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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 800, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-13 0:33
Viewed: 4669
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A male Whinchat defending his territory at Friskalanlahti nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)

In: Whinchat Ca: Bitxac rogenc Da: Bynkefugl De: Braunkehlchen Es: Tarabilla norteña Fi: pensastasku Fr: Tarier des prés It: Stiaccino Nl: Paapje No: Buskskvett Pt: Cartaxo-nortenho Sv: Buskskvätta US: Whinchat Ru: Луговой чекан

Whinchats are most often seen sitting attractively on posts, wires or the tops of tall stalks of bracken or other vegetation. Their plump outline, upright posture and orangy underparts may be suggestive of Stonechat but, in all plumages, they have a broad pale supercilium and streaky brown mantle more reminiscent of a Sedge Warbler. Whinchats also have pale white patches at the base of the tail which are diagnostic but hard to see.

Breeds on rough grassland, heathland, bracken-covered hillsides and young conifer plantations.

Winters in tropical Africa including Senegal, Nigeria, Uganda and Zaire but occasionally birds are found in Iraq and Algeria.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-13 0:44]

Hej Pekka,
a very beautiful picture.
The POV and compois very nice. Sharpness and exposure are spot on.I like the light and colours too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-13 1:01]

Hello Pekka,
Superb photo of this Whinchat. Excellent sharpness, details and natural colours against a very good OOF BG. Perfect POV and composition.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-13 1:05]

Hello Pekka
What a little sweetie this bird is. The contrasting colours are dark and quite pretty.
It looks so brave standing there on the fence post. Very good focus and sharp details

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-13 1:10]

Hello Pekka,
A superb Winchat portrait from your archives!
You captured this male from a great POV with fine sharpness and lighting against a neutral BG.
TFS this beauty,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-13 1:26]

Hello Pekka,
You have very good equipment and very well use to very good photos. Sharpness and colours are superb, composition also.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Pekka,

What a great catch!
You have shown off the soft, downy texture and lovely patterns of the feathers to perfection!
Excellent pose and composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-13 2:18]

Hej Pekka,
What a beautiful close-up of this little Whinchat with puffed up chest feathers. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours in this fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-13 2:35]

hi pekka,
what a bird and excellent capture. it looks like this one just there to be photographed, what a pose. bit underexposed, bit more light would be good. tfs.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-13 10:31]

Hi Pekka,

This is a beautiful bird which is a new one for me. The pose is wonderful and he looks so proud of himself. Excellent deep rich colors and razor sharp details of the face, eye, wings and plummage. A superb background and composition.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-13 11:54]

Hello Pekka,

This is a nice portret of the bird. Image has a high quality showing well plumage pattern and colors. The blurry background is well chosen enhacing the sharpness of the main subject.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Pekka
what a lovely model and what a nice capture for it. Focus, POV/OOF great, but also eyes contact and colors superb. Plain BG nicely contrasted to its colors. Old wood piece great for composition. Thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

Hello Pekka
Very impressive shot with nice details and colours, beautiful pose and background. I have never see this bird. Very interesting. Best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-13 15:29]

Hi Pekka,
you've kept this for a long time! I would have posted it way earlier! :-)
It's a really good photo.
The amount of detail here is superb.
Great DOF and BG.
Nice colours.

Very well done,

Hello Pekka,

Beautiful picture of this little bird. Very good composition, POV and sharpness. Well-saturated colours. Excellent contrast against the background.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-14 3:36]

Hi Pekka,
I like the pose you caught, POV, background and the colors. TFS

Hi Pekka

Fine shot of this attractive species I don't think I've seen before.
Good sharpness and plumage detail
Good composition and POV
Great OOF background


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-15 19:12]

Hello Pekka, Amazing work my friend, with details and colors nspot on.

hello Pekka,
in this catch of Winchat,i like
the vivid beauty of plumage and the laying of quiet bird...well composed

best sERGIO

Hello Pekka

A perfect capture of this cute little bird.
It has everything ,excellent POV and DOF.
A beautiful colour palette and very good lighting.
Wonderful composition ,and excellent plumage detail.
A lovely OOF ,BG.
Easily this could be in a bird book.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-17 12:49]

Hello Pekka! Fantastic shot my friend, so much sharpness and great light, very striking image, thanks!


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-17 21:42]

Hi Pekka,
Fantastic capture of Whinchat. I like the way you got it standing on the perch.The bird looks beautiful even in the low light conditions.
TFS & Cheers

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