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Saxicola maurus variegatus 2

Saxicola maurus variegatus 2
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1749 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-10
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-24 9:50
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Points: 62
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Saxicola maurus variegatus
Caspian Stonechat

This is a second photo of the same bird showing the characteristic tail-pattern of this subspecies (with white sides like a Wheatear).

The Saxicola maurus (Pallas 1773) (Siberian Stonechat or Asian Stonechat) is a small passerine bird, 11.5–14 cm long, in the family Saxicolidae.
Saxicola maurus variegatus (Gmelin. S.G, 1774) (Caspian Stonechat) is one of the six subspecies of Saxicola maurus found west of the Caspian Sea.
This subspecies has a very distinctive tail-pattern with white sides like a Wheatear.

Saxicola maurus is a recently-validated species. It resembles its closest relative the European Stonechat (S. rubicola), but is typically darker above and paler below, with a white rump and whiter underparts with less orange on the breast. The male in breeding plumage has black upperparts and head, a conspicuous white collar, scapular patch and rump, and a restricted area of orange on the throat. The female has pale brown upperparts and head, white neck patches (not a full collar), and a pale, unstreaked pinkish-yellow rump. Males in winter plumage are intermediate between summer males and females, with a supercilium resembling the Whinchat (S. rubetra).
The breeding range covers most of temperate Asia, from about latitude 71°N in Siberia south to the Himalaya and southwest China, and west to eastern Turkey and the Caspian Sea area. It also breeds in the far northeast of Europe, mainly in Russia but occasionally as far west as Finland

The wintering range of the migratory bird is from southern Japan south to Thailand and India, and west to northeast Africa. On migration, small numbers reach as far west as western Europe, and exceptionally as far east as Alaska in North America

In Cyprus Saxicola maurus variegatus is a very rare spring passage migrant with only a few sightings annually.

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Another BINGO for, right on the spot

well done

Hi Christodoulos,
beautiful shot of this bird. Excellent POV. I like these natural colours. Perfect sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2011-04-24 9:59]

Merhaba Christodoulos!

Nadir kuş türlerinin harika karelerinden biri daha. Sibirya taşkuşunun en başarılı fotoğraflarından biri bu bence. Detaylar çok başarılı görünüyor.


Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of loveňy bird on a beautiful blurry BG,splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 576 W: 0 N: 650] (7937)
  • [2011-04-24 10:24]

Hi Christodoulos,
Very nice image.
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Good the eye's contact.Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.
Happy Easter!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5809 W: 89 N: 14919] (62551)
  • [2011-04-24 10:27]

Fantastic as usual my friend,your birds are always a great pleausre to see and the best way to discover new species.Have a nice week and thanks for share,Luciano

Ciao Christodoulos. Another masterpiece from your gallery. Impressive sharp and details against the blurred BG. Superb compo.


Estás rozando la perfección en algunos de tus trabajos Cristodoulos.
Impresionante la luz, la captura de las texturas...
Buen encuadre también y pose del ave.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Excellent point of view, details and lighting. Good to see this rare bird so well displayed. regards yiannis

Hi Christodoulos,
Another impressive picture Christodoulos!
Your Birds photos are simply fantastic.
Light management and sharpness are impressive and the composition is very nice.
Thanks for sharing
Happy Easter to you and to your family

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Trčs belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une trčs belle attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Your bird photography has been always an inspiration for me in the past friend Christodoulos Makris ...this new addition here is nothing short of continuation of this trend, indeed! Bravissimo!
George Veltchev

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful photo of this Caspian Stonechat. Beautiful composition, natural colours, nice pose and excellent sharp details. Great contrasting uniform BG. Well done!

Hi Christodoulos,
Fantastic Stonechat. Focus and light is spot on. Great eye contact, it's Perfect. Have a wonderful Easter Weekend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2011-04-24 12:29]

Hello Christodoulos,
The pose and POV are well combined to show the features of this rare species of Stonechat taken with top sharpness and natural colours in a perfect composition.
I think this was once regarded as a subspecies of the european Stonechat.
Thanks and kind regards,

another perfect capture, when r u pulishing a book ??? greetings Ori

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 967] (4849)
  • [2011-04-24 14:32]

Hello Christodoulos!
What a lovely little bird in a very sharp pic! Good light control! Amazing sharpness...in a word : top class pic! Many congrats and TFS!
Nice week!

Hello Christodoulos,

GGreat capture.
Colours,light and definition are fantastic.
Good composition.

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic image with a splendid bird. This Caspian Stonechat is a wonderful species.
The image is great. Lovely natural colors, razor sharp details and superb clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

Hallo Christodoulos
As Jeroen stated another BINGO! The Caspian Stonechat is indeed a lovely bird and its rounded tailpiece ever so pretty. Just like all your images this one is super sharp, excellently portrayed and presented in a pleasant manner. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a wonderful capture of this Saxicola, excellent from all aspect
Best regards

Hello Christodoulos,

You're capturing well this cute bird by close-up, good focus and excellent tone, it's impressive in black head, abdomen with orange/white and back/tail with brown. And, the contrast between clear front and background with blurre image draw out a good effect as well as a branch that inclines diagonally from which bird is standing.


Hello Christodoulos, another amazing picture, other pictures with amazing sharpness and light details. Your images seem taken from another planet. Best wishes, Paul

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3043 W: 3 N: 8701] (40526)
  • [2011-04-25 1:29]

Hello Christodoulos,
You have used us to a very high standard of pictures. This one is no exception. Lovely bird and an interesting note. I always admire the most beuatiful light which you manage with perefection. Composition and lovely fine tints are very pleasant too.
Thanks so much!
Kind regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-25 1:32]

Hello Christodoulos.
Super sharp shot of the stonechat. I like the contrast of the delicate bird . The background color is beautiful. Excellent composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-25 6:03]

Fine portrait of this bird with diagonal placements, the tail is interesting. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
Unbelievable that your images can accumulate so many points and accolades in such a short period but, looking at the fabulous quality, I am not surprised. Well done here once again. What a pleasure to view.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 21 N: 1936] (13293)
  • [2011-04-25 8:47]

Outstanding picture. Your birds are simply wonderful!

Thank you for sharing those beauties with us!


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-04-25 20:25]

Bonjour Cristodoulos,

Lovely picture that demonstrate your excellent control of the photographic technic. Very sharp, well exposed, plenty of detail in the highlight as well as the deep shadows. Simple effective composition on a beautifull blured BG. Good POV. Excellent work and TFS.


Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up photo of the Caspian Stonechat,
with fine POV and framing, beautiful eye-contact
with the catch-light, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Christodoulos,
Beautfiul picture nicely presented and composed with great colors and light,
sharp and clear picture ,
lovely pose of the beautfiul colored bird with a wanderful background,,
very well done.

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