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Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Hama UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-21 13:30
Viewed: 2828
Points: 28
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Corn Bunting

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Corn Bunting, Miliaria calandra, is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae. It is the sole member of the genus Miliaria, although a few authorities place it in the large genus Emberiza.


This is an unusual bunting because the sexes appear similar in plumage, although the males are approximately 20% larger than females. This large bulky bunting is 16-19cm long, has male and female plumages similar, and lacks the showy male colours, especially on the head, common in the genus Emberiza. Both sexes look something like larks, with streaked grey-brown above, and whitish underparts.
The song of the male is a repetitive metallic sound, usually likened to jangling keys, which is given from a low bush, fence post or telephone wires.

Distribution and habitat

It breeds across southern and central Europe, north Africa and Asia across to Kazahkstan. It is mainly resident, but some birds from colder regions of central Europe and Asia migrate southwards in winter.
The Corn Bunting is a bird of open country with trees, such as farmland and weedy wasteland. It has declined greatly in northwest Europe due to intensive agricultural practices depriving it of its food supply of weed seeds and insects, the latter especially when feeding young.


Food and feeding

Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds.


Males defend territories in the breeding season and can be polygynous, with up to three females per breeding male. The population sex ratio is generally 1:1, which means some males remain unmated during a season. Males play only a small role in parental care; they are not involved in nest building or incubation, and only feed the chicks when they are over half grown.
The nest is made of grass, lined with hair or fine grass, and is usually built on the ground. Average clutch size is 4, but commonly varies from 3 to 5, occasionally 6.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-21 13:33]

Hello Jose,
Nice shot of the Bunting. Very neat and sharp. Lighting and colours are superb. Very nicely composed. Best regards Siegfried

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-21 13:34]

Hi Jose. This is a fine close up of the Corn Bunting. I like the pose with the bird turned around. You have taken it with fine detail and colours. Stands out well from the plain OOF BG. well done TFS.

Lovely capture - the composition is perfect and the capture itself is sharp and filled with details. Excellent lighting here, not to mention the colors are just perfect - so natural. Love the feet and his stance - one capture to be proud of.
Kathy :-)

Hello Jose
nice pose of this Corn Bunting on the top of thid stem i like the way where he have his head turned
beautiful colors, great details and fine POV
have a good night

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-06-21 14:42]

great capture of the cute bunting! :-) the pose is terrific, sharpness and natural colors very good and the composition
with him sitting on the dried branch with the lichen perfect. well done & take care, thor.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-21 16:31]

Hi Jose,

A beautiful shot of this Corn Bunting in a wonderful pose looking over his/her shoulder. It's a very natural picture with wonderful colors. Superb details of the face, eye and strange looking beak. A lovely background and composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-21 22:42]

Hello Josť,
A very nice capture of a Corn Bunting taken in a fine pose from a great POV with excellent sharpness and lighting. The composition on the top of a bare twig against an OOF natural BG is superb.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-21 23:39]

Hello Jose,

excellent typical position of this Corn Bunting (with food in the bec?)!

Good light and sharpeness!


hello Jose
beautiful scene,very fine pose and cmposition, light and colours very good,a very fine capture
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-22 0:41]

Hello Jose,
Excellent photo in beautiful matching colours. Great sharpness and details, nice pose and a very good OOF BG and composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-22 1:11]

Hi Jose.
You have pictured this very cute bird at fine moment and with attractive head turning. Pictured scene is simple and fine. Both dry twig and bird are reflected with loads details with excellent sharpness. Smooth BG is perfect canvas for this composition. Well done and kind regards.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-22 3:05]

Ola Jose !
Excelente macro, muito bem tocado.
Uma semana linda

Hello Jose,
a beautiful capture of the Corn Bunting taken from an excellent POV in a very lovely pose, very good sharpness andsplendid colours, well composed with a very good OOF BG
Best regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-23 4:49]

Hello Jose,
Lovely capture of the Corn Bunting in a fine pose. Good sharpness and colouirs and well composed. We have a group of them overwintering here in the south, I like their 'sound'!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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