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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: 2009-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-22 8:58
Viewed: 3100
Points: 54
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I had a trip out today first time for two weeks . We have had a full week of warm sunshine . This was taken once again from the public hide at the nature reserve .
I was pleased with the pose in this one.

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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-22 9:03]

Hello Nicholas,
Another great picture from you.Excellent details,sharpness,colors,composition,POV, and framing.Excellent done.
Best regards Siggi

I'm always so impressed when I see your sharp shots, Nick, this one is again so beautiful and the colours are brilliant.
Thanks, I realy enjoy looking at all your birds, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-22 9:21]

Hello Nick!

This bird is still on my wish list, I saw it from longer distance only. I'm sure that I won't take picture of Siskin as good as yours. It's perfect - quality, pose, details and colours - everything is excellent.

Absolutely gorgeous picture !
The composition, techniques and inspiration is flawless. Bravo !

hello nick
great picture
super composition with good details
greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-03-22 10:26]

hello Nick,
Delicious bird photo ...
Color and clarity is excellent.
Blur out the background of the bird.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-22 10:27]

Hello Nick,
Excellent photo of this Siskin in superb sharp details. Very beautiful clear colours, also in the OOF BG. Very good composition, POV and DOF.

Timid...that is the one word I would use to describe what I feel here...i wonder if it truly applies but it is mine...very nice Mr Glenn.....Your hobby is a very nice one for your retirement years or lets say close in..

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-22 10:42]

Hello Nick, another great picture. Your siskins are more yellow than here, the siskins here have a striped chest that doesn't change, with yellow on the wing and tail like you describe. The background is bright, it gives impact to the picture. Thank you!


Hello Nick,
a wonderful picture of male Siskin; POV, sharpness and colours are excellent, i like the fantastic composition with a great pose of the lovely bird and the marvellous OOF BG.
Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-22 13:01]

Hi Nick,

I'm glad had a nice trip to the nature reserve - especially on a nice day. I agree with you - this Siskin is posing beautifully for you. Wonderful natural colors and excellent details of the face, eye and feathers. A beautiful golden background and a lovely composition.


hello Nicholas

with Maurizio and Gert you are among the masters of TN
in superb close-up photos of small birds,
another excellent close-up photo from you, beautiful Siskin,
and like always fine POV, and framing, superb focus
with great sharpness and details, and wonderfully blurred background,



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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-22 13:34]

Hi Nicholas!

You are right to be pleased about the pose of this bird. The details and the colours are superb and the beautiful and blurred background highlights the bird very well.

Kind regards


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-22 14:13]

Hi Nick,

You have photographed the Siskin in a very good light. You have shown the plumage very well as the colors are saturated and vivid. Image is sharp showing good details of bird's body and plumage. The well lit background looks fine.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-22 14:39]

Hi Nico,simply another wonderful pic,seeing your gallery it seem it's so easy to make bird's pics...ehehe...but i know how is difficult !! My best compliments for this another beauty,have a nice week,Luciano

Hello Nicholas
excellent presentation of this male siskin
The beautiful colors of the BG is in Harmony with the colors of the bird
excellent sharpness as well as always
thanks for sharing us this beauty

Hi Nicholas,

very good shot of this songbird.
Exellent pov, bg.
Beautiful natural colours.
You have high skills with birdphotography.


excellent photo
very good glance the pose is beautiful on the branch
and your colors fantastic very good technically,i like a lot
best regards Nicholas

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-23 1:08]

Hello Nicholas
You capture this siskin with great details and natural colors.Well done

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-23 1:59]

Hello Nicholas,
Again most beautiful colors! I like this yellow on yellow picture a lot. Good composition and very fine sharpness make it a very pleasant shot.
Thanks for it.
Have a nice day

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-23 6:46]

Hello Nick,
Incredible image with amazing details in the plumage. Once again your talents shine through, super job Nick, tahnk you.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-23 9:24]

Nicholas, Superb shot and what a grat picture. Excellent details. Ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-03-23 11:40]

Hi Nick,
i was at Blashford yesterday, it was very busy - too busy really. I did see a Kingfisher though.
Anyway, i recognise that stick - take it you were in the hide?? Dof here is very good, creating a nice glowing background. Super sharp detail, the patch of Lichen is a nice touch.
Hope you're well, we should meet up soon when the D Flys emerge. Maybe Eye Bridge?

Ciao Nick, wonderful capture of lovely bird, great colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio
PS thanks for help for id

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-23 13:41]

Hello Nick,
Great that you could get out and about again and to take a fine shot of this male Sis. The POV, sharpness, BG and lighting are excellent but perhaps the composition is a bit too central, a small point in what is otherwise a great image.
TFS and have a good week,

Hi Nick good picture, the details as usual is amazing and the colors too. A little off center composition could have helped is what I feel :-)

Hello Nick,
the siskin is a beautiful bird and you have captured it well.
The details are well seen and the bird stand out well from the BG.
The colours are a nice and natural but on my monitor the picture is a bit dark. And I think the compo is to centred, I prefre some more space in front of the bird.
Well done, mf.

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