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Stonechat


Stonechat
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Copyright: ridvan iron (ridvan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-29 7:34
Viewed: 3534
Points: 14
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(Saxicola torquata)

(En. ,Stonechat Da. Sortstrubet Bynkefugl, Du.
Roodborsttapuit, Fi. Mustapäätasku, Fr. Traquet patre,
Ge. Schwarzkehlchen, It. Saltimpalo, No. Svartstrupe,
Sp. Tarabilla común, Sw. Svarthakad buskskvätta)

is a member of the Old World flycatcher family
Muscicapidae. In the past it was usually treated in a
far wider sense, as the Common Stonechat (Saxicola
torquata sensu lato), but recent genetic evidence
strongly supports the status as full species for the
European Stonechat (S. rubicola, previously S.
torquata rubicola) and the Siberian Stonechat (S.
maura, previously Saxicola torquata maura).

It has a scattered distribution across much of
southern Africa, and more locally in central and sub-
Saharan northern Africa north to Senegal and Ethiopia,
with outlying populations in the mountains of
southwest Arabia, and on Madagascar and Grand Comoro
Island. It is non-migratory, moving only locally if at
all; as a result, it has developed much regional
variation, being divided into 12 subspecies.

Identification:
Male Stonechats, especially in spring are
unmistakable, with their tricoloured plumage: black
heads, orange breasts and big white blobs on the sides
of the neck. The same pattern can just about be seen
on females and juveniles but they are brown not black
on the head and upperparts and the orange and white
areas are much less pronounced. Some such birds may
resemble Whinchats, but Stonechats have fatter bodies,
shorter wings and longer tails and, above all, they
have no eyestripe to break up their generally dark
heads.

Habitat:
Breeds and winters in heathland and sometimes
moorland, especially gorse-covered heaths by the coast
info from: Thorsten Buchen thor68

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Selam Ridvan,
Good pose of this cute little bird!
good clarity, natural colour and details
thanks for the wonderful notes
TFS
cheers
Tony

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6525 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2007-11-29 9:45]

another interesting bird! i like the choice od position in a pic,not usual,very good work,ciao Luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-29 10:46]

Hi Ridvan

Nice pose and really nice composition - it works very well.

James

Merhaba Ridvan, elegant butterfly with splendid colors great composition with lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is a beautiful picture of a beautiful coloured bird. Well composed good POV and details.
Best wishes,
Achim

Well composed using the rule of the thirds. Well done! :)

Hi Ridvan,
A very good try but the focus seems to be a bit soft on this stonechat. Anyway I like the composition of a large blank space on the left and good notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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