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Red Crossbill

Red Crossbill
Photo Information
Copyright: Donald Lapointe (hibou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-12-30 13:16
Viewed: 3207
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Red Crossbill - Loxia curvirostra
The crossed mandibles of the bill of these unusual birds are specialized for opening pine cones. Holding the cone with one foot, the bird inserts its closed bill between the cone and the scales, pries the scales apart by opening its bill, and extracts the seed with its flexible tongue. Because of its dependence on pine seeds, the Red Crossbill is an erratic and nomadic species appearing in large numbers, then not appearing for several years. When the cone supply fails, these birds gather in flocks and may wander far from their normal haunts. They may breed almost anywhere, and, because their chosen food is available in winter, they commonly begin nesting as early as January, but have been found nesting in every month of the year.
description 5 1/4-6 1/2" (13-17 cm). Sparrow-sized. Mandibles crossed at tips. Male dusky brick red. Female gray tinged with dull green, brightest on rump.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-12-30 13:19]

Hi Donald,

I like this special bird. I saw it only twice in my whole life. You captured this one well. I like the pose and the blue background.


great capture, try to sharpen a little more and increse cotrast just a little, TFS Ori

Bonjour Donald
Très belle capture de cet oiseau: la netteté est pas mal, la position excellente!
Pas facile à attraper... Bravo!
Meilleures salutations et bonne année!

salut donald

très jolie ta photo je l'aime beaucoup


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  • Dejv Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (75)
  • [2006-12-30 14:38]

this is very nice shot.
good sharpes and colors!
TFS David

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-30 17:04]

Hello Donald , A Very good shot from this bird , good pose details colours sharpnes and nice blue sky ,Good Weekend And Happy New Year .Teunie .

Salut Donald,
Je suis bien contente de voir une de tes photos! Bravo pour ce beau portrait de cet oiseau que je n'ai jamais vu dans la réalité et qui semble être assez rare. J'aime beaucoup cette prise de vue et ces beaux détails. Je te souhaite une très bonne année et plein de photos pour 2007 ;-) Merci!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-31 6:18]

Hi Donald,
This is a species also found in Sweden and you have portrayed this female fairly sharply and present it well-composed and with good BG.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hi Donald,
well captured crossbild in lovely pose.
just perfectly presented on a treetop.
very nice subtle hues of colours in beautiful soft light.
Slight postwork sharpening might bring out the details of the bird just a bit more clearly -> tried a little WS.
Thank you!
Best regards,

Bonjour Donald
Superbe prise,j'adore cet oiseau. Cela fait ses semaines que j'essaie d'en voir ici et je n'en ai vue aucun ,pourtant c'était plein l'an passé ,même choses pour les durbec ses sapin. Bravo pour l'éclat des couleurs et les détails. Félicitations pour la pose sur cette branche en diagonale.

Merci et a bientôt....JP

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