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spotted munia (Lonchura punctulata)

spotted munia (Lonchura punctulata)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-22
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-07 3:23
Viewed: 1616
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot of spotted/scaly breasted Munia in Langkawi Island. It was early in the morning when sun was on a rise and patches of clouds were creating half- light/half-shadowed areas. I took this shot outside my room where i could see 2, 3 different types of Munias hopping up and down on a barbed wire. The most attractive for me was a brown variety with white throat but i wasn't able to get a decent shot of it. The bird in picture was at some distance from me; i tried to get a closer shot but in vain. The little grainy appearance of my subject is because of distance involved apart from a little low-light situation.
Some details from Wikipedia are:

The scaly-breasted munia or spotted munia (Lonchura punctulata), known in the pet trade as nutmeg mannikin or spice finch, is a sparrow-sized estrildid finch native to tropical Asia. A species of the genus Lonchura, it was formally described and named by Carl Linnaeus in 1758. Its name is based on the distinct scale-like feather markings on the breast and belly. The adult is brown above and has a dark conical bill. The species has 11 subspecies across their range and differ slightly in size and colour.

This munia eats mainly on grass seeds apart from berries and small insects. They forage in flocks and communicate with soft calls and whistles. The species is highly social and may sometimes roost with other species of munias. This species is found in tropical plains and grasslands. Breeding pairs construct dome-shaped nests using grass or bamboo leaves.

Thanks for viewing,
Best Regards...AKBAR

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Hello Akbar,my neighbour today!Beautiful bird this Munia.Well captured.Nice colour and sharpness>Like the way you have managed BG.
Thanks for sharing,Regards and have a nice day,

照的很漂亮 很美麗的斑紋鳥 也很清晰
眼神很可愛 姿勢也很優美
構圖也很美麗 真是好看

hallo Akbar
this is a beauty of a picture with good details and great sharpness
thanks greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-07 10:31]

Hi Akbar,
Nice shot of this beautiful bird. Amazing colors with of sharpness details and good composition.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-07-07 11:32]

Hello Akbar,
Excellent photo of this Scaly-breasted Munia in superb sharpness and details. Beautiful colours, impressive eye contact and a nice blurred background. Maybe a bit much centered in the composition.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-07-07 11:38]

exceptional expo and clarity, .. high standard a take !


nuri :)

Ciao Akbar. Stunning details perfetc sharp for the interesting bird in great pose.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-07-07 17:38]

Hi Akbar
such a lovely capture of this scaly breasted munia. the detailed are really wonderful. The lighting too is good.
There are many exciting birds in Langkawi.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-07-07 23:58]

Beautiful bird on a very good picture with an excellent background. Congratulation.

Hello Akbar,
Very nice capture with great details and clarity.
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards....Joy

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-07-08 7:27]

Hi Akbar,it turn the head in the right moment and way just for you and your camera...ehehe...beautiful capture of this munia,perfect dot of fire for the best detail and bright colors too,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Very nice portrait of this little munia. Well done

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