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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: 2011-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-06 1:07
Viewed: 2423
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola (syn. S. torquatus rubicola) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a subspecies of the Common Stonechat. Long considered a member of the thrush family Turdidae, genetic evidence has placed it and its relatives in the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae.

It is 11.513 cm long and weighs 1317 g, slightly smaller than the European Robin. Both sexes have distinctively short wings, shorter than those of the more migratory Whinchat and Siberian Stonechat. The summer 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, the only white being the scapular patch on the wings and even this often being buffy-white.[1]

European Stonechats breed in heathland, coastal dunes and rough grassland with scattered small shrubs and bramble, open gorse, tussocks or heather. They are short-distance migrants or non-migratory, with part of the population (particularly from northeastern parts of the range, where winters are colder) moving south to winter further south in Europe and more widely in north Africa.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Saxicola
Species: S. rubicola
Binomial name
Saxicola rubicola
(Linnaeus, 1766)


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-06 1:11]

Hi Durzan,a very nice and unusual position and a fantastic warm light for a very nice result.Great focus,sharpness and a beautiful abstract background too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-06 1:22]

Slav Cirano,
exciting stonechat resting on the grass. Exciting view with good colours and clarity.
Lovely background.


Hi Cirano,

Lovely, nice and warm composition due to the early sunrise, i like the ruffled feathers,
nice rendition of this European Stone chat and well done, TFS,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-06 2:42]

Hello Durzan.
This is a superb photoof this European Stonechat.Really nice colours,tone, definition, bird and details.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-06 2:59]

Hello Drzan,
Very nice photo of this Stonechat in beautiful warm colours, also in the plain BG. Very sharp with good details. Excellent POV and composition.

Hello Durzan,
What a splendid capture with amazing sharpness and exceptional details.
Outstanding contrast against the background. Very good work!
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Durzan,
another interesting portrait of bird. I like your point of view. Of course sharpness is very good. Suitable clear and peaceful background.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Durzan. Great capture for this cute and coloured small one. Exciting warm light and colours.


Ciao Durzan, lovely bird in nice pose on a fantastic lighting BG, beautiful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Slav Durzan,
a beautiful and delicate portrait of the European Stonechat, splendid warm light and colours, good sharpness, a very pleasant composition with a perfect OOF BG.
Best regards

Hello Durzan
Beautiful photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-03-06 9:11]

Hi Durzan.
You have pictured this cute bird at a very attractive pose. Inclined head is looked amazingly. Step fence is very cute too. I also like wonderful BG and sunlight which underlines the details of the bird perfectly. TFS and best wishes.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-03-06 10:23]

Hello Durzan
Cute and wonderful colors

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-03-06 14:17]

Hello dear Durzan !
Super nice shot in a very special moment, my friend!Nice colors, sharpness, POV, BG, balance brigth...First class pic! Many congrats!
You deserve all full big smiles today!TFS and thanks for the note
Have a nice week!

Durzan - an superb capture of the bird with excellent lighting. TFS

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-03-10 8:37]

Hi Durzan,

This cute bird is really posing for you. Splenbdid light and great colors and sharpness.


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