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Male Reed Bunting Question (1 Viewer)

PaulCountyDurham

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United Kingdom
Hi all,

I'm guessing this is the best part of the board for this type of question. I've attached a clip of a picture I took today and I suspect this must be an issue with camera blurring. Am I right? On the off chance I'm wrong, what would cause the wing to look the way it does? I've had a good look around the internet and seen no such similar example of that washed out wing colour.

Thanks,
Paul
 

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kb57

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Europe
Its a very grainy image, which is either due to your camera using a high ISO setting to compensate for poor light (taken in shade?), and / or the reduced image quality when posted to Bird Forum. I think the paler colour is an artefact of this graininess, perhaps emphasised by some paler feathers blowing in the wind, otherwise I don't see anything too unusual for a reed bunting.
Also, you'll notice a lot of your photos of birds won't exactly match book illustrations, due to moult, feather wear etc. Your reed bunting is a good case in point, as it is in transition from winter to breeding plumage, a state that never appears in bird books.
 

PaulCountyDurham

Well-known member
United Kingdom
Its a very grainy image, which is either due to your camera using a high ISO setting to compensate for poor light (taken in shade?), and / or the reduced image quality when posted to Bird Forum. I think the paler colour is an artefact of this graininess, perhaps emphasised by some paler feathers blowing in the wind, otherwise I don't see anything too unusual for a reed bunting.
Also, you'll notice a lot of your photos of birds won't exactly match book illustrations, due to moult, feather wear etc. Your reed bunting is a good case in point, as it is in transition from winter to breeding plumage, a state that never appears in bird books.

Cheers KB57 (y)
 

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