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Meadow Pipit


Meadow Pipit
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Hama UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-19 14:08
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Points: 12
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Meadow Pipit

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis, is a small passerine bird which breeds in much of the northern half of Europe and also northwestern Asia, from southeastern Greenland and Iceland east to just east of the Ural Mountains in Russia, and south to central France and Romania; there is also an isolated population in the Caucasus Mountains. It is migratory over most of its range, wintering in southern Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia, but is resident in Ireland, Great Britain, and neighbouring areas of western Europe. However, even here, many birds move to the coast or lowlands in winter.

This is a widespread and often abundant small pipit, 14.515 cm long and 1522 g weight. It is an undistinguished looking species on the ground, mainly brown above and buff below, with darker streaking on most of its plumage; the tail is brown, with narrow white side edges. It has a thin bill and pale pinkish-yellow legs; the hind claw is notably long, longer than the rest of the hind toe. The call is a weak tsi-tsi. The simple repetitive song is given in a short song flight.Birds breeding in Ireland and western Scotland are slightly darker coloured than those in other areas, and are often distinguished as the subspecies Anthus pratensis whistleri, though it intergrades clinally with nominate Anthus pratensis pratensis found in the rest of the species' range.
It is primarily a species of open habitats, either uncultivated or low-intensity agriculture, such as pasture, bogs, and moorland, but also occurs in low numbers in arable croplands. In winter, it also uses saltmarshes and sometimes open woodlands. It is a fairly terrestrial pipit, always feeding on the ground, but will use elevated perches such as shrubs, fence lines or electricity wires as vantage points to watch for predators.
It is similar to the Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus, which is more heavily streaked and (in summer only) has an orange-red throat, and to the Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis, which is slightly larger, less heavily streaked, and has stronger facial markings and a shorter hind claw. The song of the Meadow Pipit accelerates towards the end while that of the Tree Pipit slows down.

The food is primarily insects and other invertebrates, mostly small items less than 5 mm long. It also eats the seeds of grasses, sedges, rushes and heather, and crowberry berries, mainly in winter.
The nest is on the ground hidden in dense vegetation, with 27 (most often 35) eggs; the eggs hatch after 1115 days, with the chicks fledging 1014 days after hatching. Two broods are commonly raised each year. This species is one of the most important nest hosts of the Cuckoo, and it is also an important prey species for Merlins and Hen Harriers.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-19 15:52]

Hi Jose,what a beautiful in-flight pic...great work,impressive sharpness,colors and light.I wish to do the same one day..ehehe....Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-19 16:22]

Hello Jose,
exciting capture of this inflight elegance. The sharpness of the feathers is simply splendid. I like its streaming view and superb sharpness.
Well capture in good skills and lively presentation.

Regards,
Foozi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-19 23:36]

Hello Jose,
A fine capture of a Meadow Pipit stretching its wings.
Nice low lateral POV with excellent sharpness, lighting and colours.
Thanks and kind regards,
Ivan

Hello Jose,
Nice capture of a lovely bird in flight. Amazing clarity and sharpness.
Very nice composition and perfect focus.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

Ciao Jose. Perfect sharp and focus in an extremely dynamic capture. Good light.

Roberto

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-20 6:47]

Hi,
Beautiful bird stretching its wings, well captured. tfs.
nagraj.v

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