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Paddy Field Pipit

Paddy Field Pipit
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-14 3:02
Viewed: 1625
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is infernally hot here in Jammu these days. Though not much hopeful of finding anything significant to shoot, I still ventured out on school campus this morning at about 10.30 a.m. The regularly irrigated school playground is lush green despite summer heat and I found some Wagtails and Pipits foraging around on it. That is where I shot this Paddy Field Pipit.

The Paddyfield Pipit, or Oriental Pipit, (Anthus rufulus) is a small passerine bird in the pipits and wagtail family. It is a resident breeder in open scrub, grassland and cultivation in southern Asia east to the Philippines. Although among the few breeding pipits in the Asian region, identification becomes difficult in winter when several other species migrate into the region. The taxonomy of the species is complex and has undergone considerable changes.


This is a large pipit at 15 cm, but is otherwise an undistinguished looking bird, mainly streaked grey-brown above and pale below with breast streaking. It is long legged with a long tail and a long dark bill. Sexes are similar. Summer and winter plumages are similar. Young birds are more richly coloured below than adults and have the pale edges to the feather's of the upper parts more conspicuous with more prominent spotting on the breast. The population waitei from northwestern India and Pakistan is pale while the population malayensis from the Western Ghats is larger, darker and more heavily streaked with nominate rufulus intermediate.

Paddyfield Pipit is smaller and dumpier, has shorter looking tail and has a weaker fluttering flight. The usually uttered characteristic "chip-chip-chip" call is quite different from usual calls of Richard's Pipit (explosive "shreep") and Blyth's Pipit (nasal "pschreen"). Tawny Pipit has less streaking on the mantle and has a black loreal stripe and a longer tail. The Western Ghats population can appear very similar to the Nilgiri Pipit.


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hallo Ram
nice details of this bird with very nice naturel colours
thnaks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-14 8:36]

Hi Ram,good capture,the best details on the head but not on the body plumage,the background too is a bit confused,no problem,nobody is perfect and you show us a very interesting specie.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely bird in nice standing pose, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-06-14 11:52]

Hi Ram,
Good shot of a bird. Nice pose and perfect the eye's contact.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Hello Ram,
A nice and interesting bird. In my country are very popular the ANTHUS CAMPESTRIS (Tawny Pipit}. I looks very close to this Paddyfild Pipit.
Nice colors and excellent details.

hallo Ram
鳥照的很可愛 眼神令人疼愛
背景的草很有張力 構圖美麗

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