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Where are my Buddies

Where are my Buddies
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Buntings-Kiraz Kusugiller [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-21 6:23
Viewed: 3121
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This snow bunting for some reason stayed behind when the flock took off, they are very flighty and don't usually stay put long enough for a photo opportunity.
Snow Bunting
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Snow Bunting
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Emberizidae

Genus: Plectrophenax

Species: P. nivalis
The Snow Bunting, (Plectrophenax nivalis), is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a family now separated by most modern authors from the finches Fringillidae.

This bird is an arctic specialist, with a circumpolar arctic breeding range throughout the northern hemisphere. There is a small isolated population on the high mountain tops of Scotland. The breeding habitat is treeless moors, tundra and bare mountains.

It is migratory, wintering in northern temperate areas. In winter, it forms mobile flocks, usually on coasts. It shows little fear of humans.

In flight, its large white wing patches easily identify this 15.5-18 cm long species. The breeding male is unmistakable, with all white plumage and a black back. Other plumages are pale ginger above and white below. The bill is yellow with a black tip (all black in summer males). Unlike most passerines, it has feathered tarsi, an adaptation to its harsh environment. No other passerine can winter as far north as this species apart from the Common Raven.

The call is a distinctive rippling whistle, per,r,r,rit.

The Snow Bunting builds its bulky nest in rock crevices. Blue-green brown-spotted eggs hatch in two weeks, and in another fortnight the young are already ready to fly.

Snow Bunting and McKay's Bunting hybridise occasionally in Alaska.

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Hi dear Rick ,
excellent somposed.
great colors and BG.
nice sharpness and well captured.
lovely image.
thanks for sharing

Hello Rick,
A very good capture of this movable bird.
You catched it with good details.
I like the light and illumination at the time of the shot.
The background's color is so homogeneous and goes well with the overall harmony.
Very good composition also.
Congratulations, and best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-21 7:07]

Hi Rick,
Fine capture of a Snow Bunting in winter plumage. We have them here and you are right they don't stay long enough for a Photo opportunity, but you managed this well with a sharp shot, good BG and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-21 7:34]

Hello Rick,
Yes, he looks a bit lonely in the big beige space which is very fitting here! Very nice sharp shot of this cute little Bunting in lovely colours.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Rick,

Great composition with a highly detailed image of this cute bird, unfortunately impossible for us to see in Turkey.BG is amazingly well-matched with the colors of the bird.

Well done & TFS.

hi rick!
great composition!
very fine in nice lightning
and with good sharpness
fine pov and dof to
well done!

hi rick,
lovely captyre,
well composed with fine pov,
nice dof, lovely bg,
tfs & regards

Hi Rick

A lovely shot. I like the colour tones. Good composition with nice clear details. TFS.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-01-21 20:00]

Hi Rick, another great composition from you. The positioning of this bird on the post with your use of this depth of field are great. The detail of the bird and post are very good.

Thanks, John

I like it Rick;
have sent you a WS under seperate cover. Jay

Hello Rick,
Oh, I think I saw those birds two days ago, I don't know if it's possible but they were looking similar to this one. I was driving in a country road with fields around when I saw a flock of little birds flying in synchronism. I stopped the car and tried to make a few pictures of them but it was at the end of the day and I didn't have enough lightning and my fingers were frozen again thanks for the tip :)

This is a beautiful capture of this nice bird. I like this composition, lightning and its pose. Thanks for those useful notes too. Well done! Thanks,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-22 8:05]

Hello Rick,
this looks fabulous, such a wonderful colors combination. Great BG without any distractions, it shows off your little friend so well. Good sharp details and the POV is very nice. Composition and placing of your subject is very well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-01 22:21]

Hello Rick

Excellent DOF and super sharp details.The POV is well handled.Very nicely composed atop his post.The plumage shows very well.I really like the OOF BG.TFS


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  • zuljin (23)
  • [2007-02-04 3:17]

Sparrow my favourite bird 

Excellent sharpness and POV as well.


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