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Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak
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Copyright: Marie Proue (marieproue) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 564 W: 67 N: 437] (3674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300mm f4 L IS, B+W 77mm MRC 007M Transparent
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-01-10 20:36
Viewed: 4699
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Pine Grosbeak, Pinicola enucleator, is a large finch. It is the only member of its genus and represents an ancient divergence of the ancestors of the bullfinches (Arnaiz-Villena et al., 2001), diverging perhaps a dozen mya during the Clarendonian. Given that the radiation of the bullfinches (which are only found in Eurasia) and the mountain finches (also closely related: Marten & Johnson, 1986) started approximately at the same time in the interior of Asia, it is possible that the Pine Grosbeak evolved in North America; possibly, its ancestors were wind-blown individuals of a proto-bullfinch which arrived via the northern Pacific as at that time the Bering Land Bridge was widely inundated.

Female Pine GrosbeakAdults have a long forked black tail, black wings with white wing bars and a large bill. Adult males have a rose red head, back and rump. Adult females are olive-yellow on the head and rump and grey on the back and underparts.

Their breeding habitat is coniferous woods across Canada, Alaska and the western mountains of the United States, and in northern Fennoscandia. They nest on a horizontal branch or in a fork of a conifer.

This bird is a permanent resident through most of its range; in the extreme north or when food sources are scarce, they may migrate further south.

This species is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

These birds forage in trees and bushes. They mainly eat seeds, buds, berries and insects. Outside of the nesting season, they often feed in flocks.

The Pine Grosbeak was depicted on the 1986 series Canadian $1000 bill.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-10 20:59]

Hi Marie,

This is such a pretty bird and your close-up is wonderful. Beautiful colors, details, and textures. The usual dirty beak - but this time with snow. He looks verrrrry cold.


Bonjour Marie,

Belle petite boule de plumes... on voit bien qu'il fait froid et que cet oiseau gonfle son plumage pour augmenter sa protection...



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-10 22:06]

Hi Marie,
I will be back.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-10 22:44]

Hi Marie,

A fine capture of this pine grosbeak in the snow,good colors and detail,the focus is spot on,well done and tfs


Coucou Marie,
la photo est très réussie malgré des conditions qui je pense étaient difficiles, le moins que l'on puisse dire c'est que ce petit glouton n'a pas l'air d'avoir chaud !!!
Le focus est excellent avec de très beaux détails dans le plumage , jolies couleurs également et image bien composée,

Bonjour Marie,

Très belle présentation de ce durbec. Bonne netteté. Très belles couleurs.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-11 3:38]

I suggest several sessions at weight-watchers and to cut down on the fatty sun-flower seeds! ;)
This is a tremendous capture of this very plump (though probably just fluffed-up) Grosbeak!
The eye-contact is superb.
Great POV that is right at the same level as the bird.
Gorgeous colours and lighting.
Great exposure.
Magnificent work Marie.
All the best,

Hi Marie,
Nice detail, color, DOF, and exposure here..
Well composed, and the Grosbeak is looking at you. The snow on the beak is a nice touch too :)

Hi Marie, lovely bird with splendid colors, great sharpness, good contrast against white snow, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bellissima immagine con ottimi dettagli e colori.
Ciao Maurizio

Bonjour Marie,

Belle capture de ce durbec, tu nous le présentes avec d'excellents détails dans son plumage tout gonflé. Travailler avec la neige n'est pas toujours facile et ici tu t'en sosrs très bien , les couleurs du durbec sont très naturelles. Bravo!


Hi Marie,

He looks like a very cold little fellow. Te colours are amazing, he's almost purple. The detail in the feathers are great and the pov shot on - you much have been pretty much lying down in the snow! A shot definitely worth getting cold for.


Bonjour Marie,
Very beautiful close up of the bird!
excellent exposure and focus in it with good sharpness, vivid colour and details also thanks for the wonderful notes
well done

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-11 11:54]

Bonjour Marie, j'adore ce joli durbec assis tranquillement sur la neige. Les couleurs sont très belles, très naturelles, et on voit beaucoup les détails du plumage. J'aime le gris de la lumière, très hivernale. On voudrait le tenir dans les mains et lui donner des ptits becs sur le bec. Merci!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-11 14:25]

Salut Marie
Jolie presentation.Bon details et belle couleurs.J'aime bien la composition.
Merci et a bientot

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-01-11 19:47]

Bonsoir Marie,

Bonne prise,toujour amusant de les voir tout ebouriffé.Félicitations pour les belles couleurs justes.
Merci pour le partage.

Hello Marie,

This Pine Grosbeak looks to have fattened up for the winter! (A bit like myself!)
Wonderful details of colour and texture, and superb sharp focus!

My compliments!
Bev :-)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-12 9:34]

Hola Marie.-
Fine capture. Excellent sharpness and focus.
Great moment to catch this beautiful bird.
The snow makes it looking even better.
Saludos My Friend Marie.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-12 10:43]

Avec un tel plumage, l'hiver doit se passer sans problème.
Bonne journée.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-12 11:10]

Hello Marie,
Beautiful cold impression with this Grosbeak. Superb sharp focus and lovely natural colours.
Good eye-contact.

Bonjour Marie, elle est superbe ta photo de ce Durbec mâle ! De beaux détails bien nets et une exposition bien faite ! Bravo et merci ! J'ai fait un workshop pour lui donner plus de punch ! :-)


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-12 13:05]

Bonjour Marie,
Excellent capture of a male Pine Grosbeak on the snow, in a fine pose and from a good low POV. Superb sharpness, light management and composition.
Well done, Marie and thanks for sharing this beauty,

Beautiful shot, excellent detail and colors.Thanks for sharing,,,

bonjour Marie

belle petite boule qui se rechauffe en se gonflant,
excellent détails de son plumage surtout au niveau de son aile,
j'aimes aussi voir son griffe, j'aimes ton angle de vue, TFS


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-12 20:36]

Hello Marie

A beautiful close up of this Pine Grosbeak.
The fellow is very chubby looking.
Excellent plumage detail the feathers are well defined.
Beautiful colours.


Hello Marie,
I envy your bird shots. This is so brilliant in details, contrasting with the snow and well kept depth. Well done again!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-13 7:16]

hi Marie,
lovely close-up pic, great colors and details captured
nice work

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-13 16:54]

Hello Marie,
Well my friend this is an outstanding image with great details and colors in a lovely composition. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful image Marie.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-13 21:14]

Hello Marie,
Just marking today because I'm out of time
I'll be back tomorrow with a proper critique
..Greeting from the Grand Canyon State my dear friend


Hello Marie,
Seems like this is a cold day as judged by the fluffy feather coat!
Lovely details in the plumage and the pose is funny as he seems like a bit angry, hehehe...
A well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Bonsoir Marie,
Il est très joli ce Durbec des pins,belle prise de vue et jolies couleurs et composition avec une belle note, son plumage est magnifique et bien gonflé par le froid.. Bravo..

Salut Marie,
Nous avons rencontrés les mêmes petits sujets :) C'est une très belle prise avec une belle action capturée! J'aime bien le positionnement de ses ailes. Les détails sont bons ainsi que la composition. Le WS a donné un résultat concluant! Merci!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-17 1:40]

Hello Marie,
Wonderful close capture of this Grosbeak. Great sharpness and lovely colours against the snow. He looks cold! A fine composition!
TFS, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-17 10:44]

Hi Marie.
Thanks for interest and warm comments. I am glad to meet you nice gallery. Perfect close-up with excellent POV and details of the cute bird. I like wonderful colour reproduction and skillful exposure. Well done and kind regards.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-20 9:44]

This bird is so adorable! I love it with that red plumage.
Fantastic capture with a fine eye-contact.
Magnificent sharpness, framing and composition.
Superb job!
My compliments and best regards

Hi Marie,
Well I can see someone is feeding this little bird quite well! :o) Cute shot, great POV and really nice natural coloring. TFS

Well, Marie, this seems a fitting subject for a $1,000 bill. Wouldn't mind seeing one of those :)

Very attractive coloration here, and you present it admirably. You have pleasing sharpness and detail, nice depth-of-field control. The white balance on the snow is great. You might perhaps have cropped more from the top of the image -- it's arguably either slightly overexposed or more border than you really need at the top, given the lack of detail thhere.

Great point of view. Great note.

Warm regards on a cold day,

Hi Marie,
I never get tired of seeing images of these Pine Grosbeak being posted, they are such cute little birds, excellent detail in the plumage, love the POV and the framing, exposure is spot-on, very impressive gallery too, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Quel bel oiseau et comme il est bien photographié.

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  • moca (0)
  • [2008-02-11 18:46]

quel dodu durbec!
On dirait qu'il nous salue!

Très généreux

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