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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-30 10:07
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The prolonged song of the male corn bunting, resembling nothing so much as the jangling of a bunch of keys, was once a far more familiar sound. This bird, is a fairly plain brown coloured bird, easily overlooked when compared to its more colourful relatives. The song is delivered from a perch, sometimes quite close to the ground. In short flights, corn buntings tend to fly with their legs hanging down, a feature that can help with identification in the field.

Although common in southern Europe, the corn bunting is declining throughout its northern range.

Male corn buntings have a colourful sex life, and individuals have been known to mate with as many as 18 different females in a single breeding season. The male plays no part in incubating the eggs but does sometimes help with feeding the young. Three to five eggs are laid between late May and July, in a nest of dried grass built by the female in arable crops or rough grassy margins. The young are fed on insects, and the birds may produce two broods in the season, although one is more usual. Whilst adult corn buntings are primarily seedeaters, like many other seed-eating birds, they feed their young on invertebrates. They take weed seeds, as well as cereal.

The corn bunting has probably declined due to changes in farming practices, especially the reduction in mixed farming. Extensive use of pesticides has reduced the numbers of arable weed species, an important food source for the adults, and insects, vital for rearing chicks. The switch from spring to autumn-sown cereals and consequent loss of weeds and stubbles, is probably a vital cause of the population drop, as it has led to the loss of both nesting and feeding habitats.

The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion. For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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Hi Marius,
really excellent photo. Perfect sharpness and details. Amazing colours.
Happy New Year!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-30 10:45]

Wonderful image, Marius!!
Outstanding sharpness and fine detail; splendid pose and colours; perfect light and nice blurred background. Great quality. A beuty!
Happy new year!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2011-12-30 10:48]

Hi Marius,magnificent little friend taken at the top of quality! What a plumage details and what a perfect light and colors! I wish you all the best for the new year and thanks for share! Luciano

Hello Marius,
A perfect portrait of a bird. Wonderful colors, perfect sharpness.

Hello Marius,
Your POV was excellent to capture this Corn Bunting in perfect detail and clarity. Beautiful glint in the eye and a stunning OOF BG. Well done.
Best regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-12-30 10:59]

o poza perfecta!

Excellent pose, fantastic detail, beautifully presented.
all the best

hello Marius
this is again a SUPER shot with beautiful colours super light and great sharpness
greeting lou and a Happy new year

Buna Marius
Excelenta foto,excelenta compozitie,excelenta calitate.Luminarea extrem de buna si culori naturale fantastice.
La MULTI ANI!!-Tie si Familiei!

Ciao Marius, lovely bird on a beautiflul blurry BG, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2012, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-12-30 12:11]

Hello Marius,
A wonderful capture of a species that is very rare in my country, the Corn Bunting.
The POV is great and shows its features with excellent sharpness and natural colours against a clean BG in fine lighting.
Thanks and a Happy 2012 to you too,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-30 12:29]

Hello Marius,
Great photo of this Corn Bunting in superb sharpness and details. Fantastic colours, blurred background and composition. High quality!
Happy New Year to you and your family,

Hello Marius,
Superb sharp detailed photo of this bird.....as usuals. Great DOF with a nice OOF BG. Fantastic sharpness and composition. Another image that puts you among the best authors of TN

Another great photo Marius! Good pose of the bird, very good composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!
My best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Excelente imagen, con luz y colores realmente fantásticos.
Buen año nuevo para tí también Marius:
J. Ignasi.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-12-31 4:58]

Hi Marius,
Another very nice portrait of beautiful birds. Excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Colours and background are nice too.
Happy New Year 2012.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-12-31 6:52]

Hi Marius.
Superb bird picture with great details of the cute bird and so attractive twigs. I like fawny colour palette and blameless composition and POV. TFS and Happy New Year.

Hello Marius,
the mono chrome image shows the detail of the plumage very well,the pose of the bird is most charming.
Happy New Year to you and your family,

Hello Marius,
great capture of this little bird with perfect sharpness and nice eye contact. I especially like the beautifully natural colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-01-02 4:58]

Hello Marius,
Thanks for your kind wishes which we return to you and your family too.
A fine-colored bird picture, presented as usual with perfect sharpness and a fine blurred background. Thanks also for your informations to my mistletoe-picture. For you luck and prosperity to for 2012!
Kind regards

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