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Rock Bunting

Rock Bunting
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-28 6:18
Viewed: 3428
Points: 36
[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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Hi Goldy,
with a better POV this picture could have been really good,
it's pity a big part of the bird is hide behind the twig,
but you managed to get the bird sharp.
The bird is lovely both in colours and pattern.
Well done.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-28 6:52]

I'll be back Goldy, just marking for now...

If anyone could post an image of a bird with it's beak hidden partially, it would be you Goldy. Perhaps it is in that part of your unique style, but for one reason or another it seems to make no big difference...Your notions on photos are baffling...I still cannot put my finger on just exactly what you do...perhaps even you do not know...but it works!

A rocking note on the Rock Bunting alongside an equally rocking image, Goldy.
Taltalizing view of its lovely head and plumage through the foliage.
The focus on the eye is spot on -- a necessary feature in a good bird picture.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Goldy
I like the portrait of your Bunting peeking through the trees. The focus was very good through the thick branches. He has a interesting colour pattern. He's a really cute little bird. Your notes are interesting.
TFS Janice

Hi Brother Goldy, you captured this beautiful Rock Bunting in cute and natural pose. Perfect capture and great compoosition my brother.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-28 7:50]

Hi Goldy,

Not easy to get a good shot through those branches but you pulled it off. Nice colors and details of the head and plummage. The eye is wonderful! I have asked so many birds to please move to give me a better view but they never listen!


Hello Goldy,
Very nice capture, You managed to capture this Bunting
very well despite the fact that he was behind some twigs.
..Well done


Hi Goldy,

Very beautiful picture of Rock Bunting sadly partly covered by the twigs. Sharp details and bright natural colours.



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-28 18:25]

Hello Goldy,
You have done superbly focusing through the branches. The colors and sharpness achieved are great Goldy, Wonderful work, Thank You.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-28 18:51]

Hola Goldy.
I know he is looking to You. Good sharpness and great moment you have here.

Hi Goldy,
Back with comments in the am,

hello Goldy

you did a excellent shot of this wonderful bird,
fine POV and framing, you focused very well to get
the bird behind the branches, i love the softness
of the luminosity and colours, excellent sharpness
and details of the plumage, TFS


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-29 0:35]

Hi Goldy,
Beautiful capture.I liked clear eyes and details a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Goldy, lovely bird in great pose with fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-29 4:18]

Hi Goldie,very nice pic,it's a great reality perfectly taken in the natural environment,thanks for share and for the note too,Luciano

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-29 7:35]

Hello Goldy, that's a very nice bird, good markings, clear shot and good sharpness. Those little guys are very hard to get! Well done, thanks!


Hi Goldy,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Rock Bunting bird. The afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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