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Hawfinch


Hawfinch
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-04-30 5:28
Viewed: 582
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
The hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) is a passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. Its closest living relatives are the evening grosbeak (Hesperiphona vespertinus) from North America and the hooded grosbeak (Hesperiphona abeillei) from Central America especially Mexico.

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, including parkland, with large trees – especially hornbeam – is favoured for breeding. The hawfinch builds its nest in a bush or tree, and lays 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 is usually seen in 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.

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  • gothy Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 2] (254)
  • [2018-04-30 7:12]

Bonjour Zeno
Belle capture de ce grosbec casse noyaux.
Details époustouflant et bon point de vue.
Bruno

Marvellous capture.
Welcome back!
Ram

a perfect portrait, TFS Ori

hello Zeno,
une superbe photo, très belle qualité des couleurs et de la netteté.
Roland

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6449 W: 89 N: 15592] (65238)
  • [2018-04-30 15:34]

Hi Zeno,perfect capture of this lovely hawfinch,the best pose and the best plumage details too,bright colors despite the dark light of this cloudy day. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Zeno,
congrats to this rare shot of a Hawfinch. Backgound, focus, colors, all is perfect.
Best regards, Dietrich

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