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Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear
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Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A200, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-16 2:58
Viewed: 2574
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) is larger than the European Robin at 14˝–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.[5] 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.[5] In Autumn all return to Africa, where their ancestors had wintered.[5] 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.
"The Alaskan birds travelled almost 15,000km (9,000 miles) each way - crossing Siberia and the Arabian Desert, and travelling, on average, 290km per day. "This is the longest recorded migration for a songbird.

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Excellent composition bro.

Hello Pierre,
Very nice photo composition with this Oenanthe oenanthe,good shapness and colors, TFS!

Ciao Pierre.
Splendida a questa composizione con lo sfondo soffuso che mette in risalto il picco culbianco,con un’ottima nitidezza e dei colori stupendi veramente molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Pierre
Excellent composition,great enhancement of the eye and sharpness on focus.
Thank You
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-17 9:41]

Hi Pierre,a magnificent composition and great DOF on the robin,i like this way to take a bird pic,very very good result,i like it.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

A very nice composition with great dof and bokeh and good eye contact and framing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-25 23:28]

Hello Pierre
nicely isolated shot of this wheater in a lively third. The sharpness is so wonderful and the dark eye is so fabulous. Excellent focus and wonderful composition.
Lively presentation, even the small flowers in the background is so useful in your composition.


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