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Emberiza melanocephala

Emberiza melanocephala
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-16
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-19 6:01
Viewed: 4262
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I met this beautiful bird at the late afternoon of yesterday when it was very windy and I was in a jeep. I took it 10-15 m far away.
In first upload, I didn't use photoshop except for a bit (c. 10%) crop, but now I made some workshop and it is reposted. I hope new version will be acceptable. Thanks for visiting.

I took many photographs from Aladağlar (Antitaurus) Mts yesterday. This selection was made by my son, İbrahim Göktuğ. So, I dedicated this shot to him.

Karabaş Kirazkuşu [TR], The Black-headed Bunting [EN], Emberiza melanocephala, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

It breeds in southeast Europe east to Iran. It is migratory, wintering in India. It is a rare but regular wanderer to western Europe.

Black-headed Bunting breeds in open scrubby areas including agricultural land. It lays 4-6 eggs in a nest in a tree or bush. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.

This bird is 17cm long, larger than Reed Bunting, and long-tailed. The breeding male has bright yellow underparts, chestnut upperparts and a black hood.

The female is a washed-out version of the male, with paler underparts, a grey-brown back and a greyish head. The juvenile is similar, and both can be difficult to separate from the corresponding plumages of the closely related Red-headed Bunting.

The call is a soft zrit, and the song is a jerky zrit..zrit…zrit…srut..srut…srut (Wikipedia).

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-19 6:13]
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Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Çok güzel bir siyah başlı kiraz kuşu fotografı.Renkler,arka plan,pozlama,kadraj ve kompozisyon 4/4 lük olmuş.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-19 6:35]

Hello Ahmet,
Though the bird itself had rather ruffled plumage, this is a fine image of the Black-headed Bunting. Fine sharpness and colour, good pose and taken from a POV to show the back with the head turned.
Excellent BG but maybe a little too much space on the right in this composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-07-19 6:58]

Amazing colours in this photo! I really like the composition with this pose and that you let the beautiful brown BG show so well.

Best regrads/Bengt Falke

This is a big improvement over the original posting.
Nice detail image and the BG color is vey nice.
Good POV.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-19 9:23]

Very nice. Much better than original. Great composition, nice pose of bird with head turned. The colors look very natural.

Dr cum,
Çok hoş bir kompozisyon ve net bir foto. Bakış açısı da oldukça hoş olmuş. Eline sağlık. Mustafa

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Renkler,kompozisyon ve arka plan enfes

  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-20 0:41]

Ahmet really beautiful bird. The look and POV is very good. TFS Ganesh

  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-07-20 11:41]

selam ahmet
bu seferki daha da guzel olmus; ters isiga ragmen oldukca iyi bir calisma
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, flu arka plan, renkler, sade cerceve ve bilgi notu basarili olmus
eline saglik

selam ahmet bey; kiraz kusunu guzel bir arka plan ve harika renkler esliginde sunmussun eline saglik hos olmus tebrikler

  • Great 
  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-21 19:32]

Hi Ahmet, beautiful light in this one with a great backdrop. Your bird is sharp with good clarity, and you've done a great job in the presentation through the use of the positioning of this bird and the bush with this great depth of field. Very nice work with your PP.

Thanks, John

Hello Ahmet,
Very nice capture, Lovely bird, beautiful pose
Great POV and composition, very sharp image and well focused
..Well Done..


slm hocam eline salık çok güzel

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-06 11:21]

Wonderful colour tones and the framing and DOF are perfect. Beautiful shot



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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-08-08 0:07]

excellente composition avec des beaux détails
j'aime le fond flou et l'oiseau sur le coté


PS merci pour ta visite

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-08-15 10:21]

Great colors and aweome DOF. I love the Bokeh and the composition of this shot. Great work.


Hi Ahmet,

I like the composition here very much. It was really nicely done. Well done.


Hi friend,
Great PoV, well composed and the colors are lovely! Good detail and wonderful catchlight in the eye! Take care Ana:)

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