|Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno)
|Date Taken: 2011-07-18|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-07-27 7:12|
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|Just back from the Azores! I went there to see the azores bullfinch, a very rare species and really endangered.|
This bullfinch is only found in a small forest in eastern Sao Miguel, the biggest of the azores isles.
After two days of searching I found a couple of goldfinches and my mission succeeded.
The Azores Bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina), also known as the São Miguel Bullfinch,or locally in Portuguese as the Priolo, is an endangered passerine bird in the true finch family. It is endemic to São Miguel Island, in the Azores archipelago of Macaronesia in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Azores Bullfinch was first described in 1866 by British ornithologist Frederick Godman. It was formerly regarded as a subspecies of the Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), but was split off in 1993.
The bullfinch has a length of 15–17 cm and a weight of about 30 g, with males being slightly larger than females.Relative to most other finches in its family it is plump, with shorter wings and a longer tail. The plumage pattern is similar to that of the Eurasian Bullfinch, though colouration is more sombre, lacking its bright pink underparts. It has a black cap, face, wings and tail; the rest being greyish or pale grey-brown. Males and females are virtually identical in appearance, though males may exhibit a faint pinkish suffusion on the belly and flanks.The contact call is a distinctive short, flute-like, melancholic whistle.
Distribution and habitat
The bullfinch is now largely restricted to a small area (c. 580 ha) of native laurisilva forest at the eastern end of São Miguel, 300–-800 m asl, mainly centred on Pico da Vara in the Serra da Tronqueira range, but also seasonally (September to December) around Salto do Cavalo, further westwards in the range, probably of juveniles following post-fledging dispersal. It has never been recorded from the western end of the island.
Breeding takes place from mid June to late August. Nests are built in dense vegetation in laurel forest, with two nests recorded as being 3 m above the ground, and are similar to those of the Eurasian Bullfinch. Nests are double-layered with an outer layer of twigs and an inner one of grass, rootlets and moss.The clutch size is unknown. Young birds fledge from mid July, with the adults moulting from September onwards.
The bullfinch's diet is mainly herbivorous, with the birds consuming a range of seeds, fruits, flower buds, fern sporangia and fronds (unusual in birds), and moss tips, as well as some invertebrates such as hemiptera. Native vegetation is preferred although, when the range was more extensive in the 19th century, the species was considered to be a pest in orange orchards around Furnas. The bullfinches move up and downslope through their range according to food availability during the year.
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- [2011-07-27 7:54]
A very fine capture of the Azores Bullfinch (check the title!).
Congratulations on taking such a fine shot of this rarity. Excellent sharpness, natural colours and clean BG with the pose suitable for the dorsal POV so that most of the features are well shown.
Thanks and best regards,
Hi Zeno and welcome back from your trip to the Azores,
Wow what a terrific capture of this beautiful Goldfinch, impressive detailed sharpness with amazing clarity, lovely saturated colours with a in-keeping out of focus background, hope to see more great shots from your Holiday in the Azores,
A very beautiful composition of this azores bullfinch in good sharpness, fine details and nice natural colours. Also great eye-contact and OOF BG. Well done!
Beautiful shot of The Azores Bullfinch with lovely pose, nice eye-contact, very good clarity, beautiful colours and very nice background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
- [2011-07-27 9:46]
very nice close-up!
great details, good colors.
very well done.
Fantastic bird and fantastic photo Zeno. The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.
excelLent performance from this POV, colors and details are great!
Very colorful, good viewpoint and contrasting background. Great sharp details on this photo.
Best regards vijeesh
La posture du sujet n'est pas à son avantage pour bien le valoriser mais il a une attitude espiègle que tu as su saisir à l'instant décisif sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Considering the effort that went into this image, combined with the excellent quality and the rarity and beauty of the bird, a gold award would be appropriate. Congratulations!!!
- [2011-07-31 4:17]
Prachtige foto van deze Azoren Goudvink. Fantastische scherpte, details en erg mooie natuurlijke kleuren. Mooie contrasterende achtergrond ook. Perfecte timing met dit oogcontact.
Was even een week afwezig i.v.m. het overlijden van mijn moeder.