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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58 mm UV Hama
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-28 5:12
Viewed: 4515
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, which breeds across Europe and much of Asia. The Yellowhammer was introduced to New Zealand in 1862 and is now common and widespread there. It is probably more abundant in New Zealand now than in Europe where it is in serious decline, (in the UK the species fell by 54% between 1970 and 2003). In Europe and Asia most birds are resident, but some far northern birds migrate south in winter. It is common in all sorts of open areas with some scrub or trees and form small flocks in winter.

The Yellowhammer is a robust 15.5-17 cm long bird, with a thick seed-eater's bill. The male has a bright yellow head, yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much duller, and more streaked below

Thanks 'Argus' for the right ID. I was in doubt if it was a serin or a yellowhammer.

Photo taken in Tirol Austria on holiday in June.
If you would like an impression of the Schwarzachtal than click on this
site that I found on You Tube.

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Hi Paula.
Wonderful picture of a very cute bird at amazing natural scenery. I like attractive tree branch pattern, pleasant smooth remote BG, nice image of the bird (only soft a little bit). Subject is too difficult for reproduction and you managed to create a very good picture. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
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Hello Paula,
A great capture of a male Yellohammer (Emberizia citrinella)- not the serin!
The composition among the branches is great and the POV excellent. Though a little soft the features of this species are well seen.
Thanks for sharing this one,

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