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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-15 23:17
Viewed: 3836
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you for your nice comments on my previous post.
This photo was taken at Riva Istanbul.A bean bag was used as support.
Thanks for looking and Have a Nice Day!

Ortolan Bunting
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizida
Genus: Emberiza
Species: E. hortulana
Binomial name
Emberiza hortulana
Linnaeus, 1758
The Ortolan, or Ortolan Bunting, Emberiza hortulana, is a bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a passerine family now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae. The bird's common name is French, from the Latin hortulanus, the gardener bird, (from hortus, a garden).
A native of most European countries and western Asia the Ortolan migrates in autumn to tropical Africa, returning at the end of April or beginning of May. Its distribution throughout its breeding range seems to be very local, and for this no obvious reason can be assigned. It was said in France to prefer wine-growing districts;[citation needed] but it certainly does not feed upon grapes, and is found equally in countries where vineyards are unknown. It reaches as far north as Scandinavia and beyond the Arctic Circle, frequenting corn-fields and their neighbourhoods. It is an uncommon vagrant in spring and particularly autumn to the British Isles.
The Ortolan is 16 cm in length and weighs 20 to 25 grams. In appearance and habits it much resembles its congener the Yellowhammer, but lacks the bright colouring of that species; the Ortolan's head, for instance, is greenish-grey, instead of a bright yellow. The somewhat monotonous song of the cock resembles that of the Yellowhammer.
Ortolan nests are placed on or near the ground; the eggs seldom show the hair-like markings so characteristic of most buntings' eggs.
Seeds are the natural diet, but beetles and other insects are eaten when feeding young.
The species is in decline in at least ten European countries, although the total population is estimated in 400,000-600,000 pairs.
In France it disappeared from 17 départements between 1960 and 1980, and numbers have fallen in another seven départements. The 1992 estimation for the French population is 15,000 pairs.
The reasons proposed for this strong regression are habitat degradation, reduction of nesting places, and changes in the agricultural landscape. Hunting (in particular in Landes) is responsible for taking about 50,000 birds per year (ten times the Ortolan population of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands).
It is a protected species in Europe and its sale is illegal in France, but Gascons still catch it by the end of summer to fatten it. This practice is politically sensitive and one of the reasons for the regional success of parties like that of Hunters and Fishers.
In September 2007, the French Government announced that it intended finally to enforce laws to protect the species that have been on the statute books for eight years.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-15 23:22]

Hello Omer
Yes it is very cute and all is perfect in this picture. Well done and regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-16 0:27]

Nefis bir derinlik yakalamışsınız, çok güzel fotoğraf, ellerinize sağlık.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-16 0:30]

Hello Omer,
Marvelous closeup capture from lovely Ortolan Bunting with impressive details!
The green field adds great dynamism to this work.
The colors of the butterfly are very well shown and perfectly natural. The sharpness and POV are great.Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-16 0:34]

Hola Omer
Splendid capture and fine details,
excellent pov. and definition.

hello Omer
I worship the different poses, you have couched a very good moment, the output in colors is exceptional as the details, the composition the background...a marvelous photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Omer! Nice bird, good information, wonderful scene and scenery, good exposure and sharpness. Original title. Very fine effect. Good luck!

Ciao Omer, beautiful composition with cote bird in lovely pose against a wonderful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hahaha:) tatlı ne demek? muhteşemsin! Yine en güzel anda basmışsın deklanşöre. Ortam da bir o kadar mükemmel.
Hemen göze batan bir çekim olmuş dostum. Eline sağlık.


Ömer bey, oldukça eğlenceli bir fotoğraf:) bende çok sevdim. Ortamın doğal renkleri ve davranışı harika yakalamışsınız.
Elinize sağlık.

Omer bey, dayima katiliyorum.) her karenizde duz poz veren kuslar yerine ayri bir hareketlilik ve sevimlilik var. Elinize saglik. Selamlar.

Hello Omer,
a fantastic capture of the Ortolan Bunting taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness in a lovely posture, marvellous colours, a very pleasing composition with a very beautiful BG
Best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-16 2:24]

Bence de çok sevimli Ömer Bey.Kalitesi ve estetiği de yüksek;derinlik ve netlik harika.Emeklerinize sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-16 3:06]

Hello Omer,
Indeed, it is a very pretty bird hiding there in the grass! Excellent capture from a low POV showing the bird in a nice pose. Great focus and beautiful natural colours in this fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Funny pose, but sharp and clourful photo, I like the background too.

hello Omer
you have a nice pose of this beautiful Ortolan
this is a super composion with very nice light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-16 4:17]

Hello Omer,
Yes, very pretty! I like this kind of narrative shots, they allow the imagination to work out some different stories about what happened. I also like your framing and the low point of view. Very natural and most pleasing shot.
thanks a lot.
Kind regards

Sure, you are very pretty ...
Hi Omer, this chick is so cute and you captured it in such a nice pose and with good light and brilliant colours.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-16 6:04]

Hi Omer,the timing is your secret,another time you show us a beautiful pic whit a curious position of bird,impressive composition whit top quality of sharpness and colors...thanks a lot,king of birds! Have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-16 7:25]

Hello Omer,
Another fantastic photo. This time of a Ortolan Bunting in a very nice pose. Your low POV is amazing. Excellent sharpness, details, natural colours, OOF BG and composition. Great!!!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-16 9:18]

Waw...very pretty!
What a sharp details and lovely colors.

What a great bird!
Is so cute!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-16 11:46]

Hi Omer. Thanks for the interesting notes to go with this fine picture of the Bunting. Which you have taken from a good low POV. I like the way the bird is well in focus with the BG blurred. Taken with good detail and warm colours. well taken TFs.

hello Omer

looking at your photo in French we say « une belle photo prise sur le vif »,
an excellent photo of the Ortolan Bunting with very fine POV, DOF
and framing with leaving a good free space in front,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Ömer bey süperrr..:) çok eğlenceli. İzlemesi keyifli olsa gerek.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-16 14:07]

Enfes görünüyor Ömer ağbi, emeklerine sağlık..
Selamlar saygılar,

Magnífico conjunto y composición de este Omer. El foco en la cabeza del ave con gran precisión me gustó.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-16 15:48]

Hi Omer,

Yes, you are very pretty. I don't think I have ever seen an Ortolan before so thank you for the introduction. The bird is beautiful and the pose in the tree is wonderful. I love the face, the beautiful eye and the pretty feathers. Colors, details, lighting and setting are all superb.


oldukça şık ve güzel. yalnız selam mı veriyor, yeter artık git mi diyor tam anlamadım:) her halikurda nefis bir poz. harika bir çekim. fonu, netliği, alan derinliği, zamanlama ve renkleriyle yine başköşelik bir çalışma çıkartmışsınız, Ömer Bey. elinize sağlık. yeni karelerinizi bugünlerde biraz daha kısa arayla görmek de pek keyif verici. ama devamını da bekliyoruz. arayı fazla açmayın:)
saygı ve selamlarımla iyi geceler.

Merhaba Omer,

An excellent close-up with beautiful colors, sharpness & timing. Great POV, pose & composition. Very nicely taken & presented.

TFS & salam.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-16 22:56]

Ömer bey yine sıradışı güzellikte bir çekim anı:) ve taknik açıdan da göz dolduran bir çekim yapmışsınız.
Elkinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Merhaba Ömer bey, gayet eğlenceli bir çekim. Tamda kafasını kaşırken yakalamışsınız. Ortamın renkleri ve detaylar da super olmuş. Emeğinize sağlık.

Treknature üyelerine selam veren havasıyla harika bir kare, ellerinize sağlık Ömer Bey.

Ömer bey nefis bir kare:). coğrafyasında yaşayan insanı gibi bunun da kafası karışmış anlaşılan.:)
Elinize sağlık. İyi akşamlar.

Omer bey.. yine cok guzel, eglendiren, keyiflendiren bir foto..
gunesten kendinden gecmis sanki.. renkler cok guzel..
elinize saglik...

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-12-17 17:18]

Hola Omer.
Great photo. First class. and Yes, all birds are pretty.
lovely pose and beautiful POV.
TFS My friend.

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  • Abyta Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 34] (130)
  • [2009-12-17 21:57]

Merhaba Omer,
A fantastic shot of the bird in a lovely posture, amazing colors, a very pleasant composition with a very beautiful BG. Funny named :)))!
Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-18 2:02]

Merhaba Ömer,
A great capture of an Ortolan Bunting in an unusual pose. The POV, sharpness, lighting and colours are great in this excellent composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Sorry I had to change my last image but I thnk you for the critique!

Selamlar ömer bey,
çok güzel ve artistik bir çalışma olmuş.
harika bir zamanlama ve habitatıyla nefis olmuş.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-12-18 11:55]

Hi Omer,
yes, very pretty! Great low POV and excellent timing, well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-20 8:24]

Hi Omer.
You have selected a DOF precisely and have captured a very attractive moment. FG and BG are blurred nicely and details of the bird is crisp sharp. As usual exposure and colours are awesome. Bravo.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-31 6:04]

Merhaba Akhi Omer,
superbs shot in excellent composition. The eye and the feathers are really lovely and stunning.
The shallow depth really renders outstanding view.
Nothing can beat it.


Hello Omer
Yes, this cute little Ortolan Bunting is very pretty. You captured her in a nice pose giving herself a good scratch. Excellent DOF, colour and lighting. I really have to master DOF. Well done.
TFS Janice

Merhaba Ömer bey,
Fantastic close-up of a nice and - in Hungary - rare species. Excellent exposure, DOF and sharpness, marvelous composition, wonderful pose. Again a stunner from You. Bravo.
Have a nice Sunday, friendly regards, László

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-12 7:39]

Hello Omer,
Not sure how I missed this excellent image with such great action captured. Point of view along with all other camera work is superb, thank you Omer.

Very nice habitat shot Omer. Well composed with great color & detail.
Like that classic behavior I see, excellent POV :)

Hello Omer,
How are you? This is an amazing picture postcard type photograph. Long time no see on TN.
Best wishes-Dr Subhash Ranjan

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