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Black-eared Wheatear

Black-eared Wheatear
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-05-28 2:18
Viewed: 2591
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
he Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) is a wheatear, a small migratory 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 13.5-15.5 cm (5.6 inch) long insectivorous species is dimorphic with eastern and western races, sometimes split as Eastern Black-eared Wheatear and Western Black-eared Wheatear. In both forms, birds with or without a black throat are met with.
The breeding male of the western form O. h. hispanica of the Iberian peninsula and north Africa has the forehead and crown white or nearly white, the mantle buff, and the wings blacker than those of the Northern Wheatear. 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, and sometimes the throat, are black.
In autumn and winter the head and mantle are distinctly buff, as are the underparts, including the throat, but the buff varies in intensity. Except for the central pair, the tail feathers are much whiter than in the Northern Wheatear, the white on the inner web often extending to the tip.
The female is a browner bird, but has the characteristic lower back, and her seasonal changes are less marked.
The eastern O. h. melanoleuca is found in the eastern Mediterranean, and migrates to winter quarters in the Sudan.
The male of the eastern form is even whiter in summer than the western bird, but as a rule may be distinguished by the line which extends across the base of the bill. Black-throated individuals of this race have a greater amount of black on the throat and face than on the western birds, and the black generally terminates more abruptly or in a straighter line.
It is a rare vagrant to northwest Europe.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Oenanthe
Species: O. hispanica
Binomial name
Oenanthe hispanica
(Linnaeus, 1758)


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Excellent photograph. Perfect point of view and good details. regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-28 2:35]

Hello Durzan.
This is a fine shot of the beautiful looking bird. Your sharp focusing is very good with fine detail in the feathers. Natural colours with a nice POV./DOF. well done TFS.Best regards Siggi

Hello Durzan,
Very good picture of this cute bird, great sharpness details, great background and excellent exposure. A very good captured!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Ciao Durzan. Impresive focus on eye and intrigant warm tone. Great BG.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-28 6:45]

Hello Dûrzan,
Very nice sharp detailed photo in beautiful natural colours. Good POV, plain BG and composition.

Hi Durzan,
great point of view. Excellent portrait. Nice colours and composition. Very good shaprness.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Durzan,

Fabulous capture of this fine bird my friend, lovely and well controlled lighting, very nice tonal colours, strong composition, good job well done,
Congratulations Durzan and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-28 15:35]

Hi Durzan,what a beautiful low point of view and what a great result whit the best sharpness and natural colors.I like it...a lot!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Durzan
lovely image of this Wheatear, fine pose and POV, the colors are amazing and the the sharpness is also very good, excellent composition
Have a great sunday

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-28 17:48]

Very good close-up of the «Traquet isabelle». Good eye-level point of view, neat details on the plumage, and blurry bokeh. Love the glint in the eye.

Hello again Dûrzan,
A fine close capture of a juvenile Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca. Isabellina has a light-coloured eyebrow, even as a juvenile. I can show you one I took on Lesvos in the WS.
Nice pose, sharpness, composition, POV and colours.
Thanks and best wishes,

Bonjour Durzan,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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