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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-20 5:59
Viewed: 4088
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Pine Siskin:

The Pine Siskin belongs to the finch family of birds. This bird is very social all throughout the year. They fly in large flocks with a distinct undulating flight. The Pine Siskin is a small finch measuring in at 11-14 cm (4-6 in), with a wingspan of 18-22 cm (7-9 in) and a weight of 12-18 grams.
The Pine Siskin is generally brown all over but with heavy yellow streaking. Its belly and chest are a bit paler than its back. Its wings also have some yellow in them, which is more noticeable when in flight. The Pine Siskin’s bill is sharp and slender while its tail is notched.
The male and female Pine Siskin look alike. The male usually have more yellow markings, though. The immature Pine Siskin is similar to the adult bird as well.

The Pine Siskin Nesting Preferences As can be gathered from the name, the Pine Siskin likes to inhabit pines and other coniferous trees. As such, when it comes to nesting, the Pine Siskin prefers to build its nest on a horizontal branch of a coniferous tree, far from the trunk. The female bird chooses the location of the nest as well as builds the nest herself.
The nest is shaped like a saucer and is made up of grass, rootlets, and twigs. It is lined with finer rootlets, feathers, fur, and moss. The Pine Siskin’s nest is usually concealed quite well.

Building a Birdhouse For The Pine Siskin
It won’t be too hard to attract Pine Siskins to your backyard as they are very social birds. As they are small, a simple birdhouse will suit them. Just make sure that you install adequate predator guards. Here are the suggested dimensions for a birdhouse: 12-1/2high x 6wide x 8-1/2deep. The floor area should be 4” x 4”. You should also put a hole with a diameter of 1 ½”.

The Pine Siskin Mating Habits
The mating and breeding habits of the Pine Siskin is unlike most other birds which depend on the season. The Pine Siskin’s reproductive activities are more closely linked with the food supply available. If there is abundant food then this bird will start breeding.
Pine Siskins are monogamous birds and a pair usually stays together for a long period of time. They pair up within winter flocks. When mating, Pine Siskins can either stay together as a loose colony or separate as individual pairs. This habit extends up to the nesting period.

The Pine Siskin Feeding Preferences
The Pine Siskin is basically a seed eater. In the forest it eats the seeds off pine trees and other coniferous tree. It also eats the seeds of deciduous trees and grass. Aside from seeds, they are also known to eat floral buds and tree nectar. The Pine Siskin is also known for its preference for thistle seed. If you want this bird to visit your feeder, you should never run short of thistle seed.

Interesting Pine Siskin Facts
•The name Siskin is derived from its sound or chirp. Thus, this bird’s common name is really “pine chirper”
•Pine Siskins are very social birds. In fact, they even build nests adjacent to each other, with only a few feet in between them.
•When eating from conifers, the Pine Siskin usually hangs upside down from the tips of the trees!

CeltickRanger, maurydv, ana974, nglen, marius-secan, Luis52, boreocypriensis, cirano, Dis. Ac., Athila, caspian, siggi, Noisette, anel, ubc64, brech has marked this note useful
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bonjour Jean Paul

une jolie photo du Tarin des pins prise par un excellent POV et surtout le cadrage
en laissant une bonne espace devant l'oiseau, le focus, la netteté et les détails
sont excellent, jolie catch-light, belle luminosité, TFS


Hello Jean Paul,
une autre très belle photo de Tarin des pines, vraiment bien vu avec une parfaite netteté et de splendides couleurs, très jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations
Bon weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Jeanpaul, lovely bird in nice pose against a beautiful blurry BG, good natural colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Jeanpaul,
or... Hello today neighbor ...
Tremendous luminosity that has been put in this picture, excellent sharpness. The composition defies some rules, but the result is pleasing to the eye. TFS

Cher Jeanpaul,
C´est toujours un vrais plasir voir tes photos.Cet oiseau là semble très content d´être photographié...Bravo pout le travail!
Belle photo, belle lumière et belle cadrage.
Bon w-end et à bientôt sur TN!

Hello Jean Paul,
Excellent composition, beautiful colors, excellent contrast and sharpness.
Thank you for the photos which provides six great teacher.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-20 9:18]

Salut Jeanpaul,cette fois le focus est vraiment parfait et tu a cree' un magnifique composition avec la meilleure lumiere,details et couleurs,mes plus gros compliments et bonne Dimanche,Luciano.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-03-20 11:27]

Hi Jeanpaul. This is a fine close up of the Siskin . Taken with good detail and natural colours. Your use of the light has given a shine to the eye. Well taken and with interesting notes. TFS.

Hello Jeanpaul,
Nice capture with great colours and good clarity.
The composition is wonderful. Nice POV and BG.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-20 19:12]

Hola Jean Paul.
Beautiful photo of this popular little bird (we have them arround here to) I Like the pose and the great sharpness and light.
TFS My friend.

Hi Jean Paul,

Very eye-pleasing image of a pine siskin taken from a nice vantage point. Nice use of the DOF to focus in on the details.
TFS and have a nice sunday MF!


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-03-20 23:37]

Slav Jean Paûl,
What a beautiful bird!
A fine close up from great POV with excellent colors and perfect sharpness.TFS.

Hello JeanPaul,

another good capture from an beautiful songbird.
Good pov and details and fine colours.


hello Jean Paul,

This is another beautiful picture of a pine siskin, beautiful colors and details
Good job
Thanks for sharing

have a nice day,

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Joli portrait de cet oiseau. Je remarque d'ailleurs que dans l'ensemble de tes photos d'oiseaux tu parviens à te rapprocher à une belle distance de prise de vue. J'aime bien la composition. L'oiseau fait une diagonale qui croise celles des branches et conséquemment il y prend son importance. L'exposition est très bonne. La mise au point aussi est bien réussie. La faible profondeur au fond flou favorise notre attention sur le sujet principal. De beau travail, bravo.


Bonjour jeanpaul,

Cela est de nouveau un petit oiseau cute 'une belle vue.
Quoique beaucoup moins que la tonalité de couleur jaune très agréable et très intéressant.
Focus, mise au point et réglage de la lumière est très réussie et ingénieux.
Merci pour le partage.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-21 13:00]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Very good capture of this lovely bird with nice colors and perfect details.Very good composition.Best regards Siggi

bonjour Jean Paul
adorable photo de ce Tarin des pins, excellente en tout comme d'habitude,
j'adore surtout son oeil pétillant et la lumière sur sa poitrine blanche
superbe note et rès beau cadrage
Passe une bon ne nuit

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-22 3:29]

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
Une charmante image du tarin des pins! Des couleurs fines, une lumière douce et un environnement bien naturel en font une image très plaisante. Et l'attitude de l'oiseau est adorable aussi.
Bien vu!
Bonne semaine

Hi Jean Paul,

Very well taken photo of a Pine Siskin. You managed to get the colours the way I've seen them in local birds. The details you've captured are great also. I like the way that you've presented the bird between one branch in focus and one out of focus. Very comprehensive and interesting notes. TFS.

I did a WS for you to present a slightly different cropping.


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