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Jynx torquilla

Jynx torquilla
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-28
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-05 4:21
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Jynx torquilla Linnaeus 1758
Eurasian Wryneck

Photo taken at Kavo Gkreko with the Mediterranean Sea in the background.
Jynx torquilla, is a small bird in the family Picidae (woodpeckers). It is mottled brown and grey above, verniculated dark below on pale ground. A dark line runs trough eye and down neck-side, with another dark line along centre of crown and bark. Its bill is shorter and less dagger-like than in the true woodpeckers, but its chief prey is ants and other insects, which it finds in decaying wood or almost bare soil.
Jynx torquilla gets its English name from its ability to turn its head almost 180 degrees. When disturbed at the nest, it uses this snake-like head twisting and hissing as a threat display.
This bird 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. It re-uses woodpecker holes for nesting, rather than making it own hole
On migration it is frequently seen in sandy areas, where it forages for ants.

In Cyprus it is a fairly common passage migrant. It is more numerous in spring than autumn. There have been a few records of birds wintering.

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Hello Christodoulos.
Splendid capture of a very interesting bird. I've seen only once this splendid colored bird.
Exceptional contrast against the blue sky.
The details, colors and focus are perfect as usual.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Christodoulos. Very good contrast and excellent management of the difficult light.


The technical aspect is always brilliant in your images Christodoulos Makris, and most of all... your images has great presence! This one here is not exception! Great simplicity and clarity! The two prevailing colors create a masterpiece! Bravo my friend!
George Veltchev

Hallo Christodoulos,
what a fantastic capture of the Eurasian Wryneck, superb sharpness, marvellous bright colours, excellent POV and a very pleasant composition with the blue BG
Best regards

Ciao Christodoulos, great lapture of lovely bird on a beautiful blue sky, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos, another beautiful catch to be placed to your collection now infinite. Great .... as usual the details and clean image. perfect work in post production. All the best, Paul

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-05 6:46]

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic photo of this Wryneck. Superb sharpness, details and natural colours. Excellent composition with eye contact.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-03-05 7:04]

Hello Christodoulos
Excellent capture with wonderful composition
Thanks for sharing

This is absolutely beautiful. Definition, composition, colours, patterns all make up high quality. Well done!

Hello Christodoulos !
An expressive photo of this lovely bird. I love its simplicity and elegance.Nice colors and fantastic sharpness.Really a good job!
Have a nice w-end!

a masterpiece portrait of this species, greetings Ori

Hi Christodoulos,
beautiful composition. I like your background - really blue sky!
Perfect sharpness, nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-05 10:09]

Hello Christodoulos.
An excellent image of the Eurasian Wryneck, focus spot on,coloours great, very good POV and a background that compliments the bird.Best regards Siggi

Γεια σου Χριστόδουλε,
another great photo from you with excellent POV and sharpness!

hello Christo
super sharpness pose with good details of this beautiful bird
great shot
greeting lou

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-05 15:00]

Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid image of this beauty in nice pose,wtih excellent sharpness and natural colors.Great POV and details.TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-05 15:40]

No comment,you're a magician also between the branches...what a beautiful composition,quality and sharpness and what a impressive contrast whit the blue sky in background! Very well done,have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

hello Christodoulos

great close-up shot of this species of bird,
fine POV and framing, proud and expressive
pose of the bird, great focus sharpness details,
the catch-light render the photo always more beautiful,



Good detailed composition.regards yiannis

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-06 0:19]

Hello Christodoulos,
superb capture of this bird. The diagonal composition is lively. The pretty blue sky indeed a wonderful canvas to render this stunning view. Excellent sharpness and details.


Hi Christodoulos,

wonderfull composition...thanks for dharing...best regards..


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-03-06 16:13]

Ol Christodoulos vejo suas fotos e fico na duvida em qual falar, so todas exelente inclusive esta que estou comentando parabns pelo belo trabalho.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-03-07 12:43]

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic view of this bird that is very shy here in Sweden. You did very well to find it in the open and to get this great shot. I like its pose, the focus on the eye and details are ever so sharp. Very well done!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

πολύ καλή σύνθεση το κάδρο σου, σκληρό το φως αλλά καλή απόδοση ενός ακόμα είδους από τη ζηλευτή συλλογή σου, καλή συνέχεια φίλε!

Impresionante !

Hallo Christodoulos
I missed out on some really great images while I was away from the site,
this Eurasian Wryneck being one of them.
This is really a spectacular image with lovely colours and splendid detail.
The colour of the sky is super and the detail on the feathers stands out beautifully against it.
Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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