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Finally... Panurus biarmicus!

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  • Finally... Panurus biarmicus!

    Finally, after numerous visits to this place, I managed to locate two couples of Bearded reedlings. The last time I spotted them here was 5 years ago and I must have been passing by the place a hundred times without any sights of them. Now, the reed bed is immense and this species is quite a rare sight here with high mortality during harsh winters causing the population to drop to near zero as a result of starvation.

    Most of the time these iconic birds were busy feeding out of sight but were kind enough to pose for a few moments at acceptable photo distance, 20 meters perhaps.

    Below are crops of photos taken with the 300 F/4 + MC14. I wish I had brought my big gun (700mm scope) that day...

    Thanks for looking,
    Tord



    Female:


    Male:


    Couple. They would not pose in the same focal plane, either male or female would be sharp.




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    Beautiful, delicate shots of these stunning birds Tord. I love the pose of the male in number two. Apparently they have been gathering together in large flocks here recently before dispersing but I haven't managed to find them yet.

    Ron

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      Re: Finally... Panurus biarmicus!

      Beautiful captures of these beautiful birds.

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        ! and 2 are spectacular!

        Jim

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          Re: Finally... Panurus biarmicus!

          Beautiful shots Tord.
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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            Re: Finally... Panurus biarmicus!

            Superb shots.
            Dave

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              Re: Finally... Panurus biarmicus!

              Very well done!

              A very handsome species.

              Harold
              The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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