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Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-05-15 6:33
Viewed: 2990
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In a lot of places on Lesvos you hear the typical sound of the Corn Bunting, like a bunch of keys.

The Corn Bunting, Miliaria calandra, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae. It is the sole member of the genus Miliaria, although a few authorities place it in the large genus Emberiza.

This is an unusual bunting because the sexes appear similar in plumage, although the males are approximately 20% larger than females. This large bulky bunting is 16-19cm long, has male and female plumages similar, and lacks the showy male colours, especially on the head, common in the genus Emberiza. Both sexes look something like larks, with streaked grey-brown above, and whitish underparts.

The song of the male is a repetitive metallic sound, usually likened to jangling keys, which is given from a low bush, fence post or telephone wires.

Distribution and habitat
It breeds across southern and central Europe, north Africa and Asia across to Kazahkstan. It is mainly resident, but some birds from colder regions of central Europe and Asia migrate southwards in winter.
The Corn Bunting is a bird of open country with trees, such as farmland and weedy wasteland. It has declined greatly in northwest Europe due to intensive agricultural practices depriving it of its food supply of weed seeds and insects, the latter especially when feeding young.It has recently become extinct in Ireland, where it was previously common.

Food and feeding
Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.

Males defend territories in the breeding season and can be polygynous, with up to three females per breeding male. The population sex ratio is generally 1:1, which means some males remain unmated during a season. Males play only a small role in parental care; they are not involved in nest building or incubation, and only feed the chicks when they are over half grown.
The nest is made of grass, lined with hair or fine grass, and is usually built on the ground. Average clutch size is 4, but commonly varies from 3 to 5, occasionally 6.

Source: Wikipedia

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The Corn Bunting seems to be happy with its catch, Peter.
Good to be your neighbour today.
A clean shot against the blue sky. The POV presents the plumage of the bird in perfect detail.
Anne and you had some reservations about my previous picture of a Red Pierrot. I have posted another one today for your approval.

hallo Peter
Mooie opname met de sprinkhaan in zijn bek
leuk zoals hij naar je kijkt
mooie kleuren en veel details
groetjes lou

Hello Peter,
great capture of this bird with a prey in its beak. I especially like the good sharpness with many details, the natural colours and the nice background. Congratulations!
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
Impressive image with a lovely species of bird. It is a interesting image taken from a very nice and POV and with exceptional light. The details and sharpness are great.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Peter,
very nice moment you capture with optimum sharpness and with very natural colour of this Corn Bunting.
best wishes,

Hi Peter,
interesting photo of this lunch. Great sharpness and details. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-15 10:19]

Hello Peter.
You have a lot of perfect-lovely capture in your gallery with superb composition, excellent details and sharpnes. This one is also wonderful. TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter

Excellent timing to have shot the photo with
the bird's mouth the insect, beautiful light,
excellent focus, sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Peter. Great time for the bird in action. Good hunt for him. Excellent contrast and very good details MF.


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird and its prey, fantastic details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Peter.
Grande tempismo nel catturare questo corn bunting con la preda nel becco,eccellente la nitidezza con relativi dettagli bene la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-15 14:26]

Hello Peter,
A great shot of this pretty Corn Bunting who seems a little preoccupied with lunch at the moment. The plumage reminds me alot of the female House Finch. Interesting that it builds it's nest on the ground. Nicely shown in wonderful detail and vivid yet natural colors. Well done!!

Hello Peter,

An excellent shot with fine pose, coloration & sharpness. Very nicely composed & presented.

TFS & best wishes!


Bom dia Peter
Wonderful capture of this Corn Bunting.GReat composition,wonderful natural colours and great sharp details.
Thank You
Have a good day
Best regards

Rea˝lismo del conjunto y oportunidad en el disparo Peter.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hello Peter.
Beautiful photo with good composition and nice lighting!

Hello Peter,

Hope you are doing fine and life is good with the family and nature. I am as ever thankful for the comments, sir. This a true photo from nature depicting a parent, busy in her/his parental duties with a fine catch in the beak, posing for you.Excellent photo indeed, Peter!The plumage has been captured perfectly by dint of a sharp focus against the bluest of blue skies. What a spectacle each scene of nature is! Thanks a lot for sharing a fantastic photo....take care...warmest regards/Abid

nice, I though they only eat seeds, TFS Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-17 9:35]

Hi Peter,you were in holiday in the same week like me as i can see..ehehe...a beautiful capture and a lucky meeting,magnificent light management,details and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-05-17 10:11]

Hi Peter.
You have pictured this cute bird with prey in the beak at a very attractive pose. Scene at whole is not common. Timing is really excellent. I also am impressed with excellent composition and cropping. Best wishes and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-18 2:50]

Hello Peter,
Great catch for this Corn Bunting. Well composed picture in decentred manner and the pose of the bird is just ideal to show plumage and head+catch.
Natural presentation too.
Thanks a lot
Kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-05-19 11:37]

Hello Peter,
Corn Buntings are difficult to approach, but here you have a fine close shot with its capture of a cricket. The pose is great, well composed and taken with excellent sharpness and colours against a clear sky.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-05-22 13:13]

Hello Peter,
Brilliant timing and a very fint capture of the Corn Bunting with its prey. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours against the sky.
Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Good evening dear Peter

Wonderful surprise to see, you posted " the catch of the day"

Not an easy shot, pointing the lens upwards, straight against the sky.

Thanks for sharing.

Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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