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Male Siskin

Male Siskin
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-09 7:37
Viewed: 3789
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not being able to go out at the moment I am clearing out some picture onto the external hard drive . I came across this Male Siskin taken in the winter. This was taken from inside a hide hand held.

Siskin ( Carduelis spinus ) Length 12cm.
This is a charming little Finch which is numerous and widespread during the winter months in Britain and Ireland. Numbers are increased by continental Birds.
In the breeding season it is common in parts of Scotland but local elsewhere in Britain and Ireland.
The Male in its breeding plumage has s striking yellow and green plumage with a black bib and forehead.
The Female and winter Male have more subdued colours but always show two yellow wingbars and a yellow rump in flight.
Breeds mainly in conifer forests but in the winter forms flocks which feed mainly on cones of alder and birch.
It often mixes with Redpolls in feeding flocks.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-09 7:54]

Hi Nicholas,

A nice capture of this siskin,always a pleasure when you have a look in the archives (as I suppose),this is a well balanced capture,colors and sharpness are great,well done and tfs


Hi Nicholas
Really cool and good looking guy :)
Well done and TFS

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-09 8:07]

Very good. Great background colors nicely complement the bird's colors. More reminiscent of our American goldfinch than our pine siskin. Gary

Hi Nick
Great shot. Perfect shapness, great homogenous background. Simple and beautiful. Another great bird in your gallery Nothing to critique ;-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-09 8:17]

Hello Nick,
Very beautiful photo of this Siskin. Wonderful sharpness, pose and colours, also in the OOF BG. Probably I should have chosen another composition with less empty space around the bird, but that's personal.
Kind regards,

Hello Nick,
Thanks for this beautiful Siskin well captured and presented!
good pose with sharpness, nice colour and details
well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-09 9:15]

Hi Nick.
Once more brilliant shot of a cute bird. When I was a child I had similar birds at home. Now I have met it very seldom and never with camera. All is perfect. Image of the bird and twig as well as the BG are outstanding in every respect. Bravo.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-09 9:29]

Hello Nick,
Great capture of a male Siskin that is easily good enough as an illustration of the species for a bird book. Every aspect of the species is shown with excellent sharpness and from the best POV. A great composition too.
A great one from your archives and thanks for sharing it!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-09 9:53]

hi nicholas,
beautiful bird and you have utilised the situations very well by capturing with all details and colors. how well the background (color) is going well with the bird (colors), perfect contrast and just lovely. tfs.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-09 9:57]

Hi Nick,

Lean pickings here right now. The hummingbirds disappeared when the heat came back. I'm always glad to see something from your archives. A beautiful Pine Siskin with lovely yellows, blacks and whites. Excellent details of his face and plummage. A nice pose as he looks straight at the camera. Beautiful background and composition.


Hi Nick,
A nice capture of this beautiful Siskin. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Nick, lovely and excellent shot of this cute male siskin in a fine composition my friend! Great details and nice OFF BG -as usual.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty my friend!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-09-09 11:23]

Hi Nicholas
Excellent presentation.Good POV and very sharp image.Excellent detail and nice catch light in the eye.I also like the OOF BG.
TFS Michel

Wonderful, Nicholas.
I do like its natural perch here. The lighting is also very natural and moody. Technical well done, for instance DOF-wise.
Thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-09 12:41]

Hi Nico,this time the background is in great marriage whit the colors of bird,fanatstic sharpness and details,another very great portrait,my best compliments,Luciano

Hello Nick
There seems to be a few gems lingering on your hard drive..and this is one of them!!
I hope before you have a proper clear out that you have a few more saved to keep these gems coming throught the winter!!
All the Best

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-09 12:59]

Hello Nicholas, splendid shot of this beauty in all aspects. Wondeful details and composition.
TFS & Regards,

Excellent capture of the Siskin... POV presents a very descriptive image and detail. Beautifully done. TFS


Hi Nicholas,

Perfect capture of this beautifull Male Siskin
I like the naturel colors
Superb sharp feather details, BG, pose and POV

TFS Thijs

Hello Nick.
More a wonderful register... as always!
Impressive details of this delicate bird.
Excellent nuance and sharpness.
Congratulations and TFS!
Josť Roberto

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-09 22:27]

Hi Nick

Great pose commbined with razor-sharp detail. Excellent work.


Hi Nicholas,
very beautiful shot with excellent sharpness and great colors.
The colors of the background match very well with those of the bird.
Great POV.
TFS Tatjana

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-09-10 4:04]

Hi Nicholas
very naturel color and sharp
very nice image

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-10 6:12]

hello Nicholas,
Here you show a most beautiful bird picture. This Siskin picture is perfectely composed, has a fine sharpness on the bird and a beautiful blurred bachkground. It als has space around the bird, what I also appreciate a lot. Great work!
best regards

Ciao Nick, splendid bird with wonderful colors, perfect focus with lovely blurry BG, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-10 7:17]

Hello Nicholas, Well shot and I like the composition. Excellent colors and superb clarity. Ganesh smiley shortly

Hello Nicholas,

Beautiful capture of this male siskin with a very nice pose. Very good composition. Excellent sharpness. Light and colours are great.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-10 8:54]

Hello Nick,
I find it really hard to keep up with all the good posts that appear here on TN these days!
Sorry I'm late for this superb capture of the little Siskin, a very cute little bird. I like the pose of this one and the details and colours are excellent. A fine soft background and very well composed too.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Nicholas
a wonderful capture for lovely Siskin. Splendid colors on bird and plain BG. Sharp details, lighting, POV/DOF and eyes contact excellent. Congratulations indedd. Thanks for sharing it and information, best wishes

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-10 11:44]

Very good shot of this male Siskin.
I love the colours and warm light.
Excellent composition.
Very good DOF.
Superb sharpness.

Well done,

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