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Female Siskin

Female Siskin
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 300 F4 IS USM.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-25 5:51
Viewed: 3701
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well i finaly got out with the camera yeareday for a few hours before the rain came back. This was taken in the woods not to far from home.

Siskin ( Carduelis spinus ) Length 12cm.
This is a charming little Finch which is numerous and widespread during the winter months in Britain and Ireland. Numbers are increased by continental Birds.
In the breeding season it is common in parts of Scotland but local elsewhere in Britain and Ireland.
The Male in its breeding plumage has s striking yellow and green plumage with a black bib and forehead.
The Female and winter Male have more subdued colours but always show two yellow wingbars and a yellow rump in flight.
Breeds mainly in conifer forests but in the winter forms flocks which feed mainly on cones of alder and birch.
It often mixes with Redpolls in feeding flocks.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-25 5:59]

Great job MF Nicholas.
I liked your composition and sharpness against the soft blurry BG.
The bird pose is so good too.
Best wishes,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-25 6:00]

Hi Nick,
A beautiful composition Carduelis spinus ...
Sharp details and colors are excellent.
Best wishes,

hello Nick

excellent photo of the Siskin posed on the branch
with the superb POV at their level, also excellent
framing with leaving the very good free space in-front,
superb focus sharpness and details, beautiful luminosity,



This capture is perfect.
Very good details,clarity and colors in yours picture.
Congratulations and greetings.Alin.

Ciao Nick, elegant little bird against a lovely blurry BG, wonderful natuiral colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, great capture, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-25 6:31]

Hello Nick,
Fantastic photo of this Siskin. Excellent sharpness, details and composition. Very beautiful natural colours in a great contrast with the brown BG. Even the branch with the lichen is very beautiful.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-25 6:37]

Splendid photo of this siskin female, great natural colors and very good sharpness too!

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  • nokk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 21] (214)
  • [2010-02-25 7:06]

hi Nicholas,
excellent details, light, position and background, congratulations!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-02-25 8:12]

Hi Nicholas
Excelelnt closed up of the Siskin.Beautiful POV with nice side pose from the bird.As usual razor sharp image with excellent detail.I really like the nice OOF bg colors that give good contrast with the main subject
TFS Michel

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-25 8:27]

Hello Nicolas,

Lovely pose, beautiful plumage, eye and beak are superb.
Excellent with blurred background
Sharpness and clarity are excellent.

Best regards,

Hello Nick,
what a fantastic capture of the Skin taken with outstanding sharpness and marvellou colour in a very lovely pose, excellent POV and composition, very well done.
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-25 10:05]

Hello Nicholas
Very nice capture with beautiful colors , good light and sharp details

Dear friend Nicholas, when I look at your photos I find the perfect prototype of what should be a photo of a bird.

In this photo 300mm is combine with perfect opening for a homogeneous and perfectly blurred background. The details of the bird are right and I can appreciate the textures of the feathers very well.
When I can buy a DSLR (currently this is outside my budget... ha... ha!) will probably have to use your photos to inspire me! :)
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Hello Nick,
Excellent capture, with very nice composition and colours. The branch with lichens is very photogenic too. I'm glad that you had some good light for photography yesterday. Cheers,

hello Nick
super sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
nice shot again Nick
greeting lou

Hi Nick,
I am glad you managed to get a break in the weather to take this lovely photo. (I think that the forecast for Friday is quite promising).

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-25 11:57]

Hello Nicholas.

A splendid capture of this beautiful Siskin.
The way you managed the POV and the compostion is very nice.
Great colors and a very quiet and nice background.
My compliments for it.

Gr. Hans

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-25 12:07]

Hi Nick.
I like work of your 300/4 lens so much. Brilliant shot with delicate and at the same time crisp details of the charming bird and pictorial branch. Coloration and smoothness of the BG are spot on and all together they give amazing bird picture. Well done and TFS.

Hi Nick,

Stunning capture of a pretty female siskin from lateral POV with great colours and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-25 12:37]

Hello Nicholas,
Very good capture of this Siskin with nice colors and perfect details.Very good composition.TFS and best regards Siggi

Excelente luz y aún mejor fondo Nicholas. Una pose del ave dinámica y acertada. Una obra de arte como siempre jeje.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-25 15:09]

Hi Nick,

Haven't you had enough rain? At least, unlike snow, once is stops it's gone. I'm glad you were able to get this wonderful Siskin before the weather changed. A marvelous pose on the beautiful branch. The bird is perfect with fine details and wonderful colors. Face, eye, plumage and wings are magnificent and I love the yellow feathers. Once again, perfect background and composition.


hello Nicholas
what a great capture of beautiful Siskin on lichened branch, with great sharp details and against blurred BG. POV/OOF and composition great as like coloration and exposure. thanks for sharing. best wishes my friend

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-26 2:29]

Hi Nicholas,
Beautiful lady.Well caught,framed and composed.
Exposure and focus are spot on.
Thanks for posting..

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-02-26 2:53]

Hello Nicholas,
Great photo of Siskin, perfect light, sharpness and colours. I like composition the bird perched on broken branch with moss on it.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-26 3:52]

Hello Nick,
I like the way you combine a fine portrait of a small bird with a lichen-covered branch. The lichens act a superb decorative part of the composition and make the image even more attractive than the already excellent portrait of the main subject like this female Siskin. The high technical quality and the BG add to make this a top quality image.

Thanks and have a good weekend,

Ciao Nicholas. Eccellente chiusura per questo ucellino in ottimo dettaglio inondato dalla lucue. Gradevole il contratso con lo sfondo.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-26 5:52]

Hi Nicholas,
what abeautiful pose by the bird. Showing all its beauty of the feather on the wings, well streamed in good colours.
The sharpness of the ye and the mosses on the branch really spell out a splendid composition of a highly skilled production.
Well done for such a beautiful and exciting presentation.


Hello Nicholas,
I love the pose at the edge of the branch. Super fine details, nice colors and a good blurred BG. Good work!

Hello Nick,
Exceptional sharp image with superb clarity and nice colours. Amazing focus and background. Great capture, one of the best I have ever seen... Have a nice weekend!

Hello Nicholas
what a nice model, it looks like he is posing especially or you, so perfect !
his beautiful plumage is very sharp and the colors are superb in the sunshine
the totaly blurred BG isolate the bird very well
Have a great WE

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-02-27 17:22]

A little bird with beautiful markings and colors, Nick.
Great pose on that crusty branch.
The delicate lacy lichen complement the daintiness of the bird.
Excellent details throughout.
TFS. : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-28 4:58]

Hello Nick,
A very fine picture of a pretty Siskin female, perched on this broken twig covered with subtle colored lichen. The attitude of the bird is very attentive, just on the point to fly away. Harmonious color-tints too.
Like always pleasing bird-picture. Thanks so much.
Kind regards

Hi Nick,

Lovely shot of this Siskin
Excellent compo with great colors and perfect POV
nice blurred BG and good DOF

TFS Thijs

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