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Crested Lark

Crested Lark
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-09 7:03
Viewed: 4462
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all I want to thank you all for your kind words on my 500th posting.

On the shore of Lake Rose, covered with shells, I saw this Crested Lark.

The Crested Lark, Galerida cristata, breeds across most of temperate Eurasia from Portugal to northeast China and eastern India, and in Africa south to Niger. It is non-migratory, and the sedentary nature of this species is illustrated by the fact that it is only a very rare vagrant to Great Britain, despite breeding as close as northern France.

This is a common bird of dry open country and cultivation. It nests on the ground, laying two or three eggs. Its food is weed seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.
This is a smallish lark, slightly larger and plumper than the Skylark. It has a long spiky erectile crest. It is greyer than the Skylark, and lacks the white wing and tail edges of that species.

In flight it shows reddish underwings. The body is mainly dark-streaked grey above and whitish below. The song is melodious and varied, with mournful whistles and mimicry included.

Some care must be taken to distinguish this lark, which has many subspecies, from its close relatives in areas where they also occur. In the west of its range the Thekla Lark, Galerida theklae, is very similar, as is the Malabar Lark, Galerida malabarica, in western India.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-09 7:13]

Hello Peter,
A nice capture of a Crested Lark taken from a fine low lateral POV to show its features, including the ruffled plumage, with great clarity and natural colours to make it show up well against the busy shelly BG.
Nice eye-contact too.
Strange that this species is replaced by the Thecla lark in Morocco and yet is found in Spain!
Thanks and kind regards,

hallo Buurman Peter
mooie vogel met kuif veel te zien op de grond
waar hij leeft
goede camouflage kleuren met veel scherpte
de kop kon iets scherper
super pose
groetjes lou

Hallo Peter,

deze vogel ken ik niet maar je hebt hem gnomen met goed laag standpunt en scherpte.
Mooie natuurlijke kleuren.
Weet niet of de punten het nog doen want zal er tegen aan zitten.

groet Gert

Hi Peter,
very similar colours of this bird and background. Sharpness is very good. Super composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-09 9:21]

Hi Peter,a little and nice specie,i remember very well this shell ground close to Lake,very nice pic whit good quality and curious bird position.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

Hello Peter,
Fantastic capture with superb details and exceptional colours.
Very nice composition, perfect focus and clarity. Outstanding contrast.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, fine details, good natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter, lovely shot of this cute crested lark with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-11-09 10:31]

Hi Peter,
Congratulations for Your 500 th Posting!
It is a very good photo of this Crested Lark, great colors and very fine details, TFS!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-09 10:58]

Hello Peter,
Very good captured of this beautiful Crested Lark!
The exposure and focus is spot on with very good clarity.Beautiful natural colour and details on the captured.Best regards Siggi

A lovely shot of the bird in it's natural environment. Good detail and the composition works well.

Ciao Peter. Interesting example of camouflage with the environment. Good shot.


Hello Peter,
Lovely capture with a very good focus, sharpness, colors, details and composition.
Congratulations for Your 500 th Posting!
Regards Murat

Hola Peter

Vaya parece que ha salido del baño matutino, con esas plumas desordenadas, bonito ave de colores naturales muy buenos, perfecta composición y contrastes.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-11-09 14:25]

Hi Peter,
A fine capture of a Crested lark in nice eye-contact.Perfect sharpness,details and colours.TFS.

Hi Peter..This is so cute and pretty..TFS.
Kind regards,

Hi Peter,

Awesome and lovely capture of a crested lark with nice pose, details and composition.
It might be more nice to see the head part more sharp, but I'm not going to complain.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-11-10 4:24]

Very fine example of camouflage of the bird, fine details. tfs.

Hello Peter
not so colorful as usual from you but beautiful too and great details on his feathers, it posed superbly for you in a natural surroundings
a very fne composition
Have a good night

Hi Peter. Excellent shot at this bird with fine details of the plumage. I like the exposure and framing making this an excellent bird shot. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Bonjour Peter,
Exercice difficile compte tenu du mimétisme du sujet avec son environnement. Excellente lumière et bonne profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Peter. Lovely shot of this cute bird. Its pose and composition are wonderful.
Kind regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-12 4:11]

Hello Peter,
A perfect camouflage-plumage for this interesting bird. Lovely attitude of this fine crested Lark, a pleasant natural shot.
Interesting note too.
have a nice weekend
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-12 6:04]

Hello Peter,
very well camouflages shot of this excited bird. Very lively and detailed feathers .
the pattern is so pleasant to note.
Well seen in exciting composition.


hello Peter

i will give critique to your 500th photo
another time, first i will go with this one
because it is a very very beautiful close-up
photo of the Crested Lark, with very fine POV
at its level, excellent focus sharpness and details,
the catch-light render the photo more beautiful,



hello Peter, this is nice shot in wild life, with great natural colors and nice details, keep photographing!
TFS Nasos

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