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Male Cirl Bunting

By FeatherFriend
Hi everyone, seems ages since I posted and visited your portfolio's but have been so busy getting our very large garden in shape and still have loads more to do Sad
This is a Male Cirl Bunting which I got a couple of days ago, and although I feel it's a RECORD shot due to the very harsh sunlight coming from the left I thought it was still worth a viewing. Taken on the edge of the cliffs at 'Berry Head' Brixham, Devon on a very windy day too so I feel pleased to have got the shot at all. It's a new one for my PF and have been led to understand that their presence is restricted to this area of Devon only. The Cirl Bunting is like a small Yellowhammer, 15-16.5 cm in length with a thick seed-eater's bill. The male has a bright yellow head, with a black 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. Hope some of you will like him and will now make an effort to try and catch up with you all during the next day or so. Thank you all for your votes and comments on my 'Red Squirrel', so much appreciated as always, LARGE VIEW is much better for the detail,

f/6.3 1/800 sec ISO 200 H/Held @ 500mm

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
6 Jun 2009 2:34PM
A fine shot Geoff, I like the way he stands out against that clear blue sky

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Nice capture
6 Jun 2009 2:44PM
Beautiful image.
Mynett Plus
7 142 6 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2009 2:58PM
Hi nice to see you back, and what a great return with this little beauty great intro to this rare bird too

Lovely detailed image Geoff, Havent clicked myself for a while but just about managing to catch up.
6 Jun 2009 3:10PM
Well caught, I managed a snatch shot the other day at the same spot. I'm informed by the rangers that they are quite active at dawn but I can't stir myself that early! Sylvia
6 Jun 2009 3:10PM
Another great shot Geoff, nicely captured.
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
6 Jun 2009 3:14PM

Quote:Well caught, I managed a snatch shot the other day at the same spot. I'm informed by the rangers that they are quite active at dawn but I can't stir myself that early! Sylvia

Hi Sylvia, I got this at about 6.30 pm so they are around later on too, they don't stay around for long though, maybe all of 2 seconds Wink
6 Jun 2009 3:15PM
nice work, never heard of this bird so thanks for bringing to my attention.
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
6 Jun 2009 3:18PM
Welcome back Geoff and envy or what with this one, a scarce bird and despite the sunlight WOW great capture.
Now stop doing this to me and get back to the
Great capture
I could only manage a Reed Bunting sadly today..haha and no sun just bloody rain
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
6 Jun 2009 3:22PM
A great capture, Geoff, and on a very pleasant perch, too! Carol
6 Jun 2009 3:23PM
Lovely capture Geoff.
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
6 Jun 2009 3:35PM
Beautifully caught with the tree
Bob_V Plus
8 1 2 United States
6 Jun 2009 4:06PM
A fabulous capture Geoff, so well taken.
Overread Plus
7 4.0k 19 England
6 Jun 2009 4:29PM
Beauty of a shot and great to see the eye details clear and not just a dark blob! Also gratefull for the info that you posted with the shot - helps give it a story!
6 Jun 2009 4:30PM
Great capture again geoff.
6 Jun 2009 5:17PM
Well caught, nice to capture something a little rare and unusual.
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2009 5:18PM
well done Geoff to get this unusual bird and pretty good shot to
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2009 5:35PM
Excellent capture Geoff and well spotted. A treat to see one. Well done
6 Jun 2009 5:47PM
Super image as usual and welcome back superb image
6 Jun 2009 5:50PM
superb shot Geoff
Very well caught shot, so well detailed.
6 Jun 2009 6:21PM
A lovely capture.
6 Jun 2009 6:25PM
fantastic image well captured
6 Jun 2009 6:28PM
excellent capture, brilliant detail..
DerekL 10 155 24 England
6 Jun 2009 6:48PM
Always nice to add a new species to your portfolio and I bet your pleased to get one of these, despite the lighting.

6 Jun 2009 6:57PM
Great capture Geoff, you lucky thing i'v never seen one only in books so i'm very envious, like the comp too .
Very well done Mate.
Wink Shaun
6 Jun 2009 7:06PM
Lovely capture.
Beautifully captured close-up. Superb sharp detail and lovely colour. Great composition.
Rock Plus
13 10 2 England
6 Jun 2009 7:28PM
Fine shot.

Gezina Plus
9 3 6 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2009 8:10PM
Great shot to add to your p/f a bird that I've never heard of let alone see and you caught it very well under difficult circumstances - well done Ina
franfoto Plus
8 2 32 England
6 Jun 2009 8:11PM
And you told me you'd only got a sparrow when you got back....kept this little beauty quiet LOL.
I think I may have found one that you haven't yet got but I'm keeping quiet about that....well for now that is Wink
Fran xx
Buffalo_Tom Plus
9 2.3k 9 Wales
6 Jun 2009 8:17PM
Lovely comp and light Geoff.
goso Plus
9 2 1 Australia
6 Jun 2009 8:24PM
Fine shot Geoff......Bill
Stace Plus
7 2 2 England
6 Jun 2009 8:30PM
Lovely capture Geoff

A great image and a brilliant capture ,great detail.

Jean x
teocali Plus
8 421 18 England
6 Jun 2009 10:10PM
Great capture and composition Geoff and the info is terrific too. I had never heard of a Cirl Bunting. IMHO more than a record shot - lovely rich colours, super detail and freat catchlight in the eye.
TerryMcK Plus
7 71 2 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2009 10:29PM
Good to see you back, Geoff. And marking your return with a very fine capture indeed. Well done. More than a record shot IMO.
6 Jun 2009 10:30PM
Beautiful capture Geoff. Lovely detail and natural colours....Sandy
6 Jun 2009 10:51PM
superb image
6 Jun 2009 11:42PM
A fab capture Geoff.... much more than just a record shot.. super comp

OMG Plus
7 51 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 12:56AM
Great capture Geoff, I have never seen a Cirl Bunting so it is great to see this one.
Rgds Derek
PattiW Plus
10 24 2 United States
7 Jun 2009 2:53AM
Well, I guess we're even! I have never seen one of these either, guess I never will but you have captured it and presented it fabulously! Beautiful image, God bless, Patti
7 Jun 2009 8:04AM
Great capture,
7 Jun 2009 9:16AM
Lovely comp and light - good detail against that blue sky - nice one
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
7 Jun 2009 10:20AM
A hugely depleted species Geoff - nice to capture one of these.
Large V shows it at its best.
luap Plus
9 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 10:30AM
Thank you for your comment Geoff i see what you mean
great composition lovely shot you do nice work
ChazB 10 64 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 10:34AM
A lovely capture Geoff.
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 10:53AM
Superb shot Geoff,great capture..................

7 Jun 2009 11:45AM
well seen and superbly captured
Ade_Osman 12 4.5k 36 England
7 Jun 2009 1:43PM
You just don't see many of these around so it gets a big vote from me just for finding him, only wish I could give it another vote for the superb photgraphic work!

Great image.
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
7 Jun 2009 3:57PM
Many thanks to you all for the votes and comments, so much appreciated as always,
7 Jun 2009 4:27PM
Great capture Geoff,nice pose and colour,Dane.
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 4:49PM
Much better large, and a great capture to have in your PF Geoff. I've never seen one of these before.

Shane136 12 63 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 6:49PM
Top shot, well taken
7 Jun 2009 7:40PM
Great composition
7 Jun 2009 10:07PM
Stunning shot, well presented
7 Jun 2009 10:50PM
How beautifully he fits in with his surroundings
7 Jun 2009 11:12PM
superb shot nice detail
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
7 Jun 2009 11:12PM
Congrat's Geoff, don't think I have ever seen one of these before, taken and processed with your usual high quality!!

Sarah *
7 Jun 2009 11:17PM
Wonderfull capture Geoff
7 Jun 2009 11:57PM
looks great Geoff
A Booth 13 11 4 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2009 6:39PM
nicely composed, the colourful bush adds impact to this detailed image.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
8 Jun 2009 6:50PM
Wonderful shot Geoff.
8 Jun 2009 7:31PM
another superb capture geoff.ray
janet 13 27 England
9 Jun 2009 4:14PM
Hi there,

This is another beautiful capture! I like the composition.
Thanks for voting for my meerkat. I too love the advert!

Warmest regards,
9 Jun 2009 7:02PM
Brillant shot Geoff, I have never seen one before.
9 Jun 2009 8:47PM
A real pleasure to give you your 100th click for this beautifully captured and composed image.
GalleryGirl 8 4 2 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2009 1:22PM
I love this image. It's colourful, sharp and beautifully presented.
Marilyn x
12 Jun 2009 7:51PM
Lovely shot of a great bird

Ayelet_A Plus
7 11 3 Israel
13 Jun 2009 8:55PM
I've been away myself Sad
It's good to visit - cracking image as your usual class work Smile

cassiecat Plus
7 39 46 England
15 Jun 2009 10:04PM
an excellent capture of a beautiful little bird.lesley

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