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New to my garden

New to my garden
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-09 11:01
Viewed: 2955
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Have seen a pair of Bullfinches in our garden over the last two weeks. Have been waiting to photography them but thought i would let them get used to the surroundings first. Was sat in the garden last night when the male Bullfinch came down onto the fench, it seemed very aware of me being there. I was only able to get a few shots before he took off. Would have liked more time to have adjusted the settings but was still glad to have got a least one photo. Hopefully the pair will return so i can get the female as well as they get more used to us in the garden.

Bullfinch ( Pyrrhula pyrrhula ) Length 14-16cm.
An attractive but unobtrusive resident throughout much of mainland Britain and Ireland. Often encountered in pairs. Easy to overlook in the dense cover it favours until its soft but distinctive piping call is learnt. Male has a rosy pink face and breast the colour unlike that of any other British bird also shows black cap and blue grey back. Female similar but with much duller colours. Both have white rump seen as the bird flies away. Found in woodland, hedgerows and mature gardens. Uses stuby bill to feed on Insects, seeds and berries. In the spring will vist Orchards to eat flower buds off fruit trees.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-09 11:11]

Hi Nick,

I have never seen this beautiful bird before and this is a wonderful introduction. Such beautiful colors! Marvelous details showing off his plummage and face with the lovely eye. Fine pose and background. I hope you get a shot of the female.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-09 11:25]

Hola amigo,
espléndida captura,
sensacional pov,
detalles y hermosos colores,
buen trabajo Nicholas.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-09 11:48]

Hi Nicholas...

I have a pair in my garden as well, but I have never managed to get anything like this, so am quite envious of you. Mine love sunflower seed hulls, and seem to live in our bird feeder fighting off other birds.

Hope you managed to get the female as well. the colours, DOF and composition are great here.


HI Nicholas,
Wonderfully sharp detailed image of this colorful bird.
Good POV, light, BG, and composition.
Well done.

Are not finches one of the most colorful of the more common birds. Mine are flitty and hard to capture. Your patience shows as does your mastery of the lens.


Hello Nick,
True beauty in best pov!
good sharpness and perfect details in the shot!
well done and thanks for sharing

Hello Nic,
which superb mixture of colors, this bird is very beautiful and the photograph is successful well, clearness is impeccable and the bird seems to take the pose only for you ,
well done,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-08-09 12:14]

Hi Nicholas,

This is a nice visitor. I wish this one came to my garden. The bird looks surprised to see you. Great shot of a beautiful bird.


Hi Nick, beautiful bird captured with nice details, colours true and good BG.

Warm regards, Kiran

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-09 12:29]

Hi Nick
Very nice POV.Light and colors are also very good.Sharp images with nice details in the plumage.Also like that light caht in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-08-09 13:00]

hi nicholas
bienvenu à ce nouveau venu dans ton jardin, et jolie image pour l'immortaliser. Belles couleurs composition agréable, bonne netteté.


Hi Nick,
What a colorful bird, the details and the colors are amazing. i love the POV and the catch light here.
Goutham R

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-09 13:21]

Hello Nick,
What a superb capture of a cock Bullfinch! The high technical quality of this shot is matched by the fine BBG and composition.
Well done and TFS!

slm nglen
çok güzel bir tur bulmuşsun renkleri ve deseni çok güzel ellerine salık

Hello Nicholas,nice close up of this bird,cheer.TFS

I like the composition and POV from below Nicholas. Great color, exposure, DOF, blurred BG, and details.
Well done.

Hi Nicholas,
What a nice Bullfinch capture. Lovely colors, great details and POV. eye contact and blurred BG great. good notes. TFS
well done

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-08-09 17:46]

Wow Nick, what a great achievement! Your garden must be a haven for British birds and wildlife by now. How beautiful is this male Bullfinch, perfectuly captured with all its wonderful plumage in great detail and colours. You are a champion in achieving this so well! A fine bird with a perfect pov and pose, I am jealous beyond belief. This could be one for the Nat Geo. You are now a master. Beautiful compositon and technically superb.
Prize winner.

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-08-09 19:09]

Hi Nicholas,
What a beautiful bird! You are so lucky to have it in your garden. You manage to present him very well – exposure colours and details are perfect. TFS
Regards, Mario

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-09 19:45]

He's certainly checking yout out!
I hope he comes back again!
superb colours and details and congratulations on a fine capture

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-10 0:29]

Hi Nick

A lovely shot of the bullfinch - good colour and POV. You were lucky to get so close.


Hello Nicholas,
At first my congratulation of this new findings in your garden. I hope not the last one :)
Now a few words about picture. I like a lot colours of this image. Very natural and nice for watching. Also the light control, sharpness, DOF and POV are very good.
My best regards and TFS,

Hello Nicholas,
A very colourful visitor.You have done a good job in capturing its beauty with good sharpness and details. I liked the POV and the catchlight in the eye.Wish you good luck in capturing the female too.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-10 2:36]

Nicholas, What a closeup shot. The eye catch and the color of the bird is very interesting. Moreover the sharpness and focus is just fantastic. Ganesh

Wonderful bold color - great sharpness - great lighting. Good detail in the feathers and the light in the eye give him LIFE. :)

excellent nicholas!!!!!:-)

very beautiful bullfinch!

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-08-10 10:48]

Bonjour Nick
Très belle prise, excellent détails, couleurs et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-10 11:21]

selam nick, wow excellent shot and very good composition this lovely bird nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-10 12:47]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding shot of this this beautiful and colourful Bullfinch. Lovely colours and sharp details on its plumage and you have captured a nice pose. Among the greens and the natural habitat it sits elegantly. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

* Waiting for your upload of the female and both of them together, if possible.

Hi Nicholas,
What can I say about this beauty? It speaks to us and tells that you have done ite very very well. Our task is just to congratulate you and say a big BRAVO!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-10 23:37]

Hello Nick,
Very good shot, what a beauty! He is so colorful
I can see all the feathers very well, great POV
and composition..


Hi Nick,
A beautiful bird with lovely colors. The capture is excellent with nice details, POV and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-11 0:42]

Hi Nick,
i haven't seen one of these for a long time,you're lucky to have a visitor like this to your garden. Anything that dares to venture into mine is normally eaten within seconds by a gang of cats!
Beautiful colour and composition...still no sign of a new toy yet i see..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-11 8:07]

Hello Nick,
You were really lucky to get such a fine shot of this Bullfinch in the middle of summer! For us the best time to see them is in the winter! This is brilliant, excellent details of the plumage and I love its pose. Fine colours too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-11 12:18]

Hello Nick,
I am getting behind. I REALLY like this photo. The colors are beautiful and so natural looking. The details in feathers are exceptional. It is good angle for bird and nice light in eye. Perfect exposure of subject against nice background.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-11 19:36]

Hello Nicholas

Great catch.This is a beauty.The colours are superb and the plumage detail is wonderful.Nicely composed with excellent eye contact and catch light.Great camera work.TFS


Bonjour Nicholas
Very beautiful photograph, your bird is really splendid. clearness very is successful.
Thank you

Bonjour Nicholas,
Excpionnelle image de bouvreuil, dans une très belle posture et parfaitement net. J'aime beaucoup le cadrage et l'arrière plan lumièneux et complémentaire. Bravo.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-13 1:10]

hello Nicholas,
Very nice picture of the Bullfinch. This bird reminds me of my childhood, when a lot of Bullfinches gathered on trees close to my house. I never saw these gatherings again.
Happy to see that you have some in your garden.
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-15 0:29]

Hi Nicholas.
Outstanding shot. My congratulations. The bird is so beautiful as the picture is excellent. Blameless reproduction of all amazing features of the bird. Superb composition of the shot. Terrific colour palette, perfect POV and DOF. Bravo and TFS.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-08-16 4:43]

Hola Nicholas , excelente trabajo, color , nitides, encuadre... Saludos Sira

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