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White-crowned wheatear


White-crowned wheatear
Photo Information
Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 338] (2581)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-06-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D610, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM+1.4xTC
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-09-02 10:20
Viewed: 80
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Correcting the description of this bird:

The white-crowned wheatear, or white-crowned black wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) is a wheatear, a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.

This large 17–18 cm long wheatear breeds in stony deserts from the Sahara and Arabia across to Iraq. It is largely resident but has occurred as a rare vagrant to western Europe as far away as Great Britain. It nests in crevices in rocks or walls laying 3-5 eggs.

Although most wheatear species have distinctive male and female plumages, adults of both sexes of this species are black except for a white rump and mainly white tail. Full adults have a white crown, not shown by young birds.

The similar black wheatear, Oenanthe leucura, also breeds in the western part of the white-crowned wheatear's range, but the latter has a black inverted T on its white tail, whereas white-crowned has only a black centre to its tail. The black wheatear never has a white crown.

This species mainly eats insects. This wheatear has a loud song, more varied than most of its relatives and often including mimicry.

Photgraphed in the wadis and hills of the Arava region of the Negev, Israel. In Hebrew, `Slait` - סלעית

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Very nice details.

  • Great 
  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 0 N: 434] (8575)
  • [2019-09-03 1:30]

beautiful..

Hello Alan,
Very nice details and focus.
Marius.

Ciao Alan, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65295)
  • [2019-09-03 13:23]

Hi Alan,beautiful wheatear in a pose like a movie star,impressive sharpness and exposure,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alan,
Excellent shot! Perfect and stunning background with excellent details and exposure.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,
Srikumar

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