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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-04 1:19
Viewed: 2775
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Crested Lark, Galerida cristata, breeds across most of temperate Eurasia from Portugal to northeast China and eastern India, and in Africa south to Niger. It is non-migratory, and the sedentary nature of this species is illustrated by the fact that it is only a very rare vagrant to Great Britain, despite breeding as close as northern France.
This is a common bird of dry open country and cultivation. It nests on the ground, laying two or three eggs. Its food is weed seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.
This is a smallish lark, slightly larger and plumper than the Skylark. It has a long spiky erectile crest. It is greyer than the Skylark, and lacks the white wing and tail edges of that species.
In flight it shows reddish underwings. The body is mainly dark-streaked grey above and whitish below. The song is melodious and varied, with mournful whistles and mimicry included.
Some care must be taken to distinguish this lark, which has many subspecies, from its close relatives in areas where they also occur. In the west of its range the Thekla Lark, Galerida theklae, is very similar, as is the Malabar Lark, Galerida malabarica, in western India.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Galerida
Species: G. cristata
Binomial name
Galerida cristata
(Linnaeus, 1758)


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-04 1:27]

Hello Durzan.
Very good close-up portrait of this crested lark. Colors, lighting, sharpness and the eye contact look very nice.Best regards Siggi

Lovely close-up. Good photo against the dark background. regards yiannis

Hello Durzan,
Excellent portrait of this beautiful Crested Lark in such close up!
perfect sharpness, good colour and super details in it, the bird stand out very well against the dark background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-06-04 1:58]

Hello Durzan
Wonderful portrait!

Excellent composition. Wonderful colors and great details.
regards vijeesh

Ciao Durzan, splendid portrait of lovely Crested Lark with fantastic colors, wonderful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Durzan. excelelnte compo and stunning details with impressive focused eye.


Hi Durzan,

Fabulous portrait of this Crested Lark with a lovely highlighted eye, very nice colours and good green out of focus background, great work and well done,
Best Regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-04 7:10]

Hello Dūrzan,
Great sharp detailed portrait of this Crested Lark. Very nice choice of composition. Beautiful natural colours, excellent contrasting against the dark BG.

Hello Durzan
Beautiful portrait with very good composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness is impressive.

Bonjour Durzan,
Trčs beau portrait finement détaillé et s'opposant merveilleusement bien ą l'arričre plan.
A bientōt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-04 8:45]

Hi Durzan,very nice and curious specie taken in a beautiful portrait whit the usual top quality and in a dark background as i like.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

hello Durzan
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Hallo Durzan
A great portrait with clear and most prominent details, especially the swanky crest. I like the catchlight in the eye and the shape of the pupil. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Slav Durzan,
a superb portrait, impressive details and beautiful colours, nice visual impact with a splendid background
Best regards

Hi Durzan,
very nice photo. Interesting bird and its pose. Nice natural colours. Very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-05 1:42]

Bonjour Durzan,
Very funny Tītī!! Has a very fashionable haircut! Lovely picture indeed , wll presented in a decentred composition and a very subtle color-combination. Artistic and fine work.
Kind regards

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