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Eurasian Wryneck

Eurasian Wryneck
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-06 17:53
Viewed: 4428
Points: 20
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For the last 3 weeks I was on holiday, on a trip to Greece and part of Turkey. I saw very interesting archeological sites and beautiful landscapes but I had very few opportunities for wild life pictures. This is one of the few. Part of the group was a British couple, Christine and Geoffrey, passionate birdwatchers, who helped me identify some of the birds that I saw. I’m dedicating this posting to them.

The Eurasian Wryneck, Jynx torquilla, is a species of wryneck in the family of woodpeckers.This species breeds in temperate regions of Europe and Asia. It is migratory, wintering in tropical Africa and southern Asia. It is a bird of open woodland and orchards. On migration it is frequently seen in sandy areas, where it forages for ants.Their bills are shorter and less dagger like than in the true woodpeckers, but their chief prey is ants and other insects, which they find in decaying wood or almost bare soil. They re-use woodpecker holes for nesting, rather than making their own holes. The eggs are white, as with many hole nesters.
This species have cryptic plumage, with intricate patterning of greys and browns. The voice is a nasal woodpecker-like call.
These birds get their English name from their ability to turn their heads almost 180 degrees. When disturbed at the nest, they use this snake-like head twisting and hissing as a threat display. This odd behaviour led to their use in witchcraft, hence to put a "jinx" on someone.

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Hi Mario,
this is perfect capture with great details on feathers and sharpness. This is very shy and mimicric species. You managed to take its photo very well. composition also very nice. good notes. TFS
have a nice Sunday

Thank you for the information Mario, excellent history, love the 'jinx'
The panasonic has done an excellent piece of work (with your guidance of course)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-06 19:19]

Hi Mario
Welcome back .Thay is a very nice composition.Great POV an sharp image whit nice details.Even if the light is not easy you have manage that situation very well.
TFS Michel

Hi Mario,
this is an excellent looking photo of a bird I have never heard of before now.It is a woodpecker and a well done photo one at that ,with great looking colour and details.It is good to see you are back and we all look forward to seeing more of your great photos.Thanks for sharing this one Mario.Did you see the damage done by those summer fires while you were in Greece? Bob

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-10-07 0:12]

Hello Mario,
Whow what a great shot, how sharp and how sharp have you seen it,it is hidden by its colours in the coulours of the envirement.

Excellent capture of this bird Mario.
Fine focused details, color, light,and POV.

great camouflage, TFS Ori

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-10-07 10:37]

My favourite passerine, Mario
very good presentation with lovely pose und good feather details

Magnifiques détails et très belles teintes monochromes.

hello Mario

and welcome back to TN

you done excellent photo of this bird, i like the plumage
and plumage's neutral colors of that bird, excellent point of vue
and excellent sharpness and details of all the image



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