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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: 2016-06-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-06-21 6:33
Viewed: 1456
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common 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. For example, it is a component of the purple moor grass and rush pastures, a type of Biodiversity Action Plan habitat in the UK. It occurs on poorly drained neutral and acidic soils of the lowlands and upland fringe.
The familiar, if somewhat monotonous, song of the cock is a repetitive 'zrip'.

The Common 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.

Food and feeding
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.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Interesting capture of this nice Reed Bunting. Very good details also of the flies surrounding the branch.

hallo Peter
Super moment voor een foto
die zit daar lekker met al dat voedsel om zich heen
mooie opname met leuke details en prachtige kleuren
gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-06-21 10:39]

Hello Peter,
What a neat shot of this handsome Reed Bunting as it gorges itself on what appears to be a swarm of newly hatched insects. I don't believe I have ever seen a post quite like this unique image. Great capture with perfect timing!

Ciao Peter, lovely bird in nice pose, excellent clarity, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciso Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-06-21 11:26]

Hi Peter,very rare situation to find,you were lucky to met this bunting with a lot of in flight feed around it..ehehe....great capture very sharp and bright,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Nice to see such photograph which have some story behind it; although most of the time we don't get it. But here you were lucky to notice such beautiful moment. Well captured with well DOF on Bunting. Well sharp photograph.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Peter,

The insects and the leaves are helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Common Reed Bunting. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.


Great moment!

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-06-24 15:53]

Hi Peter
These insects flying around the bird add a special effect in the composition. Well done.

TFS & regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2016-07-05 5:30]

Hello Peter,
the food comes straight to this Bunting! Very vivid and interesting nature-picture.
Kind regards

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