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Long-Tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella Loyca Falklandica)

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Another one from my birds collection of the Falkland Islands, thought I'd upload them all to get the snaps taken out of the way. This was early in the season, so his juvenille chest isn't as bright as it will eventually be. I have a few others to post where they are the vibrant red.

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Long-tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella loyca falklandica)
Local Name:Falklands Robin or the Military Starling

Breeding Range: Falkland Islands
Length: 26cm.
Falklands Population: ~10,000 breeding pairs
World Population: as above
(subspecies restricted to Falklands)

Widespread around most of the Falklands, the Long-tailed Meadowlark has a preference for settlements and coastal areas.

Only the males have the bright red breast, but the distinctive shape allows even the females to be readily identified from similar species.

Nests woven from grass, often with an entrance tunnel, are hidden amongst ground vegetation or gorse. Two to four eggs are laid from August to December, hatching in about two weeks.

Chicks fledge after another two weeks, allowing two or sometimes three broods in a season.

A wide variety of invertebrates are taken as food, including worms, grubs, beetles, caterpillars and marine invertebrates taken from the shore.

The female does all the nest-building, incubating and feeding of young, who remain dependent for some time after fledging.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Sep 2011 - 9:11 PM
Focal Length:86.4mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.4
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.326199
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Long-Tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella Loyca Falklandica)
Username:EyesFront EyesFront
Uploaded:10 Nov 2012 - 1:47 PM
Tags:Bertha's beach, Birds, Coast, Falkland islands, Falklands Robin, Long-Tailed Meadowlark, Military Starling, Seascape, Sturnella Loyca Falklandica, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  4 India
10 Nov 2012 - 1:50 PM

Nicely captured.
debu

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TonyDy e2 Member 6TonyDy vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2012 - 2:22 PM

Very good shot, Roger.
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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
11 Nov 2012 - 10:56 AM

A very unusual little bird.Lovely colours.
Good capture. IB

Last Modified By Chinga at 11 Nov 2012 - 10:56 AM

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