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Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Sigma EX APO DG 50-500mm f/4-6.3, Digital ISO 400, 86mm Kood Skylight Filter
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-28 14:13
Viewed: 2886
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Emberiza
Species: E. schoeniclus
Binomial name: Emberiza schoeniclus

The Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.
It breeds across Europe and much of temperate and northern Asia. Most birds migrate south in winter, but those in the milder south and west of the range are resident. It is common in reedbeds and also breeds in drier open areas such as moorland and cultivation.
The familiar, if somewhat monotonous, song of the cock is a repetitive zrip.

A male in winter in England
The Reed Bunting is a medium sized bird, 13.5-15.5 cm long, with a small but sturdy seed-eater's bill. The male has a black head and throat, white neck collar and underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much duller, with a streaked brown head, and is more streaked below.

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Hi Thijs,

Very nice capture of this lovely Bunting, good exposure control with very nice detail in the feathers, impressive composition, great work and well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Thijs,
Very nice composition and excellent crop, the image is very sharp with great details, the background is perfect and so are the colours, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-28 17:51]

What a beautiful composition with the «Bruant des roseaux». Love the X pattern of the reeds. Colors, sharpness, point of view and background are perfect.
Nicely done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-28 23:13]

Hello Thijs,
A very fine capture of a female Reed Buntimg taken from a great POV with fine sharpness and natural colours. The composition on the reed stem is excellent and she is well seen against a clean natural BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-29 1:25]

Hallo Thijs,
Erg mooie foto van deze Rietgors. Je ziet ze maar zelden zo vrij van de omgeving op een stengel zitten. Erg goede scherpte, mooie natuurlijke kleuren en een fantastische vage achtergrond met schitterend bijpassende kleuren. Prima compositie.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-05-29 9:36]

Hi Thijs.
Very clean portrait of a small bird with a nice soft color tones and perfect background. Well composed with nice details. Good work!
TFS and Best regards.


Bonjour Thijs,
Le cadrage me parait bien grand pour apprécier plainement la finesse des détails du sujet qui est tout de même relativement bien valorisé.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Thijs,
Fantastic sharpness and focus. Excellent details and very good clarity.
Lovely contrast against the background.

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