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Emberiza schoeniclus

Emberiza schoeniclus
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7 D+Battery Grip, Canon EF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 L IS USM, Kingston 16GB 266x, 58mm Circular Polariser-Hoya
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/25 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-08 4:08
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A first sighting of the Reed Bunting (this being a female) for me, and apologies for the poor quality of the shot, the weather was very overcast and it was late in the afternoon.

This bird was feeding with the Chaffinches and Dunnocks.

Reed buntings area a waterside bird that have spread, in places to drier habitats such as winter fields and even gardens.
Some are now known to breed in the damp rushes and bracken at the feet of moorland slopes and boggy vales, but most are still found in the true lowland watersides with swamps and standings of reeds.Here they can be easily spotted. The male often sing in spring and summer, with a typically unmusical bunting sound, yet still pleasant on a warm summer's day. In spring, they join migrant wagtails and pipits and feed on short grass beside lakes and reservoirs, in winter they roam the fields with finch flocks or flit about on their own in waterside willow thickets.

This is a female identified by the two cream lines down the back, the males head becomes black in the summer.

Image has been cropped about 50%, levels adjusted and a high pass filter applied to compensate for loss of sharpness on upload to TN

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-08 6:05]

Hello Bill,
Unusual to see the Reed Bunting at the feeding table! Taken from a nice low POV with good clarity despite the poor lighting.
Excellent natural colours too.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

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Bonjour William,
Le sujet est finement détaillé avec de jolies couleurs sous un bon angle de prise de vue mais manque de contraste par rapport à l'arrière plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello William,
a good capture with nice composition and colour.
best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-08 8:27]

Hello Bill,
Despite the poor light and moderate sharpness, this is a nice photo of a Reed Bunting, taken from a very good low POV in natural colours and a fine composition.

Ciao William, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Bill

With only 1/25s shutter speed to compensate
the poor light you did an excellent close-up
photo of the Reed Bunting with fine POV at its level,
I see that you was only at ISO160, with your 7D
you could easily shoot at higher ISOs like ISO400
ISO640 or ISO800 and have a faster shutter speed,
but only at 1/25s the IS of your lens did a great job, TFS


Hello Bill,you have aroused my curiosity with this shot,I shall definitely be taking a closer look at the visitors to the garden.
Given that the light was not the best you`ve done well to get such a nice shot,there are some fine details in the plumage and the eye appears sharp and clear.
Best regards Les.

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