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Copyright: Csaba Sztojka (Csabesz68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 113] (593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A300, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-10 23:54
Viewed: 2591
Points: 22
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Thanks Peter for the ID! Now I can add a note to this photo!

The Yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It is common in all sorts of open areas with some scrub or trees and form small flocks in winter.

The Yellowhammer is a robust 15.517 cm long bird, with a thick seed-eater's bill. The male has a bright yellow head, yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much duller, and more streaked below. The familiar, if somewhat monotonous, song of the cock is often described as A little bit of bread and no cheese.

Its natural diet consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds. The nest is on the ground. 3-6 eggs are laid, which show the hair-like markings characteristic of those of buntings.

It breeds across Europe and much of Asia. In parts of Europe it is in serious decline; in the UK the species fell by 54% between 1970 and 2003. In Europe and Asia most birds are resident, but some far northern birds migrate south in winter.

It is most commonly found on lowland arable and mixed farmland, probably due to the greater availability of seeds. It nests in hedges, patches of scrub, and ditches, especially if these have a wide grass margin next to them, and a cereal crop next to the margin. Hedges of up to two meters tall are preferred, and they will not nest until it is in full leaf, building the nest next to the hedge if it is built before this. In winter, the flocks feed at good seed sites, such as newly-sown fields and over-wintered stubbles.

The Yellowhammer was introduced to New Zealand in 1862 and is now common and widespread there.

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Hello Csaba,
This is a very nice photo of a male Yellowhammer, emberiza citrinella. Taken from a good low point if view. Beautiful natural colours and good sharpness.

Hi Csaba,
Fabulous presentation of this Yellowhammer Bird, lovely posture with a highlighted eye, nice sharp detailed feathers, good low point of view, impressive natural colours, great job and well done Csaba,
Congratulations TFS,
Best Regards,


Very interesting bird, great composition

Best Regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-11 2:06]

Hi Csaba,magnificent choice of low point of view and perfect warm light to create this very nice and different result.I like a lot the impressive sharpness on the little yellowhammer,great timing too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Csaba

Excellent photo of this species of bird,
fine low POV and framing, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
beautiful eye-contact with the catch-light
that always improve the photo rendering
it more beautiful, TFS


Interesting bird and GREAT photo Csaba!! The composition, the colours, the lighting and the sharpness are fantastic.

Hi Csaba,

great shot of this beautiful bunting.
The yellowhammer has almost been gone from our country so glad to see a good image of it


Hallo Csaba
This is a nice clear shot with details well seen. The Yellowhammer is indeed a special bird with delicate features. It has neat feathers and I like the combination of vivid yellow, browns and a bit of black. The colours are magnificent and very prominent. The backdrop is great and and the natural sunlight in the image is wonderful, as it lightens up everything to the best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Csaba,
Beautiful capture, nice composition and point of view, excellent sharpness details, superb depth of field and fantastic natural colors,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-15 19:02]

Hello Csaba,
A beautiful shot of this pretty little Yellowhammer. I like the low POV, you must have been lying on your stomach to get such a shot. The fine markings and colors are seen very well and the exposure seems to be just right. Well done!!

nice capture in the grass, TFS Ori

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