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Featherball on Wire

Featherball on Wire
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-10 7:49
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

No sooner had I taken a couple of images of a Wren on this wire fence, than a Goldcrest turned up. As my camera was still set to take a shot I could take three before he flew off.
In all three he was puffed up. In the alternative image in the WORKSHOP you can see the yellow crest more clearly.

The wire vibrated as it landed and continued to do so for the short time it took to take the three images. A high shutter-speed was therefore necessary and these little birds are very active anyway.

The Goldcrest is fairly common in forested areas that are dominated by conifers, though it hunts insects in deciduous forests as well. It is resident in S. Sweden but it breeds further north to move south in the winter. This means that in the autumn S. Sweden has a surfeit of Goldcrests and they feed in bushes as well as trees, even among the reeds of the nature reserve that this new fence encloses.

The Gold crest is widespread in N and C. Europe and many spend the winter in the Mediterranean area.

As I said before I try to avoid taking photographs of birds on wires but this was irresistible!

This image was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 4 meters. (13 ft) After moderate cropping and size reduction it was selectively sharpened

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-10 7:51]

Hello Ivan ,
Pretty bird. Clear details, nice colors, POV and sharpness are excellent.
Regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-10 7:52]

Hi Ivan,it seem that your last birds working in a circus as equilibrist..ehehe...very very nice pic,the details are impressives,thanks a lot to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-10 7:58]

hi ivan,
yes, the puffed up look of this cute goldcrest really beautiful. the wing and tail positions are gives this bird unusual look. this image is little bold, otherwise a fine image. so, what next on the wire. tfs.

Hello Ivan,
Thanks for providing this wired bal or is a it a tight-rope walker?:-)

What a fabulous shot Ivan.
I love the cute little crest.
A great close up look at this little bird,which is quite similar to some of our NZ species.
Very nice work!

wow how cool...an action shot so to speak...latent energy turning into kinetic...just in the wink of an eye and the click of your shutter...Super!

Hello Ivan
It is as you say best to avoid wires etc to capture a natural image but you are certainly excused on this superb capture of the Goldcrest. It is also interesting to see how the feet grip. In both images he looks a little off balance..I wonder if this is due to the uniformity and almost polished surface of the wire opposed to the irregular composition of a twig?
All the Same a fantastic capture.
A good weekend to you.

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-10-10 9:48]

Hi Ivan
Excellent shot of this Goldcrest. I'm lucky in that this species visits a birch tree outside our apartment window to feed every now and then. You have done very well to gain a good shot of this tiny bird. Really well exposed and good detail.
Kind Regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-10 10:13]

Hello Ivan,
I see next nice photo Goldcrest on TN. Very good sharpness, light on plumage and clear BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-10 10:18]

Hi Ivan,

Can you give me directions to that wire please?? This little Goldcrest looks like a little ball with a yellow hat. He is so cute - and captured perfectly with marvelous details and colors. Pose, background and composition are wonderful.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-10 10:21]

Hello Ivan,
What a pose and timing from your site. The greatest photo of a Goldcrest I've ever seen. Incredible beautiful and technically perfect.
Have a good weekend,

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-10-10 10:22]

Terrific shot. Wonderful pose. Of course, everything else is good, too. Gary

Hy Ivan
So nice feather ball! Regards, Oana

Lovely shot Ivan! Very well done! Not easy to take this bird which is always in action. Congratulations,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-10 12:03]

Hi Ivan. Thats some lucky wire you have there. This is a fine shot of the Goldcrest. You have captured such fine detail and sharp focusing. with natural colours. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend .

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-10 12:10]

Hello Ivan,

This tiny bird looks fantastic in your photo as the image is extremly sharp showing well the plumage and the light renders fine the colors. The well lit yellow spot from bird's forhead bring so much life to the image. It is a perfect match between the background and the colors of the bird.

Thank you for sharing,

Ciao Ivan, beutiful diagonal composition with lovely bird, fine details and splendid sharpness, great blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan, superb, just a wonderful image......a favourite...best regards h

hi Ivan,
i like this little ball.
thanks for to have shown a species that I have never seen

best sERGIO

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-10 13:51]

Hola Ivan,
realmente tierna esta captura,
buen foco y pov.
fino encuadre,

Hi Ivan,
I can see you are specialising on the smallest birds. Though Goldcrest is quite common it is very difficult subject being so lively. Never seen one wire, usually behind a twig or something and just for a fraction of second. Excellent result with good pose and composition, pin sharp details and natural bright colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-10 15:17]

Hi Ivan,
that is one cuuuute little bird :-)
I love the WS photo too.
Great composition.
Superb detail.
Excellent BG.

Very well done,

Toda una lección de equilibrio y encuadre en esta toma: enhorabuena Ivan !!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-11 0:26]

What a beautiful round bundle of feathers Ivan. He's so cute - I want one of these little Goldcrests please...
I just love his puffed up feathers - awesome shot
Well done

Hola Ivan, buena fotografia, el momento es bueno parece que esta equilibrandose, buena exposición y naturales tonos de color. Un saludo

Hello Argus,

This is a perfect title for the little Gold Crest!
What wonderful details of its plummage and features, perfectly sharp. You were very lucky to have the camera set up ready, and took good advantage of it!
Excellent composition on the diagonal wire.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-11 5:02]

Hello Ivan,
What a cute fluffy little bird! The pose is charming, the colours of the shot very fine and natural. Beautiful little king! And the wire here doesn't disturb the picture.
Best regards

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-11 8:50]

Hi Ivan
Nice little bird.Excellent background and sharpness details.
Colours,composition and light are very good.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-11 9:40]

Hello Ivan
What a cute little thing! And how extraordinary good the picture. I like a lot the POV and the pose of the bird. Details are nice and sharp and the bg fits perfect in color.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

Hi Ivan,

Great shot of this little beautiful bird with an exellent pov and bg.
Sometimes I see this little bird but I can't take a picture so fast they are.


merhaba Ivan
sorry for my delay, I was away for a formal meeting and small trip on the Taurus Mts. I have a change newly to visit TN and your last two posts. This is very beautiful Goldcrest. I know the wire easily from your Wren shots. I also looked at workshop. both of them wonderful. WS shows Goldcrest's golden top very well. Focus and colors wonderful. Two great works for this cute passerine bird. Thanks for sharing, have a nice week my friend

Hi dear Ivan ,
So nice shot.
It is lovely.greatdetails and nice sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
Kind regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-13 7:59]

Very impressive shot of the little King! So sharp and clear, it's a real beauty, well done Ivan!


Hello Ivan,
thank you for this wonderful and cute image of the Goldcreat, just like a ball with it's shape!
great closeness of it with perfect details and colour
well done

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-14 11:58]

Merhaba Dostum Ivan!
Bu ne güzel bir kuş böyle! Bizim coğrafyada var mı bilmiyorum ama canlısını görmeyi çok isterdim. Gerçi sizin kareniz çok canlı ve muhteşem. Seyretmesi bile büyük keyif. Eline sağlık.


Hi Ivan,

I can see I have some catching up to do with a couple of missed posts, this is a beauty. Stunning detail in this little fellow, the yellow in the crest really stands out like a little beacon, excellent POV and framing, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Ivan
Beautiful cute bird. Great sharp image with perfect OOF background, good exposure and nice diagonal composition. Nothing to critique ;-)

Dear Ivan!
What a funny pose of this cute, little bird! Goldcrest is also known from Poland, but it is not too often seen by me.
Beautiful colours and clarity, I like it a lot :)
All the best from Lodz!
Have a nice weekend!

Hi Ivan,
what a pose and timing from your site. The greatest photo of a Goldcrest I've ever seen. Incredible beautiful and technically perfect.

Really nice picture of swedens smallest bird. I have never seen one here in umeċ, but i know photographers who have.

I envy this picture. Its really clean. The background suits the bird very well, and you managed to get the focus spot on.

I have no suggestions of improvement at all.


very nice and cute, TFS Ori

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