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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-24 8:34
Viewed: 2924
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Sorry for not being active here lately, I was pretty occupied with the Fomula One pictures so her's one from the archives, a shot of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus, 20cm) taken in the garden.

From Cornell:

The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, boldly patterned in black, white, and rose, is easily identified. The drab, striped female, however, is more of a challenge, resembling a large sparrow or finch. A common bird of forests and second growth, the grosbeak's song is like that of the robin, only as sung by an opera singer, being mellower and more sweetly melodic.
Medium-sized, stocky songbird.
Large, thick, pale, cone-shaped bill.
White flash in wings in flight.
Male distinctive with black hood, red chest, and white belly.
Size: 18-21 cm (7-8 in)
Wingspan: 29-33 cm (11-13 in)
Weight: 39-49 g (1.38-1.73 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male strikingly colored, with black back and hood, red chest, white rump and belly. Female streaked brown and white.
Song a slow, rich warble, like a robin that has taken singing lessons. Call a sharp "squeak," like a sneaker on a gym floor.
Conservation Status
Common. No significant changes in populations noted.
Other Names
Cardinal à poitrine rose (French)
Picogrueso pechirrosado (Spanish)
Cool Facts
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak hybridizes with the Black-headed Grosbeak where their ranges overlap in the Great Plains. Hybrids can look like either parent species, or be intermediate in pattern, with various combinations of pink, orange, and black. Hybridization occurs most often where the densities of both species are low, and only rarely when densities are high.
In areas of overlap with the Black-headed Grosbeak, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks responded equally to songs of both species. When presented with mounted birds, however, they attacked the Rose-breasted Grosbeak mount more. The males directed their attacks primarily at the white rump and flanks of the model, suggesting that the white rump is a more important stimulus than the red chest.
The nest of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is so thinly constructed that eggs often can be seen from below through the nest.
The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak participates in incubation of the eggs, accounting for about 1/3 of the time during the day (the female incubates over night). Both sexes sing quietly to each other when they exchange places. The male will sing his normal song while near or actually on the nest.

nglen, PaulH, jaycee, uleko, Argus, maurydv, Luis52, CeltickRanger, goldyrs, mayuresh, sranjan, Alex99, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-24 8:39]

Hi Mario. Good to see you around , hope you are well. A nice shot of the Grosbeak. good detail and colours in the feathers. A good pov showing the eye. well done tFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-24 8:40]

Hi Mario,
very nice image to have lying around in your archives! Great composition, details, colours and DOF..it's all there as usual.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-24 8:48]

Hello Mario,
Nice to see you back and with a really good-looking bird that you've captured so well in the fine light and against a dark background.
Lovely details and colours and a beautiful composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-24 8:49]

Hi Mario,

It's so nice to see a post from you - you've been missed. A beautiful Grosbeak from your archives. Perfect - as are all of your shots. Immaculate details, deep rich colors, excellent pose, superb background and marvelous composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-24 9:12]

Hello Mario,
This Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a real beauty to have in your garden and you have made a fine sharp capture of it in excellent lighting so that it shows up even against an unfavourable BG.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Bonjour Mario,
Belle prise de vue de ce cardinal à poitrine rose, superbe cliché et composition avec un belle netteté et couleurs, un oiseau inconnu pour moi. supers. belle note..

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-24 10:13]

Hi Mario
this is very nice image
exellent sharp and detail
very ell done.

Hi Mario
Good to see you back with this cool guy. Well done and TFS

Hi Mario, amazing details, stunning colours. This is an excellent composition. The focus is spot on and it is a lovely capture. regards h

Stupendo ritratto di questo bellissimo uccello, eccellente composizione con la splendida posa e BG scuro, straordinaria nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, fantastici i colori e i contrasti di luce. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-24 13:55]

Salut Mario and welcome back,your birds are always fantastics,fanatstics colors,details and note,i hope to see you again as old times..ehehhe...have a nice day,Luciano


I a hurry a just marking excellent pictures today. Be back later.



salut Mario

content de revoir de tes images, excellente image
de ce Cardinal à poitrine rose, avec un excellent POV, DOF
et surtout le cadrage, belle luminosité de l'avant-plan
avec d'excellentes netteté et détails, TFS


Superb shot, Sir!
I love the pose you've captured!
Excellent timing!

Hi Mario, splendid bird in great pose, fantastic colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-25 2:15]

Hello Mario
How fantastic to see you again. I am rather scarce of time of late too, so I miss many chances to see and comment too. But now I have the luck to see this marvell of yours. How beautiful and perfectly captured!! I love the colors, perfect clear details and excellent composition.
I really love it.
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

Hello Mrio,
superb shot of beautiful rose-breasted grosbeak,what a lovely colours and you have captured it very well,nice composition and pov,

Hi Mario
Nice to see you back and post another wonderful crystal clear image of this Rose Breasted Grosebeak
Razor sharp with lovely contrasting color
tfs jon

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-25 6:55]

Hola Mario.
Imagen de gran calidad y nitidez. La pose de este colorido pajarillo es exelente luciendo su gran pico. Muy hermosa foto Mario.

Ola Mario
Belissima ave capturada nesta foto, suas cores são realmente impressionates, anitidez da foto ficou perfeita e a luminosidade tambem.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-25 10:19]

Hello Mario,
Your photos have a high quality! So is this one. Wonderful shot in a perfect pose. The black BG is very beautiful here. Excellent sharpness, details, POV and colours. And that all in a great composition.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-25 13:28]

Great capture of this pretty bird.
Excellent composition and eye-level POV.
Superb DOF.
Great light.
Good to see you back, I hope you're alright :-)

Well done,

p.s did you see the photo I dedicated to you?

Hello Mario,
One of the finest images of this bird ever seen ! Great job.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-26 22:44]

Hi Mario.
Fantastic quality of a shot of a perfect subject. I am impressed with colour and detail reproduction of the white and black features of the bird as well as of all attractive features of the beauty. Framing and composition are so fine. Great example of shooting of difficult scenes. Bravo.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-29 8:32]

Hi Mario,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Rose-breasted Grosbeak with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours on its plumage. Superb handling of light and exposure and you have captured it in a fine pose. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Bonjour Mario.

Le cardinal à poitrine rose sur la branche semble regarder au loin. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de ses plumes. L'image est claire et nette. La qualité de la lumière rehausse les couleurs. Bonne journée.


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