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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-06 15:19
Viewed: 6656
Points: 50
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Hello ALL

I think, i have resolved my internet problems, i have only moved the desk with my comuter on another place in the room and noon connection with internet is always OK, but i have another problem, i cannot marking useful your notes and your critiques, i have not idee why,

since two month, with have very good temperatures, very sunny and warm weather but i had not too many time for going out for photos, so i post a photo from last year, i hope you like it


The Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), also called by a wide variety of other names, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.


The Chaffinch's large double white wing bars, white tail edges and greenish rump easily identify this 14–16 cm long species. The breeding male is unmistakable, with his reddish underparts and a blue-grey cap. The female is drabber and greener, but still obvious.


The name chaffinch comes from Old English ceaffinc, literally "chaff finch", and is the source of the nickname chaffy or chaffie. The bird is so named for its tendency to peck the grain left out in farmyards, a habit which has also garnered it the names wheatbird and wheatsel-bird or wheatsel bird (from "wheatsel", a rare word meaning wheat drilling), the latter used primarily of male chaffinches (or "cock-chaffinches"). The names scobby, cobby, scoppy, and scop refer to this pecking ("scop" is a Cumbrian word meaning to hit).

The chaffinch's appearance has given rise to the names whitewing, white finch, copper finch, flecky flocker, pied finch, and robinet ("little robin"). The name shellapple or shillapple (also spelled sheldapple, sheldafle, or archaically sheldaple) is from "sheld", a rare word meaning variegated, and "dapple". This name also appears in the metathetic forms apple-sheeler, its corruption upper shealer, and apple bird. The dialectal names shelly, skelly, sheely, shiltie, shilfer, shilfa, sheelfa, and shulfie are derived from these.

Spink and the less common names pink, pinkie, and pinkety are of the same Proto-Indo-European origin as finch (confer Greek spiza, chaffinch, and French pinson, finch), and are possibly imitative of the bird's song. This unique call has inspired the names twink, tweet, weet-weet, chink chink, chink chaffey, and pink twink. Popular belief holds that the chaffinch's song foretells rain, leading to the name wetbird.

The chaffinch is also known by the names beech finch, horse finch (and the variation hoose finch), buck finch, roberd, boldie, and the reduplicative shellapple shiltie. English naturalist Charles Swainson recorded 36 names for the chaffinch in his Provincial Names and Folk Lore of British Birds (1885), including brichtie, brisk finch, briskie, bullspink, bully, charbob, daffinch, maze finch, pea finch, pine finch, and snabby.

Distribution and habitat

This bird is widespread and very familiar throughout Europe. It is the most common finch in western Europe, and the second most common bird in the British Isles. Its range extends into western Asia, northwestern Africa, and Macaronesia, where it has many distinctive island forms. In the Canary Islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the Chaffinch has colonised twice, giving rise to the endemic species known as the Blue Chaffinch and a distinctive subspecies. In each of the Azores, in Madeira, and in the rest of the Canaries there is a single species on each island.

It was introduced from Britain into a number of its overseas territories in the 18th and 19th centuries. In New Zealand it is a common species. In South Africa a very small breeding colony in the suburbs of Constantia, Hout Bay and Camps Bay near Cape Town is the only remnant of one such introduction.

It uses a range of habitats, but open woodland is favoured, although it is common in gardens and on farmland.

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Bonjour Jacqueline

Excellent timing pour shooter ce Pinson des arbres pendant qu'il chante,
c'est une autre genre de photo d'oiseau que j'aimes également,
la lumière qui viens sur l'oiseau est très belle, j'aime le POV en contre-plongé,
excellent focus netteté et détails, TFS


Hi Jacqueline,

Very nice image of this fine Chaffinch, nice and sharp good exposure with lovely colours, (not keen on the steel pipe) but nevertheless a very nice picture,
Best Regards Jacqueline and have a nice week,


great capture and moment Jacqueline, nice details and colors on the bird,

congratulations !

have a nice day !

ciao, tino

  • corjan3 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 49 N: 964] (4707)
  • [2011-06-06 23:28]

Hello Jaqueline,
Very beautiful image of this cute little bird. Lovely colours and good quality. He seems to be singing and very contented. Well taken.

Ciao Jacqueline, nice diagonal composition with lovely bird in great pose on a beautiful blue sky, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Jacqueline,
Very nice captured of this chaffinch with lovely timing, good sharpness and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-07 0:46]

Hello Jacqueline,
Good to see a new photo from you. A photo in beautiful colours and a pleasing composition. Excellent sharpness and singing pose. The pipe is a bit heavy in the photo.

Hi Jacqueline,
Nice diagonal perspective with a neat blue BG.Nice timing with its mouth open.Your subject is clear, sharp and well detailed.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-07 3:31]

Hello Jaqueline,
very well captured, nice side view of this chaffinch.Great details and very nice sharpness. Excellent composition with a lovely pose.Best regardfs Siggi

Ciao Jaqueline. An interesting low POV. Good sharp and contrast.


Hola Jacqueline

Bella composición del momento del canto del ave. Buenos contrastes y nitidez. Un POV excelente.

Un saludo de Antonio

Salut Jacqueline,je suis tres content de te retrover,la nuit j'etait un peu seul..ehehe...pas de problemes,en attendant tes nouvelles photos,on peu apprecier cette excellent prise de vue,j'aime le contrast parmi l'oiseau et le ciel et les magnifiques details et couleurs des plumes.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

Hallo Jacqueline,
une belle photo du Pinson des arbres, bonne netteté et splendides couleurs, belle lumière.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

hello Jacqueline
very nice shot with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Hi Jacqueline,
very nice low point of view. Great composition. Nice natural colours. I also like this blue sky in the background,
thanks for sharing,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-07 14:00]

Hello Jacqueline,
A very good capture of this lovely bird,nice colors and excellent BG.Fine sharpness and details.TFS.

Hello Jacqueline,

The chaffinches are frequent around my place too this time of year!
Last year I got some nice images of them as they were surprised by very late snow after they came back from spending the winter in a warmer place...
This cute little lady is captured with great details, as she is singing out loud in happiness..!

Pablo -

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Le "perchoir" me semble un peu trop gros mais le sujet est bien valorisé sous un très bon angle de prise de vue et grâce à sa formidable opposition sur l'arrière-plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Excelente conjunto y bellos colores. Le sacaste buen partido a la escena desde
ese complicado ángulo.
Con esa franja negra ( y el pájaro de escudo) parece la badera de un País tropical ;.)
Saludos y buen fin de semana Jacqueline: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Jacqueline, excellent image of the chaffinch, good light and the moment you've captured. All the best, Paul

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-14 22:36]

Hello Jacqueline,
Nice capture of a male Chaffinch singing in the spring sunshine. The POV shows him well with good sharpness and natural colours against a clear blue sky in a pleasing composition. The steel perch is not ideal but sometimes we have to accept the situation.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-21 6:54]

Hi Jacqueline ,
such a lively capture from below. The sharpness is good and the clarity is so well undertaken.
you have presented a special view with the blue sky as the background.
well presented with exciting diagonal crossing of the rod.


Hi Jacqueline,

an nice image from this finch.
Umusual pov and good of sharpness.
fine colors.


Hello Jaqueline,
nice capture of this little bird with fine clarity and good sharpness. I do especially like itsm pose with the open mouth and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Jacqueline,
This is a great capture against the spotless blue sky. I like the diagonal framing exposing vivid details of the plumage. The composition has strong visual impact and thanks for sharing.
All the best for 2012 and kind regards,

Bonjour Jacqueline,
It's a pity you aren't on the site anymore - I hope you'll return to TN once. This photo, taken from this low angle, is very interesting and pleasant with its diagonal compo. Great use of lights, OK sharpness, nice colors. I can imagine a vertical compo with this scene, too - which of course doesn't mean I'm not satisfied with the horizontal. Just an idea.
Wherever you are... have a great festive season, merry Christmas and happy new year to you & your family. Best regards, László

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