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Oenanthe cypriaca 4

Oenanthe cypriaca 4
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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: 2009-03-25
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-19 5:33
Viewed: 3356
Points: 56
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Oenanthe cypriaca (Homeyer, 1884)
Cyprus Wheatear

Oenanthe cypriaca is a small (14–15 cm long) passerine bird in the family Saxicolidae. It breeds only in Cyprus, and winters in southern Sudan and Ethiopia.
It is a black and white bird closely resembling Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) although it has slightly more black on the tail and back and on the head. A 2010 study found that Cyprus Wheatear differs from Pied Wheatear in 14 external morphometric characters. The sexes are similar in appearance, a fact first documented by Christensen (1974), although the female is duller and has more black on the crown.
In autumn on females and first year males the crown is grey with some white visible on crown-sides (can create white supercilium) and the breast is deep yellow-ochre.
It was formerly treated as a subspecies of Pied Wheatear but Sluys and van den Berg (1982) argued that the form deserved full species status, on the basis of differences in biometrics and especially song, and the lack of sexual plumage dimorphism in cypriaca.
The song is distinctive, and very different from that of Pied Wheatear.

It is a common species in Cyprus found in a great variety of habitats (rocky areas, cultivations, forests, villages). It occupies more forested areas than the other wheatears but needs a minimum amount of open/bare ground, and a minimum of high bush/tree vegetation.

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Bonjour Christodoulos,
Excellente maîtrise de la lumière permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails sur des couleurs difficiles à exploiter conjointement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.


Very good sharpness, detail and clarity of the subject. A challenge as the subject is both black and white. Well composed with a good POV, DOF and lighting.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2012-04-19 6:56]

Hi Christodoulos

This is a spectacular species, which i only know from my guides. So i am a bit jealous! You managed the hard light very well! I really like the flowers around him and the little light in his eye. Thanks!


hello Christodoulos
Yes this is a very nice composition with the flowers around the bird
great sharpness nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos

Very beautiful photo of the Cyprus Wheatear,
with fine POV at its level and framing,
beautiful light, excellent focus sharpness & details,



It is a pleasure to see this bird which has rarely been seen on TH, Chris.
As usual, this is a professional job. The Wheatear looks fabulous in this great capture.
Warm regards.

Hi Christodoulos.
Beautiful composition. Amazing colours. Great depth of field.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Christodoulos,

An excellent capture with lovely coloration, sharpness & pose. Nicely done & TFS.

Best wishes


PS: Is this a male or female?

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-19 9:59]

Hi Christodoulos.
What a nice scene. I am impressed with beautifulness of the BG and so impressive FG. Amazing combination of colours, sharpness and blurriness. It is clear the key point of the composition is charming small birdy which is detailed stunningly. Reproduction of the white feathers as well as black parts of the bird are simply outstanding. Well done and kind regards.

Hello Christodoulos,
beautifully composed picture of this bird with good sharpness and a nicely blurred background. I especially like the wonderful colours and the splendid light.
Best wishes,

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-04-19 10:13]

Wow Christodoulos
great compo, I love these flowers and the Wheatear is a real plus ;-)

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-04-19 10:58]

superb composition!

Ciao Christodoulos. DOF sharp and detaisl impressive. The best management of light/colours.


bravissimo Chris, congratulations for the capture excellent light details and very nice background,

have a good time ,

ciao, tino

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-19 12:34]

Hello Christodoulos.
Excellent catch. Very detailed and crisp, along with natural colors. Interesting pose as well.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of lovely bird in a fantastic natural ambientation, superb composition, splendid light, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-19 14:49]

Magnificent capture of this little specie in a beautiful scenary full of cardamines white flowers,great details,sharpness and colors as usual,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos,
Very beautiful capture.Great composition,wonderful colours and great sharpness as usual.
Thank You
Kind regards

Hello Christodoulos,
Amazing photo of this endemic Oenanthe cypriaca , splendid composition, useful description, TFS!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-20 1:42]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Very charming picture of this cute bird-species. Lovely Spring surroundings. Quite difficult plumage for a photographer, you did well as usual. Very pleasant composition including the little rock and the flowers.
Kind regards

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-20 4:05]

Hello Christodoulos,
another wonderful image with excellent sharpness and perfect light; beautiful ambientation and splendid colours. A beauty!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-20 8:38]

Beautiful species in great setting of this meadow, excellent image with some great colors. tfs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-21 6:57]

Hello Christodoulos,
what a fantastic presentation. Very artistic and very photographic excellent.
Superb work of the view- the nature framing of the flowers, the yellow spots bokeh well tamed, the sharpness of the bird, the well balanced light and view.
Excellent composition.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-04-21 14:05]

Hi Chris!
What a lovely composition! The little flowers increases the beautiy of the image. Nice shadows on the rock. As usual, a great DOF, which isolated the subject perfectly.
Congratulations master!
Ciao and nice Sunday! Vanda

Preciosa. Una imagen no exenta de gran dificultad por sus complicados colores :-)
Aquí tenemos O. oenanthe y O. hispanica, que han llegado hace poco más de una semana.
Saludos Chris.

Hi Christodoulos
Very nice shot of this Cyprus Wheatear. Beautiful natural settings and appropriate soft background.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-04-22 17:50]

Hello Christodoulos,
A very attractive image indeed!! Love the fine detail and gorgeous coloration. Composition is great and the contrasting black and white plumage is a real eye catcher. Love the colorful semi blurred BG and excellent exposure. Well done!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-23 11:53]

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic photo of this Cyprus Wheatear in superb sharpness, details and very beautiful colours. Taken from a splendid low POV in a marvellous composition. The white flowers are a gorgeous bonus.

Hello Christodoulos
Thank you for sharing this cute Cyprus Wheatear surrounded by flowers in the foreground and back. Love the composition and tack sharp details.
Happy New Year!

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