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Free Food for the House Bunting

Free Food for the House Bunting
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-19 9:51
Viewed: 5868
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Emberiza striolata sahari (J. Levaillant 1850)
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae

The House Bunting is a resident breeder of dry country from northwestern Africa from Morocco south to Mali and east to Chad. The House Bunting breeds around human habitation, laying 2–4 eggs in a nest in a hole in a wall or building. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.
It is 14cm long, similar in size to the Striolated Bunting and smaller than the Rock Bunting. The breeding male has a sandy orange-brown body and a grey head slightly dark-streaked but without the white supercilium that the Striolated Bunting has. The female's head has a brown tint to the grey, and more diffused streaking.
The House Bunting has recently been split from the closely related Striolated Bunting, of which it used to be treated as a subspecies, Emberiza striolata sahari. The Striolated Bunting has stronger facial striping and a paler belly than the House Bunting.
The incubation period of the clutch of 3 eggs is noted as 12–14 days.
The song, given from a perch, is similar to, but weaker than, that of the Chaffinch.
In Morocco, the species is traditionally regarded as sacred, and has become very tame, freely entering and feeding inside houses, shops and mosques.
On this photo, the House Buntings were eating grains from a shop, without fear.

Source: Wikipedia
To listern the song of the House Bunting: Bird songs from Africa

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  • alin-m Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 472 W: 1 N: 126] (1773)
  • [2009-11-19 10:00]

Nice and funny immage.
Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-11-19 10:57]

Hola amiga,
original imagen,
simpáticos detalles y composición.
saludos Cath.

hello Catherine
very nice picture
great details of the birds
i like the composition and the colours are very good
great shot
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-19 11:37]

Hi Catherine. The four little House Buntings are enjoying a free meal. Taken with good feather detail and warm colours. Well taken TFS.

Hello Catherine,
Excellent capture with sharp details and superb colours.
Very nice composition and POV.

Hello Catherine,
a splendid picture of the House Bunting, you have captured a funny scene with good sharpness and marvellous colours, a very nice composition
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-19 16:10]

Salut Catherine,une photo un peu etrange pour TN,mais c'est de la nature aussi...eheh..tres belle idee' et excellente realisation,mes compliments et bonne journee',LUCIANO

Hello Catherine,
In the struggle for existence all methods are permitted. Beautiful scene.

Hello Catherine
great capture of beautiful House Buntings. We have about ten Emberiza -Bunting species here. this is similar to some of them, with habitus. but their behaviour different from them. these are similar to domestic sparrow. you greatly captured them, with sharp focus, great POV/DOF, composition and exposure. good informative notes. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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