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Evening Grosbeak male 1

Evening Grosbeak male 1
Photo Information
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: 2006-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/280 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-27 20:27
Viewed: 3015
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Evening Grosbeak
Coccothraustes vespertinus

General Description

By Nora Bryan

The Evening Grosbeak is a year-round Alberta resident, usually in the northern half of the Province, but may be found in the southern mountains and the Cypress Hills as well. This big-beaked bird is a common winter visitor to central and southern Alberta towns and cities.

Any type of deciduous, coniferous or mixed woods provides suitable breeding habitat for this distinctive yellow and black member of the finch family. In winter, flocks of these gregarious grosbeaks favour yards with suitable cover and platform feeders stocked reliably with sunflower seeds.

When not stuffing themselves at winter feeders, grosbeaks use their specialized beaks to crack the winged seeds of Manitoba maple (boxelder) and green ash trees. In spring, swelling buds of poplar and willow are relished, and in summer and fall, the birds gorge on the ripening berries of pincherry, Saskatoons and other juicy morsels.

A nest of twigs, roots, lichens and mosses lined with soft materials is constructed at the end of a tree branch. Two to five bluish green darkly flecked eggs are incubated for up to 14 days, and young are fledged in another two seeks.

Juyona, kojak, scottevers7, wkshelton, pvb, XOTAELE, Silvio2006, jrubiocasado, thistle, Alex99, dew77, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Excellent picture! Looks like you put most of the focus on the bird. Very smary!

thumbs up,

Bonjour JeanPaul!
What a great composition! Sharp and clean details, perfect POV, nice DOF, well seperate main object from blurry BG. All are the best. Congratulations my dear friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-28 1:25]

Hello JeanPaul,
Great natural portrait of the Evening Grosbeak. Nice that you still have light to take such good shots!
This is sharp with fine POV and well composed.
Bravo, mon ami!

hi jean paul,
nice shot,
well composed,
nice pov, god dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-28 4:26]

Hola Jeanpaul, hermoso pájaro y excelente captura, buenos detalles y encuadre agradable, saludos

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2006-12-28 5:37]

Beautifull macro, astonishing details, very nice framing.
Thanks for sharing, I like it a lot!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-28 6:12]

Where do you find all of these gorgeous birds. Another stunning image. Lovely pose, excellent composition and nice colours. Perfect POV



bonjour JEAN PAUL
excellente présentation et description de cet oiseau, curieuse espèce, mais tres beau en couleurs nettes, bravo, bon travail

Hi JeanPaul,
An excellent shot on this male Evening Grosbeak. Nice quality light and a good exposure have the colors looking great. Nice detail with overall good composition and framing on the shot. A very colorful and handsome fellow.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-28 7:38]

Hello JeanPaul!
Brilliant image depicting an almost transparent bird! Nice focus and beautiful colours. Are you using additional light from below?
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello JP,

Excllent work, Great shot perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo perfect detai svery crisp, nicly composed photo

TFS Kyle

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-28 12:07]

Wow Jeanpaul,
Beautiful species you have there. Never seen this one before, beautiful coloured bird. Great composition. Sharp and clear as always. I think this is on the same branch as your previous post. Is this in your garden?
tfs Paula

Hi Jeanpaul, an other splendid photo, lovely bird in great pose, wonderful colors very well done, BRAVO! ciao Silvio

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2006-12-28 17:33]

podoba sie to zdjecie, troche tlo szumi ale calosc bardzo dobra, pozdrawiam

Hols Jeanpaul
Muy buen retrato de este picogordo, que es pariente de nuestro picogordo Coccothraustes coccothraustes al cual le tengo muchas ganas.
Un saludo y gran foto.

Hello Jeanpaul,
Lovely picture of this bird! I like the natural fel to it. The details are very good. Framing seems to break some rules ;-) but I like it because it allows to see some of this very interesting BG.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-29 6:49]

Hi Jean Paul.
You managed to capture a very nice specimen of this bird species. Excellent plumage and colours, perfect condition of state, solid look, assured pose. The scenery, as always for your shots of this series, is wonderful. May be a weak noise is noticeable a bit. But this is not a problem at all. I like the bright lighting of your picture so much too. Superb done and TFS.

bonjour JP
la note est excellente et instructive.
c'est un oiseau coloré que je n'avais jamais vu,un point de vu interressant et une bonne netteté.
par contre je trouve le BG trop bruité.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-29 15:26]

Hello Jean Paul,
Very nice capture.POV,clear eyes,pose of bide and use of backlight are wonderful.Excellent work!

Precioso pájaro. Muy buenos detalles. La luz es inmejorable, perfecto encuadre .
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-03 20:06]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

superbe cliché de ce gros bec. On dirait qu'il a pris une pose à votre demande. BRAVO

Bonsoir Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de ce Gros Bec, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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