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Cyprus Wheatear Female

Cyprus Wheatear Female
Photo Information
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: 2007-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BIRDS of CYPRUS, Bayram's Favourites-III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 13:16
Viewed: 5512
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As the Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) breeds only on Cyprus it is regarded as endemic to Cyprus, though it overwinters in Ethiopia and Sudan.

This is a female, quite similar to the male except that the cap is greyer and the black parts of the plumage are duller with a brownish tinge. Cyprus Wheatears frequent more exposed rocky areas.

You can see the male here

This shot was taken on the Akamas peninsula in NW Cyprus. Efforts are being made to prevent this peninsula from being developed to protect the unique flora and fauna.

Taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 10 meters. Image quite heavily cropped.
ISO 200
After size reduction the BG was treated for noise using Neat Image

MMM, jaycee, Hil, Silvio2006, ridvan, SkyF, qiqiqi, horia, SelenE, Dan, rousettus, Alex99, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-31 13:42]

Hello Ivan, excellent close up of this beautiful wheatear, the POV, and composition are fantastic, congratulations in a fine capture...

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-31 13:44]

Hello Ivan
Very nice image.you did a very nice job with the sharpness ,I like the details that we can see from the plumage.Also nice catchlight in the eye.Excellent DOF and POV
TFS Michel

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-31 13:52]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid shot of this wheateater. Perfect natural lighting, nice colours, sharp details, fine focus and a majestic pose. Excellent POV and DOF. I like the neat BG, the calm and composed poise and the glint in its eyes. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hej Ivan
Really nice shot of the female Wheatear and even better that we know how male is looking :)
Pose, details & colours are good and work well with green BG.

...Vi har duggregn hela dagen... Vi får se hur det blir i helgen...

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-31 14:37]

Hi Ivan,

Great shot of the Wheatear, its a superb pose and a great POV, really nice detail and beautiful colours which are complimented by the lovely blurred BG, I like the catch-light in the eye too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-31 16:42]

hi ivan, well presented pose with splendid colours,nice eye contact and BG with good compo TFS wel done

Hi Ivan, wonderful bird with splendid colors and lovely pose, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hej ivan!
A fine bird this and you
show here very nice
sharp with good pov and dof
good work!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-05-31 18:40]

Hola Ivan. Una bella imagen lograda de este colorido Pajarillo. Me agrada su pose y el fondo difuso. Luis52.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-31 20:18]

Hello Ivan,
very well captured, nice side view of this bird showing off that little sparkle in its eye. Great details and very nice sharpness. Excellent compositionwith a lovely OOF BG.

Hello Ivan,
Nice shot and even after heavy cropping there are details to appreciate. Beautiful natural colors and appropriate blurred background.

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful shot.
Good blurred background and perching.
Endemic to and photographed in Cyprus. Great content...
Well done...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-01 2:55]

A very pretty bird, Ivan, and I really like the composition here.
I really like the very subtle tinges of peach color you were able to capture on the "white" breast. A new species for me, so thanks. : )
TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-01 4:07]

Hi Ivan

What a charming capture here!
Nice to see an endemic species (at least one considerred endemic) and to learn something new.
You photo of it is exceptional and i really like the lovely pose and the great BG that makes the bird stand out so nicely.
Very nice details, good natural colors and a charming catchlight in its eye.

Bravo and TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-01 5:43]

Hi Ivan,
Pose is very nice, I liked the eye contact and the composition. TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-01 5:51]

Hi Ivan, I don't remember seeing a Cyprus Wheatear before. Attractive fellow, and you show him well. TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-01 10:55]

Hi Ivan,

This is just beautiful. The bird is lovely perched on the pretty plant. Colors are so nautural and the details are wonderful including the sparkle in the eye. Lovely comp.


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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-06-01 12:23]

Hi Ivan, I never see before this bird. Your note are very useful. The photo is Hi-quality.
Regards, Dan

Hello Ivan , very well composed and good background , TFS and good luck .

Hi Ivan,

She looks beautyful
Perfect sharp with superb details and colours
Excellent POV and BG
lovely compo

TFS Thijs

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-03 16:20]

Hi Ivan, nice posting. Clear shot and a very good note with info about the male as well.
I guess Cyprus is a great place for birds according to your portfolio. Hope to learn more of birdlife from your postings.

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful colors and capture. Nicely composed. Thanks for showing this endemic bird. Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-11 22:14]

Hi Ivan.
I like the picture of this cute bird so much. Pictured scene is very attractive as well as the amazing reproduction of the bird and twigs. I also like so pleasant lighting and colour palette, perfect composition and low POV. Brilliant work and my compliments.

Hello Friend Ivan!
This is an excellent capture of Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) which I have never seen before! TFS friend.

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