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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites, jmp *1, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, 100 points or more (Chapter 3) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-15 5:40
Viewed: 8991
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 140
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hawfinch, Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Coccothraustes
Species: C. Coccothraustes

Binomial name:
Coccothraustes coccothraustes
(Linnaeus, 1758)

TR Name: Kocabaş

The Hawfinch, Coccothraustes coccothraustes, is a passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.

This bird 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.

Deciduous or mixed woodland with large trees, especially Hornbeam, is favoured for breeding, including parkland. It builds its nest in a bush or tree, laying 2-7 eggs. The food is mainly seeds and fruit kernels, especially those of cherries, which it cracks with its powerful bill.

This large finch species does not form large flocks outside the breeding season, and is usually seen as a pair or small group.

The 16.5-18 cm long Hawfinch is a bulky bull-headed bird, which appears very short-tailed in flight. Its head is orange-brown with a black eyestripe and bib, and a massive bill, which is black in summer but paler in winter. The upper parts are dark brown and the underparts orange.

The white wing bars and tail tip are striking in flight. The sexes are similar. The call is a hard chick. The song of this unobtrusive bird is quiet and mumbled.

İnfo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawfinch

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-15 5:47]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Fon ve detaylar cok guzel, netlik, isik , keskinlik ve goruntu kalitesi herzamanki gibi nefis. Cok guzel bir cekim - yine :o). Tebrikler.

Hi fikret,
A good pic.
the bird is very sharp and stands out from the blurred back ground. good dof. TFS,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-15 6:32]

Hi Fikret,

A superb capture of this beatifull bird,I see them as well sometimes overher,but they are quite shy and hard to capture,luckely I managed to make a few shots last year,but they are not that nice as your shot,great camerawork,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-15 6:37]

Hello Fikret,
This is a superb capture of the Hawfinch, a bird that I have not yet succeeded in photographing well.
The BG and sharpness are first class and the sloping perch contributes to an excellent composition. The POV makes this a top class illustration for a bird book.
Well done and TFS,
Best wishes, Ivan

Superb image. Excellent sharpness and composition. Great background provides ideal contrast.
Well done

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-15 7:19]

Hello Fikret,
Great shot of this nice coloured bird, sharp and full of details.
Great work.

Hello Fikret,
The D70 shines in your hands :)
Very nice colors seen in this beautuiful bird.
Excellent sharpness, detail, exposure, POV, DOF, BG, and well composed mf.
Very well done.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-15 7:24]

hi Fikret;
olala, géniale image. Une qualité éblouissante, netteté, couleur...;tout y est. Un exemple pour tous les membres.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-02-15 7:37]

Hi Fikret,
Wonderful shot. Impeccable sharpness and colours. Great DOF and POV too. I like the pose too much. Very well composed. Kudos.

What a stunningly beautiful picture of this hawfinch you have here. It is so detailed and sharp and the composition is excellent. I love the way he is looking round at you as well, it shows all of his finery and his eye and beak in great detail.

Just excellent.

Hi Fikret,
the bird standout well from the BG, good details and nice colours. Well composed and good POV.
Well done.

Hi Fikret,
Beautiful capture! Very good and sharp details, nice colors and good composition! I like this bird.

Hello Fikret,

well done, excllent colors bg POv DOF Perfect details very crisp nicly composed and capture photo well done

TFS Kyle

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-15 9:05]

Otra exquisita captura estimado amigo con definición y bokeh que merece tan bello espécimen.
Una composición impecable, incluyendo el estético catchlight.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Another exquisite capture dear friend with clearness and bokeh that it deserves so beautiful specimen.
An impeccable composition, including the aesthetic catchlight.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-15 9:08]

Hi Fikret.
I am last year seen young one so glad as though you me now show hereof gorgeous adult bird.Your capture has very nice composition with crossways placed branch and with amazing position bird.I'm enjoying splendid vivid colours and very fine and sharp details on plumage.Also exquisite OOF background with fine tones colours.
Well done,congratulate and thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

Hi Fikret,
Wow, So beautiful and perfect picture. All settings seem to be on the spot. Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.

perfect shot,excelent detail,colours and composition!

Hello Fikret,
What a funny looking guy. It has a big beak and head :)! This is a very good capture as usual with excellent details, POV composition and exposure. This nice BG suits your little subject very well. This is beautiful! Thanks,

hi fikret,
excellent shot,
well composed,
nice pov , good dof, lovely bg,
well saturated colours,
the sharpness is very good,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-15 10:37]

Hi Fikret.
Once more your outstanding bird picture. The level of perfection of this picture does senseless any comments. Any words grow gim on a background of this beauty. BRAVO, my friend.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-02-15 10:52]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Yine muhteşem bir kuş fotoğrafı,
Tüm övgüleri hak ediyor,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-15 10:52]

Hello Fikret,
Brilliant capture of this beautiful bird in a lovely pose. Razor sharp and colours are fabulous! Nice plain background too. Great composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-15 11:00]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Söylenecek fazla birşey yok tek kelime ile her yönüyle harika bir çalışma.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-15 11:36]

Fantastic shot of this finch that is new to me. The colors are outstanding - every detail is sharp. Love the pose too.



Fikret this is an outstanding shot.

Definitely publishable! Amazing sharpness and bokeh. Perfect colours and composition to match. Love his pose and you've done really well here with your timing.


Hello Fikret,

THis is a great posting! A high quality picture with a wonderful composition. You placed the bird in the right side of the image leaving plenty of space in front of it. The beautiful background is perfect for drawing attention on the subject. There is only on minor point I would have tried to change on the composition: I would have tried to frame the picture so that the branch wouldn't run exactly through the corner of the image. However this doesn't diminish the overall beauty of the photo.
The natural colors of the bird are in great contrast and the spot-on sharpness emphasizes every detail. Exposure is very good with just a little, fully acceptable OE on the hawfinches highlights (beak and wing). But this is just a minor point. You managed to capture a superb outline light which also helps isolating the subject from the background. Excellent work here!
The pose of the bird is also a strong point. I like pictures where the silhouettes of the subjects are easily readable against the background. Also the great eye contact, the light around the eye and the catchlights in the bird's pupil are worth mentioning. A very good work of art with an excellent informative note. Congratulations and TFS!

With Friendly Regards,

Excellent pic.


Merhaba Fikret bey bu kusu hic cekmedim, cok guzel olmus herseyi super ve cok kaliteli calisma, tebrikler, ellerine saglik selamlar Necip.

Hello Fikret,
I see the full power of this lens at work here, my friend.
My goodness, what sharpness and vividness of colours!
You deserve highest praise for this amazingly beautiful shot.
Best regards,

bonjour fikret
vous avez beaucoup de different oiseaux qui viennent vous rendre visite,celui la est magnifique a tous points de vu.bravo.

Wonderful image!
Sharpness, colours, DOF, POV, compo...and so forth are outstanding.
No nitpicking.

70-300 ile bu kadar yakın, net ve estetik fotoğrafları nasıl çektiğinizi merak ediyorum Fikret Bey! Sırrınız yaklaşabilmekte mi acaba! D-SLR konusunda tecrübeli olduğum söylenemez, ama bir arkadaşımın 300'lük macro objektifiyle deneme yapmıştım ve yetersiz olduğunu düşünmüştüm, kaldıki 12xzoom (yaklaşık 420 mm'ye tekabül ediyor)panasonic FZ10 ilk makinamdı ve onunda kuş fotoğrafları için yetersiz olduğunu görmüştüm. Geriye objektif kalitesi kalıyor, acaba kalite farkı bu kadar etkin olabilir mi? Amma çok soru sordum değil mi?

Neyse, renkler, arka plan, inanılmaz canlı keskinlik. Sitedeki en güzel kuş fotoğraflarını yüklüyorsunuz desem yalan olmaz (en azından bana göre).

excellent, beautiful. perfectly captured. Brilliant composition and colors. beautiful bird.
Tip of tail is OE but it is not disturbing.

Bonjour Fikret

Bonne photo, la pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et les couleurs sont excellentes.Le Bg et la composition sont très jolis.
Merciet au revoir...JP !

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-15 15:15]

Hi Fikret,
A Wow capture! Everything at the best! Colours, sharpness, details, size of the bird (not too big, not to small), pov, pose, bg, exposure, pov, composition, aesthetic result,... I'm going to include it in my Fav.!
TFS, José M.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-02-15 15:19]

Hello Fikret,
To me this photo is perfect!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-15 15:31]

Beautiful shot, sharp details, lovely DOF, perfect POV and lovely colours. Nice pose from the bird as well



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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-15 15:55]

Selam Fikret Bey
Bu foto için daha ne söylenebilirki.
Kesinlikle marhowie'ye katılıyorum.Makinenin hakkını sonuna kadar vermişsiniz.


Beautiful bird. The picture is excellent. Sharp, correctly exposed with a nice background.

Murali Santhanam

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-15 17:12]

Brillante captura Fikret,
y buen pov. nitidez excelente,
colores y detalles perfectos, saludos amigo.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-15 18:27]

selam fikret
hakkaten bu sevimli kusa harika bir kadrajlama yapmissin. kompozisyon, bakis acisi, derinlik hissi, arka plan, renkler, netlik ve detaylar super olmus
eline saglik

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-15 22:17]

Hello Fikret

Superb detail in the plumage ,excellent details and sharpness.The image is razor sharp.The DOF and POV are wonderful.Very nice BG.An outstanding image.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-16 2:14]

Exceptional sharpness and beautiful colors on this chaffinch, Fikret.
Perfect POV showing all the different feathers and that big eye.
Subject stands out sharply agains the beautifully blurred BG.
TFS. : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-16 3:55]

Hi Fikret,
You always manage to have a wonderful background in your pictures.Very beautiful,well composed and sharp portrait of this little hawfinch.
Best regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-16 5:54]

Hi Fikret

You outdid yourself again, my friend!
This is a simply outstanding capture!
I really hae no idea what i could say that has not been said yet...except: i like it a lot, too :))
The details here are simply impeccable, the BG is wonderful, all the colors are most lovely and the overall composition is a bliss.

Bravo and TFS

Hola Fikret,
Bella imagen, la composición, la luz, el color, la nitidez son extraordinarias. Saludos

Merhaba Fikret Bey.
Çoook geç kalmışım bu güzel kareyi görmekte. Ama hayranlığımı belirtmeden geçemedim. Mükemmel olmuş. Elinize sağlık. Selamlar

Hi Fikret,
Superb shot here. The soft light and perfect exposure really have the colors and tones looking great. Very sharp detail in the plumage. As always, your composition and framing look great. Perfect OOF backround. This one is really amazing!

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-02-16 8:52]

Şahane bir kocabaş potresi, elinize sağlık.

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  • dewo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 9] (279)
  • [2007-02-16 9:14]

slmlar fikret bey
bu ne guzel bir kustur boyle
renkler netlik keskinlik ısık
super olmus kanımca

Fikret bey merhaba. Olaganustu bir fotograf. kutlarim.

Fikret , mükemmel , tebrik ederim , bu Top- Photo olmuş , keşke birden çok gülen surat verebilseydik , başarılar , bol şanslar. Fikret , bu çok başarılı fotoğrafın en az 100 puan almalıydı ve aldı , tebrik ederim , bol şanslar...

Hi Fikret

A beautiful bird indeed! A lovely pose with awesome eye contact. Tack sharp, clear with perfect DoF. :-)

Merhaba Fikret, nice bird with lovely pose, great sharpness, splendid colors and beautiful details, wonderful photo, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

hi fikret!
very beautiful!
perfect in my eyes!

Hi Fikret,
This is one the most beautiful pictures that i have seen, those galssy eyes and the position of the bird is amazing
Goutham R

Great shot. I love everything about it.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-17 23:22]

Fikret, this is perfect.

Excellent sharpness, colors, pov and composition.

Lovely catchlight and clean bg.


Muy buenas Fikret
Impresionante retrato, mis felicitaciones.
Esta foto tiene calidad por todos los pixel.
Un saludo

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-20 14:55]

Hi Fikret
I am really glad to see such a beautiful and perfect picture!! What a beauty! The excellent sharpness, dof, colors, pov and composition make it a gorgeous pleasure for the eyes. I really love it!
Congratulations and thank you very very much for sharing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-21 6:42]

Hello Fikret,
beautiful capture, very nice pose and wonderful composition. POV, details and sharpness are great. The BG colors makes a wonderful contrast and show off the bird very well.

fantastic portrait, TFS Ori

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-02-28 6:37]

Bu arkadaş benim en sevdiğim kuşlardan biridir. Böyle detaylısına bu kadar güzel bir kompozisyonda az rastlanır.
Elinize sağlık Fikret Bey.

j'ai regardé un peu tes oiseaux, mais c'est sur celui ci que je me suis arrêtée,
une très belle netteté, et surtout de belles couleurs

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-03-21 20:50]

Hello Fikret, what a great bird shot yo did there my friend, it's no less than perfect ! Well done, thanks !




Hallo Fikret
Now this is what I call a "just what the doctor ordered" photo. This is really stunning. This Hawfinch is really a very handsome little bird. Your focus here was spot on. A lovely close-up with stunning colours and sharp details. I've got a thing about a bird’s eye and this one is no exception. The brown and black eye with the shine surely is an attraction. I like the way the bird is posing for you looking back over its shoulder. This was a real pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-24 5:36]

Hi Fikret,

I think this is one of your best photo's.
Tghis shy bird is seldom seen in H9lland and you caught it perfect in everyway.


Hi Fikret,

What a stunning capture. This has to be one of the most perfect images i've ever seen of a Hawfinch

TFS Mark

Fantastic & mesmerizing.

Hi Fikret,
An Excellent capture of this beatifull bird!!! Great composition and very good sharpness. Well done.

Hello Fikret,

This is a great posting! I was surprised not to see my name in the big list of comments.

With Regards,

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