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Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Coccothraustes coccothraustes
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-28
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-16 7:58
Viewed: 5096
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coccothraustes coccothraustes (Linnaeus, 1758). Male

Coccothraustes coccothraustes is a rather big(16.5–18 cm long) finch (family Fringillidae). It has a very powerful triangular bill, big head and short tail. Its head is orange-brown with a black eye stripe and bib. The bill is bluish black in summer but paler in winter. The upper parts are dark brown and the underparts orange. The wings are glossy blue-black. The female has paler coloration than male.

It breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident in Europe, but many Asian birds migrate further south in the winter. It is a rare vagrant to the western islands of Alaska.
Its food is mainly seeds and fruit kernels which it cracks with its powerful bill.

In Cyprus Coccothraustes coccothraustes is a scarce winter visitor to wooded areas.

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Hello Christodoulos,
What a beauty....Fantastic sharp details and amazing colors.
I think that is the best image I have ever seen with this species.
The light, colors and exposure are top quality.....
Amazing brilliant feathers.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-16 8:10]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a fabulous photo of this Hawfinch, the best I ever saw. It's really perfect in all aspects. Thanks for this great gift to TN.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-16 8:11]

Hi Chris!
What a wonderful bird! Your capture is excellent. I especially like the light, which makes details and colours stand out very well.
Lovely play of shadows.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-16 8:22]

Beautiful bird and colorful too, lovely composition and fine image. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
This is a perfect picture. The image is crisp clear. The focus is on the spot. And the background is perfectly blurred.

Hello Christodulos,
incredible picture. Feathers of this bird are very colorful.
Well captured - congratulations.
Regards - Slawek

this is a masterpiece! What lens/zoom did you use if i may ask? wow everything with such detail and perfect compliment of colors! thank you so much for sharing this

what a nice pic this is, marvelous colour and clarity. good composition also.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-16 9:10]

This image is simply fantastic, Christodoulos!
Outstanding sharpness and wonderful brilliant colours; perfect POV and splendid light; a beauty!!

Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid lights and colors on this photo of this Hawfinch, very nice composition!
Regards, Joska

Hello Christodoulos,
great capture of this beautiful bird with good sharpness and wonderful colours. Impressive quality in all aspects.
Best wishes,

Hi Christodoulos,
just beautiful. Amazing colours. Perfect composition. Great sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

I most certainly admire this shot. Were it mine, I would be very proud to show it off. An excellent shot good in so many ways too long to list. I should not be surprised to see another favorite this image of grand colours!

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  • sotos (313)
  • [2012-01-16 10:45]

Γεια σου Χριστοδουλε
πανεμορφη φωτο με εξαιρετικη αποδοση χρωματων και μεγαλη ευκρινεια,μπραβο σου και καλη συνεχεια.
Απο Κερκινη Sotos

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-16 10:58]

A real masterpiece ! Great shot, indeed, my dear friend! Wow! What a sharpness, focus and good control of light! The POV is also very pleasant ! Nice job!Bravissimo! TFS
Best wishes from,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-16 11:08]

HEllo Christodoulos,
great shot, the sharpness is amazing, excellent details of the plumage, lovely colours, nice pov, pleasing composition.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, nice pose on a beautiful lighting BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos,
congratulations for the wonderful photography, 3D looks, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors
A postcard worthy of respect.
Thanks for sharing, hello Vanni

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! Excellent and very beautiful close-up photo
of this Male Hawfinch and its beautiful color tones
of his plumage, with fine POV, great focus
sharpness and details, excellent contrast, TFS


its a rare winter visitor in Israel anbd in our botanical gardens as well. great capture, greetings Ori

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-16 11:57]

Hi Christodoulos,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful bird, Nice colours with excellent detail.
Regards Jiri.

Excellent Quality image here Chris, awesome detailed sharpness and what lovely colour tones, good effort and very well done my good friend,
Best Regards,


Ciao Christodoulos. Another super shopt here! Colours and light are faboulouse. Stunning details and perfect sharp.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-16 13:41]

My friend....what say about this fantastic pic and beautiful specie? I hope that my great great compliments are enough,another very professional work!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Christodoulos,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Hawfinch. It is clear and sharp. The late morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2012-01-16 16:10]

What a beautiful bird you have here, Chris.
A new one for me. : )
You captured it with amazingly sharp details and beautiful colors.
TFS that unusual beauty. : )

Christodoulos, this is a beautiful capture of this bird. Great sharpness and POV. You did a great job getting this shot. Have a great day, Bill

Lovely details and perch of this stunning capture, Christodoulos.
Well exposed plumage details and vibrant light in the frame.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hallo Christodoulos
This is such a beauty, with prominent details and striking colours and you have captured it beautifully, showing us the best way one can possibly see it. I tend to agree with Marius that it is the best I have also seen this species. The details and assortment of colours in the feathers is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

εξαιρετικής απόδοσης ζηλευτή φώτο, (πόσες φορές ανεπιτυχώς προσπάθησα...), να'σαι καλά να συνεχίσεις έτσι...αξίζεις!
καλή σου μέρα Χριστόδουλε

hi Christodoulos,
excellent sharpness and perfect natural light. especially, the region of the eye and the tips of the wings. exposure is balanced. and a new bird to me.
thanks for sharing.

Hi Christodoulos,
another fantastic shot and superb focus. The POV is perfect and also the composition and sharpnes. Excellently presented. Regards Paolo

Hello Christodoulos,
Explicit beauty captured in a fantastic composition my friend!!!! The pose, sharpness and extraordinary detail, colours, POV, light and DOF makes this image a wildlife photographers (and my dream) dream. Extremely well done!!
Best regards,

Brilliant photo, superb detail, beautifully poised.
Very good to see this colourfull bird.
regards yiannis

Hello Christodoulos,
Another top quality image of this common bird also for my country. Everything is perfect in this capture. Congratulations!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-17 18:07]

Hello Christodoulos,
An absolutely stunning image of this gorgeous bird. The contrasting colors in it's plumage make this a real eye catcher.
Quality is exceptional and composition is superb. I would love to be able to view such a pretty bird in the wild someday. Thank you for posting for the enjoyment of all!!

Hi Christodoulos,
Fantastic shot my friend! Impressive sharpness and great BG.
The natural colours are very beautiful.

Hello Christodoulos,
Another very beautiful captured! perfect exposure, impressive sharpness, lovely clarity and beautiful colours, a beautiful picture,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-18 18:21]

Hello Christodoulos,
lovely bird and exciting view with splendid sharpness. The lighting is so good and the presentation is so wonderful.
not much to say, just excellent work.


Hi Christodoulos,

Nice composition ..Details is excellent ...Regards...


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  • sfendo (8)
  • [2012-01-23 6:54]

Wonderful colours!

Hello Christodoulos,
Superb portrait Coccothraustes coccothraustes. Perfect sharpness, colors.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-02-01 18:13]

Hello Christodoulos,
I feel as if I could reach out and touch this bird. Incredible work Sir, thank you.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-03 4:51]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
So many most beautiful pictures I missed and all of them deserve excellent critiques. I have chosen this one because I never have seen a picture so well taken of the Hawfinch, which is a very special bird. We can see it too in my country, but it is very shy. Gorgeous natural colors and beautiful light as usual. Love the way the bird looks at the beholder!
Thanks and kind regards

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2012-10-28 19:11]

Hi Christodoulos, Beautiful fince well captured. The colours and sharpness are ideal. The light reflected in the eye and the DOF make it a very fine nature photo. TFS. Murray

Hello Mr.Christodoulos,
Excellent one.Sharpness and details remarkable.Nice catch.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Christodoulos, Thank for editing my picture. Here in this picture of yours, I only can say the best of the best I have ever seen. The colours, the sharpness, the composition, the POV and the depth are fabulous. Thank for sharing

Hi Christodoulos,
Perfect portrait of the hawfinch which is a common species in my home country, Hungary. The pose you captured is simply awesome, spectacular eye contact, excellent sharpness (seems the whole bird was in focus), fantastic use of lights. Your colors are magic, depth of field is spectacular, and the whole presentation is so skillful that it's impossible not to recognize the photo as one of the best captures on TN ever. Stunner. Bravo.
Best regards, László

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