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Copyright: Gary Fudge (garyfudge) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 5 N: 320] (1098)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-400mm, Digital
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-14 9:43
Viewed: 3254
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Carduelis Spinus-Siskin

This little bird is a true seed feeder and is particulary associated with conifers, but loves to visit gardens to eat peanuts, sunflower seeds and in my garden, niger seeds.

They are very tame and not easily put off by human movement.

My wife, Cori, was re-filling the feeders earlier and felt something contiually landing on her head, at first she thought it was rain drops, until she looked up to see a little Siskin about 6' above her head still feeding and spitting out the seed husks at her!!

As before, my 'hide' was simply my car, with the window open, free holding the lens as with this shot, or using the wing mirror or door edge as a prop.
It was brighter today, so I was able to close down to F11 and still get a shutter of 1/640 at the focal length of 400mm.

Thanks for looking,


MMM, falke, jaycee, Necipp, tyro, ramthakur, Jamesp, nglen, TAZ, jrubiocasado has marked this note useful
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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-14 9:47]

Hi Gary
Beautiful image.Very sharp and clear , the colors are also very nice.Excellent POV and very nyce BG blur and colors.
TFS Michel

good focus and DOF nice colors nice bird pose good catchlight in the eye

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-05-14 10:07]

This is a beautiful portrait of a Siskin. I really like the warm colours of the BG that makes the bird stand out so well. I also think that the crop with small leaves makes it even more interesting.

Interesting note as well!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-14 10:13]

Hi Gary,

A lovely siskin in a beautiful setting and a wonderful bg. The colors and details are very good and you caught a nice sparkle in his eye. I like it!


Hello gary you got some great detail and colours and a beautifull pose good bkground blur and contrast, very well done tfs rgds Necip

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-14 10:27]

Hi Gary,

Nice framing by the forked branches and the pose of the Siskin is good too. Great colours and details.



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  • tyro (30)
  • [2007-05-14 12:32]

Hello, Gary.

Another of your beautiful telephoto shots of birds - as usual, so sharp and clear with beautiful colours against a wonderfully out-of-focus background. You must have a very steady hand to take pictures at a focal length of 400mm!

Very well done.

Best Wishes,


P.S. And an excellent note too!

Happy to know Siskins are human friendly in your part of the world, Gary :-).
The Sparrows here in Riyadh, on the contrary, are very allergic to my presence :-).

A beautifully composed image with excellent DOF. For the life of me, I just cannot manage smaller apertures; my pictures go all dark above 7!

The bird stands out sharply against the dark neutral BG. I like its colourful plumage.

TFS and best regards.


Lovely composition and the background. The picture will look excellent without the stick on the right.

Murali Santhanam

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-14 14:25]

Hi Gary

Lovely pose and great focus/DOF. The colours are likewise excellent.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-14 15:02]

Hola Gary,
bella captura,
excelente trabajo,
buenos detalles y pov.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-14 15:29]

Hi Gary. this is a very good shot. The detail and colour are very good.A nice POV and compostion. With good notes to, well done TFS.

Hi Gary,
Beatiful shot, great color, I really like the rich tones of the tree and the sharp focus on the bird. Great DOF . TFS

Hi Gary,

This is a great composition: perfect crop, lovely saturated color and OOF background. The bird does look just a tad soft. You might try a beanbag to steady the camera on the window or mirror. My husband designed and built us each a wonderful little platform for each of our windows. It absolutely does not move and it with a beanbag really works well.

Evelynn : )

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-15 2:03]

Good shot of this pretty little bird, Gary.
The colors are great and well lit.
The details are sharp and the composition is good.
The BG seems a bit grainy,
You can get rid of that grainy texture by using NeatImage,
which you can download for free from the web.
TFS. : )

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-05-15 11:13]

Hello Gary,
Cute bird.Good POV and details.
i liked the pose too. Good composition. I think you have a very suuccessful hide out in your car.:)
TFS, Smitha.

Hello Gary,
This is a fun story :-) It is nice that those little ones could be so friendly; birds here are not... This is a beautiful capture with great composition and nice colors and details. They look a bit like the American Goldfinch that we have here and they are ones of my preferred birds. I think that this specie lives here as well but I have never seen them.

This is a very nice one and TFS,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-18 3:27]

Hello Gary,
This lovely bird is nicely caught. He seems shy and I understand the hide in car ;-)
The "+++" : composition, subject, POV, colors, sharpness, DOF, exposure...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-26 12:09]

Hi Gary

This is a lovely shot. The DOF is perfect giving you a great BG. Lovely colours and composition and with good focus



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-26 22:16]

Hello Gary

A very good portrait of this siskin.The DOF and POV are well done.Sharp details and focus against a lovely OOF BG.Very good lighting and colours.TFS


Hi Gary
Very nice "l˙gano" siskin, great background an very nice details.
Regards and TFS

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