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1st for TN - Cinereous Bunting

1st for TN - Cinereous Bunting
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Copyright: Kuzey Cem Kulacoglu (kuzeycem) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 32] (198)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 400 mm F 5.6 L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-14 5:59
Viewed: 1621
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I searched this species in TN with both it's common and scientific names and nothing came up, so I guess this is a new one :)
This is a male Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea-TR:Boz Çinte). It is a quite local bird, with an interesting distribution. There are two isolated populations; namely "Western (Smyrna) Cinereous Buntings" of Aegean Turkey and adjacent Turkish/Greek islands, and "Eastern Cinereous Buntings" of southeast Turkey and southwest Iran.
They are both summer visitors and they both winter around Red Sea in southwest Arabia and Sudan.
The bird here is of the Eastern race E. c. semenowi, which is separated from the nominate cineracea by it's yellow belly (opposed to a grey belly).
Due to their isolation from each other and different plumages, they may as well prove to be separate species in the near future.
Like most Emberiza buntings it has a conical bill, pale eye-ring and pale moustachial stripe, as well as white tail-sides.
It breeds in dry, rocky country or mountainous areas with boulders or shrubberies for cover. They also use the boulders as elevated perches while singing.
This is one of the two males we encountered in the summit of Mount Nemrut (a world heritage site due to 2000 year-old statues on the summit). It didn't get very close but it always stood out in the open, while singing.
The "golden light" really worked for me on this one, which was shot in 06:36 AM.
Thanks for your critiques. Cheers!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-14 7:10]

Hello Kuzey,
Congratulations on this photo!
Excellent shot of this Bunting. Very sharp,great detail,exposure and lighting. Very nicely framed with a great soft background. Greetings.
Regards Sigi

Hello Kuzey,
Congratulation for the debut of 'Cinereous Bunting'. It's always a beautiful moment to me when cherish the new species; whether it's Flora or Fauna.
Nicely presented with beautiful light. Very nice details and sharpness. Against such BG, it looks eye-catching.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,
Best regards and have a nice WE,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-14 10:20]

Hello Kuzey,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this Cinereous Bunting, a new bird for TN. One of the best photos of this species I've ever seen. Taken from a perfect POV in beautiful light, colours and a great composition.

Ciao Kuzej, congratulations for this great capture of rare lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-15 10:54]

Hello Kuzey,
Congratulation on a great shot of this new species for TN. Tac sharp focus and displaying beautiful natural colors with nice detail. Wonderful eye contact and just a tad of catchlight. Very informative notes. Well done!!

Very nice portrait. Like the little white ring around the eye!

Hello Kuzey

Fantastic image of this beautiful bird, excellent light management, very nice composition, excellent sharpness and details, very nice BG color in contrast to image colors, nice POV.



  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2015-08-18 6:23]

Thank you for this portrait so fabulous definition; Kuzey; and also to add to the base TN Picture this beautiful male specimen of Cinereous Bunting.
Congratulations !!!

Hernan Bortondello

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