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Male Siskin

Male Siskin
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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: 2009-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1, Dainty birds 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-13 9:35
Viewed: 3684
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken on my trip to the woodland hide . I like the markings on the bright yellow bird.

Siskin ( Carduelis spinus ) Length 12cm.
This is a charming little Finch which is numerous and widespread during the winter months in Britain and Ireland. Numbers are increased by continental Birds.
In the breeding season it is common in parts of Scotland but local elsewhere in Britain and Ireland.
The Male in its breeding plumage has s striking yellow and green plumage with a black bib and forehead.
The Female and winter Male have more subdued colours but always show two yellow wingbars and a yellow rump in flight.
Breeds mainly in conifer forests but in the winter forms flocks which feed mainly on cones of alder and birch.
It often mixes with Redpolls in feeding flocks.

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Hallo Nicholas
A remarkable photo filled with a beautiful assortment of colours. A wonderful composition with the exposure masterly done. This is absolutely splendid. The colours in the image are complementing each other nicely. The multi-coloured beak gets a definite plus. The details are really super. This one will be going straight to my favourites. A good close-up, presented in a lovely manner. Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-13 9:46]

Hello Nick,
A very fine capture of the little Siskin with its fine markings and colours. I love its pose on the branch against the fine soft background. Excellent sharpness and very nicely composed.
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-13 9:58]

Hello Nicholas
superb shot of this lovely bird with the excellet POV
and i love the framing of your image, the details of the plumage.
Wonderful background that i love most,Best regards Siggi

Hello Nick,
Also black and yellow today...:-)
It's nice to compare both uploads.
Beautiful bird captured on that great perch. The bird is showing its breeding plumage very well through the posture.
Well done.

hello Nicholas
super sharpness
nice composition
GREAT details of the bird
greeting lou

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-13 11:33]

Hi Nick,

Not only is the bird beautiful, but the pose with the branches arching around him is marvelous. The colors on the tree and the Siskin are stunning. Magnificent details of the face, eye, beak, wings and plumage. A perfect background and one of the best compositions I have seen.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-13 11:35]

merhaba Nicholas
good capture of this handsome siskin
composition, POV, BG, DOF and sharpness are great

Nice composition GREAT details Excellent

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-13 12:11]

Hi Nico,i like a lot the contrast between the yellow of bird and the red of tree,impressive quality of details and sharpness,another fantastic work,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-13 12:22]

Hi Nicholas,
Excellent capture.I liked sharpness,colors,simple BG,exposure and details a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-13 12:26]

Hello Nicholas
Nice capture of this siskin with good details and vivid colors.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-13 12:46]

Hello Nick,
A superb capture of a male Siskin taken froma nice rear POV with his head slightly turned to show the plumage well with fine sharpness, colours and lighting against the neutral BG. The composition with lichens on the tig is great!
Thanks and have a nice weekend,

Hi Nick,
what a wonderful composition with a very graceful pose of the male Siskin; excellent POV and outstanding sharpness, i like the bright colours against the neutral BG.
TFS. Best regards.
Have a good weekend

perfect shot ,like usual Nick !
wonderful colours and good sharp , beautiful details and great DOF ,
well done !

hello Nicholas

very beautiful photography of the Siskin, shot with fine POV
the bird from his back, also fine framing, excellent sharpness
and details of the bird's plumage, TFS


Hello Nick,
Excellent capturetured of this Carduelis spinus . Excellent composition and details. Very well done. TFS
Greetings. Ferran

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-13 21:08]

A real beauty Nicholas,
Such a pretty little bird and shown in a great pose. Very sharp and detailed with wonderful colors!! Well done!!

Hi Nick, a fine capture of this cute siskin in an excellent composition.
Have a nice WE and Happy Valentine'day MF!


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-13 22:46]

Hi Nick,

You are showing the bird in a photo with a very nice composition and a high quality image. I like the curved perch bird is sitting on and the way you have used the DOF. Bird is sharply shown with excelent details of the plumage and body. Colors are nice with afine contrast between bird and background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-14 0:40]

Merhaba Dostum Nick,
Bu çok güzel bir çalışma. Güzel bir dalın üzerinde ve harika bir arka plan önünde poz veren bu sevimli kuşu çok başarılı görüntülemişsin. Tebrikler.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-14 1:48]

Hi Nick!

Another beautifull bird to yur big collection. This one is rather shy, so it isn't easy to see its great, yellow colours. I like pose and composition with lichens on twig. Nice work!

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-14 3:09]

ha ha
this look like the bird is talking to the microfone.

you should put the title "The Interview" :)

Hello Nick
The colors are very beautiful
Thank you for these colours for gray and yellows returned so well

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-14 4:10]

Hi Nick.
Superb composed picture of an amazing scene. I welcome great selection of the aperture value and DOF and crisp sharp image of whole bird and very impressive tree branch. Diagonal composition of the picture is superb as well as nice smooth BG. Next outstanding picture from you. I am very glad. My kind wishes and TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-02-14 6:43]

hi nick,
very elegant and striking image with good composition and great colors. the bird is simply beautiful with its colors and details. tfs.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-14 8:02]

Nicholas This is a great shot. What a colorful bird. Wonderful shot.Ganesh

Hi Nick,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Siskin bird. Excellent composition and very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Nick, lovely bird in nice pose with splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Amazing! So nice details of and colours on the bird. Unusual composition too. Congratulations,

Hello Nick
I have never been lucky enough to see a Siskin and if I do then I would certainly want to pull off a capture as good as this..I can see a slight bit of movement in the picture but I also see you pulled out all the stops with Iso 800, a tripod but you still only managed a 1/40 sec shutter....Great Work
All the Best and hope you are well

Each and every i is dotted and you have here an almost perfect 10 Nick..the branches add superb feeling and depth to teh image. Great show kind sir! It is/are shots as these which show others how to do it..I can see from some certain others how they have followed your techniques!


HI Nick,
I love this bird, also have them in my garden, they are so lovely.
You captured it again so pretty and sharp, I also love the stick like a natural frame.
Thanks and have a nice sunday
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Nicholas,

You have a lots of skills by bird photography.
This one are also very good of sharpness and details.
Beautiful details.


hi nicholas!
razorsharp and good shoot on this fine bird!
well done!

Hi Nicholas,
Beautiful bird, looks like the male counterpart to my last post.
Nice & sharp with excellent details, colors, and exposure..Great BG too.
Well composed - Well done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-15 8:23]

Hello Nicholas,
Very fine and beautiful picture of this male Siskin, a bird we rarely see around here. It really has a magnificent plumage which you show well in this picture. Very fine background too.
Thanks and have a nice evening

Hello Nicholas!

Great shot of siskin. Amazing sharpness and well blured background. Nice strong contrast and colors


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-02-16 15:19]

Hi Nick,
a fantastic shot of this Siskin!
Really good detail.
Lovely colours.

Well done,

nice composition, TFS Ori

Hello Nick,

Great shot. Perfect compo. Real natural colors. I love its pose on the branch against the fine soft background. Really good detail.

Thanks for sharing this wonderdul bird. Regards and TFS OB

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