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CORN BUNTING


CORN BUNTING
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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-08 9:07
Viewed: 1963
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
CORN BUNTING (MILIARIA CALANDRA)

The prolonged song of the male corn bunting, resembling nothing so much as the jangling of a bunch of keys, was once a far more familiar sound. This bird, is a fairly plain brown coloured bird, easily overlooked when compared to its more colourful relatives. The song is delivered from a perch, sometimes quite close to the ground. In short flights, corn buntings tend to fly with their legs hanging down, a feature that can help with identification in the field.

Although common in southern Europe, the corn bunting is declining throughout its northern range.

Male corn buntings have a colourful sex life, and individuals have been known to mate with as many as 18 different females in a single breeding season. The male plays no part in incubating the eggs but does sometimes help with feeding the young. Three to five eggs are laid between late May and July, in a nest of dried grass built by the female in arable crops or rough grassy margins. The young are fed on insects, and the birds may produce two broods in the season, although one is more usual. Whilst adult corn buntings are primarily seedeaters, like many other seed-eating birds, they feed their young on invertebrates. They take weed seeds, as well as cereal.

The corn bunting has probably declined due to changes in farming practices, especially the reduction in mixed farming. Extensive use of pesticides has reduced the numbers of arable weed species, an important food source for the adults, and insects, vital for rearing chicks. The switch from spring to autumn-sown cereals and consequent loss of weeds and stubbles, is probably a vital cause of the population drop, as it has led to the loss of both nesting and feeding habitats.

The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion. For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-08 9:23]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this Corn Bunting in beautiful clear colours with a nice matching background. Attractive pose with eye contact. Great composition.
Regards,
Peter

Hallo Marius
The Corn Bunting is truly a beautiful bird and I am not just saying so because I need to type a few words. It has remarkable neat and tidy feathers and the colours are also very special and soft on the eye, and I also like the vertical markings on its chest. Thanks for sharing a well presented image. Best regards.
Anna

Hello Marius,
An amazing sharpness and details has been captured,nice POV and soft colour BG.
TFS and my regards_Joy

hello marius
this is super good
great sharpness and a very good composition with great BG
the light and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-08 10:07]

Hello Marius.
What a lovely shot of this Corn Bunting!I love the pose and composition.
Lots and lots of detail all highlighted well with the superb sharpness.
Great exposure and light.Very well done.Regards Siggi

Hello Marius
A perfect setting for the bunting, perched clear of the vegetation with a clear background. Good eye contact.
Perfectly focused with excellent detail.
A fine photo.
regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-08 11:12]

Hi Marius,a very elegant pose and a magnificent capture whit the top of details and colors in the best exposure,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hello Marius,
very well taken picture of this corn bunting. great clarity and very perfect colour.
thank you for this well composed picture.
best wishes,
samiran
sorry today i had exhausted my rating power, but this is a so nice picture that it must get 10/10
thanks

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-12-08 18:11]

Hello Marius,
What an impressive image you have posted today. The composition could not be more attractive and the clarity is superb. Love the over the shoulder look it has given you and wonderful eye contact. Reminds me alot of our female House Finches. Well done!!
Ron

Hello Marius,
Excellent photograph, excellent sharpness, very good composition, very good background.
Thanks for sharing,
Michael-7

Hello Marius,
A terrific capture with such beautiful coloration, details & a fine pose. Great presentation & an attractive POV. Great work & TFS. Best wishes...my friend!

Umar

Hello Marius,

Ooh Eeee, Ooh AAH AAH! Dazzling image and wonderful pose. She acts as if she is being payed to pose! Well done!

Mike

Great photo as always Marius! Very food composition, wonderful pose, fantastic lighting and impressive sharpness!
Regards,
Christodoulos

excellent angle with good background. nicely taken. tfs.

Hello Marius,
This is breathtaking!!! The pose, the colours, the composition, the background ... Just fabulous.
Neels

Ciao Marius.
Splendida foto di questo esemplare di Strillozzo,grandi dettagli ed un’eccellente nitidezza,stupendi i colori naturali,splendida la composizione ben curata complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-12-09 6:14]

Hello Marius,
Again a very fine bird-shot in front of a very subtle-colored neutral background. Best sharpness and good pose of the bird. Next picture will be a bird on a snowy tree?
Kind regards
Anne

barthatibor
Buna Marius,
O imagine de o claritate exceptionale cu detalii ale aripilor si culori naturale ale penajului.Imi place compozitia in care ai surprins-o!
Numai bine,Tibi

  • Great 
  • girni Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 13] (193)
  • [2012-12-11 2:00]

bonjour,
quelle finesse et douceur !!superbe lumière, détails et prise de vue
Nicole

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-12-12 6:10]

Hello Marius
I had miss that one.Another excellent composition,excellent point of view and razor sharp image.Excelelnt plumage details and great natural colours.I like that pose and catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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