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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Sony SAL 14 TC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-21 8:34
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Here once again a posting of a beatifull colored bird it is a male bullfinch made during a trip to Finland last spring,picture is made from a birdhide with use of tripod.

The Bullfinch, Common Bullfinch or Eurasian Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.

This bird breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident, but many northern birds migrate further south in the winter.

Mixed woodland with some conifers is favoured for breeding, including parkland and gardens. It builds its nest in a bush, (preferably more than 4 metres tall and wide),mature stands of scrub, or tree, laying 4-7 eggs. The food is mainly seeds and buds of fruit trees, which can make it a pest in orchards. If wild bird cover is planted for it,Kale, Quinoa and Millet are preferred, next to tall hedges or woodland.

This species does not form large flocks outside the breeding season, and is usually seen as a pair or family group.

The Bullfinch is a bulky bull-headed bird. The upper parts are grey; the flight feathers and short thick bill are black; as are the cap and face in adults (they are greyish-brown in juveniles), and the white rump and wing bars are striking in flight. The adult male has red underparts, but females and young birds have grey-buff underparts. The pleasant song of this unobtrusive bird contains fluted whistles.

The Azores Bullfinch previously regarded as a subspecies of Eurasian Bullfinch, is today recognized as a distinct species.

The European Bullfinch is peculiar among Passeriformes for having spermatozoa with a rounded head and a blunt acrosome (Birkhead et al., 2006).

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Hi Paul,
Good shot,the lighitng and exposure are perfectly, well done.TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-21 8:48]

Hi Paul. This is an excellent posting of the Bullfinch.with very good detail and colours. a nice POV/DOF and a good pose on the twig with lichen, well done TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-21 8:55]

Hi Paul, wonderful soft colours and excellent detail, both in bird and lichen! Good DOF and exposure too, well done1

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-21 9:06]

Hello Paul,
Brilliant capture of this Bullfinch from your spring collection! The light is beautiful and so are the colours. Excellent sharpness too and very nicely composed.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-21 10:45]

Hello Paul,

This is a very nice portret of the bird. I like the lighting solution you have chosen. The soft light allowed you to render reach and delicate color tones. Good DOF keeping the whole bird in focus.

Thank you for sharing,

very nice and sharp captrue, TFS Ori

Hi Paul
Nice shot of this bullfinch captured with excellent quality.

Ha Paul,

Fantastisch shot van deze Goudvink
Prachtige compo met uitstekende kleuren en achtergrond
Prima scherpte en perfecte bevederings details

TFS Thijs

Hallo Paul,

Mooi plaatje van deze vink. Helder, fijne kleurstelling en een mooie compositie. Vooral door die schuine tak waar de vink opzit. Dat geeft toch net wat meer jus aan het verhaal wat je ons wilt laten zien dan maar een eenvoudige vogel. Het mos aan de tak is er als een leuk toetje bijgevoegd. De lichtinval, zo van rechtsvoor, is ook opvallend. Mooi stukje fotowerk. Groeten en TFS BOB

En een fijne trip naar Spitsbergen volgende week. Ben benieuwd naar je foto's

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2008-08-21 12:41]

Hello Paul,
Amazing bird well shown here. Fine details on feathers, smooth BG, perfectly composed.

Isnt he or she beautiful. I'm constantly blown away by the variety of birds we have on earth. They are like little works of art. This is a lovely shot, I love the colours, the sharpness, the contrast and the pov. I love the lichen covered branch, the colours of that just add to the photo.


Hello Paul,
This is a splendid shot of this magestic bird. I like very well the mild colours, the branch with lichens. TFS,

Hi Paul,
Very beautiful capture of Bullfinch displaying also some lichen typical to forests in Finland. Excellent pose and composition, pin sharp details, beautiful BG and bright natural colours. Very good work!

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-08-21 22:41]

Hello Paul,

A great shot of this Bullfinch. Excellent sharpness. Good light. Splendid colours. Very good composition too.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-08-21 23:39]

Merhaba Paul,
Güzel bir kuş karesi sunmuşsunuz. Renkler, arka plan ve kompozisyon çok başarılı. Eline sağlık.

Hi Paul,

What a pretty bird. You managed the exposure very well with the subject being backlit. You also achieved a very good composition and BG. Well done.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-08-22 14:06]

Wonderful pleasing colors, outstanding composition withe excellent details and light and also a beautifully blurred background.

This is lovely Paul. The coloring and patterns of this bird are nicely captured. I like the lighting very much. The simple composition is very effective.

Evelynn : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-05 10:53]

Hallo Paul,
Dit is een van de prachtige foto's die ik gemist heb. Alles in deze foto is uitstekend. Vooral de heldere kleuren en het mooie licht vind ik bijzonder.

Veel gemist blijkbaar...
Mooie vogel. En heel geslaagde 'lichte' achtergrond.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-11-06 5:59]

Hello Paul,
a really excellent shot of this bird.
I always salute the skills and patience that people have when they are doing their birds photography.
Really beautiful...great sharpness and clarity.
Colours well seen and excellent composition.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing such a beautiful bird.


A great shot of this Bullfinch, Chinese name is 紅腹灰雀,

Hi Paul, wonderful soft colours and excellent details.

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