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Black-headed Bunting

Black-headed 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: 2008-05-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-05 3:59
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Black-headed Bunting

Binomial name:
Emberiza melanocephala
Scopoli, 1769

TR name: Karabaşlı çinte

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

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

It breeds in southeast Europe east to Iran. It is migratory, wintering in India. It is a rare but regular wanderer to western Europe.

Black-headed Bunting breeds in open scrubby areas including agricultural land. It lays 4-6 eggs in a nest in a tree or bush. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.

This bird is 17cm long, larger than Reed Bunting, and long-tailed. The breeding male has bright yellow underparts, chestnut upperparts and a black hood.

The female is a washed-out version of the male, with paler underparts, a grey-brown back and a greyish head. The juvenile is similar, and both can be difficult to separate from the corresponding plumages of the closely related Red-headed Bunting.

The call is a soft zrit, and the song is a jerky zrit..zrit…zrit…srut..srut…srut.

From; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emberiza_melanocephala

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-05 4:07]

Hello Fikret,
A lovely close view of this beautiful bird! Excellent sharpness and colours and a fine background. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

The results of your infinite patience are always a marvel, Fikret. This picture of a colourful Bunting is yet another of those masterly bird pictures from your versatile storehouse of talents.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and warm regards.

Hello Fikret,
What a beautiful bird. Great shot.
I like the color, the details...all perfect!
Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-05 5:15]

Merhaba Fikret,
A superb faultless capture of a male Black-headed Bunting. I especially like the pose, lighting, POV and composition.
A real beauty and thanks for delighting us with it!
Kind regards,

Hallo Fikret
What a handsome bird. You captured this fine looking bird in a wonderful pose showing off his nice profile, the beautiful colours and finely detailed plumage. The pose against the neutral background is excellent, and the combination of colours is great. I cannot find any fault, but can only sing you praises, as this is truely beautiful. Just love the way the bird holds its one paw up in the air as if its giving you a message: All the best for 2009 and thanks for your valuable input on the site in the past.
Best regards.

Merhaba Fikret,
What a beautifully executed capture of a majestically formed Bunting from a flattering lateral viewpoint in excellent focus and exposure! The completely OOF neutral BG increases the 3D effect of this superb image nicely. TFS indeed my friend.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-05 6:18]

Hi Fikret,
Beautiful portrait of this colorful bunting, perhaps bit too close, with some more space it would have been looked great. tfs.

Harika olmuş Fikret bey..
sandıktan bunlar heralde..:)
ellerinize sağlık..

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-05 6:32]
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Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Harika fotograf.Detaylar,renkler,ışık ve kadraj mükemmel olmuş.Arkadaş cezalı herhalde:)
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-05 9:28]

merhaba fikret bey
sade fonu ve hoş pozuyla harika bir çekim
bakış açısı, alan derinliği, netliği ve detayları nefis
eline sağlık

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-05 9:42]

Hello Fikret,
excellent shot ,good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with nice colours TFS

hello Fikret
well composed shot of this bunting, beautiful pose with nice details on the bird
I like the colors of the picture and of the bird
very well done

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-05 10:02]

Hello Fikret,

There is such a good light in your photo. The colors of the bird can be seen so well. The sharp image shows good details of the plumage. As you have composed well the image, with few elements, viewers attention focuses on the main subject, the bird.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-05 10:25]

Hi Fikret,

A beautiful bird in a wonderful pose. The black and yellow face with the sparkling eye is wonderful. Colors and details of the wing and plumage is excellent. A perfect background and composition.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-05 12:33]

Hello Fikret,
What a fantastic photo! Everything in this photo is so good and beautiful. High standard! Superb!

Amazing shot Fikret, with so much details and a beautiful light and background. Congratulations and best wishes,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-05 23:15]

Hi Fikret
Nice capture. Well done.
Razvan Zinica

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-06 1:28]

Hola amigo,
preciosa foto,
excelente foco y color,
pose hermoso,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-06 1:35]

Hi Fikret.
I cannot imagine better representation of this fine bird. All is great at the picture. Simply fantastic details and colours of the plumage and all other parts of the bird. POV and composition of the picture are outstanding as well as DOF. My congratulations and TFS,.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-06 1:52]

Hello Fikret
This is a wonderful close capture showing very fine details and colours of this Black-headed Bunting.
It is very sharp and clear, and the colours are very vibrant too,
Well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-06 13:38]

Excellent photo of this beautiful bird.
Very good detail in the feathers.
Superb composition.
Fantastic DOF and BG.

Very well done, Fikret!!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2009-01-07 11:27]

Absolutely gorgeous shot Fikret! Happy New Year to you! A perfect pose and a very great technique on that one! Thanks!


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-08 15:17]

Hello Fikret !
Wow, what an amazing picture ! This bird is really wonderful, Ilove his colors, his markings, specially this vivid yellow. Sharpness and details, as well as composition, POV and blurred BG are excellent. I also like the pose of the bird. Very well done !

Çok güzel. Bunu çok çektim ama hiç böyle güzel yakalayamadım. İnşallah bu yıl bunun kadar güzel bir poz yakalayabilirim. Herşeyiyle çok iyi. Kutlarım. Sevgiler.

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