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Crested Lark; for Ivan

Crested Lark; for Ivan
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 300s, Nikon AF-S DX 55-300 mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-22 20:28
Viewed: 2859
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are beautiful birds also in Lonavala (other than snakes ;) This Crested Lark was photographed in the grasslands at the altitude of approximately 1000 meters close to Duke's Nose at Lonavala Hill Station(Near Mumbai).

I dedicate this to Ivan.


The Crested Lark, Galerida cristata, breeds across most of temperate Eurasia from Portugal to northeast China and eastern India, and in Africa south to Niger. It is non-migratory, and the sedentary nature of this species is illustrated by the fact that it is only a very rare vagrant to Great Britain, despite breeding as close as northern France.

This is a common bird of dry open country and cultivation. It nests on the ground, laying two or three eggs. Its food is weed seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.
This is a smallish lark, slightly larger and plumper than the Skylark. It has a long spiky erectile crest. It is greyer than the Skylark, and lacks the white wing and tail edges of that species.

In flight it shows reddish underwings. The body is mainly dark-streaked grey above and whitish below. The song is melodious and varied, with mournful whistles and mimicry included.

Some care must be taken to distinguish this lark, which has many subspecies, from its close relatives in areas where they also occur. In the west of its range the Thekla Lark, Galerida theklae, is very similar, as is the Malabar Lark, Galerida malabarica, in western India.
Source: Wikipedia

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Nice shot, Ranjan, not your best, but very good.

I can see the pp work and it was good. I have a filter in Paintshop that does this. Use it quite often. You r in an artistic mode in this one.

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-22 23:24]

Thanks Subhash!
A fine capture of the Crested Lark taken in difficult lighting, showing details with fine sharpness and natural colours from a nice low lateral POV.
Sorry I have no more smileys!
With kind regards,

hello Subhash

with the light of the background this
is a beautiful shot of the Crested Lark,
fine low POV, expressive glance of the bird,



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