

There are only a few records of this bird from Israel and Turkey. This was the first and I hope not the last record from Cyprus.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-04 7:09]

Hello Christodoulos,
Let me be the first one who can congratulate you with this wonderful new masterpiece. Fantastic in all aspects!

Hi Christodoulos,
amazing photo of this bird. Great point of view. Amazing colours and clarity.
Thanks for sharing,

Olá amigo realmente uma excelente foto o interessante é a árvore que ele pousou é uma proteção contra predadores pois a árvore é cheio de espinho e impede a entrada de animais,bela foto parabéns.

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful lighting BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos,
Another interesting and rare bird......
Impressive capture with very nice details and exceptional sharpness.
I love the excellent clarity and the perfect focus.
Wonderful composition and perfect exposure as usual.

Hello Christodoulos,
Another excellent exposure with superb sharpness and details. Great eye contact, feather detail and POV. Well done.
Best regards,

fantastic and moving cap[ture, I remember seeing it in Eilat in 1987 when it was observed for the first tikme in Israel.

Ciao Christodoulos. Good details and sharp for the interesting specie against the soft environment.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-04 13:12]

Hello Chreistodoulos.
Excellent capture of this very beautiful bird. All, from eye contact to sharp details, colors, but perfect exposure with grey balance. TFS, best wishes.Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-12-04 13:21]

excellent work again!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-04 13:38]

Magnificent capture whit the usual fantastic sharpness and composition,i like the colors of background,seems made to create a perfect wedding for the bird colors.Very well done!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Chris, Fabulous low lighting with lovely warm natural colours, superb sharpness as per your trademark, splendid POV, great effort here Chris and very well done,
Best Regards,


εξαιρετική, εύχομαι να ολοκληρώσεις το βιβλίο της Κύπρου και να δούμε και ένα δικό σου!

Hi Christodoulos

Great capture of this rare visitor to your island. A species I'm unfamiliar with, so it is nice to see it here. Great sharp image as always, great work


Hello Christodoulos,
A very beautiful captured of this bird, excellent sharpness, lovely highlighted eye, nice pose and beautiful colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
Best Regards,

Hi Chris!
Very elegant bird! nice capture
TFS, Ferran

Wow, I'm thrilled to see this Hypocolius in its most beautiful aspect captured by a professional of your calibre, Chris! The picture is technically outstanding and an artistic creation as a whole.
It was a fluke chance that I also shot a female Hypocolius in the little garden of my school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the winter of 2006-07. I posted five of its pictures here at that time. (You can search them here on TN by inserting 'hypocolius' string.) Of course, they were amateurish in terms of photography, but I was happy with the fact that I had captured this bird considered to be rare in terms of its limited location and habitat and that too in a country in which photography is forbidden. It stayed with us for a couple of days and then flew away.
Sorry for telling you a long tale!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-05 6:02]

Interesting and beautiful species but not best of your image. tfs.

Wonderful to see this rare for us, elegant bird.
Excellent photo and composition.
regards yiannis

is a very nice!!!

hello Christodoulos
this is again a super shot
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos,
Hope you are well. This s a fine photo once again, Chris.....hope you won't mind calling you, Chris. Once more the bird is perched on the top of a thorny tree. It resembles our shrike family, looks like one if the beak is kept in mind but it is a new bird for me. Th e ashy plumage has been captured well here....thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful bird which seems perhaps rare.....by the way your note is excellent ...take care....warmest regards/Abid

Delicado y elegante trabajo. Enhorabuena de nueco Chris:
J. Ignasi.

Hi Christodoulos
Nice and interesting bird, I like a lot the plumage textures!
Weel done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-06 1:01]

Hello Christodoulos,
Amazing, you seem to be at the right place at the right time. Congratulations to have made pictures of a bird which is just newly arrived on Cyprus. As usual most attractive picture with well chosen composition and subtle beautiful colors. I see that the bird has chosen a spiny surrounding! Bravo again!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-12-07 1:33]

Hello Christodoulos,
such a lovely pose by the bird and you showed it wonderfully.
the colors are so lovely and natural, with sharpness well defined.
Excellent job, how lovely to see your image in splendid work.
congrats and lovely presentation.


Hi Christodoulos,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Grey Hypocolius. The afternoon light is briging out the colors. Have a nice day.


This bird looks majestic perched on that twig, Christodoulos. Lovely close framing and fine isolation in well defined details. Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Christodoulos

Impressive close-up photo of this bird,
with fine POV and appropriate framing,
great focus sharpness and details,
the catch-light always render the photo better,



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