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Lapland Bunting

Lapland Bunting
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-18 8:42
Viewed: 4413
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one was taken at about 9 pm at about 900 meters (2950 ft) well above the tree-line. The sun was very low but shining brightly and almost horizontally in the sub-arctic clear evening air.

This is a male Lapland Bunting (Calcarius lapponicus). Lapland Buntings breed in the Arctic tundra areas of Europe, Asia and N. America, which makes them circumpolar. They overwinter further south, in Europe along the NW coasts and the coast of E. England. During the winter the striking black aspects of the plumage are much reduced.

In N. America it is called the Lapland Longspur and there are three other related Longspurs, the McCown’s, the Smith’s and the Chestnut-collard. Smith’s is also arctic.

The males keep their territories by sitting on a prominent rock and singing a simple but melodious song. If one keeps low and moves slowly a male can be approached to within 6 meters, like this one. The nest is hidden among the shrub arctic willows or other low vegetation.

The rocks are covered with a whole flora of arctic lichens, some being beautifully patterned. Some of these lichens are dependent on the fertilizers provided by the birds that use these rocks as sentry posts.

This was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 6 meters (20 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened.

Have a nice weekend!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-18 8:54]

Hi Ivan,

What a wonderful trip you must have had with your son! Your pictures are terrific souveniers. Not sure I have seen this bird before but it's beautiful. The details of the face, eye, plummage and wings are superb. Beautiful colors - I love the white feathers surrounding his face. Lovely background and composition.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-18 8:59]

Hi Ivan!

Very clear shot with simply composition. BG looks smooth and bird is perfectly visible on it. Detailed and sharp, with nice colours. I like small bonus - lichens on FG.

Hi Ivan
Beautiful bird and also very good photo. Perfect OOF background, quite good sharpness, great colors I like also almost square crop and foreground with lichens
Best wishes

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-18 9:30]

Hi Ivan. Very unusaul markings on the head which you have captured so well with good detail.It looks a short little bird maybe to keep out of the cold winds. good use of the late light. TFS. with interesting notes..
Have a nice weekend.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-07-18 9:55]

hello sir
Beautiful picture.nice colours in the pic

Hello Ivan, superb and splendid shot of this beautiful bird. TFS. Regards,

Hello Ivan
This is certainly a new bird to me and I have to thank you for taking such a superb picture of it..The pose you have caught the bird in is Ideal as it displays the head, tail and wings. Perfect dof to keep all these details so sharp and true.
Fantastic Capture Ivan and many thanks for sharing this wonderful image.

Hi Ivan, great capture of this beautiful bird in all aspects.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

Hi Ivan, hand held!!.. excellent details of the bird against a great neutral background. The markings are really good, definition also excellent. TFS, and best regards h

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-18 10:41]

Hello Ivan,
One of the best photos of this bird I've ever seen. Light and colours are amazing. The BG is so beautiful! Great details and composition.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-18 11:11]

Hi Ivan,
Light, your low POV, background, colors, focus, details, pose you captured and the catchlight in the eye look so nice. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-18 11:38]

Hello Ivan,
What a wonderful picture! Excellent shot with extraordinary sharpness. A lovely bird with a beautiful plumage. Excellent dof and composition.My compliments.
Best wishes

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-18 11:47]

Magnificent shot Ivan! Splendid details and composition. Greetings,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-18 13:11]

Hola Ivan,
preciosa captura,
bello pov y excelente compo.
bg. y agradable pose.
saludos amigo.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-07-18 13:32]

Bonjour Ivan
Très belle prise de cet oiseau (exotique pour moi)
beau sujet et bonne technique.
Amicalement Robi

On the road now with slow connection. Just marking up the best ones this time.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-18 14:18]

Hi Ivan

Great view of this, for us, rare bird. Great pose with excellent detail. Well seen and captured.


merhaba Ivan, sevgili dostum.
Firstly, many thanks for your great critique on my last post. Turkish words of yours great, I like them. dont worry, they without problem. Turkish words can be necessary for your visiting us, here (as you remember for 2009). Welcome for everytime.
Well, this species was recorded in Turkiye as accidental visitor. I have never seen it. You capture it with great shot in usual Argus quality. Especially eyes contact and fantastic colored BG excellent. Sharpness and focus also wonderful. Roosting site with lichened surface great for composition. Colors on both of bird and surface splendid. Congratulations for this wonderful capture. Thanks a lot also for good information. Have a nice weekend my friend

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-18 19:22]

Hello Ivan, this is a brilliant looking bird. Very sharp crisp and dark colours, but still clear to see.
Well captured

Hi Ivan, what a beautiful bird my friend. The hear part colouration resembles a flag:) Realy interesting and perfect.
TFS this beauty my friend.
Have a nicce weekend!


Hi Ivan,
A lovely capture of this beautiful bunting. A pretty colorful one. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ivan

Splendid picture! The light is amazing, with a classy catchlight! Very nice low POV, great BG and perfect focus.

TFS and Best

Splendida cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione per la bellissima posa su uno stupendo OOF BG, fantastici i colori e bellissima luce. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Nature has endowed this Bunting with beautiful colours on its head, Ivan.
The slanting sun of the region bathes the bird in a golden glow.
The posture of the bird offers full view of its plumage and that wonderful bold stroke of colours on the head and neck.
Your hand-held shots are as good as the ones taken with a tripod.
TFS and regards.

Escribes bien el Español ... no se si lo hablas también. Yo solo Español, Catalán y algo de Francés. No puedo opinar del ave, pero si de la fotografía: es limpia, bien encuadrada y de gran profundidad. Sobresaliente enfoque a la cabeza.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-19 12:43]

Superb PoV and you got yourself into the right place to get that lovely catchlight in his eyes and wonderful light in this feathers
Amazing work.

So sharp and focused, detailed and elegant in his pose. Charming capture.
Wishes, Diana

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-19 14:35]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
No puedo dejar pasar por alto esta otra bella foto, pues como Ud. sabe soy amante de los pajarillos, sin embargo creo que tambien debemos tener unos Macros en nuestros archivos y ademas poder aprender de sus interesantes vidas.
La imagen de gran calidad y muy buena nota como es constubre en sus trabajos.
Saludos a su querida esposa.

Hello Ivan,
Excellent color, exposure, detail, and DOF.
The POV shows off those distinctive head markings perfectly, and in contrast to its mottled backside coloration..
A very pleasing BG, great comp too :)
Very well done, beautiful bird mf!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-19 21:18]

Hello Ivan

A wonderful capture of this Lapland Bunting,the distinctive plumage detail shows well.
Very well illuminated with natural colours.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
The low POV and excellent pose really display this specimen well.
Great job.


Hi Ivan,

very good capture from these bird.
Much details on the pluimage and good pov and BG.


Hallo Ivan
This is such a lovely sight. A beautiful display of colour and detail on one image. There are a lot of details on this beautiful bird to observe and admire. One of it being the prominent markings on its face. The pattern on the face particularly strongly reminds me of the patterns on some country’s national flag. Now don't ask me which country. I don’t know and I don’t think that country exists. Composition, focus and sharpness are great and very pleasing to the eye. The gravel surface highlights the detail and colour of the bird well and brings out the beauty of the feathers. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

Hello Ivan!
This bird is for me both: not very colourful (as there are mainly brown tones) and a very colourful species (because of small details in white and yellow :>).
Very nice presentation of interesting species, with good DOF and details and very inforative note :)
All the best from Lodz!

Hi Ivan, lovely bird in nice pose, splendid focus, great blurry BG and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

great pic, never saw this species before, TFS Ori

What a beautiful little bird, Ivan....I love the way you've brought out the bunting's colours and details!
The OOF BG only adds to the sharp focus on the subject!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-21 6:41]

Hello Ivan, super capture my friend, incredibly sharp with a perfect composition and such a beautiful light, well done, thanks!


Hello Ivan,
I believe you. This is the Lapland Bunting. You are the seasoned birder. Beautiful bird with nice colors.

Hello Ivan , excellent background , good colors and comp. TFS and good luck .

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-09-03 21:49]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful bird..The colors and details are superb..
Wonderful capture..

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