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Golden breasted bunting

Golden breasted bunting
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, bean bag
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Date Submitted: 2009-03-02 1:30
Viewed: 4307
Points: 18
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again a colorfull bird from the krugerpark,it was actually one of the first sightings we did when entering kruger park via numbi gate to our first pitchstop at pretoriuskop,hope you like it and tfw.

The Golden-breasted Bunting is 15-16cm long. The adult male has striking head pattern with a white crown, black lateral crown stripes, white supercilium and black-bordered white ear coverts. The underparts are orange-yellow becoming yellow on the throat and whitish on the lower belly. The upperparts are chestnut with a grey rump. The browner wings have two conspicuous white wing bars. The sexes are very similar, but females may have a buff tone to the white head markings and browner head stripes, and the back may have dark streaks. Young birds are duller and paler than the females.

E. f. princeps is similar to the nominate form, but larger, and paler below. E. f. flavigaster is more distinctive, having a paler, redder back, pale grey rump, paler yellow underparts and whiter flanks.

The Golden-breasted Bunting’s call is a nasal ascending zzhrr. The song is variable, but includes a weechee weechee weechee.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-02 2:42]

Hallo Paul,
Mooie scherpe foto van deze Acaciagors genomen vanuit een erg goed laag standpunt. Goede compositie ook.

Very good photo of this beautiful bird. I have found it so difficult to photograph as it moves around almost constantly. Good composition and sharp as well. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-02 6:10]

Hello Paul,
A fine capture of an attractive bird!
The low lateral POV is perfect and taken with fine sharpness so that it contrasts well against the OOF dry natural BG.
Thanks for sharing this excellent portrait of this species,
Best regards from a rainy Skåne,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-02 8:33]

Hi Paul
Nice presentation of a specie I had never seen before.Good POV and very sharp image.I like your subject pose and the beautiful colors of the plumage.
TFS Michel

hallo Paul
wat staat hij er goed op!!
zo scherp
en die kleuren zo mooi!
great picture
groetjes lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-02 11:42]

Hi Paul. You must have seen many birds on your trip. This is a colourful one which you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. It has unusual head markings. well done TFS.

great capture, is this bird uploaded for the first time in TN ? TFS Ori

Hello Paul
there are more than ten species of Buntings here, but this is different from them with coloration. But it is very beautiful. you captured it with a great shot. focus, POV, eyes contact, colors and composition great. Thanks for sharing this beauty, well done

Hi Paul,
its very interesting to me, to see another bunting species, and so well presented to boot. I have been working with Reed buntings in Switzerland and always wondered (and studied too) what the black and white coloring on the head are for. Maybe the individuals see each other when hidden in the grass? Or has it to do with the dawn period, where females look for extrapair partners and find them more easily that way? Ads you say, the females have similar if weaker head markings.
Thanks for this one, Paul

Best regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-03 19:44]

Paul, Good shot of this beautiful bird. I found the composition and the picture and the focus is beautifully done.

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