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Oenanthe deserti

Oenanthe deserti
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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: 2010-03-14
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-03-28 4:50
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 66
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Oenanthe deserti (Temminck 1825). Male in breeding plumage
Desert Wheatear

In my WS you can see a deferent pose of the same bird showing the characteristic black tail.

Oenanthe deserti is a small passerine bird with a length of 14.5 to 15 cm in the family Saxicolidae. The upper parts of the male in summer are buff. The underparts are white with a buff tinge on the breast. The black on the face and throat extends to the shoulders, and there is distinct white superciliary stripe. The female is greyer above and buffer below and has no black on the throat, In the winter plumage the black on the throat of the male is obscured by white tips. The best character, in both sexes at all ages, is that the entire tail is black to the level of the uppertail coverts.
The western Desert Wheatear breeds in the Sahara and the northern Arabian peninsula. The eastern race is found in the semi-deserts of central Asia and in winter in Pakistan and northeast Africa. Both western and eastern forms are rare vagrants to western Europe.

In Cyprus Oenanthe deserti is a scarce passage migrant usually March to mid-April. Seen less frequently in autumn from mid-August to November. There are also a few winter records.

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Hi Chris,

A lovely spotlessly clean image you have here, nothing more to say, this picture speaks for its self,
Best Regards,


Hello Christodoulos,
Absolutely beautiful and crisp with BG colour perfectly complementing those of the bird. What a lovely image.

Ciao Christodoulos. Oustanding! Great quality capture.


Hallo Christodoulos
Everything in this image is just great. The colours are wonderful, the details greatly displayed, the background pretty and the composition tops. It is indeed a bird with lots of attraction to it. A top quality photograph. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Christodoulos,
Impressive Capture!
Sharpness and details are excellent.
Lovely BG.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Christodolous - a great capture of the bird with subtle colors. Sharpness is amazing with excellent feature captured just too perfect. tfs

hello Christo
a super shot with great details ans super sharpness
great pose and very nice light
the colours are beautyful
greeting lou

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2011-03-28 7:55]

Hello Christodoulos,

Bu nadir türün enfes bir kaydı olmuş.
Bulunduğum coğrafyada da yaşayan bu kuşu henüz görebilmiş değilim. Umarım böyle bir foto çekerim.


Superb composition, perfect. regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-28 8:18]

Lovely bird in excellent pose (the one in WS is also good), beautiful colors and composition. The black from beak to tail looks like 'S', interesting. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
Another splendid species of birds. Lovely colors, perfect details and outstanding clarity.
Wonderful composition......The contrast with the background is impressive.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Christodoulos,
another perfect portrait of bird. Amazing natural colours. Excellent composition. Suitable background.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-28 9:01]

Hi Christodoulos,
Another "best photo of a species I've ever seen" from your hand. I can only give you two points. Thanks.

A masterpiece ? Yes .... and an amazing work of art! Bravo Christodoulos Makris, what a pleasure to look at this frame!
George Veltchev

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-03-28 9:13]

Giasou Christodoulos,
excellent capture!
Sharp details,nice colors and background.
Best wishes,

Hello Christodoulos !
Great shot showing this lovely little bird. Wonderful composition and very elegant BG.Amazind colors and sharpness. Many congrats !
Have a nice week!

Hello Christodoulos, another great catch and other great job in post production. One other nice image to add to your fabulous collection. Hello Paul

Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic capture of the Desert Wheatear, point of view, sharpness, colours are excellent, superb composition, the picture in WS is excellent from all aspect too.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-28 12:16]

Hello Christodoulos.
beautifull Capture fine details, perfect light, Wonderfull pose and good colour. Very well Composed.
Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-03-28 12:35]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent photo of this Oenanthe deserti male, great sharpness and very fine details, TFS!

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent photo of this bird captured with great sharp details, natural colours and good blurred BG. I like also the perfect POV. Well done!

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

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-28 14:42]

Simply perfect..as usual!!Another fantastic page of your birds encyclopedia.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Chris,
congratulations for the beautiful photo, great sharpness, beautiful colors, good POV and BG
Interesting notes attached
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-28 15:52]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a great capture of this rare bird in nice pose,excellent sharpness and splendid colors.TFS.

Hello Christodoulas
this image is exceptionnal, a real masterpiece, all is perfect, sharpness, colors, BG, pose and composition, the bird have a wonderful plumage
Bravo for this beauty
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-29 5:46]

Hello Christodoulos,
such an outstanding composition. So good so wonderful to see every aspect of the bird presented in an excellent presentation. It is simply stunning.
A big congrats.


another perfect portrait, greetings Ori

πάλι με τη σύνθεση (το φόντο τα κλαδάκια) λες και αποδεικύεται το φυσικό καμουφλάζ, παρότι αρσενικό, αυτός ο εναρμονισμός χρωμάτων, εξαιρετική φωτό Χριστόδουλε!

Hello Christodoulos,

A lovely pose and great eye contact!
Amazing little bird, very well recorded with superb details in the plumage...
Delicate colour palette, surprising to see how the background matches the bird!

Pablo -

Hello Christodoulos,

Well captured, good focus, excellent tone and lovely bird with impressive color patterns!
I saw this kind of species firstly, so it's smart figure and impressive for me in the point of the part of the back and the belly is the catlap colors and with black wing/mandible. And, the contrast between the front with clear image and the background with blurred ones draws out a good effect for the whole, I think.


Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up photo of the Desert Wheatear,
with fine POV and framing, great focus sharpness
and details, beautiful bokeh of the background,
very beautiful eye-contact of the bird, TFS


You got a nice collection of wheatears going,
excellent picture!


Hi Christodoulos,

The branches are helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Desert Wheatear. It vis clear and precise. The afternoon light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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