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Cirl Bunting

Cirl Bunting
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-10 7:03
Viewed: 3523
Points: 46
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Cirl Bunting - Emberiza cirlus

This time a passerine bird captured on Lesvos. It belongs to the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae.

It breeds across southern Europe, on the Mediterranean islands and in north Africa. It is a resident of these warmer areas, and does not migrate in winter. It is common in all sorts of open areas with some scrub or trees, but has a preference for sunny slopes.

This is a male with a bright yellow head, a black crown, eyestripe and throat, and a greenish breast band across its otherwise yellow underparts, and a heavily streaked brown back. The female is much more like the Yellowhammer, but has a streaked grey-brown rump and chestnut shoulders.

Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds. The nest is on the ground. 2-5 eggs are laid, which show the hair-like markings characteristic of those of buntings. From Wikipedia

This was captured from a distance of about 10 metres. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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hello Ulla
very nice pose in the tree with good details
very nice light and great naturel colours
greeting lou

Hello Ulla,

this ae an very nice one, good pov on the Cirl bunting with nice surrounding between leafs.
Good of sharpness.
Fine colors.


Hello Ulla,
Superb details and very nice clarity. Stunning colors.
Excellent composition with the bird in his natural habitat.

Ciao Ulla. Intersting natural frame for the bird in good details against the soft BG.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-10 9:34]

Hi Gert.
Thanks for so art work. POV is brilliant as well as lights and pleasant colours of the shot. Unusual creative job. Bravo.

Hello Ulla,
Undoubtedly, you know how manage perfectly the optical zoom of your Canon camera! ... Congratulations! I have a similar performance camera (mine is an Olympus SP 565UZ) and I've never been able to take pictures of birds at full zoom with it. Much less do macros as you do with that kind of camera! ...
Good job!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-10 9:49]

Hi Ulla,
Excellent photo of this Emb cir, male, very good colors and fine details, TFS!

Hi Ulla
Beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours

Hallo Ulla,
a very beautiful capture of the Cirl Bunting taken in a nice pose among the branches and fruits of the tree pear, good sharpness and splendid natural colours, very well composed
Best regards

Aha! Caught you looking up eh? How did you manage to subdue the sky, therefore allowing the details to be seen so well? My skies tend to take front stage and overtake the focal. Very nice addition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-10 10:35]

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful photo of this Cirl Bunting in a great natural frame. Good sharpness and very nice colours. Pleasing pose with eye contact.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-10 10:53]

Hello Ulla,
I like this picture. The focus and the DOF is perfect, and you have captured this bird really well, considering that the sun was against you. Well done, another one of your fine pictures.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ulla,
pleasant image of this curious little Cirl Bunting. The point of view and specially the composition is very good in my opinion. A bit of noise is visible which I removed in Photoshop. The brightness and the colors where slightly adjusted in the workshop as well!
George Veltchev

Ciao Ulla.
Bellissima composizione con il sogetto in una cornice naturale molto belli i colori grande nitidezza complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao Ulla, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ulla,
Amazing composition of the bird among the fruiting branches; beautiful colours and very good sharpness. Well done! Best wishes, Pambos

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-10 15:52]

Hello Ulla
Nice closed up of unknow specie for me.Great pose and sharp image whit natural colors.I also like the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

hello Ulla

very beautiful composed photo of this Bunting
with fine POV en contre-plongé (i love it)and
specially the way is framed by the vegetation
and the fruits, beautiful light, the catch-light
render the photo always more and more beautiful, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-11 3:02]

Hello Ulla,
Well composed and natural picture of this Southern bird-species. Beautiful male specimen! I like the natural frame given by the branches of the tree. A little bit noise in the sky which has been removed by the WS.

hello Ulla
a very nice capture of handsome Cirl Bunting among fruited branches. focus, POV, eyes contact and colors very nice. also composition and framing with branches great. thanks for sharing. best regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-12 2:15]

Merhaba Ulla,
doğal ortamında çok güzel bir kompozsiyon.
Renkler, netlik ve kadraj düzenlemesi çok güzel olmuş.
Tebrik ederim, saygılarımla..

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-12 2:51]

Hello Ulla,
very lively view with natural framing of the leaves and fruits. The sharpness is splendid, and the fruits add beauty to your composition.
the dark shiny eye make the pose pretty.


Equlibrado y armonioso conjunto Ulla.
Supiste sacar un buen partido a ese modelo de cámara de Canon.
Un abrazo y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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