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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: 2009-03-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-20 10:48
Viewed: 2721
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One more taken from my archives , unfortunately we did not have a very good weekend weather wise.

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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-20 10:53]

Hello Nicholas,
Fantastic capture, beautiful colors and lovely light, excellent composition and pov, very good sharpness and depth of field, nice details and great pose.
Best regards Siggi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-07-20 11:03]

Hi Nick,
Cold from the cold ...
Colors are great, details successful Siskin bir, the composition.
Best wishes,

Hi Nick
Elegant, yellow and fat ;-) Beautiful siskin. Another great photo in your bird field guide. Great natural colors, good sharpness and nice blured background.

Hello Nick,

An excellent & beautiful capture of this male Siskin with vivid coloration, sharpness & details. Very well done & TFS.



hello Nicholas
beautiful...! completely technically, a serious work as always, exceptional capture
TFS thanks for sharing

Hi nick,

another exellent shot of this little but beautiful songbird.
We have them along in bad winters.
Fine colours, good pov and exellent stuctures in the feathers.


Hello Nick,
another wonderful picture of the male Siskin, POV, DOF and composition are excellent, superb sharpness and fantastic colours, very well done
Best regards

Encore Bravo Nick
Couleurs, netteté et détails : toujours du très bon travail

hallo Nick
this is a super shot
good details and very good sharpness
greeting lou

Hi Nick,
A marvelous close-up capture of this handsome siskinin a lovely pose with an impeccable clarity, focus and composition.
TFS and also thanks for yor kind wishes!


Ciao Nicholas. Amazing colours adn perfect details for this bird in "superb" pose. Great DOF.


oh man I've been trying and trying and trying for these last year in scotland and u got it...wonderfully, dang it ;). Very well taken. I love these little guys

enjoy your evening

ps one comment, i think songbirds should be shot singing, tho I have no idea if this guy ever presents itself this way

Hi Nick,

A good shot of the Siskin, great colour, focus and dof. I like the expression on the birds face, it seems to be thinking or daydreaming. Good background and colours. I find the Siskin up here are always with the Goldfinches in the garden during the winter.

TFS regards Bill

Hi Nicholas,

Good to see you have not lost your great attention to detail in your photography. Great pose and feather detail.


Hi Nicholas.
Very nice picture of this Pretty and cute bird..I like pose color and details is perfect...TFS.

Hello Nick,
Another treasure from your archives... Very nice composition with sweet atmosphere. Excellent management of light. Hope you will have better wheather next WE. Cheers,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-20 16:16]

Hi Nick,

I would love to spend a week going through your archives! I understand we do have Pine Siskins here but I have never seen one. There is no way I would have missed those beautiful black and yellow feathers. Another marvelous pose, beautiful face with superfine details. The setting looks so cool which looks great to me since we are still in triple digits.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-20 20:11]

Very nice colors and details!

Hi Nicholas

Very nice portrait and beautiful colors in this picture. Sharpness and BG are good too. A tad more contrast would have made the bird stand out a little in my opinion.


Hi Nic,

Inspite of the bad light, you have captured it very neatly. Very nice focus and nice framing of the subject. Very well done.


Hi Nick

Great shot of this lovely siskin, and I know all about poor weekends, its been teh same here in Sydney, you are not alone.
Good composition, sharpness, details, DOF


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-21 2:40]

Slav Nîck,
Wonderful capture of this beautiful bird with fantastic colors and excellent sharpness.Nice composition with splendid background.Thanks for sharing.

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

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-21 3:45]

Hello Nicholas
All I can say is EXCELLENT!

A really beautiful shot, Nick, but thats a default...
I love the beautiful details like the fungus on the tree and the way you've brought out the plumage so well!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-21 4:36]

Hello Nick,
Your archives are full of excellent surprises! I like this expressive picture a lot. The composition is like always excellent, very good vertical framing and a cute pose of this beautiful male Siskin. Fine colors and light.
Thanks a lot.
Have a nice day

Ciao Nick, great capture of beautiful bird with fantastic colors, superb details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

I'm not sure but I am tied for the appearance of the perch as well as the bird...the branch has some mystery to it which I cannot describe....but I still believe in sprites..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-21 11:17]

Hello Nick,
The Siskins are such beautiful birds and your capture is excellent!! A fine profile with great focus on the eye and sharp details. Beautiful colours too and well composed.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-21 13:45]

Hola Nick,
fino retrato y color,
atractivo pov y buen foco...
agradable habitat,

Hello Niholas
great shot from your archives, wonderful bird, you have taken it with very sharp details on the feathers, very good composition and nice pose
have a good night

hello Nicholas

another of your excellent close-up photos of small birds, with fine
POV, DOF and framing, fine focus great sharpness and details,



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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-07-21 23:58]

Hello Nicholas !
Your bird pictures are always so impressive, and this one makes no exception. Everything is just PERFECT - sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, BG... I also like the pose of the bird, he's so cute, and sitting so proudly on his lichen-covered branch. His colors are amazing, too. I am almost happy you have bad weather, so you can show us the wonderful pictures you are keeping in your archives ! :-) Very well done !

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-23 12:45]

Hello Nick,
Hvaing been away for a few days i have a bit of catching up to do. I missed this excellent portrait of a male Siskin taken in the spring. The POV and composition on the lichen-covered twig are ideal. This and the sharpness against a neutral BG make it a fine shot.
Thanks and all the best,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-24 10:21]

Hello Nick,
What a wonderful photo! The colours are splendid and the sharpness and details fantastic. Perfect POV and composition. Great OOF BG, DOF and pose.

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