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Male Chaffinch

Male Chaffinch
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Copyright: Harry Eggens (Proframe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 500mm AF-S F4.0, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 4:55
Viewed: 6309
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all I would like to thank each and everyone for taken a look at and comments wrote to my previous uploads. Much appreciated.

This shot I did take from a hide in the woods of the Province of Nord Trondelag in Norway.
The Chaffinch was sitting on an old tree trunk quite far away from the hide and although I also had attached the TC14E converter between camera and 500mm lens this is a 1/4th crop from the original image.
ISO speed rating 400.


From Wikipedia

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 blue-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.1 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).

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments.

Warm regards and have a nice weekend,


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Its better not to put any comments because shot wise , composition wise nothing left for the critiques.

Very good colours and very good pose of this lovely Chaffinch, the BG is great.
The crop is little bit substantial.

Hello Harry,
This is a colorful bird. Lovely pov and well composed photo. Perfect exposure and nice off background. TFS this attractive photo.

Hi Harry,
Lovely BG and well saturated colors..
Very good DOF, exposure, and sharp details. Excellent pose, POV, and composition as well. Great notes,
Very well done.

Hi Harry,
this chaffinch is beautiful and standout well from the nice BG.
Lovely colours and good dertails.
Fine composition, POV and pose.
Well done.

Have a nice weekend.

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

Félicitation et bonne journée...JP

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-07 6:49]

Hello Harry,
Beautiful intensive colours. Perfect details, POV, composition and BG.

Hello Harry
Very nice shot of this male Chaffinch,
Great focusing,lighting and Process,
Fantastic colors and sharpness,Superb shot,

Good Luck

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-07 7:48]

Hello Harry,
Very fine capture of this male Chaffinch in a nice pose. All in focus showing great details and fine colours. Lovely background setting it off too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Harry, lovely bird in great pose with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-07 8:17]

Hi Harry,

Exquisite! Absolutely picture perfect. Excellent image of the Chaffinch in a wonderful pose with a wonderful facial expression. Beautiful colors - sharp details - perfect background. A wonderful composition.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-07 8:38]

Hi Harry,
Very good capture of this chaffinch. I like the pose your model is in with his beak open.
Good composition and pov. Nice and sharp and fine details.
TFS Paula

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-07-07 11:45]

Hello Harry
Excellent capture.Sharp iamege with nice colors,I like the POV and the BG is excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-07-07 13:04]

Hoi Harrie, erg mooi plaatje wederom. Mooie blur op de achtergrond en fijne details.
Goed weekend. Groet reina

Ha Harry,

Ondanks de afstand toch een fantastisch plaatje
Scherpte en kleuren zijn perfect
de pose van deze vink is Super

TFS Thijs

Hello Harry,
I like your shots, not only beautiful but made to teacha bout nature. Good note. Well realized.

beautiful portrait of chaffinch,very well taken.

Hi Harry
2 things are outstanding: perfect compo and great colour management (recalling my good old Kodachrome 64!)!
Together with a very pleasant BG and good catchlight in the eye we have another stunning picture.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-08 12:31]

Hi Harry,
a great shot.
Sharp and detailed with a brilliant DOF.
Well done,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-07-08 15:52]

Harry, there seems to some noite on the bg, but this is a minor nit.

Great image with excellent colors and composition.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-08 23:37]

Hi Harry

A lovely pose with great focus and colour. The BG really brings out the detail in the bird.


Hello Harry,
Fantastic colourfull bird. Smooth BG, nice composition. Sharpness is outstanding.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-09 8:53]

A real beauty, Harry!
This is one of the best shots that I have seen of a male Chaffinch. Everything about it is first class: the pose, lighting ,BG sharpness and composition.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-09 13:50]

Hi Harry,
There is a lot to like about your Chaffinch photo. Outstanding composition, rich, well saturated colors against great background, very nice light, good focus, and character in the bird's pose.
Best Wishes,

Hello Harry,
This is a beautiful portrait of this colorful fellow! Details, composition, colors and exposure are very nice. Congrats also for this nice BG and catch-light. Well done,

Hello Harry a lovely shot good details and focus, nice clean background good POV and angle tfs Best rgds Necip.

I am really liking this blur you get from the lens. The compo is outstanding and at this distance the details are very good.I am thinking on that 400 2.8 now, but note this lens you have does incredible too.
Have a good week.!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-10 2:08]

Hi Harry,
wow, it's almost 3D! Fantastic colour and sharpness with a great pose too. Very well done!
'I'll be back' :o)

Pretty outstanding shot you have here Harry. Good balance with the bird countering the lean of the perch. Colours are good and detail crisp. Best, Brat.

Hola Harry,
Excelente captura de este bonito y pequeńo pájaro silvestre, la composición es muy buena con la pose, la nitidez, el POV y el BG, saludos
José Ramón

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-10 20:27]

Hello Harry

I don't get tired of looking at this beautiful image.The DOF and POV are excellent.The composition is fantastic.Razor sharp detail and spot on focus.The colours are vivid and the OOF BG is beautiful.TFS


Belle photo de cet oiseau avec son bec ouvert et son regard vers vous.Bonne netteté et derričre beau flouqui le fait ressortir mieu. Jolies couleurs. Amitiés Thomas

Hello Harry,
Very nice capture of this beautiful passerine, it really stands out beautifully on the green background. :)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-07-13 16:41]

Hi Harry,
such a lovely composition, the bird is giving you a perfect pose and the neutral BG does sho off its beauty without any distraction.

Very sharp, beautiful photo with the bird caught at the right moment.

Congrats, Harry.
I photographed one in...you never guess...yes.. in 'de Beekse Bergen'.
Your image is very good; I do like the pose and the composition.
Well done!

What a nice pose Harry. Wonderful colors, superb details. sharpness, composition, POV and BG great. good notes. TFS
well done

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-07-21 6:14]

hello Harry
whats a beautiful and cute chaffinch that was giving nice artistic pose to you
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details, framing and note are great
thanks for sharing

Hi Harry,
Great capture of this beautiful bird.
Excellelnt sharpness and details.
The POV and colors are outstanding.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-07-29 19:06]

Great bokeh and awesome composition. The pearch is great and the details are awesome. Great contrast and colors.


Hello Harry, I love your gallery, simply outstanding !!!!
many thanks for shared

Hi Harry

This is stunning. Love the colours. Very nicely composed. Good catchlight in the eye. Nice camera work. :-)

Hi Harry,
It's good to meet You here, too (beside TL). Fortunately You keep the level we used to get from You on TrekLens. Beautiful shot with stunning colours and perfect sharpness. Congrats as always, Harry. Regards from Hongrije, László

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-22 6:33]

Hello Harry ! A beautiful bird (no bird like this one here in Canada) sitting on a very decorative stand. Very sharp image, great background and absolute gorgeous pose of the Chaffinch ! Thanks,



An excellent photo, and deserves every point you have received and will receive in the future. Well done! You have a magnificent portfolio filled with splendid photos, this Chaffinch no exception.
10 out of 10 and definitely a favourite of mine. Wonderful image of this fine-looking bird. Everything is just right. Colours, background, setting, mood and of course the talent of the photographer. As I said, everything is just right.
Thank you for sharing, and have a good day!
ps. The interesting note, is more than right too!

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