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Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting
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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: 2008-02-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm + 1,4x converter, ISO 100, 67mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-14 5:53
Viewed: 3006
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Emberiza
Species: E. schoeniclus
Binomial name: Emberiza schoeniclus

"Sound and Dutch notes"

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.


Exif data :

Focal lenght : 300mm x 1,4 = 420mm
Shutterspeed : 1/160sec
Aperture : F6.3 x 1,4 = 8.82
Capture mode : Aperture Priority Automatic Exposure
Metering mode : Center-weighted metering
White Balance : Automatic
Sencitivity : iso 100
Recorded Pixels : 3872 x 2592
Quality : RAW
Autofocus area mode : Spot
Color space : sRGB
Flash mode : Off
Shake Reduction : On
Monopod : Manfroto 681B

PP in Adobe CS3
Level set, Cropped, safe for web, USM
Framed in Paintshop pro 8

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-02-14 6:32]

Excellent shot, love the light and the neutral tones. Great work!!

Best wishes,


  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-14 7:12]

Hello Thijs
Excellent Presentation.Very sharp image with nice POV.I like the pose of your subject.The OOF bg is also very nice

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-14 8:19]

Ha Thijs,

Een fraaie opname van deze rietgors,ik neem aan dat er nog wat riet in de voorgrond aanwezig was,maar stoort de compositie niet erg,bedankt,


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-14 8:55]

Hi Thijs
this is a very nice image, very good sharp
I love image
well done.

Hi Thijs

In a class of its own !!. One of the most beautiful images of Bird. It looks like a painting( BG). Very well taken. It remains in my mind for a long time.....TFS

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-14 9:20]

One of the best pictures i have seen..
as Mr.Satish says its like an art..beautifully composed image,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-14 11:55]

Hallo Thijs,
Lijkt veel op die van gisteren, maar vind hem nog beter omdat de Rietgors wat closer in beeld is. Exacte scherpte en schitterende achtergrond. Net als gisteren mooie compositie in prachtige harmonieuze kleuren.

Hoi thijs
I love this one, it seem a great painted, lovely colours and focus is very good,
wonderfull background and great artistic presentation,

Hi Thijs,

Well done, it's a half way between photo and painted piece of art, you used a rather special color palette, not very realistic but how artistic! Thank you,


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-02-14 23:47]

Hallo Thijs,

Bedankt voor de link naar de rietgors, komen minder en minder voor in onze regio. Zijn ook heel moeilijk te vinden tussen het riet.
Hij heeft een mooi camouflage pak waardoor het bijna een egaal beeld wordt, goed gedaan.

Groeten uit Vlaanderen,

Hi Thijs

Beautiful colour tone. Nicely compose with excellent details. Congrats! :-)

Hello Thijs,
I think the duo-tone worked nicely for this one, you've produced a very artistic image..I like it!
Excellent :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-15 15:08]

Hi Thijs

Lovely colours with great framing and detail

Sorry this is short - on hotel interent in Madeira


Thijs, Well composed picture. I love the way the bird merges into the background. The out of focus grass towards the right adds interest to the picture and fills the rest of the frame.
- Murali Santhanam

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-18 5:03]

Beautiful colors in this composition Thijs! Nice bird, sharp details and the background is just fantastic! Well done, thanks!


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-02-18 13:12]

Hi Thijs,
Dit lijkt wel een schilderij, zo mooi is dit plaatje.
Prachtige kleuren en een vogeltje wat moeilijk vast te leggen is.
gr Paula

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