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The Bluethroat


The Bluethroat
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Copyright: Zahoor Ahmed (zahoor_salmi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 618] (5538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, 400f5.6 L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-10 8:53
Viewed: 2243
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in wet birch wood or bushy swamp in Europe and Asia with a foothold in western Alaska. It nests in tussocks or low in dense bushes. It winters in north Africa and northern Pakistan.

The Bluethroat is similar in size to the European Robin at 13–14 cm. It is plain brown above except for the distinctive black tail with red side patches. It has a strong white supercilium. The male has a blue bib edged below with successive black, white and rust coloured borders. Some races, such as L. svecica svecica (Red-spotted Bluethroat) of northern Eurasia, have a red spot in the centre of the blue bib.

Others, such as L. svecica cyanecula (White-spotted Bluethroat) of southern and central Europe, have a white spot in the centre of the blue bib. L. svecica magna in Turkey has no central spot.

Females of all races usually have just a blackish crescent on an otherwise cream throat and breast. Newly fledged juveniles are freckled and spotted dark brown above.

Despite the distinctive appearance of the males, recent genetic studies show only limited variation between the forms, and confirm that this is a single species.[1]

The male has a varied and very imitative song [2]. Its call is a typical chat “chack” noise.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-03-10 12:38]

Hi Zahoor
Most beautiful bird captured in a lovely pose with nice uniform bg
Tfs
Tom

WOW great POV with delicate bird caught amongst the thorns; super contrast..just love this

Wonderful cature Zahoor. The pose is perfect to show off the coloured throat. Nicely composed too. Well done.
Cheers
Steve

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2012-03-10 14:45]

superb capture, .., well isolated and framed

regards,

nuri

Hello Zahoor
It's a very nice bird, we have it here also in Portugal, I took a photo some days ago.
Your photo is excellent, good sharpness, perfect color and a good background
TFS
Luis

Nice portrait of a bird that is not easy to catch! Thanks for showing.
Pierre

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