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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-26 10:59
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The Northern Wheatear or Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) 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 is the most widespread member of the wheatear genus Oenanthe in Europe and Asia.

The Northern Wheatear is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in open stony country in Europe and Asia with footholds in northeastern Canada and Greenland as well as in northwestern Canada and Alaska. It nests in rock crevices and rabbit burrows. All birds winter in Africa.

The Northern Wheatear is larger than the European Robin at 14½–16 cm length. Both sexes have a white rump and tail, with a black inverted T-pattern at the end of the tail.

The plumage of the summer male has grey upperparts, buff throat and black wings and face mask. In autumn it resembles the female apart from the black wings. The female is pale brown above and buff below with darker brown wings. The male has a whistling, crackly song. Its call is a typical chat chack noise.

The Northern Wheatear makes one of the longest journeys of any small bird, crossing ocean, ice, and desert. It migrates from Sub-Saharan Africa in Spring over a vast area of the northern hemisphere that includes northern and central Asia, Europe, Greenland, Alaska, and parts of Canada. In Autumn all return to Africa, where their ancestors had wintered. Arguably, some of the birds that breed in north Asia could take a shorter route and winter in south Asia; however, their inherited inclination to migrate takes them back to Africa.

Birds of the large, bright Greenland race, leucorhoa, makes one of the longest transoceanic crossings of any passerine. In spring most migrate along a route (commonly used by waders and waterfowl) from Africa via continental Europe, the British Isles, and Iceland to Greenland. However, autumn sightings from ships suggest that some birds cross the North Atlantic directly from Canada and Greenland to southwest Europe (a distance of up to 2500 km). Birds breeding in eastern Canada are thought to fly from Baffin Island and Newfoundland via Greenland, Ireland, and Portugal to the Azores (crossing 3500 km of the North Atlantic) before flying onwards to Africa.

Miniature tracking devices have recently shown that the Northern Wheatear has one of the longest migratory flights known - 30,000km (18,640 miles), from from sub-Saharan Africa to their Arctic breeding grounds.

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Buna Marius,
Inca o specie rara,care nam mai intalnit demult.Compozitie,detalii si culori foarte buna.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-08-26 11:23]

Hi Marius
so many details visible, the picture is pin sharp, nice bg too

Hello Marius,
This is just so beautiful and the background complements the image so well. Sometimes I wonder how bird photographers manage to get the background hues to be just right for the object of the image. It is amazing,. Fabulous quality and composition.
Well done.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-26 11:45]

Hello Marius,
Excellent photo of this Isabelline Wheatear. Perfect colours with a very sharp detailed focus. Wonderful composition and eye-contact.Best regards Siggi

hello Marius
super good sharpness composition with great details of this lovely bird
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird in nioe pose on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-08-26 13:01]

Hi Marius!
What a beauty! Elegant and delicate composition with great harmony of colors.
Excellent portrait of this rare bird, captured in nice pose. Perfect sharpness and superb blurred BG.
Very well done: congratulations my friend.
ciao! Vanda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-26 13:03]

Hello Marius,
Great photo of this Isabelline Wheatear in beautiful colours with a fine matching background. Excellent sharpness, pose, composition and eye contact.

Hello Marius,
top quality photography,a perfect image of the wheatear in a perfect setting.Fabulous.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-26 14:56]

Hi Marius,a very elegant position like a movie star and the usual fantastic capture at the top of quality,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-08-26 17:33]

Hola Marius, hermosa foto de esta especie que no conocía, enfoque, color, nitidez, y fondo excepcionales...saludos.

Hello Marius,
A terrific capture with beautiful coloration, sharpness & pose. Well composed & presented with an excellent POV. Great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Hi Marius, Wow what a strong and powerful image here Marius, excellent sharpness with good clarity, lovely soft lighting with fabulous pastel like colour tones, i especially like the pose of the Bird and the composition, well this picture goes into my favorites list!, great picture my friend and very well done,
Best Regards,


Timeless Classic ... as they say :) Good morning/day Marius!
George Veltchev

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-08-27 1:42]
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Buna Marius,
Dubla felicatari, una pentru specie, cu toate ca nu sunt sigur de isabellina, si de calitatea extraordinara a fotografiei, claritatea si culorile, rezolutie perfecta!
Numai bine!

great composition and beauty, TFS Ori

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-08-27 4:11]

Bonjour Marius,
All these fine earth-colors are most beautiful. Cute Isabelline Wheatear perched on a gone thistle. What a subtle bird-shot!
Kind regards

Ciao Marius. Great pose here! Razor details top sharp. Best compliments.


Hello Marius!!!
Isabelline!!! Even the name is beautiful!!!Great shot,my friend!The colors in ton-sur-ton are amazing.Beautiful,beautiful!!!The eyes contact is magic!Bravo!So well done!TFS
Thanks also for visiting my gallery!I appreciated it!
Nice week!

Hello Marius.
Great photo with excellent composition, nice BG, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness. A very common species in Cyprus during migration.

Hi Marius,
a brilliant pic with descent colours.great work.

Hello Marius,
Beautiful photo, excellent sharpness and perfect POV
Thanks for sharing and congratulations
Hello Vanni

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