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Pied Bushchat Female juv.

Pied Bushchat Female juv.
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-08 9:48
Viewed: 3968
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) is a small passerine bird found ranging from West and Central Asia to South and Southeast Asia. About sixteen subspecies are recognized through its wide range with many island forms. It is a familiar bird of countryside and open scrub or grassland where it is found perched at the top of short thorn trees or other shrubs, looking out for insect prey. They pick up insects mainly from the ground, and were, like other chats, placed in the thrush family Turdidae, but are now considered as Old World flycatchers.

They nest in cavities in stone walls or in holes in an embankment, lining the nest with grass and animal hair. The males are black with white shoulder and vent patches whose extent varies among the subspecies. Females are predominantly brownish while juveniles are speckled.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Saxicola
Species: S. caprata
Binomial name
Saxicola caprata

The Pied Bushchat is slightly smaller than the Siberian Stonechat, Saxicola maurus, although it has a similar dumpy structure and upright stance. The male is black except for a white rump, wing patch and lower belly. The iris is dark brown, the bill and legs black. The female is drab brown and slightly streaked. Juveniles have a scaly appearance on the underside but dark above like the females.

I shot this near Kanakapura

thor68, CatherineD, jaycee, jcoowanitwong, eqshannon, Luis52, MMM, jignasi has marked this note useful
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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-08-08 10:54]

what a nice passerine! :-) great capture with wonderful natural colors and good sharpness; pov and composition are great too,
love the neutral blurred background and the thorny bush it is sitting on. terrific job & best wishes, thor.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-08 10:55]

Hello Arjun
perfect capture with excellent details and clear bg

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  • ravish (28)
  • [2009-08-08 10:59]

Hi Arjun,
Excellent shot of the bushchat.Its quite difficult get these small ones for a shot but you have managed to keep the details exceptionaly well.Superb BG blur with a detailed eye shot makes it a really nice capture.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-08 11:30]

Hello Arjun,
Great photo of this Bushchat. Very pleasant eye-contact. Beautiful natural colours in a great contrast against the OOF BG. Very good sharp details, POV and an excellent composition.

Hello Arjun,
Excellent composition with fine details, beautiful tones. Very well done. Congratulations,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-08 16:06]

Hi Arjun,

So many of these lovely birds have not crossed the sea to America! A beautiful shot of this Pied Bushchat in a lovely pose on the branch. Wonderful colors and details of the face, eye and feathers. I love the background, setting and composition.


Hello Arjun,
Beautiful picture of this small bird. Sharp focus, well exposed and well seen on the soft background. TFS this wonderful image.

I love the D50 when it works this good. Doing just what you wanted...superior subdued quality. Almost a combination of pastel and earth tones...

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-08-08 18:48]

Hola Arjun.
Foto muy hermosa. Bellos colores y elegente pose del Pajarillo sobre una Acacia.
El fondo combina muy bien con los colores del plumaje del ave.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-08 22:18]

perfect composition for this beautifully perched bushchat, your best image so far. tfs.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-08-10 10:14]

Hello Arjun
Nice capture.Good POV and well composed image.The image is sharp with a nice OOF BG.I also like your subject pose.
TFS Michel

Hola Arjun,
una excelente toma así como una luz matizada bastante efectiva. Encuadre casi perfecto y una buena pose del ave. Buen trabajo !

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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