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Cretzschmar's Bunting

Cretzschmar's Bunting
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-19 1:49
Viewed: 4124
Points: 26
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Cretzschmar's Bunting
Binomial name
Emberiza caesia
Cretzschmar, 1827

Tr.Name: Kızıl kirazkuşu

Conservation status : Least Concern

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Emberiza
Species: E. caesia

The Cretzschmar's Bunting , Emberiza caesia, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

It breeds in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and the coastal countries along the eastern edge of the Mediterranean. It is migratory, wintering in the Sudan. It is a very rare wanderer to western Europe.

Cretzschmar's Bunting breeds on sunny open hillsides, with some bushes. It is mainly coastal or insular, and often breeds at lower levels than the closely-related Ortolan Bunting where both occur. It lays four to six eggs in a ground nest. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.

This bird is smaller than Ortolan. The breeding male has a grey head with orange moustaches. The upperparts are brown and heavily streaked, except on the rump, and the underparts are rusty orange. The stout bill is pink.

Females and young birds have a weaker head pattern, and are more similar to Ortolans. They can be distinguished by the warm brown rump and white eye-ring.

This bird was named after the German physician Philipp Jakob Cretzschmar.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-19 2:44]

Hola amigo,
buena captura y excelente pov,
agradable ambiente e iluminación...
saludos Fikret

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  • loga (22)
  • [2008-02-19 2:53]

Hello Fikret

Very nice capture, perfet focus and nice soft colurs. Very nice composition.


Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Another of your birdie creations my friend, this time, of a small Bunting, again in perfect exposure and sharpness against a pleasantly OOF BG. It seems to be perched on a branch of Quercus coccifera (however I may be wrong there). One small point, I think Cretzschmar named this bird, it was not named after him.


Just a perfect capture of that rare bird,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-19 8:07]

Hello Fikret,
Excellent capture of this beautiful Bunting in a fine composition. Beautiful light, lovely colours and great sharpness. Well done! I was thrilled to photograph this bird on Cyprus!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Selam Fikret Bey,
Taş meşe üzerinde harika bir duruşta kirazkuşu! Nefis bir fotoğraf olmuş. Elinize sağlık.

Hi Fikret,

really nice composition


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-19 12:32]

Hello Fikret,
Excellent capture of a Cretzchmeyer's Bunting taken from your archives. Great POV and pose taken with good sharpness and colours. My wife took a nice one of this species in Cyprus but I missed it.
Thanks for sharing this one,

Bellissima immagine, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori, anche lo sfondo. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Bu ne alımlı, ne güzel bir kuş Fikret bey ve harika bir çekim. elinize sağlık, zevkle izliyorum öncekiler gibi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-20 0:27]

Hi Fikret.
Thanks for this masterpiece reflected so amazing scene and birdy. As usual for you BG is fantastic. Its colourfulness and smoothness impress the imagination as well as the exactness and details of the bird and twigs. Bravo and my hearty greetings. Skillfully done job.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-20 2:24]

Selam Fikret,
Very nice capture!
Nice colors and good sharpness!
Well composed!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-22 5:24]

Hi Fikret,
Outstanding shot of this tiny Bunting. Nice colours and details on its plumage and you have captured a fine pose here. Great lighting and the smooth BG looks so special. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-24 5:26]

Hello Fikret, what a lovely bird picture, the compositiion is great and the quality is very high, great shot, thanks!


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