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Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-17 16:56
Viewed: 2820
Points: 6
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From my trip to Kodiak Island.
The reddish-colored Pine Grosbeak is a plump and stocky finch. At 8-10″¯ tall it is our largest Grosbeak, around the size of a Robin. It has unusual throat pouches where it can store food. When it is able to find a good source of food, it fills its pouch up! We found the Pine Grosbeak at a feeder when we visited Alaska. Sunflower seeds seemed to be an easy favorite! Luckily for us, it is a calm, tame bird and can be approached to photograph.

The male is varying shades rosy red and has dark wings with 2 white wing bars. The female is gray with an olive head and rump. Her wings are blackish with narrow white edging and wing bars. Both have a large stubby, cone shaped bills, and dark notched tails. The immature male is like the female but has a little red on its head and rump.

Range and Habitat
The Pine Grosbeak in usually found in spruce forests in northern Alaska, across Canada, and south to California, Arizona and New Mexico. In winter it is found in deciduous woods, orchards, and in suburban shade trees. Most of these birds stay in the same area throughout the year; however, a shortage of food can cause them to move to other areas.

The Pine Grosbeak is gregarious and can be found living in large flocks of up to 100 birds. It uses quiet calls to keep in touch with the flock which sounds like a soft “tew, tew, tew”¯. Some say the Pine Grosbeak sounds like the Greater Yellowlegs. It feeds on fruit and tree buds, but is often found foraging on the ground for seeds and insects. You may also see it at backyard feeders in its range.

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Hello Peter,
In one word: FANTASTIC!!

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-04-18 12:49]

superb! thanks for sharing

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-04-18 14:19]

Hola Peter.
Great photo in all aspects.

Hi Peter,
This is outstanding Peter. Fantistic red color, focus, eye contact and the great pose really makes this image. I love your birds, keep up the good work and well done.

Probably the best shot I've seen of a Pine Grosbeak. A good overall focus and a nice side profile. You even managed a catcheye expression. Nice! TFS Trevor

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