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Male Snow Bunting

By ianrobinson  
Snow buntings are large buntings, with striking `snowy' plumages. Males in summer have all white heads and underparts contrasting with a black mantle and wing tips. Females are a more mottled above. In autumn and winter birds develop a sandy/buff wash to their plumage and males have more mottled upperparts. Globally they breed around the arctic from Scandinavia to Alaska, Canada and Greenland and migrate south in winter. They are a scarce breeding species in the UK, in Scotland, making them an Amber List species. They are more widespread in winter in the north and east when residents are joined by continental birds.

Tags: Birds Snow bunting Wildlife and nature

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Comments


Norfolkboy 9 1 4 England
1 Mar 2013 7:26PM
A cracker, Ian.
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1 Mar 2013 7:27PM
Stunning little bird.............the tones are marvellous............the bird blends well with the environment in which it was photographed..........GrinGrinGrinGrin
Trev_B Plus
9 146 68 England
1 Mar 2013 7:30PM
A beautiful image and a very interesting write up.... very well done Ian.

Trev
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
1 Mar 2013 7:32PM
Terrific, Quality Image of this lovely little bird. I like it a lot!
1 Mar 2013 7:53PM
What a lovely bird and a terrific capture..
Jenny Smile
DerekL 10 155 24 England
1 Mar 2013 8:24PM
Beautiful image.
Sharp detail and well exposed retaining detail in the light coloured plumage.
Graham_P 9 1 19 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2013 8:37PM
Superbly captured and composed image,
1 Mar 2013 8:59PM
Top notch, Ian
Alun
tomcat Plus
10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2013 9:08PM
A good 'un IanSmile
Typical Bunting eye , with no reflection

Adrian
1 Mar 2013 9:17PM
A stunner Ian, good work
Regards Brian
1 Mar 2013 9:18PM
Great shot
Dave
1 Mar 2013 10:42PM
Great image. Stunning DoF. Ideal PoV.
Well exposed.
TonyDy Plus
7 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2013 11:09PM
Superb shot, Ian.
Tony

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