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Evening Grosbeak


Evening Grosbeak
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Copyright: Joseph Simard (jossim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D 200, Nikkor AF 70-300 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites, Yellow Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-23 19:11
Viewed: 5217
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Habitat et habitudes

Au début du XIXe siècle, des colonisateurs anglophones ont découvert dans les contreforts alors peu fréquentés des montagnes Rocheuses un superbe oiseau venu mystérieusement de l’Ouest lointain. Ils le nommèrent « Evening Grosbeak » (Gros-bec vespéral), croyant à tort qu’il ne sortait des bois pour chanter qu’après le coucher du soleil. Le nom français de « Gros-bec errant » décrit plus justement cet oiseau.

Le Gros-bec errant préfère comme habitat les forêts denses de conifères, mais il s’est adapté aux forêts décidues aux essences variées.

Caractéristiques uniques

Il est passionnant de voir un Gros-bec choisir une graine de tournesol renflée, la rouler adroitement à plusieurs reprises dans son bec et la retourner complètement pour l’amener contre le bord tranchant de celui-ci, la pointe dirigée vers sa gorge. Il ferme ensuite le bec et cisaille l’écale coriace dans le sens de la longueur. Après quelques mouvements habiles, il recrache cette cosse au goût désagréable et en avale la graine savoureuse.

Le Gros-bec errant peut engloutir des quantités étonnantes de sel brut; il raffole également de gravier fin et de terre imprégnés de sel. Son goût marqué pour le gravier salé répandu le long des autoroutes peut parfois provoquer des accidents et entraîner la mort de nombreux individus de l’espèce.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-23 19:22]

Hi Joseph

I hope the notes are still in the post.

Gosh, you nailed this one on the button. Just amazing camera and PP work.

The composition and POV is excellent with this little bird watching over his shoulder to see you and the branch running along the bottom frame. Splendid and well saturated colours make it a pleasure on the eye. The details are simply remarkable, the BG is perfect, and the exposure is absolutely spot-on.

Well done and TFS.
Regards
Loot

Bonjour Joseph,

Belle image de ce GrosBec avec de très beau détails et une bonne netteté. L'angle de la lumière est bien positionné sur le sujet.

PC :)

Outstanding colours and detail - a delightful study and a pleasure to view ...
Cecilia

Salut Joseph
Une autre image exceptionnele,la composition,les couleurs,background et la lumière sont excellentes;
merci,
Mircea

Awesome closeup Joseph! If you keep getting any closer to the birds, they'll soon be nesting in the barrel of your lens. Great shot! :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-23 20:30]

Hello Joseph

The lighting really makes the plumage glow.Excellent colour saturation,and perfect focus.The POV and DOF are well done.A lovely composition.TFS

Rob

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-23 20:51]

Hi Joseph,
This capture is another standout, thanks for sharing.
Rick

Hello Joseph
This little Grosbeak looks like a little ray of sunshine. He has wonderful colours and I like the way his head is cocked. Nicely framed, great lighting and composition.
TFS Janice

hi joseph,
nice shot,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
well saturated colours,
tfs & regards
pankaj

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-01-23 22:19]

Excellent shot Joseph of your "Wandering Grosbeak". You've captured excellent detail and colour of the bird, his feathers, and the catchlight in his eye.

Thanks, John

Hello Joseph,
Beautiful shot of this Grosbeak!
I like the POV and details showed, specially the intense yellows on the feathers.
Very good DOF value, you got a soft and pleasant background.
Composition is very well balanced.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,
JM

Hello Joseph! This is a wonderfully composed capture of this little grosbeak! Really fine detail, and colours are wonderful. Great resource photo for anyone interested in grosbeaks. TFS! Well done, indeed! Linda

What wonderful depth of focus...perfect on the the entire bird and branch and really beautiful OOF background. You have some really special birds in Quebec. Thanks for sharing another of your lovely photos.

TFS
Evelynn : )

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-01-23 23:37]

Hi Joseph,
excellent detailed and composed shot of this lovely bird,
Cheers :D

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-23 23:43]

Very beautiful and quite excellent!
Bravo!

Hello Joseph
Superb shot - pin sharp and excellent composition. Brilliant lighting makes the gold, white and brown colors "pop".
Regards,
Greg

Hello Joseph,
A marvelous picture. With all goodies to appreciate. Sharpness, exposure, and colors are perfect. Great timing on this beautiful pose.
JC

Bonjour & very well done Joseph.
Excellent work..
Merci mon ami :)

Great shot!
Nice pose, superb colors and details.
A prize photo!

Andrea

Hi Joseph,
This is a wonderful portrait of a bird.
Very clear capture.
Perfect details, colors and sharpness.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-24 2:13]

Hello Joseph,
Everything about this shot of the Evening Grosbeak is first class, which makes me want to praise this shot despite the numerous postings of this species recently.
The pose, the lighting , the Bg and comp. are all what it takes to make a real professional shot.
Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-24 3:42]

Hello Joseph,
Wonderful capture of grosbeak.I liked POV,catchlight in eyes,framing,lighting and composition a lot.Enjoy your new camera:)
TFS..:-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-24 4:41]

Hello Joseph,
What a brilliant capture of this wonderful bird. The light is fantastic, you must have caught it in a burst of sunshine on this cloudy day? Excellent details and colour make it stand out so nicely against the dark background. Nice composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

What a lovely little bird. the colours and detail are amazing, the composition and DOF are spot on and the light stunning.

TFS
Emma

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-24 8:07]

Otra excelente captura Joseph con una composición fascinante a partir del punto de vista captado que brinda excelente detalles del ave.
La apropiada iluminación ha permitido la captura de cálidos colores en armonía incluso con el fondo de la escena gracias al bokeh obtenido.
Siempre que aparece un catchlight así es un bonus para la imagen.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Another excellent capture Joseph with a fascinating composition starting from the captured point of view that it offers excellent details of the bird.
The appropriate illumination has allowed the capture of warm colors in harmony even with the bottom of the scene due to the obtained bokeh.
Whenever a catchlight appears this way it is a bonus for the image.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hello Joseph,

Exclent compsed and capture photo excllent details perfect colors Bg POv DOF perfect details very crisp, nice crisp photo,

TFS Kyle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-24 9:55]

Hi Joseph.
I think this is really irreproachable work. I especially like the pose and look of the bird. Composition, richness of colours, details and sharpness of the image are perfect too. The combination of the light and shadows is very expressive and beautiful.
My best regards and TFS.
Alexei.

hi joseph!
perfect in my eyes!
very beautiful!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-24 11:50]

Another splendid capture, Joseph!
The tilted head of this superb grosbeak is a great touch here and it gives you an excellent pose from your subject.
Also the colors on the feathers are brilliant and the details are fantastic. I like the timing of the shot, too, profiting from the warm and great evening light - while the sun was aparently very close to setting (judging after the shadow from the branch).
The DOF is very good but it could be a slight deeper in order to be perfect, because the tip of the tail is a very bit OOF.
Anyway, the framing is nice and the composition charming.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS
Horia

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-24 11:53]

Bonjour Joseph,
Sur votre superbe cliché l'oiseau est tellement net qu'il semble réel sur mon écran. La luminosité et les couleurs sont si agréables. La note est instructive.
Compliments et merci pour le partage.

bonjour joseph
parfait,POV et DOF,couleur et netteté,bon BG.
un excellent cliché.
laurent

Salut Joseph,
I looked at your EXIF and was amazed about the focal lenght in comparison with how close you got. You really must have been standing next to him.

Wonderful colors and details and a superb little twinkle in the eye. A great DOF and clean composition.

TFS
Niek

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-25 8:15]

Salut Joseph,
wonderful capture, lovely pose and specially the little sparkle in its eyes. Very nice exposure resulting in great color and contrast.
Very well done.
TFS..Sky

bonjour Joseph

très belle prise de vue de ce gros bec belle couleurs et superbement bien cadrée et une profondeur de champs parfaite bravo

eric

Hi Joseph,
The fellow is dreaming actually.
Did he fell asleep too...
Full of beauty; beautiful!
TFS
Annick
PT

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-26 3:09]

Hello Joseph,
Excellent shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.TFS

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-01-26 7:00]

I love this photo. The composition, the colours, the background, the melancholic pose and the look in the bird’s eyes it is just perfect!

A bird photograph cannot be any better than this. A favourite of mine.

Thanks for sharing!

Bonjour Joseph
Elle est très belle cette photo de ce superbe spécimen, une belle lumière ambiante et un bon timing pour avoir capté cette élégante pose, beau travail,il a l'air de te surveiller de près.
bravo et merci ...Jp
Les sourires demain

Lovely shot rich colours and superb fine detail beautifull bokeh tfs rgds Necip.

Hi, Joseph.
Nice capture. Superb light. Excellent details, sharpness, exposure. Lovely pose and color.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-26 16:10]

Joseph, lovely light, great image.

Lovely pose and catchlight. I like composition, sharpness and saturation too.

Congratulations.

Hi Joseph
What a wonderful capture. The colors and light are perfect.
Details are amazing - and that's from a lens that did not get very good reviews...
Excellent work!
TFS - Shir

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  • gilot (73)
  • [2007-01-26 21:18]

Salut Joseph,
Encore bravo pour ce gros bec. Les couleurs sont chaudes. C'est très beau.
Gilles!

Salut Joseph,
En fait il y a peu à dire mise à part que c'est un portrait parfait de ce bel oiseaux. Bravo pour les détails, la couleurs, la prise de vue, la composition, le contraste et exposition :-)
Claudine

Hi Joseph,
Your Evening Grosbeak are great.

Biswarup

Très bonne capture avec ce léger éclairci sur la branche. Ça donne un effet doré à ce fringilidé. Bravo

beautiful pic, TFS Ori

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