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1st Black-faced Bunting

1st Black-faced Bunting
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Copyright: Fatih Sam (fthsm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sahalin Birds, Buntings-Kiraz Kusugiller, Welcomers on TN [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-05 3:25
Viewed: 4875
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Points: 34
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Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

The Black-faced Bunting , Emberiza spodocephala , is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

It breeds in southern Siberia across to northern China and northern Japan. It is migratory, wintering in northeast India, southern China and northern southeast Asia. It is a very rare wanderer to western Europe.

Black-faced Bunting breeds in dense undergrowth along streams and rivers in the taiga zone, and lays four or five eggs in a ground or tree nest. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds. It winters close to water in agricultural or other open bushy habitats.

This bird's general appearance and terrestrial feeding habits give the impression of a Dunnock with a bunting's bill. It is similar in size to a Reed Bunting at about 16 cm long. The breeding male has a dark grey head with a mix of yellow green and black between the bill and eye. The upperparts are brown and heavily streaked with black, except on the rump. The rump is brown and the tail is also a dark brown. The underparts are yellowish white with some fine dark brown flank streaks. The stout bill is pink.

Females and young birds have a weaker head pattern, with olive-grey cheeks and a weak creamy white supercilium. The underparts are creamy yellow heavily streaked with dark brown.

The bird's call is like a tzii or tzee. It sound very “metallic” and it is a very short and not exactly a song at all. It nests on trees or on the ground and lays about 4 to 5 eggs.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-05 3:39]

Hi Fatih,

A superb shot of this bunting,very sharp and detailed with good natural colors,well done and TFS


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-05 4:03]

Hello Fatih,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,catchlight in eyes,framing,clear details and composition a lot.Excellent work!

Nice shot.

Good composition. The bird on the diagonal branch and stairing into the open. Well done.

Good colours, the picture could perhaps be slightly sharper.

Well done and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-05 6:01]

Hola Fatih, Excelente pov. y perfecto disparo y BG, saludos

A new species for me, very attractive species.

Excellent composition. Great focus (eye contact) and pose.
Good OOF background.
Could maybe have done with a touch of sharpnening before posting.
Well done.


Very well done. Sharpness, POV, DOF, background and framing are all very nicely done.



Hey Fatih
What a nice shot of Black-faced Bunting,
Good colors & lighting,


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-10-05 12:53]

I think that you caught very nice details of him in a good composition.
gr. paula

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-05 13:07]

Hello Fatih,
This is fine portrait of this bunting, dspite the dark BG. Good sharpness and fine comp.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-10-05 17:39]

Hola Faith.- Exelente foto, muy hermosa, con buena luz, contraste y nitidez.
Saludos Luis52.

Hi Fathih
This is beautiful portait of this little bird. I like the details that you caught there and this very nice composition. Good POV, exposure and BG too :) Thanks,

Hi Fatih

Great image. Perfect catchlight, great pose, lovely colours. Very nice work. :-)

Lovely bird with nice composition on branch. Very good exposure and sharpneess. Beautiful BG and colors.

Great shot!!
Nice details, composition and colors!!

Hi Fatih
Good portraiture.
Excellent sharpness.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-10-30 19:06]

Outstanding! Birds are one of my favorite subjects. This photo has perfect composition, beautiful colors, good sharpness and DOF.

Hello Fatih,
this is a very beautiful shot of this Black-faced Bunting! I like composition, details, colors.

Best regards, Leonid

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