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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-06 2:13
Viewed: 4846
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
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Just a short break from my krugerepos,as I found this colorfull bird posing nicely for me on yesterdays aftenoons walk,it is a male yellowhammer,which I have posted a few times before,but the light was perfect in this case,picture is made handheld and slightly cropped,hope you like him and thanks for your visit.

from wikipedia The Yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, which breeds across Europe and much of Asia. The Yellowhammer was introduced to New Zealand in 1862 and is now common and widespread there. It is probably more abundant in New Zealand now than in Europe where it is in serious decline, (in the UK the species fell by 54% between 1970 and 2003). In Europe and Asia most birds are resident, but some far northern birds migrate south in winter. It is common in all sorts of open areas with some scrub or trees and form small flocks in winter.

The Yellowhammer is a robust 15.5-17 cm long bird, with a thick seed-eater's bill. The male has a bright yellow head, yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much duller, and more streaked below. The familiar, if somewhat monotonous, song of the cock is often described as A little bit of bread and no cheese.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-06 2:23]

Hello Paul,
A great portrait of a male Yellowhammer taken from a superb POV with excellent sharpness and lighting in a fine composition that is clear of unwanted twigs and branches.
You did a good job here, I as I find that this species is not only difficult to approach but usually sits half hidden or high up.
Nice one to view and thanks for sharing it!

We have too much cloud here for photography at present!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-06 3:00]

Hello Paul,
You have taken full advantage of an excellent opportunity. What an outstanding image with great plumage details and colors. Thanks for sharing Paul.

Hi Paul,
This is an impressive picture of a lovely bird. You captured excellent details with strong and bright colors. You chose good composition. They are wonderful creatures. Thanks,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-06 5:48]

hi paul,
beautiful portrait of this yellowhammer, great colors and details in good composition. tfs.

Hi Paul
Nice shot of Yellowhammer captured with good quality and nice pose.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-06 7:47]

Excellent capture.POV,clear details,sharpness,colors and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-06 8:22]

Hello Paul! That's a beautiful bird my friend! Image so clear and sharp with a perfect oof background! Well done on the composition too, a beauty!


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-11-06 9:30]

Hello Paul,
You very well managed catch good light on bird and see clear colours and splendid sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-06 9:44]

Hej Paul,
Lovely close-up of the Yellowhammer in a fine pose showing up its wonderful colours and markings very clearly. I like the soft background too and your fine composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-06 10:34]

Hallo Paul,
Erg mooie foto van deze Geelgors. Heb ik nog nooit in het wild gezien. Goed standpunt en houding. Uitstekende details, compositie en natuurlijke kleuren.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-06 11:50]

Hi Paul
exellent colors and sharpness
very well done.

Hi Paul,
I also had this bird in my garden a view winters ago - an amazing bird and your shot is realy beautiful, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-06 23:11]

Hi Paul.
So attractive picture of a cute bird taken with great skill with superb equipment. Amazing unusual for me coloration of the bird, nice smooth BG and perfect composition of the shot at whole. Well done and kind wishes.

Hallo Paul,
Zat al in Zuid-Afrika te zoeken; met al die gele vogels van die grootte aldaar.
Heel mooi plaatje met inderdaad goed licht. Ook de POV en DOF zijn uitstekend.

Hello Paul,
The light on this photo is really beautiful and the sharpness and composition perfect. Congratulations,

Hi Paul,
this is great, gulsparven standout very well from the BG, almost like a 3-D effect, the DOF is brilliant.
Your 300mm doing a great job, perfect sharpness with good details. Well composed with nice POV.
This must bee one of the best Yellowhammer picture on TN.
Great work.
Trevlig helg.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-08 5:06]

What a fantastic shot, Paul!
Like you said, the light here is perfect.
Wonderful vibrent colours.
Very good sharpness.
Excellent composition.

Very fine work!
Superbly done,

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