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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: 2008-02-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-17 17:58
Viewed: 3888
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Common Redpoll male (Carduelis flammea 13 cm) stands on a pine tree branch of the boreal forest of Montmorency north of Quebec City last winter.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
An abundant breeding bird of the boreal and taiga regions, the Common Redpoll is seen in North America primarily only in the winter. Even then, it generally occurs during irruptions, typically every other year.
Cool Facts
Redpolls have throat pouches for temporarily storing seeds. They may fill their pouches with seeds quickly then fly away to swallow the seeds in a more protected, warmer spot.
Size: 12-14 cm (5-6 in)
Wingspan: 19-22 cm (7-9 in)
Weight: 11-20 g (0.39-0.71 ounces)
A very small finch.
Bill small and conical.
Chin black.
Forehead red.
Body pale brown and streaky.
Wings and tail dark.
Two white wingbars on each wing.
Pink to deep pink wash across chest.
Sex Differences
Male pink on chest and less streaked, female without pink and heavily streaked.
Crown bright red. Chin and lores black. Upperparts dark with pale edges; edges wear off through spring. Wings and tail blackish-brown. Wingbars broad and white. Lower back and rump paler and less streaked than upper back. Rump, cheeks and breast red or pink. Flanks with lines of dark streaks. Undertail coverts usually with dark centers and broad pale edges. Rest of underparts white or buffy.
Similar to male, but darker and streakier. Little or no red, except on crown.
Immature male resembles adult female.
Similar Species
Pine Siskin more streaked, without red, without black bib. Yellow in wings.
Hoary Redpoll difficult to distinguish, but larger, frostier, with smaller bill and less streaking. Hoary rump white without streaks. Undertail coverts have little to no black markings. Note that Common Redpolls can look similar, and that the streaking on the undertail coverts is often hidden by the white of the overlapping feathers.
Call is a series of chittering notes with some rising, questioning notes.
Breeds in open subarctic coniferous forest and scrub. Avoids dense forests.
Winters in open woodland and scrub, weedy fields, and suburban and urban areas.
Very small seeds, such as birch, willow, alder, grasses, and weeds. Also arthropods in summer.
Feeds on small branches, often hanging upside down. Uses feet to hold food items. Frequently visits bird feeders, especially thistle feeders.
Not listed as threatened or endangered.
Other Names
Sizerin flammé (French)
Pardillo sizer�n (Spanish)

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Bonjour Mario,
Une photo très bonne, j'aime beaucoup le plumes souillé de blanc, qu'elle combine très bien avec l'environnement branches et neige, il paraît comme s'il avait de la glace dans les plumes. Le rapprochement et la clarté sont de première qualité ; pour délimiter seulement je vois un peu je tracasse le brillant de la neige sous l'oiseau, mais le reste est dix points.

You absolutely must read what my kid did the other day...I think it is in today's image...and your photo here is the antithesis of my story. It is now 102 degrees F as I type and it is already 6 o'clock....I LOVE THIS Snowy shot Mario..thanks., I needed it!

hello mario,
its really refreshing, you have captured Common Redpoll male very well in this fine capture, the composition is good and the all the snow makes the shot even beautiful, good details of the plumage,
well done,
tfs & regards

Such a beautiful presentation, Mario - it makes me think of Christmas. Details are perfect, as always, but this one is more precious because of the mood it evokes in me. Cheers! Penny

indeed very much refreshing! its 33 degrees here, we miss winter! TFS Ori

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-08-17 23:06]

Merhaba Mario,
Harika bir kompozisyon. Renkler, kontrast netlik ve detaylar super olmuş. Eline sağlık.

Hi, Mario,

great capture with excellent details and composition! wow, this looks like a perfect Christmas card to me : ) thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-18 1:18]

It's a lovely Christmas scene - the snow looks like cotton wool.
And what a dear little bird sitting there so fluffy and warm - I hope!
It's a brilliant capture of this bird, Mario, and I love the colours.

Bonjour Mario,

Excellent photo de ce sizerin. Bonne exposition. Bonne netteté et superbes couleurs. On n'a pas vraiment besoin de fraicheur ici :-), je pense que l'été n'a pas encore commencé :-( .

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-18 4:53]

Hello mario, A very interesting bird. Excellent note and strong focus and presentation. Nicely sorrounded by natural environment and good lighting. GAnesh

Hi Mario,
A beauty. I mean not only the bird, but also the photo. The way the read feathers seem to pop out of the almost white winter scenery is stunning. Your control on both composition and sharpness are, as always, superb.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-18 13:26]

Hi mario. When i first saw this i thought winter had arrived back with you till i looked at the date. We have it all to look forward to soon. A good winter shot of the cold looking Redpoll. which you have taken with fine detail and colour. well done TFS.

Hi Mario,

What a wonderful image, the detail is amazing, beautiful colours, perfect exposure, this really is a perfect Christmas Card shot, just beautiful, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Words are inadequate to admire the beauty of this image, Mario.
The red of the Common Redpoll is the heart and soul of this picture taken against the background of snow.
The OOF branches of the tree also contribute a great deal to the appeal of this lovely composition.
Thanks and regards.

Bonjour Mario,
Tres belle photo comme d'habitude, il semble avoir bien froid ce pauvre sizerin !

What a cpature...A perfectly focused and composed shot.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-08-20 12:47]

Bonjour Mario
Très belle capture, superbes couleurs et bonne netteté, image bien cadrée, très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Merhaba Mario,pek de şirin bir duruşu var.Renkleri çok güzel,ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

Bonjour Mario,

Ce sizerin flammé semble gonfler ses plumes pour se protéger du froid. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs des plumes de l'oiseau. L'image est claire et nette. Le sujet est bien cadré. La réflection de la lumière sur la neige rehausse les couleurs. Bonne journée.


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