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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-12-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-02-17 0:52
Viewed: 925
Points: 10
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The Eurasian siskin (Spinus spinus) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is also called the European siskin, common siskin or just siskin. Other (archaic) names include Black-headed Goldfinch,[2] barley bird and aberdevine.[3] It is very common throughout Europe and Asia. It is found in forested areas, both coniferous and mixed woodland where it feeds on seeds of all kinds, especially of alder and conifers.

It can be distinguished from other similar finches by the color of the plumage. 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. It is a trusting, sociable and active bird. The song of this bird is a pleasant mix of twitters and trills. For these reasons it is often raised in captivity.

These birds have an unusual migration pattern as every few years in winter they migrate southwards in large numbers. The reasons for this behavior are not known but may be related to climatic factors and above all the availability of food. In this way overwintering populations can thrive where food is abundant. This small finch is an acrobatic feeder, often hanging upside-down like a tit. It will visit garden bird feeding stations.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-02-17 1:50]

Hello Marius,
Beautiful photo of this Siskin in splendid light and an attractive pose with eye contact. Excellent sharpness, details and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15609] (65297)
  • [2016-02-17 2:38]

Hi Marius,another very lucky situation talking about the light,and the result is a spectacle,great contrast between the siskin and the wet dark ground,impressive sharpness as usual,beautiful capture!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Marius,
Amazing species! so small; don't know how much food they need per day and for that they need to go for migration! Yes, you are right climate plays a critical role too.
Nice presentation; mainly such ground level shot. Excellent natural color as well as sharpness. Water surface has added a different beauty here.
Thanks for sharing with nice composition and useful NOTE,

Very nice picture Marius,well done.

Thanks foor sharing.

Hello Marius

Beautiful photo of the Eurasian siskin, very fine low POV obtaining
its lovely eye-contact, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10644)
  • [2016-02-27 10:30]

Buna Marius,
Nice composition and light ..
Beautiful natural colours and a nice pose with eye contact.
Have a nice weekend,

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