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Swedish Parrot

Swedish Parrot
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-09 5:43
Viewed: 3335
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today a second posting of my meeting with the parrot crossbill last week in the forest,it was as said before a cloudy day and I used fillflash to brighten some things up,however the crossbill is not that good shown in this upload,I like the fact how he sits between the pincones,hope you like it as well.

Parrot Crossbill

This bird gets its name from the parrot-like proportions of its massive bill. In all plumages it looks very much like a Crossbill and therefore can only be identified by looking carefully at the exact shape of its bill. Apart from being bigger, the bill also looks squarer since it is deeper, relatively shorter and angled more vertically at the tips. The lower mandible has an obvious bulge which gives the bill a distorted look.

Breeds and winters in coniferous plantations and woodlands with a preference for pines.

A resident but dispersive bird, prone to large-scale irruptions.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-09 5:58]

Hej Paul,
I never tire of seeing these beautiful birds, the colour of this male is lovely! I like its pose above the pine cones too, but I expect he's just spotted a female above! :-)
A fine composition!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hola Paul.
Una bonita y colorida imagen.
Bellos detalles e interesante nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Hello Paul,

Excellent capture of this bird. Wonderful composition. Good sharpness. Very nice light and great colours.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-09 6:48]

Hi Paul,
I will be back.


I like this image and the fact you have captured it with all the green around it,
Nice job,
Great detail,


Bonjour Paul
Très belle prise, bonne netteté, couleurs et cadrage, excellente gestion de l'exposition, beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Paul
Excellent shot of this Swedish Parrot,
This is a new spieces for me :O)
Perfect focusing,composition and POV,Welldone my friend.


  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-09 16:27]

Hi Paul,
Nice shot!
Good compo!

PTS tomorrow :-)

Hi Paul,
I think the bird looks great with the pine cones and evergreen, they provide excellent natural framing. I like the POV and birds pose, as it looks up into the top left corner. Very good detail/DOF, and the colors look good even with the fill flash..
Well done!

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