E.J.Wilkins

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Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

I'm fairly sure this is a male Reed Bunting, hopefully somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.

 

It (or several of them all at different times) was a regular but never-seen-before visitor to our garden that arrived during the coldest part of winter 2009/10 and stayed around until early March, it only ever came close enough to the house to be seen through almost the longest reach of my 70-300 lens.

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Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

I'm fairly sure this is a male Reed Bunting, hopefully somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.

 

It (or several of them all at different times) was a regular but never-seen-before visitor to our garden that arrived during the coldest part of winter 2009/10 and stayed around until early March, it only ever came close enough to the house to be seen through almost the longest reach of my 70-300 lens.

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comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Sep 2010, 02:24
It a handsome little cock, Ellie...I always get a thrill when I see birds that have never been seen in the garden before.
EJWilkins: I was even more delighted to see him when I had the camera handy and there was enough light to be able to take a picture!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Sep 2010, 07:19
You might be right, I googled this one too http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Sparrow
but look how they look like this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_Bunting
Wonderful picture, amazing that it is posing for you.
EJWilkins: Aha, there's a picture of a sparrow coming later in the week Astrid. smile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Sep 2010, 09:39
Whatever it is, Ellie, I wonder if he will return to you this winter!
EJWilkins: I think he (they) were probably attracted by the food - it was the worst winter we've had since we've lived here, which is quite some time. We always feed the birds, so it may have been attracted by the food, or perhaps because the ground was so very wet. I hope it/they come back again, it was lovely to see them.
Wonderfully captured Ellie. He is a great poser!
EJWilkins: He does look as if he's posed for the camera
I would have to ask my daughters boyfriend who is a real connaiseur! It looks like a lovely birdy anyway. I truly like the negative space in this shot!
EJWilkins: We get around 30 different species of birds into our garden, so it's a special treat when we see a newcomer that 'shouldn't be there' - no reeds, although we do have a pond.
I like my pictures of wildlife to give the creatures space to move around, it's sort of become my style if you like.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Sep 2010, 10:24
Your reference pic seems to say your identification is OK. All the markings coincide.

We have no reed buntings, but we have a golden breasted bunting, and some others.
EJWilkins: Pleased you think so Louis.

Hope to see more pictures of your local wildlife some time smile
Well caught Ellie, nice one.
EJWilkins: Thanks Les. smile
I think your right about its species Mary going by a picture in a book I've got. Whatever it is a very well caught shot.
EJWilkins: Yes, it's almost a 'textbook' bird isn't it. It doesn't always work out that way though.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 29 Sep 2010, 12:46
Proud looking bird
EJWilkins: He most certainly is proud looking
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Sep 2010, 13:09
That's a Reed Bunting ok Ellie: just finished moulting from the look of it
EJWilkins: Oh, I never really thought about a Spring moult. But then how else would they get their breeding plumage. Duh! Learned something else that was new today smile
He's a fine looking chap and I don't think I have ever seen one in the flesh
EJWilkins: No, we'd never seen one either, so it was a treat. Probably arrived in the garden because of the revoltingly cold winter we had
He resembles the sparrows and finches we have visiting our garden right now. I love spotting the small birds but you need to be fast to focus as they never stay in one spot for very long. You've managed beautifully with this one, Ellie.
EJWilkins: He's not quite the same size as a sparrow, and much lighter coloured. I was so lucky to get this picture, he's arrived when there was enough light and when I also had the camera handy
I hardly see any birds but then I am not looking for them, then there are the casts.
EJWilkins: There are a lot of cats where we are too Chad, and foxes, but to be honest they only seem to take the weak and/or injured birds. The biggest killers in our garden are the sparrow hawks that seem to think our bird feeders are there to attract a live meal for them! We've recently seen a Red Kite too.
Nicely positioned in the shot.
EJWilkins: Glad you think so, I cropped it that way because I thought it would give him room to 'move' across the image
very good shot, love the detail
EJWilkins: He's a beauty isn't he.
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Sep 2010, 23:03
Lovely capture Ellie very nice eye.
EJWilkins: Unusual sort of speckles round his eye that might even be hungry ticks, I've seen other birds with them but I don't think they do too much harm - they drop off once they've had their fill.
Something funny in this one !

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