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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Yellow Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-23 6:27
Viewed: 4290
Points: 26
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Eurasian Siskin, or just Siskin in Europe, Carduelis spinus, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.
This bird breeds across northern temperate Europe and into Russia. There is a separate population in eastern Asia. It is partially resident, but the northern breeders migrate further south in Europe in the winter. The eastern Asian birds winter in China or further south. In some years there are large eruptions into the wintering range, when the preferred food of alder or birch seed fails. This species will form large flocks outside the breeding season, often mixed with redpolls.

Coniferous woodland, especially Spruce, is favoured for breeding. It builds its nest in a tree, laying 2-6 eggs. The British range of this once local breeder has expanded greatly due to commercial conifer plantations.

The food is mainly seeds, as above, and, in the breeding season, insects. This small siskin is an acrobatic feeder, often hanging upside-down like a tit. It will visit garden bird feeding stations.

The Siskin is a small short-tailed bird, 11.5-12cm in length. The upper parts are greyish green and the under parts grey-streaked white. Its wings are black with a conspicuous yellow wing bar, and the tail is black with yellow sides. The male has a mainly yellow face and breast, with a neat black cap. Female and young birds have a greyish green head and no cap. The song of this bird is a pleasant mix of twitters and trills.

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Hi Tom.
Different composition with the siskin looking down but it works well. Great detail you have captured of the feather detail and colour.

New Zealand

Hi Tom,
I liked your picture of the bird with a different perspective.Very interesting. Very sharp image with good details. I think a little bit of DOF might have brought the tail part into focus too. But it doesn't matter. It's a lovely composition.
TFS, Smitha.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-23 7:41]

Hello Tom,
Looks like he is about to lauch, great plummage details and colors captured with your excellent camera work, thanks for sharing.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-06-23 8:09]

Hello Tom.
This composition like to me. Very good sharpness and bk.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-23 9:20]

Hi Tom,

A nice capture with good use of fill flash,the colors sharpness are great,a pity of the distracting straw,well done and tfs


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-23 10:29]

Hello Tom,
This is a superb capture of male Siskin. Except for the tail it is all razor sharp, taken from a fine POV and set in a good composition against and excellent neutral BG.
Taken during the winter three years ago, this looks like a bird-feeding visitor.
Regards, Ivan

nice shot...Great color and fine detail...Good exposure.

Hello Tom,
This is a lovely shot! Very sharp and detailed, displaying the wonderful colours of the siskin. It is an unusual perspective, the bird looks as if it if about to perform a dive, but all the more noteable because of it!
kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Tom,
Excellent capture with composition, details, sharpnes, POV, DOF and coloration. BG color very nice as like bird's. TFS
well done

and this one is so perfect because of its composition and its BG!!!!!!i want one framed!!!!PLEASE! ;-)
thanks for sharing tom,


Hello Tom , ultra sharp and very well saturated colors , also background , TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-24 20:14]

Hello Tom

Super focus and sharpness.The feather details are superb.Very good POV and DOF.The OOF BG is very complimentary.Nicely composed in the frame.TFS


Hola Tom
Precioso "Lúgano", por pose, por el fondo que hace que todavía contraste más. Vamos que me parece una muy buena foto.
Un saludo

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-26 7:15]

Hi Tom,
great to see this siskin. The background is totally suitable for the varied patterns on the plumage.
I am still trying to take a picture like this of a siskin. Oh well, maybe next winter
Greets, Jacob

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