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Purple Finch male

Purple Finch male
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-06 14:40
Viewed: 7067
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Purple Finch
(Carpodacus purpureus)

Cool fact: Declines in northeastern Purple Finch populations, especially in suburban areas, may be correlated to competition with expanding introduced populations of the closely related House Finch. Similar declines in suburban Purple Finch populations in the first decade of this century were attributed to expansion of the House Sparrow, another introduced species.

The state bird of New Hampshire, the Purple Finch is a bird of coniferous and mixed forests, as well as park-like areas, breeding in the northeastern United States, across southern Canada, and in the Cascades and western Sierra Nevada ranges of the West Coast. Males sing from habitual song posts often located at the very tops of conifer trees. Nests are most often found far out on horizontal branches in conifers and are made of concealing material. Food consists mostly of seeds, buds, blossoms, and fruit, usually taken from the outer branches of trees and occasionally from the ground. Purple Finches display strong site fidelity to breeding areas, but in winter, flocks of Purple Finches may range widely, depending on local food supplies, and a wider variety of habitats is used. In the East, Purple Finches stage winter irruptions biennially, probably in response to cyclical variations in food supply. Western populations exhibit an altitudinal migration, moving to lower elevations in winter.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-06 16:16]

Hi Jeanpaul,

It's so nice to see you posting again! A beautiful Purple Finch who closely resembles the House Finch that is so common here. I love the pose on the branch showing off his wonderful feathers, lovely face and eye. Colors and details are excellent. A lovely setting and composition.


Hello Jeanpaul.
It's great to see you back! The red colour on the Purple Finch is a nice contrast to the bright green leaves in the background. Nicely composed and nice sharp details.
TFS Janice

bonjour Jean-Paul

très belle photo du Roselin pourpré avec un excellent POV, DOF
et cadrage, une très belle luminosité, excellent focus
sur l'oiseau avec la netteté et les détails de son jolie plumage,
le catch-light à l'oeil rend la photo encore plus belle, TFS


I'm very happy to see you back on TN, JP :).
And thanks a lot for your kind critique on one of my recent pictures. I appreciate it.
With your return, TN is getting richer again. Please keep posting.
This Purple Male Finch looks very beautiful in your skillfully managed picture taken from a fantastic point of view that shows the colourful plumage of the bird very graphically.
This is the kind of work that makes TN a quality site.
Thanks and regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-06 20:00]

Hi Jeanpaul,
a very artistic presentation of the bird. Vry sharp and very clear. The reddish neck is vey exciting to note against the blurry background. Excellent presentation with the braanch gives a good graphical effect.


It is an honour when you post Pierre. I try at best to catch your name whenever I see it, for I know what you have posted is of significance and something you are familiar with first hand!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-07 1:20]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Very beautiful photo of this Purple Finch with a great sharp focus on the bird. Excellent details. Splendid contrasting and clear colours. Very good POV, composition and DOF.

Hi JeanPaul

Excellent capture of this purple finch. Great composition and sharpness.


Ciao Jeanpaul,
un autre beau point de vue de ce Roselin pourprè, très belle luminosité et magnifiques couleurs, bonne netteté et très jolie composition avec une agréable pose de l'oiseau
Merci et felicitations.
Bonne soirée
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Jeanpaul, lovely bird in nice pose, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and excellent details, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-07 6:59]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Very nice capture of this Purple Finch again.Colors,pose of bird and composition are wonderful.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting..

Bonjour Jean-Paul

Magnifique photographie de cet oiseau ; cadrage, couleurs, contraste, luminosité et netteté ... tout est enchanteur dans ce cliché, si bien documenté, de ce gracieux Roselin.


A bientôt.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-07 8:53]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Superb shot of the Purple Finch , nicely composed with a great POV and a lovely pose, nice feather detail and great colours contrasting .Best regards Siggi

Remarkably BEAUTIFUL.
Great imagery.
Loved your notes too.
Warm regards from Calgary,

bonjour Jeanpaul
Superb photo de ce petit oiseau à la tête rouge, très belle composition et pose de ce roselin pourpré nous montrant son profil, magnifique couleur et luminosité
Belle profondeur de champs
Passe une bonne nuit

Salut Jeanpaul,
Très belle photo avec une composition impeccable et couleurs magnifiques. Excellente netteté et détails du plumage. Bien réussi!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-08 22:48]

Hi JeanPaul.
What a pictorial scene and amazing reproduction of the beautiful bird. Focus and DOF are precise. Details and colour reproduction of the bird are perfect as well as composition of the picture. BG is distractive a bit but lens work is very good in this case. My best wishes and TFS.

Oh my God,
What a beautiful bird, what a beautiful colors.
Fans believe that I have.
Congratulations, a magnificent square.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-06-21 9:38]

Merhaba jeanpaul!
Karışık bir ortama rağmen kuşu vurgulayan ve detayları sergileyen enfes bir çalışma olmuş.Kuşun rengi ve netlik çok etkileyici. Oldukça başarılı bir çalışma. Tebrikler.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-12 0:14]
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Hi Jean Paul

I see it has been quite some time since you last posted an image to the site. We are
missing you and your wonderful captures from your nick-of-the-woods. Anyway, I just
wanted to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful 2010.

This is a neat capture of the little Purple Finch. It looks more red than purple though.
Nice details of the slightly oblique figure and excellent colour rendition. The positioning
of the bird made for a good composition too.

Well done MF and TFS.

Hello Jeanpaul, very beautiful shot of this finch male.
TFS and regards,

Hi Jeanpaul,

What a pretty and colourful beauty:)
Great shot with flawless details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Hello Jeanpaul,
Thanks your comment.
A great photo. It has got lovely colours and pretty. All details perfect.TFS.


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