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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-26 8:12
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just back from a trip to the Algarve, Portugal.
There I made this photo.

The Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It derives its scientific name from its fondness for hemp and its English name from its liking for seeds of flax, from which linen is made.

The Common Linnet is a slim bird with a long tail. The upperparts are brown, the throat is sullied white and the bill is grey. The summer male has a grey nape, red head patch and red breast.

Females and young birds lack the red and have white underparts with the breast streaked buff. The Linnet's pleasant song contains fast trills and twitters.

The Common Linnet bird breeds in Europe, western Asia and north Africa. It is partially resident, but many eastern and northern birds migrate further south in the breeding range or move to the coasts.
They are sometimes found several hundred miles at sea.

Open land with thick bushes is favoured for breeding, including heathland and garden. It builds its nest in a bush, laying 4-7 eggs.

This species can form large flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with other finches, such as Twite, on coasts and salt marshes. Its food mainly consists of seeds, which it also feeds to its chicks.
They feed on the ground, and low down in bushes.
They like small to medium sized seeds: most arable weeds, Polygonums (Knotgrass, dock), Crucifers (Charlock, shepherds purse Capsella bursa-pastoris), Chickweeds Stellaria, Dandelions, Thistle, Sow-thistle, Mayweed, Common groundsel, Common Hawthorn, Birch.

They have a small component of Invertebrates in their diet.

Source: Wikipedia

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Not easy to see - even more difficult to fotograph - fine work!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2418] (10662)
  • [2013-02-26 8:41]

Hallo Peter,
Excellent capture ..
Beautiful natural vivid colours and a nice pose with eye contact.
best wishes,

Hi Peter
perfect sharpness and very nice bg
well done

Hello Peter,
An outstanding capture with great details of its beautiful plumage,nice clarity and a beautiful composition.
Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-26 11:21]

Hello Peter,
Welcome back from the Algarve!
A very fine capture of the male Linnet, one of the best I have seen!
Excellent POV and pose taken with fine sharpness, DOF and natural colours against a fine clean BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, nice composition, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness and details of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice colors and outstanding clarity. It is a superb image with a lovely species of bird. Exceptional sharp details and perfect focus. Wish I meet someday this beautiful bird.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-02-26 14:38]

perfect perch :) and great detail rendering, ..

鳥很可愛 顏色美麗動人

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-26 19:50]

Hello Peter,
Looks like your trip was fruitful as evident by this awesome shot. Perfectly focused while showing this beautiful Linnet in exceptional clarity and gorgeous colors. Love the eye contact and super fine detail you managed to capture in it's plumage. It would be hard to improve on such a picture perfect image!!

HI Peter
Beautiful little Common Linnet. (New lens? very nice ) I really like the sharpness and colour of this photo. You nailed the focus, you can see it in the rope.
As always great Pose, POV. and eye contact.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Beautiful photo Peter! Nice pose, very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

Hello Peter,
Outstanding picture of this Linnet.Beautiful natural colour which is prominent.Sharpness is excellent.It is an example for novice photographer to learn.You have captured it nicely with beautiful POV and DOF.I like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 434] (8636)
  • [2013-02-26 22:43]

Hello Peter,
very nice carduelis capture,great details,thanks and regards..

Hello Peter.
This is so beautiful with brilliant sharpness and finely rendered details. The background is smooth silenced and the perch is so pleasing.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-02-27 0:55]

Hi Peter,
wonderful capture of this lovely bird, excellent sharpness for outstanding details,
well composed too, fine natural colors !
Best regards !

Bom dia Peter
Happy that You came and enjoy the Algarve.This is a fantastic shot with a very difficult nervous bird.Great POV,excellent composition,wonderful natural colours and impressive sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-27 3:30]

Hello Peter
very lovely cue little bird. Excellently presented with sharpness and clarity. The fluffy feathers are pleasant.
You have detailed the feathers successfully.
Nice view indeed,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-27 4:35]

Hello Peter,
Back from Portugal, you hace probably a whole collection of new shots:-) This Linnet has been taken with perfect sharpness, every single feather is visible. However I would have preferred a tree instead of the rope.
Take care.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-27 5:34]

What a lovely bird in this fine composition..fine colors and details. tfs.

Hello Peter,
great capture of this bird with excellent sharpness and a nice pose on the rope. I especially like the beautifully natural colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
Good capture with great detail.
nice composition and colour.
best wishes,

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture with beautiful colors, sharpness & pose. Very nicely composed & presented with a great POV. Great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Ciao Peter.
Non ho parole,anzi una MERAVIGLIOSA.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Peter. Details sharp and DOF perfect MF. Magnifcient colours. Well done indeed.


Hola Peter,
Una excelent captura d'aquesta carduellis, salut & TFS, Ferran

Hello Peter

I suppose the light has produced rather unique pastel shades on this little beauty with a nice compact form. Precise shallow depth and super sharp picture.


Hello Peter!
Lovely little bird...it just looking at you!!!!Great shot!Great sharpness and wonderful POF.TFS
Thanks also for your kind comments in my last pic.
Nice w-end!

Hello Peter

A great photo of this species of small bird,
very fine POV, DOF and the way the photo
it is framed, superb focus, sharpness and
details of its beautiful plumage, lovely eye-contact, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6550 W: 89 N: 15638] (65411)
  • [2013-03-03 3:00]

Hi Peter,fantastic capture from your portuguese trip! The plumage details are really fantastics,and what a magnificent colors too,i like it!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-03-08 13:40]

Hello Peter,
Breathtaking ! So impressive piece of work ! colours, details and light and clarity is simply perfect ! TFS Tina

Excellent shot. Definition of sharpness.

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