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European Greenfinch

European Greenfinch
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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: 2006-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikon 500mm AF-S F4.0, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z Birds, Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-08 2:38
Viewed: 6678
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 96
[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.
I did crop a part, around 30%, from the right side to give the image a more square composition.

ISO speed rating 400.


From Wikipedia

The European Greenfinch, or just Greenfinch, Carduelis chloris, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. The genus Carduelis might be split up and in this case, the greenfinches would be separated in their old genus Chloris again.

This bird is widespread throughout Europe, north Africa and south west Asia. It is mainly resident, but some northernmost populations migrate further south. The Greenfinch has also been introduced into New Zealand.

Woodland edges, farmland hedges and gardens with relatively thick vegetation are favoured for breeding. It nests in trees or bushes, laying 3-8 eggs.

This species can form large flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixing with other finches and buntings. They feed largely on seeds, but also feed their young insects.

The Greenfinch is 14-16 cm in length and is similar in size and shape to a Chaffinch, but is mainly green, with yellow in the wings and tail. The female and young birds are duller and have brown tones on the back. The bill is thick and conical. The song contains wheezes and twitters, and the male has a "butterfly" display flight.


Chloris from the Greek Khloros meaning "greenish-yellow," "pale green," "pale," "pallid" or "fresh".

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments. Much appreciated.

Kind regards and have a nice day,


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hello harry,
very fine capture of the European Greenfinch. the image is very sharp with good details of the plumage, the colours are lovely, the bg is non distracting and looks great with the light and dark patches, the pose captured is very nice,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Harry,
I like the pose of this grönfink.
The picture is well composed with good POV and beautiful colours.
The DOF is almost perfect, the whole bird in focus and the BG
in nice OOF.
Well done.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-08-08 2:48]

Bonjour Harry
en voici une belle image particulièrement réussie. C'est coloré, avec des détails fins et un BG flou absolument divin.


hi harry,
excellent shot of this greenfinch ! a lovely pose.
fantastic sharpness, of course, and marvellous natural greenish colours.
perfect DOF and an harmonious soft BG.
very beautiful work !
thank you

Hallo Harry,
Een pracht foto met heerlijke frisse zachte kleuren. De pose van vink is super en bijna een beetje trots. De scherpte in de veren is erg indrukwekkend, geen detail is verloren gegaan. Belichting is top met een mooie reflectie in de ogen.

Hola Harry,
Preciosa imagen, la luz, el fondo y los colores son muy bellos, gran definición y bonita pose, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Helloo Harry, wonderfull shot of this greenfinch, absolutely perfect focus, with much of precise details, fantastic colors and background, I love the pose of the bird, cheer

A very professionally managed shot of a Greenfinch perching on a conifer branch, Mr Eggens.
The plumage of the bird has been captured very well in terms of colours and texture. Both the eyes of the bird are in sharp focus.
I like the way the BG echoes the green colour of the bird.
Well done and thanks for sharing the image.
Best regards.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-08 4:43]

Wonderful portrait of a bird. Nice colors and detail.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-08 5:04]

Hello Harry,
The technical qualities of this shot of a male Greenfinch are superb and as you have captured him with an interesting pose and composed the shot with a fine complementary BBG, once again you have come up trumps with this shot!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-08 5:09]

Hi Harry.
Of highest quality and expressiveness shot you have shared. I like everything: nice scenery, amazing pose of the majestic bird and wonderful twig, fantastic BG and tremendous exactness of detail reproduction. Cropping of the image is precise and composition outstanding as well as the picture at whole. My congratulations and BRAVO.

Super image
Well composed and exceptional sharpness and plumage detail.
Superior lens = superior image.
Excellent work


selam harry , excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely bird nice pov and bg with splendid colours.great work
Well done my friend !
Regards ridvan

Lovely super sharp Finch image, Harry.
The colors of the BG and pine needles compliment the bird well.
Great composition and POV.


fantastic greens!!!really special!!!

As crisp and clear as it gets. Great detail, color and BG!
Most excellent! Cheers, Klaus

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-08 8:52]

Hi Harry,

A magnificent capture of this Greenfinch. He looks quite elegant in this pose and with his facial expression. Beautiful colors and sharp details from head to toe. Lovely background.


Excellent details Harry, lovely pose here as well. If was to pick one thing that stands out most, it would be the BG colors that accent the bird so well.
Very well done!

Bravo Harry, image d'une très grande netteté, belle pose de ce greenfinch dont la couleur s'apparie merveilleusement bien avec le flou dégradé derrière.



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-08 12:32]

Hi Harry
Excellent capture.Very sharp with excellent POV.Perfect focus with nice details in the plumage.Colors and BG blur are aklso very nice.
TFS Michel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-08 12:42]

Hi Harry. This is one for the books as they say. excellent. the detail and sharp focusing is spot on. as with the colours. a very nice pose you have captured. it looks so fine against the back ground. very well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Harry,
Perfect sharpness with much details involved in your photo
well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-08 15:41]

Hola Harry,
preciosa captura,
color y bello pov,
sensacional trabajo,

Great photography work.
They sing quite lovely too.
Greetings from Canada.

This is the reason I want a longer lens now. Sure like the quality you are achieving with this 500mm.Stunning details and compo Harry.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-09 0:26]

Hi Harry

Great pose (as usual), plus exposure, focus etc spot-on.

James ;)

Hello Harry,
So here we have an European Greenfinch :) Perfctly composed photo with very good DOF and wonderful colouration. Bravo for details, blurred BG and sharpness. It is a great pleasure to watch this image.
By the way, one technical question. You noted that 400ISO was used, but why do you prefer this and not eg. 200?
Best greetings,

Hi Harry,
WOW!!! The color and detail of this photo are amazing. Excellent POV and pose. You caught it at just the right moment. Very well done.


I've some of this guys in my back garden but never succeded in take such a great shot!
Light and green Bg work fine here!
Well done and TFS.
See tomorrow for another picture...

(sorry for my bad english)

Hi Harry,
This is one of the best an a nice capture of a bird i have seen. The details and the exposure and too good. It has a kind of 3D effect on it.

Your a professional in every way. This work is as I would say for all of your work. No better can be said...nor done...although perhaps there is no such thing as "better"...


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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-08-09 19:01]

Hi Harry,
Very nice posting. Original pose of the bird, a bit funny. Colours and details perfect. Very pleasant picture. TFS
Regards, Mario

hello HARRY
et bien lui n'a pas peur du photographe!!
excellent travail, belle prise, netteté et couleurs parfaites, merci, amitiès

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-10 6:02]

Hello Harry,
Lovely capture of this Greenfinch watching you intensely! Very sharp details and fine natural colours. Beautiful matching soft background and a lovely composition. This is quite common here and I like its song!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Focus, sharpness and details are very good. Well captured, thank you.
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-10 20:53]

Hello Harry

A superb portrait of this finch.The clarity is wonderful with razor sharp focus and details.The overall colours and palette match so well.They are deep and vivid.The eye contact is well done,with excellent catch light...this bird is interested in what you are doing.Nicely done.TFS


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-11 0:27]

Hi Harry,
this Greenfinch seems to have such attitude in that pose! Wonderful sharp detail and a whole range of greens throughout...very well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-11 1:10]

Hello Harry,
What a curious and unusual pose of this Greenfinch. The sharpness of the picture is excellent, we can see every single feather. Very harmonious colours too for the whole picture with a suitable blurred background. Great work.
Bon weekend

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-11 1:45]

Hi Harry,
Pose is lovely,he looks so proud :o) Background colors, focus, sharpness, exposure control, composition and POV look very good. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-08-11 3:54]

selam Harry
congratulations i see wonderful capturing of this cute and beautiful greenfinch
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details, framing and informative note are great
thanks for sharing

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-13 8:24]

Hello Harry, wow very sharp shot, very well composed, good light and great pose. thanks,


Dazzlingly beautiful!
TFS Harry

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-08-17 23:14]

Hello Harry,
Beautiful capture of Greenfinch. Good details of the plumage and excellent sharpness. lovely colours. Perfect POV and DOF. I liked the way you captured it looking towards your side.
Thanks for the share,

Genial encuadre y ajustada exposición.
Perfectos colores muy bien definidos.
Buena nota.
Un saludo, JL.

Wow Harry, how did I miss this one. I think sometimes a reasonably drab bird does not look so good on the thumbnail, but when you open it up it is transformed. This is so nice, I can't see a single nit. Deserves to go into my favourites. Well done.


Hi Harry,
Magnificent capture
I like background a lot,
Sharpness,details and colors are perfect
Well done

Hello Harry,
That attentive fellow gives you a great pose!
And you make the most of it, cpomposition is grea with superb reproduction of the plumage...
Good natural colours and a background to enhance the subject!
Inclusion of the evergreen works well with me...
Pablo -

Hallo Harry
You have such a range of excellent photos in your gallery; I found it difficult to choose which one I would award the smiley. They are ALL just wonderful and I'll have to return every now and again. You have captured this European Greenfinch in a wonderful close up pose. It looks like a mischievous little bird. The different colours of layered plumage are vivid and very bright and the details of the beak and big black eyes displayed well. I like the way it is pouting its beak. The framing and composition are lovely. A pleasant image with great natural colours and light. The colour of your background highlights the details of the bird well. Thank you very much for sharing. I enjoyed this one, as this is a lovely bird. Kind regards

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