|Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno)
|Date Taken: 2019-02-08|
|Camera: Nikon D850, Nikon 200-500 mm.|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2019-03-09 3:48|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I took this photo in my garden. The bird was kind of relaxing in the frozen water of my pond. Brrrr.|
The bullfinch is a bulky bull-headed bird. The upper parts are grey; the flight feathers and short thick bill are black; as are the cap and face in adults (they are greyish-brown in juveniles), and the white rump and wing bars are striking in flight. The adult male has red underparts, but females and young birds have grey-buff underparts. It moults between July and October, but males do not have the duller autumn plumage that is typical of some other finches.
The song of this unobtrusive bird contains fluted whistles, and is often described as 'mournful'.
Distribution and habitat
This bird breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident, but many northern birds migrate further south in the winter. Mixed woodland with some conifers is favoured for breeding, including parkland and gardens.
This species does not form large flocks outside the breeding season, and is usually seen as a pair or family group.
It builds its nest in a bush, (preferably more than four metres tall and wide), mature stands of scrub, or tree, laying four to seven eggs. It is peculiar among Passeriformes for having spermatozoa with a rounded head and a blunt acrosome.
The food is mainly seeds and buds of fruit trees, which can make it a pest in orchards: in England for centuries every parish paid a bounty for every bullfinch killed. Ash and hawthorn are favoured in autumn and early winter. If wild bird cover is planted for it, kale, quinoa and millet are preferred, next to tall hedges or woodland.
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- [2019-03-09 9:59]
Fantastische foto genomen vanuit een ideaal laag standpunt. Prachtige scherpte met glinstering in het oog. Een heel aparte, mooie foto.
Nice capture with exceptional colors and details. Perfect composition.
- [2019-03-09 11:25]
HI Zeno,beautiful memory of the cold winter days,perfect scenery to take this beautiful species,no problem for the ice as i can see,perfect quality as usual. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Extremely Good Shot
Another perfect low POV shot with excellent details and light. Exposure looks perfect for - clearly see its eye. Like the way you have thrown the background far.
Thanks and regards,
- [2019-03-11 8:05]