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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: 2006-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/45 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Chaffinch's [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-17 3:42
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Points: 10
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Hello all,

Today another posting of a common bird in the area.Picture taken in the local forest on a cloudy day.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Chaffinch, (Fringilla coelebs), is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.
This bird is widespread and very familiar throughout Europe. Its range extends into western Asia, north-western Africa and the Canary Islands. On Tenerife and GranCanaria, it coexists with its sister species, the endemic Blue Chaffinch.It uses a range of habitats, but open woodland is favoured, although it is common in gardens and on farmland. It builds its nest in a tree fork, and decorates the exterior with moss or lichen to make it less conspicuous. It lays about six eggs.This bird is not migratory in the milder parts of its range, but vacates the colder
regions in winter. The coelebs part of its name means "bachelor". This species wasnamed by Linnaeus; in his home country of Sweden, the females depart in winter, but the males often remain. This species forms loose flocks outside the breeding season,
sometimes mixed with Bramblings. This bird occasionally strays to eastern North America, although some sightings may be escapees.
Its large double white wing bars, white tail edges and greenish rump easily identify this 14-16cm long species. The breeding male is unmistakable, with his reddish underparts and a grey cap. The female is drabber and greener, but still obvious.

The food of the Chaffinch is seeds, but unlike most finches, the young are fed extensively on insects.
The powerful song is very well known, and the fink contact call gives the finch family its English name. Males typically sing two or three different song types, and there are regional dialects too. The acquisition by the young chaffinch of its song was the subject of an influential study by British ethologist William Thorpe. Thorpe determined that if the chaffinch is not exposed to the adult male's song during a certain critical period after hatching, it will never properly learn the song.1 He also found that in adult Chaffinches, castration eliminates song, but injection of testosterone induces such birds to sing even in November, when they are normally silent (Thorpe 1958).

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Hi Paul,
What a beautiful and lovely bird! Details, sharpness, POV, composition are perfect. Colors are very marvelous. Well done. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-17 5:36]

Ha paul,

Deze vink ziet er wel doorvoed uit en heeft een nogal strenge oogopslag. Leuke compositie en fraaie natuurlijke kleuren.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-17 9:47]

Great bird, well composed and with very good lighting. A bit soft though and some noise in the background. Thanks Paul.

Great picture! Great light and color just maching

Hi Paul,
so beautiful chaffinch.
I also have some in my garden but they are shy.
Now they have some dark-green parts on the head, this is very pretty.
I had a collage of them here some weeks ago, I like the rose colour of this birds so much.
Thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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