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Common linnet

Common linnet
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-19 8:48
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fortunately, in our region, there is peace and quiet now but only 600-800 kilometers from us is a real war against the aggressor.

The shot is taken in the morning just in our garden. As usual when I stay in countryside house for a few days, I go for a walk with camera every morning. This species is widespread in our places and I have many shots of the bird on a wire. That time I was luckier and managed to picture Common linnet on an our juniper bush. Despite the size of the shot is large enough I have preferred to save surroundings and down sampled picture a lot. I have used in-built flash due the bad light conditions and back-light.

Carduelis cannabina

The common linnet (Carduelis cannabina) is a small passerine bird of the finch family, Fringillidae. It 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.

The linnet is a slim bird with a long tail. The upper parts 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, the breast streaked buff.

The linnet 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. They are sometimes found several hundred miles off-shore.

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.

The linnet's pleasant song contains fast trills and twitters.
It feeds on the ground, and low down in bushes, its food mainly consisting of seeds, which it also feeds to its chicks. It likes small to medium sized seeds from most arable weeds, knotgrass, dock), crucifers (including charlock, shepherd's purse), chickweeds, dandelions, thistle, sow-thistle, mayweed, common groundsel, common hawthorn and birch. They have a small component of Invertebrates in their diet.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-07-19 9:09]

Hi Alex,i'm happy to know that the war is a bit distant from you,and i'm happy to see this magnificent pic,there is a special light inside,magnificent pose,fine detail and bright colors,the best way to show us this nice linnet,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-07-19 10:15]
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Hello Alexei,
Fantastic photo of this Common Linnet. Great quality!
Whole our country is deeply shocked by the terrible airplane crash in the east of your country.

Hello Alexei-I hope one day this War will stop and peace will be able to regain its Kingdom all over the world.And till that moment one thing can makes us happy and helps us to keep life going on and its-"HOPE".Beautiful picture of this Linnet.This bird reminds me the short story by Oscar Wilde,named "The Selfish Giant" where this little one was able to change the mind of Giant.Wish this bird can fly all over your region and through its melodious voice,would able to change the atmosphere of War to peace.Beautiful BG with stunning details on plumage as usual as branches.Good use of flash to get the catching-light on its eye.Thanks for sharing such beautiful picture.Regards and have a nice time to you and your country-Srikumar

Ciao Alexei, fascinating composition with lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful colors, great sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2014-07-19 21:55]

excellent background makes the species too attractive. nice work. tfs.

hallo Alex
Great sharpness and a nice composition with good BG and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Alexei,

Hope that the senseless act of war & violence ends soon so that peace & harmony returns to your beautiful country.. The picture is fabulous. The color, the details, the sharpness - all captured to perfection. The BG makes the picture stand out.

Thanks for sharing with us this beautiful pic.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-20 10:17]

Hi Alexei,
Another fantastic portrait. Gorgeous light and colours,
excellent detail and focus. Nicely blurred background
with nice composition.
Regards Jiri.

Belle Photo!!!

Hello Alexei,
照的很漂亮 很美丽的鳥 也很清晰
神情很端莊 真是高雅
构图也很美丽 真是好看

Hi Alexei,
Fantastic photo. Great quality!


Hello Alexei,
A top quality image! The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast of this beautiful bird against the green environment. Fantastic details and clarity. Very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing this interesting capture.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-07-23 13:04]

What a great picture. Great color, light, deep of field and background. Congratulation. Saludos.

Ciao Alexei. Impressive details and sharp against the blurred BG.


Hello Alexei

The light of your photo it is very beautiful, with fine lateral POV and framing,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, I wish to all regions of your country
peace like this bird and sunny light like this photo, TFS


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-07-28 5:40]

Hi Alexi,
An excellent capture ..
Very nice presentation of this Common linnet in good sharpness, details and soft natural colours.
Best wishes,

A true delight to view your work.
Your notes too have been greatly appreciated.
This is a magnificent image.
Despite the terrible turmoil in your part of the world you find PEACE WITHIN YOUR OWN BEING.
A lovely B/G.
Kind and most friendly regards from Canada = LAND OF TRUE PEACE & TRANQUILITY!!!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-07-30 19:22]

Hello Alex,
It's good to hear that things have quieted down in your immediate area.
What a pleasure to view this beautiful bird in such a fine setting. The flash really made the colors stand out, yet kept them natural. Excellent detail and such an attractive BG. Awesome work!!

Hallo Alexei
This is a lovely image in all aspects. I like the setting and beautiful colours very much. Point of view, composition and frame is great and very pleasant to look at. You are very fortunate to stay in a country house even if it is just for a few days, and even more fortunate that you have the opportunity to walk with your camera and take pictures as beautiful as this one. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Dear Alexei,
a very pleasant gentle and fresh atmosphere is coming along with this stunningly well captured little finch, perfectly standing out in fine details and subtle shaeds of colours against a smooth and distant background of plesantly fresh emerald green.
Outstanding work. Thank you, my dear friend.
With best regards,

Privet Alexei,
Extraordinary photo with fantastic light management and even futuristic background. The usage of flash was an excellent idea, and your white balance is simply lovely. Perfect focus, sharpness, colors, composition, and a hard-to-beat image overall. Hats off of you.
Let Christmas bring the peace to your country finally. I wish all the very best to you, your loved ones, and your nation. Kind regards, L嫳zl

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