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Black-headed Bunting female

Black-headed Bunting female
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-07 5:46
Viewed: 1634
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After the posting of a male Black-headed Bunting, now the female.
A beautiful female perched on a barbed wire. Sorry, not all birds are perched on branches.

The Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae.

It breeds in south-east Europe east to Iran and migrates in winter mainly to India, with some individuals moving further into south-east Asia. Like others in its family, it is found in open grassland habitats where they fly in flocks in search of grains and seed..

The female Black-headed Bunting is more indistinct than the male. The head and upperparts of the female are sandy-brown, with a dark streaked pattern which continues onto the sides of the body. The upperparts may sometimes have a slightly red-brown tint, which is most vivid on the rump. The underparts are unstreaked and vary in colour between white, buff and yellow, with a yellow area under the tail, while the throat, breast and belly are also tinged yellow. The eyes of the Black-headed Bunting are brown in both sexes and the dark grey bill is fairly straight and bulbous with a sharp tip.

Breeding typically begins around mid-May, with the black-headed bunting laying a clutch of three to five, occasionally up to seven, pale green-blue eggs. The incubation of the eggs takes between 10 and 16 days, with the young fledging the nest after 14 to 16 days. The Black-headed Bunting usually constructs its nest less than one metre from the ground in a shrub, vine or against thistle stems, or occasionally on the ground. The nest is made of stalks, grass and leaves, sometimes decorated with bright flower heads, and is lined with fine grass, hair and sheep’s wool.

While in the nest, the young are fed a diet of invertebrates such as crickets and beetles, and are usually cared for by the female. The diet of the adult black-headed bunting consists primarily of grass seeds and cereal grains, although during the breeding season invertebrates such as beetles, wasps, crickets and insect larvae may also be taken.

The Black-headed Bunting is found in open areas with scattered vegetation, such as wooded steppe, fields, orchards and other cultivated areas, where there is low vegetation to nest in. It is usually found at low elevations, although it has been known to occur up to elevations of 2,000 metres.

There has been a decline in Black-headed Bunting populations in areas where land has been converted for agricultural purposes. The hedges and scrub used for nesting and roosting are often destroyed, leaving very little suitable habitat. Pesticide use is also linked to reduced black-headed bunting populations in certain areas. Despite being under threat, this species is still common and not thought to be at any risk of extinction.

Sources: Wikipedia and Archive.org

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-07 6:03]

Hello Peter,
you captured this bird very sharp and detailed.The colors are very natural. The background is nicely blurred.Well done.Regards Sigi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-07 6:15]

Hi Peter,perfect capture of this small and nice friend,great sharpness of the plunage and of the head too,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
It is an excellent capture with breathtaking details. Very nice specie of bunting which I have never meet in the wild.
Excellent composition.

hallo Peter
Mooie opname met veel scherpte ,je ziet alles tot aan zijn nagels aan toe
mooie kleuren en goed licht
gr lou

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-08-07 9:58]

beautiful pose and stunning feather detail, .. well done mate

nuri :)

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fantastic details, splendid sharpness and wonderful naturtal colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi, Peter. This is a lovely portrait of the bracketed bunting sitting on a wire very comfortably. For some reason it seems like that she has a smiling expression maybe it's my imagination. Exposure and lighting is excellent. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter,
Nice to see this Female Black Headed Bunting. Excellent BG. Nice sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Delicada y minimalista fotografía. Me gusta especialmente la suave luz que baña a este sereno pájaro. Gracias por compartirla!!!

Hernán Bortondello

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2015-08-10 9:17]

Hola Peter, hermosa especie que no conocía, buenos detalles de la especie y una percha muy original...saludos...

Hello Peter

The light and color tones are very beautiful, fine lateral POV,
beautiful background bokeh, great focus, sharpness, details,
and contrast, beautiful catch-light, TFS


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