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How to filet a grain ...

How to filet a grain ...
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), Tamron 200-400 mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in my garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-06 7:47
Viewed: 4076
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello to you all - what shall I say - it's still winter ...

When I looked outside the window in the morning, I looked surprised and thought my eyes played a trick with me ...
Everything was white again - 12 cm snow in only 2 hours, it was a heavy snowstorm - and we had these storms several times today combined with sunshine, crazy April-weather.

I never had so many hungry guests in my garden than today.
I counted about 10 starlings, 50 bramblings, 20 greenfinches, 10 siskins, 3 bullfinches, 2 goldfinches, 1 yellowhammer and several sparrows, blackbirds and tits.
They have eaten the normal ration of one week in a few hours - wow, it was amazing.

I captured this greenfinch for you demonstrating, how to "filet" a sunflower-grain, they are so ably doing this with the beak.

I hope you like it - and please keep your fingers crossed for us here in Europe, that we soon will have warm weather again, thanks.

Enjoy the weekend


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Very nice and funny picture.
Good close-up and colors.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-06 7:52]

Hello Sabine,
That's indeed a lot of birds together in your garden. Superb photo of this Greenfinch in perfect sharpness and details. Very beautiful natural colours. The frontal close POV is also perfect. Nice OOF BG. A beauty!

Wowww... Sabine, this lovely greenfinch is winner of the day:)
I just love the pose and its facial expression also the way its looking at you:) cute... It is really gorgeous. The blink in the eye is very special. It is a lovely moment shared with us.
TFS and have a nice Saturday night MF!


Hallo Sabine!

Ich bin froh, dass du dich vom weissen Mantel nicht hast abschrecken lassen und dieses schöne Bild geschossen hast. Das Vögelschen sieht so niedlich aus und die ausgezeichnete Schärfe führt zu einer ausgeprägten Detailzeichnung. Ich hoffe, dass die ganze Vogelschar in deinem Garten genug zum Futtern hatte...

As liebs Grüessli


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-06 8:18]

Hello Wishnu,

What a good close-up we see the plumage on a wonderful way. A wonderful photo of this Greenfinch in perfect sharpness and details
Color and presentation are very well. TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Hello Wishnu friend,
The work of an artist! excellent, fine textures, colors flawless, perfect detail. A photo full of volume and depth. Excellent portrait of the bird, in a atractive pose and attitude. Good job, one of the best photos of the day. TFS

hello Sabine
super sharpness picture with nice light and very good details of the bird
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Sabine,
a superb portrait of the Greenfinch taken from an excellent frontal POV with outstanding detail on the head and plumage, a great eye contact, fantastic colours in this wonderful close composition.
Best regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-06 8:53]

Hello Sabine
A wonderful close up of Green Finch.
Thanks for sharing

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-06 9:02]

Waw...For the first time I see how a bird eat the grain!
Is very clever!
Congratulation for this lovely shot!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-06 9:04]

Hallo Sabine,
Bayram hat schon erkannt was für Schatz haben wir von Dir Heute nur für mich ist das der Gewinner! (nicht nur für Heutigen Tag)
Wirklich SUPER! Liebe Grüße Siggi

Hello Sabine,
I think this pretty greenfinch is happy with your presents to him! Very nice capture, unusual POV. It's very impressive to see his eye so close! Yes the weather is crazy this year... I think will will enjoy warm days more than ever! Cheers,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-06 9:10]

Hello sabine,
A superb sharp action shot showing how easy it is for a greenfinch to take the sunflower seed out of its husk.
A fine close capture taken with great sharpness, lighting and colours in this fine portait of a male Greenfinch.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Sabine
Lovely bird today!
Interesting way to catch the grain for eating!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2010-03-06 9:19]

very nice picture sir !!!
the details and the colors are lovely

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-06 10:27]

Hola Sabine.
Super. Great photo Sabine. Very clear and sharp. Looks like he is giving thanks for the food. We all are waiting for spring to come, and have a lot of birds and insects.
Take care and have a gret WE.

Ciao Sabine, splendid bird in nice action against a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, great sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Sabine,
Great sharpness and clarity. Very good details and excellent natural colours.
Nice POV.

Hallo Sabine.

Very nice and funny picture that you posted here. The bird is very lovely. You captured it as tasteful as the sunflower seed :) As you know, we like the seed of sunflower so much, as cookies :))

Grüße aus der Türkei.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-06 13:10]

Guten Abend Sabine,
einfach MAGNIFIC !!!! Hier schneit es wieder.

hello Sabine

excellent close-up photo of this bird, with fine POV, superb focus
sharpness and details of its plumage, beautiful eye-contact, TFS


Hello Sabine,
very nice picture, excellent sharpness, beautiful colors and framing
nice shot congratulations.
hello Vanni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-06 15:30]

Hi Sabine,this is truely the pic of a day...what a impressive macro,what a great timing,what a beautifuls colors,sharpness and details...a very professional work,thanks a lot for share this beauty,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-06 19:57]

Hello Wishnu,
I have never seen a Greenfinch before, so this is a real treat to view. Looks like you were able to get right next to this little beauty. The detail is super fine and the colors are very natural. Great DOF and wonderful eye contact. Well done!!

Hello Sabine,
Fantastic shot. Education and how to cope with sunflower seeds.

Lucky you, Sabine, having so many visitors!
This guest is a handsome nut-cracker. What a beautiful image you have got there with those stunning details and colours on the chest! The eye in particular is ravishing.
TFS and wish you a better weather.

Hi dear Wishnu ,
Excellent portrait.
Great details and so nice sharpness.
Nice mood.

Kind regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-07 4:22]

Liebe Sabine,
Also näher und präziser würde es nicht mehr gehen...jede einzelne Feder ist auszumachen! Und der Vogel scheint die Fotografin gutmütig anzuschauen. Scheint sich gar nicht stören zu lassen. Perfekt dargestellt dieser Fink.
Bravo immer wieder!
Herzlich grüsst

Lovely.Its cute.Its Sharp.

Hallo Sabine
nach ein paar sonnige und warme Tage, haben wir auch wieder Winter, gestern morgen hatten wir auch 12 cm Schnee überall und die armen Vögelchen brauchen uns noch zum überleben
dieser Greenfinch is wunderbar, die details an seinem gefieder sind sehr sharf und seine Pose is Perfect mit einem SonnenBlume Korn im Schnabel
Grüsse Jacqueline

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-08 6:54]

Hi Sabine
Excellent closed up.You wust have been pretty close.Very sharp image with perfect plumage detail.Nice colors and catch light in the eye
TFS Michel

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-03-08 7:20]

It looks like you are old friends and sometimes get together.....hehehe
I don't know about the weather, but your relationship with this little one is so warm my friend.
I loved the plume details and your eye contact shot Sabine.
Congrats about your great capture and say hello to Stephan.

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2010-03-11 11:51]

Hi Sabine !
Super photo, great one can see details, nice natural colours.
I am greeting Slawek.

Hallo Sabine,
Wonderful capture of the hungry greenfinch, fantastic sharpness, colors, excellent POV and above all, awesome facial expression and pose. You're lucky to have so many visitors in Your garden - imagine a less snowy winter: You would mostly photograph sparrows (if You would), because everyone should have enough food. With this I'd like to say there's something good in everything which is bad, now our long and cold winter.
Congrats and tfs, friendly regards, László

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-17 21:56]

Hi Sabine.
I am glad that you have also so long lens. As you macro lens it helps you to create stunning shots. I am impressed with magnification and three-dimensional effect of the image. Details of the bird and seed are unbelievable. Fantastic work. My congratulations.

Ciao Wishnu. Simply a perfect portrait MF! Great macro shot with fantastic colours and stunning details. What a great show!


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-05-05 15:26]

Bonjour Sabine,

Great close-up of the birdy. Excellent sharpness on the eye and perfect exposure. Tight cropping brings all attention to him and even at F/14 the DOF is so shallow (main caracteristic of close-up) that the BG is "blurry" enough not to distract. Great work and TFS.


It's too bad Tamron doesn't make that lens with USM and IS. It would be a great competitor to Nikon who make a lens with the same range for over $6000 CAN. I am actually searching for a good versatile telephoto zoom lens, but can't afford the Nikon one. Unless Nikon release a new version of there 80-400mm, Sigma will be my choice. But Tamron make great lens (90 macro and this one proves it)

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