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Oenanthe hispanica 4

Oenanthe hispanica 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: 2009-04-11
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-12 23:06
Viewed: 3142
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Oenanthe hispanica(Linnaeus 1758). Race melanoleuca, black throated form.
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear.

Oenanthe hispanica is a passerine bird in the family Saxicolidae. It is a small insectivorous species 13.5-15.5 cm long.
The breeding male has the forehead and crown white or nearly white, the mantle buff, and the wings black. The underparts are white tinged with buff. The back, upper tail coverts and most of the tail are white. The ear coverts and a line from the bill are black (white throated form), Sometimes the throat is also black (black throated form). In autumn and winter the head and mantle are distinctly buff, as are the underparts, including the throat, but the buff varies in intensity. The female is a browner bird, but has the characteristic lower back, and her seasonal changes are less marked.
There are two races; the western race (hispanica) in the Iberian peninsula and north Africa and the eastern race (melanoleuca) from S Italy and Balkans eastward.
Oenanthe hispanica is a migratory species and winters in Africa south of Sahara.

In Cyprus the eastern race melanoleuca is a fairly common spring passage migrant from late March to early May and less common in autumn from late August to October. It occurs in both black throated and white throated forms.

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Great as ever ...nice to see your brilliant work again my neighbor Christodoulos!
George Veltchev

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-08-12 23:54]

Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid photo presentation of this rare species in my country! Great lights and very fine details, TFS!Have a nice day!

nice wheatear on asphodelus, greetings Ori

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-08-13 2:32]

Hi Chris,

Another masterpiece. Not easy with all that black and white colors. Well done.Also the background is well blurred.


I feel gratified to notice that a professional nature photographer of your calibre has found my picture of a Common Emigrant worthy of attention. Thank you!
I have no hesitation whatsoever in saying that this is the best picture of a Wheatear I have ever seen on TN. It is a picture that deserves 10/10 on both grounds I consider essential in nature imagery: Technical Excellence and Aesthetics.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-08-13 5:27]

Hello Christodoulos,
Again a perfect and elegant bird-shot. How well you composed your shot and how fine and subtle the tints of the background.
Bravo again!
Kind regards

Chris, this is such a beautiful shot of this bird. Wonderful sharpness and bokeh. Have a great week, Bill

Hello Christodoulos,
Outstanding close-up capture with fantastic colors, sharpness & pose. Very nicely composed & presented with a great POV. Great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


hello Christodoulos,
this is my dream to take this type of picture. marvelous capture with great clarity, colour and composition.
best wishes,

Hello Christodoulos

Great close-up shot with fine POV,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Giasou Christodoule.
A perfect photo of this bird, excellent detail and light, good eye contact. Suitable background.
regards yiannis

hello Christodoulos
super good sharpness pose of this beautiful bird
i like the colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos,
A fascinating photo with razor sharp details, very nice vivid colors and perfect exposure. Nice composition taken from a excellent POV with lovely light and best clarity. As usual a exceptional image.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-13 10:27]

Hello Christodoulos.
This is such a perfect picture of this nice specie. You had great lightning and details are amazing. Colors, BG, exposure and compo are just great.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-13 11:14]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another fantastic photo in all aspects. The eye contact is amazing. From 2009!! You got a archive full of treasures.

Hello Christodoulos,
beautiful photos, good POV and BG, excellent sharpness and color.
very very nice.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

Hi Christodoulos
Very beautiful
Excellent sharpness and details
All the best

just perfect ...
great capture,Chris

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-08-15 1:11]

Hi Christodoulos,
amazing photo with excellent sharpness, beautiful details, lovely composition ! Congratulations !

Como siempre, un placer ver tus fieles capturas y esta vez O. hispanica en su variante de
gola negra ( en primavera).
En mi zona (Catalunya/32.000 km2) tenemos uns 60.000 parejas de esta especie.
Buen fin de semana Christodoulos: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of lovely bird on beautiful lighting BG, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-08-20 16:12]

Hola Christodoulos; hermosa especie que no conocía y una excelente foto que muestra todas las características del ave, buen color, enfoque, luz, contraste y fondo...saludos

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-09-01 9:36]

Great picture, I like it, very natural and a great composition. Thank for sharing it. Congratulation. Un saludo.

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