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Waiting for Kittiwake

Waiting for Kittiwake
Photo Information
Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon 300/4 L IS USM + EF 1.4 ext. II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-02 13:43
Viewed: 4205
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Linnet (Carduelis cannabina/hämpling) from the same place as the pipit a few days ago. I had some amazing hours on the stony beach trying to get some decent photos of the Kittiwakes there. During the wait for those I shot some photos of birds nearby. This is one of them.....

Geographic info:
This is from the west coast of Ireland. Near the port of the small village of Doolin there are some remarkable limestone cliffs. They break up into formations when they meet the atlantic.

Technical information:
Canon 300/f4 lens + 1,4 extender on a Canon 40D body, in rawformat. I used Adobe Lightroom for some adjustments before the edit in Photoshop CS3.

Just crop, white balance and a bit hue.
Noise reduction with Noiseware professional
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener

About the specie:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Linnet, Carduelis cannabina, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. This bird breeds in Europe, western Asia and north Africa. It is partially resident, but many eastern and northern birds migrate further south in the breeding range or move to the coasts.

Open land with thick bushes is favoured for breeding, including heathland and garden. It builds its nest in a bush, laying 4-7 eggs.

This species can form large flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with other finches, such as Twite, on coasts and salt marshes. Its food mainly consists of seeds. The linnet derives its scientific name from its fondness for hemp and its English name from its liking for seeds of flax, from which linen is made.

It is a slim bird with a long tail. The upperparts are brown, the throat is sullied white and the bill is grey. The summer male has a grey nape, red head patch and red breast.
Females and young birds lack the red and have white underparts with the breast streaked buff. The linnet's pleasant song contains fast trills and twitters.

They are sometimes found several hundred miles at sea.

The Linnet is IUCN Redlisted as threatened and also listed by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as a priority species. In Britain populations are declining, attributed to increasing use of herbicides, aggressive scrub removal and excessive hedge trimming.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-02 14:00]

What a fantastic capture, Bengt!!
How beautiful this little bird and how magnificent sharpness and crisp details. POV, DOF, colors and composition are great.
Congratulations and TFS

Incredible shot! Excellent details of the bird itself, nice sparkle in the eye, and pov is perfect. Also, the dof really helps bring this into focus. Your notes are wonderful as well.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-02 19:21]

Hello Bengt
Very nice presentation.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Excellent details and superb light.Congardulation and TFS Michel

Excelentes enfoque y luz. El encuadre es de libro y la pose muy agradable. Muy buena fotografía Bengt.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-03 10:13]

Hi Bengt. This is a fine close up of this little bird. You have captured it with fine detail and colours. a nice POV ?dof. well done TFS good notes too.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-30 1:13]

Hello Bengt,
I missed this one!
This is a fine capture of a female Linnet beautifully composed against a natural OOF dark contrasting Bg. The Linnet is shown in a fine pose, from a good low POV and with excelleny sharpness.
Well done and thanks.
May I take this opportunity in wishing you a happy and successful 2008 with lots of fine images!

Hi Bengt,
This is great capture of this cute passerine bird. Sharpness, details, POV/DOF and composition great. splendid clours. thanks
best wishes

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