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Red-billed Firefinch

Red-billed Firefinch
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-16 1:31
Viewed: 10486
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-billed Firefinch or Senegal Firefinch is a very small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in almost all parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It has an estimated global extend of occurence of 10,000,000 km2.
This small bird - it measures only 10 cm. - is a gregarious bird which feeds mainly on grain and other seeds. It frequents open grasslands and cultivation. The nest is a large domed grass structure with a side entrance, built low in a bush, wall or thatch into which 3-6 white eggs are laid. The nest of this species is parasitised by the vilaage Indigobird.
The male has entirely scarlet plumage apart from brown wings. The bill is pink and there is a yellow eye-ring. Females have uniformly brown upperparts and buff underparts. There is a small red patch in front of eacht eye, and the bill is pink.

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Hi Zeno, wonderful bird with splendid colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, perfect focus, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Zeno Swijtink ,
very attractive bird and very nice image. Bird sitting on very sharp edge is like the sharp detail you have produced. Lovely.
Best regards and thanks for showing such beautiful image.
Nadeem Khawar.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-16 10:38]

Hallo Zeno,
Tot nu toe nog niet zo gewaardeerd deze foto van het Vuurvinkje, maar ik vind hem erg goed. Scherpte en kleuren zijn uitstekend. De achtergrond is niet geweldig, maar de de rest wel. Erg mooie compositie ook.

Hello Zeno this is very sharp and nice closeup, dof is v.shallow due to the closeness and works very well. it's just spot on, nice light, great colour contrast. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-16 14:36]

Hi Zeno

Excellent detail with great exposure and colour.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-16 16:28]

Hi Zeno, I am glad to discover your gallery, shall I say "aviary", you have fantastic pictures of birds in it. I am impressed by your skills and artistic feel of pictures. I really like the series in frost, it is beautiful. This one I like because I didn't know this little finch, it is really cute. I'm amazed at the details you managed to get and the light is strong but beautiful. Thank you!


Hi Zeno.
I am impressed with the DOF in this shot. Brilliant colours, and a very good focus.I think you achieved the perfect exposure. TFS

Hi Zeno,

Fantastic colors, nice background, great details! Well done! Thank you,


Very beautiful bird well captured. Superb detail and DOF.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-18 4:58]

Hello Zeno, what a great bird and what a great picture! The sharpness and great focus make the bird stand out against the beautiful background, the colors are striking and I love the pose of this bird, well done, thanks!


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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2008-02-24 0:40]

I loved this one. Very nice tone of red with yellow eye ring. And of course sharpness.. TFS

Hallo Zeno,
Zeer mooi gedaan: prachtig gekleurde vogel, mooi scherp, belichting en achtergrond OK. De vogels mogen de tuin van het Senegambia hotel blijkbaar wel!
Beste groeten,

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