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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Tamron 28mm-300mm + 1.4X AF Converter, 67mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-13 2:14
Viewed: 2984
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Emberiza
Species: E. schoeniclus
Binomial name: Emberiza schoeniclus

The Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

It breeds across Europe and much of temperate and northern Asia. Most birds migrate south in winter, but those in the milder south and west of the range are resident. It is common in reedbeds and also breeds in drier open areas such as moorland and cultivation.

The Reed Bunting is a medium sized bird, 13.5-15.5 cm long, with a small but sturdy seed-eater's bill. The male has a black head and throat, white neck collar and underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much duller, with a streaked brown head, and is more streaked below.

The familiar, if somewhat monotonous, song of the cock is a repetitive zrip.

Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds. The nest is in a bush or reed tussock. 4-7 eggs are laid, which show the hair-like markings characteristic of those of buntings.


De rietgors (Emberiza schoeniclus) is een algemeen voorkomend lid van de gorzenfamilie in Nederland.

Het mannetje is in het voorjaar en in de zomer duidelijk herkenbaar aan zijn pikzwarte kop, een witte 'sjaal' en een vaalbruine rug met zwarte strepen. Vanaf een boom of struik in het rietland zingt hij zijn lied.

*Lengte: 15 cm
*Spanwijdte: 21-26 cm
*Gewicht: 15-22 g
In de winter mist de rietgors zijn zwarte kop en kan de vogel bij vluchtig kijken verward worden met de ijsgors of zelfs met een huismus.

Zoals zijn naam aangeeft, leeft hij in het riet dat groeit langs meren, vijvers en moerassen.


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Monopod : Yes

rcrick, Argus, MMM, Luis52, CeltickRanger, nglen, Islander_, uleko has marked this note useful
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Hi Thijs,
This is just a wonderful shot, the lighting is amazing, excellent d.o.f, well composed and framed, really nice work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hallo Thijs,

De Rietgors past mooi bij het Riet en de achtergrond qua kleuren.
Verder goed scherp en onderwerp uit het midden.

groet Gert

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-13 3:42]

Hello Thijs,
Beautiful lighting and composition with the Phragamites reeds in this portrait of a male Reed Bunting. The Reed Bunting is shown sharply and contrasts well against the natural OOF BG,
Nice to see and thanks for sharing this fine image,

perfect frame focus and composition
i like the background

bravo in french
best wishes

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-13 10:30]

Hi Thijs
Beautiful presentation.Sharp image with good POV.I like the pose of your subject and the nice catch light in the eye.Also very nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-13 10:45]

Hallo Thijs,
Prachtige opname van deze Rietgors in zijn natuurlijke omgeving. Het licht is erg mooi. Goede compositie ook met de bijna lege rechterkant van de foto. Persoonlijk houd ik alleen niet van zo'n enorme lijst om de foto. Dat leidt af en sluit de foto erg op.(vind ik).

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-13 10:54]

Hola Thijs.
Excellent photo You have here Thijs. Great tones of colors. Nice pose and BG.
Your note is very interesting for me too.

hello Thijs

this is a superb shot and excellent composition,
first i have to say that i love the POV and specially the framing
of your image, i love that you leaved a very good space
in front where is looking the bird,

excellent luminosity of the image with a wonderful background,
excelent sharpness and details of the foreground, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-13 12:50]

Hi Thijs. Love the colours in this one . if not for the seeds on the grass it could have been a summer shot. great detail and warm colours. a nice POV/DOF. like the BG. well done TFS.

Hi Thijs,
Fantastic photo of this tiny bird with splendid sharpness and colours in a great composition.

Hi Thijs,

Wondeful composition and palette, soft light, amazing background! Very well done! Thank you,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-14 1:11]

Hello Thijs,
A lovely fresh capture of the little Bunting in a fine pose on the reeds. Great sharpness, the light is beautiful and so are the colours. I love the way you've left quite a lot of background in this composition, all in a lovely warm colour.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-14 1:28]

Hello Thijs, very nicely composed shot of the Bunting. Good light and exposure, great details and lovely colors, thanks!


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