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Call from Hierapolis: Miliaria calandra

Call from Hierapolis: Miliaria calandra
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC GF1
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-20 1:31
Viewed: 3225
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my bicycle travels in Turkey:
this is my first bird shot with the new compact four/third camera and the tele lens. The Corn bunting (Miliaria calandra; Tarla kirazkusu; Grauammer) sits on Paliurus rhamnus-christi in ancient Hierapolis near Pamukkale (see "Map").

Corn buntings are no longer a common sight in my country, only 400 couples remain. As a steppe adapted bird it used to consider tilled lands as steppe. But todays intensive agriculture (early mowing, passing of machines, culture of crops unsuitable to Corn buntings) cause a lot of brood failures. The largely applied method of "arable field margin management for biodiversity conservation" has not helped the local population (yet).

Corn buntings are known for "song sharing", where neighboring birds share more syllables than birds further apart. The biological implication of this is not clear. And something else is surprising with these "little gray jobs": unseen by us, UV light is strongly reflected at the breast. Since birds can see UV light, sexual mates may look real flashy to them!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-20 1:43]

Hi Dietrich
What a great shot!
Interesting :the lovely plant and bird in the same time.

Hi MF Dietrich,

Incredible capture of this beauty who make guarding to the tombs in Hierapolis:) from nice POV. Whenever visit the antique city i am seeing it near the tombs as well as rock nuthatchs, therefore i put them a nick name "tomb guard":)
The DOF here, details and composition are all excellent too MF!!
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Dietrich,
I like this spring composition. It is nice to see also birds in their environement like here. Good result of your new camera! Very interesting note too. Thanks and good evening,

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