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Cirl Bunting

Cirl 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: 2006-07-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Buntings-Kiraz Kusugiller [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-25 5:27
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Cirl Bunting
Tr: Bahçe Çintesi (Bahçe Kirazkuşu)

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

Binomial name:
Emberiza cirlus
Linnaeus, 1766

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

It breeds across southern Europe, on the Mediterranean islands and in north Africa. It is a resident of these warmer areas, and does not migrate in winter. It is common in all sorts of open areas with some scrub or trees, but has a preference for sunny slopes. Changes in agricultural practice have affected this species very adversely at the northern fringes of its range, and in England, where it once occurred over much of the south of the country, it is now restricted to south Devon.

The Cirl Bunting is like a small Yellowhammer, 15-16.5 cm in length with a thick seed-eater's bill. The male has a bright yellow head, with a black eyestripe and throat, and a greenish breast band across its otherwise yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much more like the Yellowhammer, but has a streaked grey-brown rump and chestnut shoulders.

The monotonous song of the cock is rattling trill, like Arctic Warbler or Lesser Whitethroat.

Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds. The nest is on the ground. 2-5 eggs are laid, which show the hair-like markings characteristic of those of buntings.


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very nice, seldom seen in pics, TFS Ori

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-25 5:38]

Hello Fikret,
I don't see many Cirl buntings on TN, in fact I haven't seen any at all (although that doesn't say anything). This is a very fine capture. Great display of colours, dof and composition. Very well done.
Regards, Jacob

hi fikret,
what a lovely capture,
well composed shot,
nice pov, good dof,
lovely colours,
excellent details,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-25 6:34]

Hola Fikret, preciosa ave y magníficos detalles, bg, hermoso y compo genial... saludos

This is a great capture of this unusual bird. I love those great details you caught, composition, POV, exposure and beautiful BG. This is a great picture! Thanks,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-25 7:24]

Hello Fikret,
What a smart composition with a lovely bird !
The "+++" : subject, composition, point of view, sharpness, DOF, nice blurred background, colors, exposure, instructive note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-25 7:31]

Superbe photo,les couleurs sont superbe et l'éclairage est parfait. J'aime bien l'oiseau et l'arrière plan lumineux.

Hi Fikret,
This is perfect! All the technical details are flawless. Superb composition and framing. The OOF backround is very beautiful.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-25 8:01]

Hello Fikret,
Very beautiful bird you've captured here in a nice pose. Great sharpness, good light and lovely colours. I like the background colours and and your composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-25 8:15]

Hello Fikret,
First class post of the Cirl Bunting with all the right qualities: sharpness, POV, comp., BG, good lighting and colour and a nice discreet frame.
Well done and TFS,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-25 8:33]

Es indudable que la Nikon con la lente Sigma funcionan muy bien y tus conocimientos para el PP son realmente buenos por el resultado que se percibe en esta imagen Fikret.
Marcados detalles y texturas del ave con perfecto foco y OOF posterior, asistidos por el excelente control de la luz y un apropiado encuadre en función del punto de vista captado.
Gran entrega... una vez más.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Undoubtable that Nikon with the lens Sigma works very well and your knowledge for PP are really good for the result that it is perceived in this image Fikret.
Marked details and textures of the bird with perfect focus and posterior OOF, attended by the excellent light control and appropriate framing in function of the captured point of view.
Great post... once again.
My best regards... Ricardo

Hello Fikret,

Excllent work, great clors BG POV DOF perfect details very crisp ,nicly composed and capture phoot excllent work

TFS Kyle

hi fikret!
very beautiful photo on this
fine bird
sharp with nice dof and pov
and great composition

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-25 9:14]

Hello Fikret,
What a wonderful picture! Excellent shot with extraordinary sharpness. A lovely bird with a beautiful plumage. Excellent dof and composition.
My compliments.
Best wishes

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-25 9:24]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Her zamanki gibi fotograf kalitesi cok iyi. Netlik, keskinlik, isik, kompozisyon ve kontrast cok basarili. Elinize saglik. Selamlar

Very good image indeed!
Great colours and sharpness.
Blurred clourful BG is very apprpriate...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-25 11:00]

Hi Fikret.
Wonderful picture of Great Master. Quality of your picture is really fantastic. Extremely well detailed and sharpened image of bird and tree branch with excellent pose of you cute model and extremely well blurred and nicely coloured BG. BRAVO, superb done work.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-01-25 12:16]

Hello Fikret,

What a wonderful picture of bird I never saw before!!! The composition is great by having him at the left of the image with the perfectly horizontal branch! The other great thing is that we can recognize the wonderful colors of the bg within the feathers of the bird! Details are awesome also!

Great job and TFS,


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-01-25 12:32]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Yine mükemmel bir foto,
Kuşun duruşu ve rengi harika,
Netlik ve arka plan da çok başarlı

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-25 13:01]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Mükemmel bir çalışma.Arka plan,ışık,keskinlik,canlı renkler,ışık,kadraj ve komposizyon her zamanki gibi kusursuz.Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

Bird pictures of such superior quality are rather rare on TN, Fikret. And I mean it.
You deserve highest credits on all counts -- point of view, DOF, focus, sharpness, details, colours, composition. The list of merits here is endless.
Thanks a lot for sharing this perfect picture.

hi Fikret,
pretty catch of sight beautiful a bird a very good clearness and of good colors and a good depth of field cheer


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-25 14:59]

Hello Fikret , Fantastic shot from this bird , great colours compositie details sharpnes ,beauty bg and framing ,Greetings Teunie .

Hi, Fikret.
Nice capture. Excellent exposure, sharpness and composition. Like also pose and POV. Background is clean and very beautiful colors.

Beautiful bird Fikret, I like it.
All the technical aspects come together here for an excellent capture. A pleasure to view your work,
Very well done.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-25 20:22]

Hola Fikret.- Esta es una ave nueva para mi. Muy nitida y con exelente luz y contraste. La pose le da gran valor asi como el fondo difuso. Tu nota muy buena. Saludos Luis52.

Hi Fikret

We have these birds in New Zealand, but I haven't managed to find any in the North Island of New Zealand, but I have seen them in the South Island, but my photos were terrible. This on the other hand is fantastic! :-)

Hi Fikret ,
excellent focus and great details.
well composition and beautiful colors.
thanks and regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-26 7:55]

Hi Fikret

Another brilliant picture from you!
This Cirl Bunting is a rather new species to me (at least i'm not very familiar to it) and it looks simply fantastic in your shot!
The details, the colors, the tones and the light are all the the highest level!
I also want to point out the great POV from where this shot wat taken and the simply impeccable DOF that blurred the BG so nicely but still kept full focus on the bird.
Framing is great, composition is wonderfull and note is excellent.

Bravo and TFS

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-26 13:16]

Hi Fikret,
Beautiful image, the background seems to be in sync with the birds colours.Very well composed.
Badruddin Ali

Harika bir çalışma daha Fikret Bey,
Detaylar, netlik, renkler, kadraj süper.Tebrikler.


Ciao Fikret, wonderful bird in great pose with lovely details and splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is a beauty, lovely light and an excellent capture...
well done...

Merhaba Fikret bey senin resimlerin keskinligi/netligi cok guzel ve bu resim her bakimdan cok iyi olmus ellerine saglik Selamlar, hosca kal Necip.

Hola Fikret,
Extraordinaria la nitidez y fondo conseguidos, la pose es muy natural. Un cordial saludo

Hello Fikret,
Beautiful bird that you are showing here. Fine details and color contrast are well registered. Well composed and exposed picture. Very well done and tfs.

are you working in RAW or JPEG


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