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Saxicola rubicola

Saxicola rubicola
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-01
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2, Pretty - Perfect - Picture, Dainty birds 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-15 8:35
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Saxicola rubicola (Linnaeus 1758) synonym S. torquatus rubicola
European Stonechat

The Saxicola rubicola is a small passerine bird, 11.513 cm long, in the family Saxicolidae.
The male has black upperparts, a black head, an orange throat and breast, and a white belly and vent. It also has white half-collar on the sides of its neck, a small white scapular patch on the wings, and a very small white patch on the rump often streaked with black. The female has brown upperparts and head, and no white neck patches, rump or belly, these areas being streaked dark brown on paler brown.
Saxicola rubicola breeds in heathland, coastal dunes and rough grassland with scattered small shrubs and bramble, open gorse, tussocks or heather. It is short-distance migrants or non-migratory, with part of the population moving south to winter.
Two weakly defined subspecies are currently accepted:
Saxicola rubicola rubicola. In the south and east of its range, from Denmark southwest to Spain and northern Morocco, east to Poland and Ukraine, and southeast to Turkey.
Saxicola rubicola hibernans. Northwestern Europe in Atlantic coastal areas, in southwestern Norway, Great Britain, Ireland and northwestern France. Birds in coastal Portugal are also often listed as this subspecies but this is disputed.

In Cyprus Saxicola rubicola is a very common and widespread winter visitor.

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Hallo Christodoulos,
another fantastic capture of a splendid bird, superb sharpness and incredible details, marvellous natural colours, excellent POV and composition, very well done
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-15 8:48]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another topper. Perfect in all aspects and very beautiful.

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful capture with superb details and excellent focus.
Again a fantastic sharp image with amazing clarity and superb blurred background. Nice work!

Hallo Christodoulos,

Wow,what an exellent photo by you.
Everything are right,
Well done!


Hi Christodoulos
Excellent shot of this male European Stonechat.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-15 9:34]

Hi Christodoulos,
Splendid photo of this Saxicola rubicola , interesting subspecies, in great colors sharp and fine details!TFS!

I am sure you got this bird to pose for you! regards Yiannis

superb details and sharpness

hello Christo
thanks for this beauty on TN with great details and beautiful colours
the sharpness is allways OK!!
very nice pose
greeting lou

great portrait, TFS Ori

hello Christodoulos

excellent and very beautiful close-up photo of
this beautiful bird that is the European Stonechat,
great focus sharpness and details, WOW ! for that
details of the plumage, beautiful light, fine POV
and framing, beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Hi Chrisotdoulos,
perfect sharpness of your photo. Also nice natural colours. I like this clear and peaceful background.
Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Christodoulos. Absolutely perfect MF! Impressive focus/sharp with razor detail and excellente DOF. Exciting colours and BG.


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

Hi, really a wonderful image. Nothing to say more. Very well done.

Hello Christodoulos,
A lovely capture of this bird in a fine pose. Excellent focus, great sharp details of the plumage and beautiful composition. Lovely colours and a neutral BG that completes your great work!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-15 12:40]

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb portrait of a male Stonechat.
Technically top class, a fine lateral POV and well composed against a neutral BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Christodoulos,
Good evening and let me start with the obvious and apparently shouting WOW, again! You want stop impress me with your superior work my friend! Awesome point of view, composition, detail and colors! This one can not be beaten easily, no doubt! Perfect presentation for the little Saxicola rubicola, here! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hallo Christodoulos
Beautiful image, very nice composition. Super detail showing off the facial features and feathering of this magnificent bird. I just love the way the one paw is lifted higher than the other, as it almost seems as if it is posing especially for you. The focus in this image is outstanding and really praiseworthy. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Γειά σου Χριστόδουλε,
Εξαιρετικό πορτρέτο. Όλα πολύ ωραία, χρώματα, ευκρίνεια, λεπτομέρειες και πολύ ωραίο θολό φόντο.
Σε καληνυχτίζω, Γιώργος

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2011-02-15 16:46]

Icredible quality dear Christodoulos. Simply perfect image you got here. Every detail is so good. Congrats. TFS.

hello Christodoulos
Stonechat is one of the most photogenic birds. I also like its photography. you greatly captured this beautiful passerine bird, with a great sharpness of focus. plain BG and coloration on it splendid. POV/OOF and green tiny leaved branch very nice for composition. thanks for sharing.
have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-15 22:29]

Hello Christodoulos,
this is really a stunning presentation. superb sharpness and excellent clarity. There is nothing could be said about this composition, perfect world.
Exciting colours and no one can deny it excitement.


Hello Christodoulos,

very nice composition, good light and sharpness...nice work....

Best regards
Hasan Baglar

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-16 2:11]

Spectacular pic...another very professional work whit the best of sharpness,colors and composition.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Christodoulos, another amazing picture of this bird. It seems incredible your ability to bring these animals without disturbing them. The capacity in post production and editing images is extraordinary. I know everyone has their own secrets, but if I could tell at least the main steps to at least bring your mastery of image manipulation programs, it would be a wonderful thing for me. Personally I would consider a frai the first 5 authors of TN. All the best, Paolo

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-16 3:53]

Excellent portrait of this lovely stonechat with incredible details and good colors, fine composition too. The perch is very artistic, very rare. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,

Amazing details in this little fellow!
The level point of view works well, as always...
The plumage is very natural and skillfully reproduced, and the non-intrusive background enhances the subject well!

Pablo -

400mm και γέμισε το κάδρο, πάρα πολύ καλή απόδοση σε αυτό το πανέμορφο πουλί!
καλημέρα Χριστόδουλε!

Hi Christodoulos,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the European Stonechat on the branch. It is clear and sharp. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.


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