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CORN BUNTING


CORN BUNTING
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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-24 13:35
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CORN BUNTING (MILIARIA CALANDRA)

The prolonged song of the male corn bunting, resembling nothing so much as the jangling of a bunch of keys, was once a far more familiar sound. This bird, is a fairly plain brown coloured bird, easily overlooked when compared to its more colourful relatives. The song is delivered from a perch, sometimes quite close to the ground. In short flights, corn buntings tend to fly with their legs hanging down, a feature that can help with identification in the field.

Although common in southern Europe, the corn bunting is declining throughout its northern range.

Male corn buntings have a colourful sex life, and individuals have been known to mate with as many as 18 different females in a single breeding season. The male plays no part in incubating the eggs but does sometimes help with feeding the young. Three to five eggs are laid between late May and July, in a nest of dried grass built by the female in arable crops or rough grassy margins. The young are fed on insects, and the birds may produce two broods in the season, although one is more usual. Whilst adult corn buntings are primarily seedeaters, like many other seed-eating birds, they feed their young on invertebrates. They take weed seeds, as well as cereal.

The corn bunting has probably declined due to changes in farming practices, especially the reduction in mixed farming. Extensive use of pesticides has reduced the numbers of arable weed species, an important food source for the adults, and insects, vital for rearing chicks. The switch from spring to autumn-sown cereals and consequent loss of weeds and stubbles, is probably a vital cause of the population drop, as it has led to the loss of both nesting and feeding habitats.

The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion. For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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Hello Marius,
This is absolutely outstanding and beautiful to view. In addition to the fabulous definition stands the great DOF. Very well done.
Neels

Ciao Marius. I was waiting for another masterpice! Razor details and sharp perfect DIF in the lovely compo.

Roberto

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-24 13:44]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic photo of a Corn Bunting. So natural! Great in all aspects. What a perfection!
Regards,
Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15610] (65303)
  • [2012-03-24 15:57]

Hi Marius,magnificent capture whit the usual super sharpness and perfect colors,is very interesting too,to see the moment of the plant in delay versus mines,they will be blossomed the next week i think...have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Marius,
great details and very well captured.
excellent sharpness and beautiful BG.
thanks for sharing
Jurek

Instantly recognizable stile of Photography ...Marius Secan stile! Wow...what a brilliant simple shot! Accurate in every single way I think! Impressive!
Regards,
George Veltchev

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-25 1:52]

Hi Marius,

This is a great shot. Magnificent colors, sharpness pose and background.

regrads,
Zeno

barthatibor
Buna Marius,
O fotografie foarte frumoasa.Compozitie buna ca detalii si culoriile.O imagie foarte reusita.Fericitari
Tibi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-03-25 3:09]

super! se pare ca a venit primavara!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-25 3:20]

Wonderful image, Marius!!
All is perfect: sharpness, colours , light, background, pose of the bird. A beauty!
Regards
Enrico

Ciao Marius.
Splendida cattura di questo Strillozzo in posa pronto per farsi fotografare,con ottimi colori e grande nitidezza con relativi particolari,molto bene la composizione.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Marius,

Hope life is good in spring colours. This is what I call a top quality, classic shot of this beautiful corn bunting.The precision focus, the every detail it has captured for the viewers is amazing. All the colours which are dull, supplement each other in this shot and hint at the habitat of the bird. Splendid indeed in every way! You must feel proud of it. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wondrous image of your colourful world, Marius. Take care....warmest regards/Abid

hello Marius
this is super good composition with great details and lovely BG
the sharpness and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Bonjour Marius,
Belle attitude du sujet sous un bon angle de prise de vue le valorisant bien.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-26 0:28]

Bonjour Marius,
Love this one for its well chosen composition and especially for its most subtle tints. How elegant and fine this shot is. Très, très beau!
Kind regards
Anne

Hello Marius.
This bunting is beautiful and sharp. the natural tone favors me most in excellently silenced background.
Regards.
Jusni

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