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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Chaffinch's, A - Z Birds, Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-29 7:30
Viewed: 5256
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
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The Chaffinch

I like this shot of the Chaffinch but I'm not happy with the Branch as its a bit dark but we can't help where our subjects land and at least there isn't one infront of the Chaffinch, who was singing his heart out

Listen to his Song

Some info...

The Chaffinch, (Fringilla coelebs), is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. Its large double white wing bars, white tail edges and greenish rump easily identify this 14-16 cm long species. The breeding male is unmistakable, with his reddish underparts and a grey cap. The female is drabber and greener, but still obvious.

This bird is widespread and very familiar throughout Europe. It is the most common finch in western Europe. Its range extends into western Asia, northwestern Africa, the Canary Islands and Madeira. On Tenerife and Gran Canaria, it coexists with its sister species, the endemic Blue Chaffinch.


It uses a range of habitats, but open woodland is favoured, although it is common in gardens and on farmland. It builds its nest in a tree fork, and decorates the exterior with moss or lichen to make it less conspicuous. It lays about six eggs.

This bird is not migratory in the milder parts of its range, but vacates the colder regions in winter. The coelebs part of its name means "bachelor". This species was named by Linnaeus; in his home country of Sweden, where the females depart in winter, but the males often remain. This species forms loose flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with Bramblings. This bird occasionally strays to eastern North America, although some sightings may be escapees.

The food of the Chaffinch is seeds, but unlike most finches, the young are fed extensively on insects.

The powerful song is very well known, and its fink or vink sounding call gives the finch family its English name. Males typically sing two or three different song types, and there are regional dialects too.
The acquisition by the young Chaffinch of its song was the subject of an influential study by British ethologist William Thorpe. Thorpe determined that if the Chaffinch is not exposed to the adult male's song during a certain critical period after hatching, it will never properly learn the song. He also found that in adult Chaffinches, castration eliminates song, but injection of testosterone induces such birds to sing even in November, when they are normally silent (Thorpe 1958).

Note from Wilkipedia.com Song from R.S.P.B Website

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  • Necipp Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1110 W: 15 N: 21] (100)
  • [2007-04-29 7:41]
  • [2]

Wow Hilary you nailed this shot It very good perfect timing with the open beak excellent viewpoint and lovely pose. Excellent detail, good focus, lovely light, Great composition well done! best rgds Necip.

Hi Hilary,
Magnificent tshot of this chaffinch!
I like so much the sharpness of this image, details got are so clear, so we can enjoy the colours and the plumage.
Very good also your POV and the pose of the bird catched, with the open beak.
I like very much also the composition made with all the branches here.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Wow Hil! I think that this is one of your best birds picture so far! I love this moment caught as I almost can hear him sing, those beautiful colors, details and exposure. You also had great POV and this branch doesn't disturb me at all. This is s superb post, congratulations!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-29 10:17]

Hi Hilary.
This is excellent capture with amazing clear and vivid colors.I really like your beautiful composition with very nice pose of this bird on branch.Perfect point of view pretty showing openned beak and fine sharp details on plumage.Superb blue sky in background fine contrasts with colourfulness bird.Mine admiration for this your amazing presentation and thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

Hi Hil,
I think you have captured Caruso ;-)
Good action of the singing bird.
Well exposed and with good details.
Well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-29 11:42]

Hi Hilary,

I love singing birds and this is marvelous! Beautiful pose - sharp details - gorgeous colors - lovely setting.


Hi Hilary,
that's wonderful, such a lovely moment.
I like the colours and the excellent sharpness, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very attractive capture of Chaffinch, Hilary.
The bird looks divinely beautiful in the shapely crook of the branch.
The sky provides a wonderful BG.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-29 14:11]
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Hello Hilary,
Superb capture of a singing Chaffinch, with fine sharpness, lighting , nice blue sky BG, all set in a pleasing Compo.
Very fine shot!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-29 16:05]
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Hi Hilary, what a very good shot of the male Chaffinch.very good colour and detail with good light. nice compostin and POv. well done.TFs..

Great timing Hilary...Always like to see common birds singing...kinda lifts the picture. Technicals are good and colour nice and strong. There's a little mark on the end of top bill that needs taking care of. Like this...feels so real.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-29 16:16]

Hello Hil

A happy little bird,well captured ,I can imagine him singing his cheery song.Excellent DOF and POV.The colours are well saturated and you have captured excellent catch light.Nicely composed in the frame.TFS


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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-04-29 16:32]

Hi Hilary,
Beautiful shot! Hi Rick,
Beautiful shot! All looks perfect: pose, details, colors….
TFS, Mario.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-29 18:14]

Hello Hilary,
Superb capture of this very happy bird, fantastic sharpness, wonderful; colors all in a beautiful composition.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-29 21:19]

Hello Hilary
Nice capture Of that finch.Very nice details and colors.Excellent POV.
TFS Michel

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-30 4:15]


The sharpness is good and shot it in singing show. TFS.


bonjour hilary
magnifique,avec le bec ouvert cela ajoute de la vie a cette photo tres reussi,pov couleur et netteté.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-30 8:43]

Hi Hilary

What a lovely capture!
The pose of this cute chaffinch here is exeptional and you timing was impeccable!
The details are very nice and sharp and the colors very beautifully saturated.
A lovely composition, too, with a predominant blue sky in the BG.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Hilary
Superbe composition tout s'hamonise bien, le BG, l'oiseau et la branche ou il est posé. Les couleurs et la netteté sont aussi parfaites.

Félicitation et bonne journée...JP

Hi Hil

I don't find the branch distracting at all. Lovely pose and nice POV. Very sweet (I treid a very subtle workshop just to try and lighten the branch a bit..I didn't do too much as I like the shot as it is)



Hi Hilary,
It's a magnificent shot of this beautiful bird with good point of view, beautiful colors and nice blue sky on background.

Well done

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-03 11:54]

Hi Hilary,
Focus, composition, details, lighting and colors are very nice. TFS

Magnifiques détails, superbe composition et couleurs.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-06 6:47]

Hi Hilary.
Reproduction of this beautiful bird is simply brilliant. Bravo. Superb done. Clearness and richness of the colours, exactness of the shapes and details are amazing. I also like the pictured scene at whole and composition of the shot. My compliments and TFS.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-05-13 4:40]

What a beautiful bird,lovely colours&details are awesome!!TFS!

hello Hilary

j'aimes beaucoup les photo où il y a du mouvement,
ici c'est le cas, mouvement du bec, photo prise au bon moment
et j'aimes aussi beaucoup de l'angle que la photo ai prise


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