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The Rock Bunting


The Rock Bunting
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Copyright: Zahoor Ahmed (zahoor_salmi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 792] (5820)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-12
Categories: Nature
Camera: Cannon 40D, Canon 400mm L 5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-24 10:05
Viewed: 1266
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Rock Bunting, Emberiza cia, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

It breeds in northwest Africa, southern Europe east to central Asia, and the Himalayas. It is partially migratory, with northern populations wintering further south, mainly within the breeding range of the resident southern populations. It is a rare wanderer to western Europe.

Rock Bunting breeds in open dry rocky mountainous areas. It lays 3-5 greyish eggs in a lined nest on the ground or occasionally in a low bush. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.

This bird is 16cm in length. The breeding male has chestnut upperparts, unmarked deep buff underparts, and a pale grey head marked with black striping.

The female Rock Bunting is a washed-out version of the male, with paler underparts, a grey-brown back and a less contrasted head. The juvenile is similar to the female, but with a streaked head.

There are four races differing mainly in the plumage shades, although the subspecies which breeds in Europe, Africa and western Turkey is the only one to show white wing bars.

The call is a sharp tseee, and the song is a twittering churrrr-chirrriiii-itt.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-07-24 11:45]

Greetings Zahoor,
Very well captured,good colours,details,clarity with the correct amount of sharpness,a good composition, with every part of the bird visible,a good DOF that blends well with your main subject.I imagine that this bird is also light in body weight,considering the size & thickness of the branch he is perching on.
TFS
Ron

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2011-07-24 20:49]

I'm always amazed by your photography, this is another wonderful example. I love the tones and a great pose. A very beautiful bird once again. TFS

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  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-07-24 21:09]

Another beautiful shot. Lovely color, sharp detail and a great subject. Well done. TFS, Lori

Hi Zahoor,

Fantastic capture of this beautiful specie. I like the soft colors and bg.
Great final work.

Regards,
Paulo.

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