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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-20 7:35
Viewed: 2882
Points: 48
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Brambling, Fringilla montifringilla, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.

Distribution and habitat

This bird is widespread throughout the forests of northern Europe and Asia. It is migratory, wintering in southern Europe, north Africa, northern Pakistan, north India, China and Japan. It regularly strays into Alaska during migration and may continue as far south as the western United States. Open coniferous or birch woodland is favoured for breeding.

The Brambling is similar in size and shape to a Chaffinch. Breeding-plumaged male Bramblings are very distinctive, with a black head, dark upperparts, orange breast and white belly. Females and younger birds are less distinct, and more similar in appearance to some Chaffinches. In all plumages, however, Bramblings differs from Chaffinches in a number of features: (i) Brambling has a white rump whereas that of Chaffinch is grey-green; (ii) the breast is orange, contrasting with a white belly on Brambling, whereas on Chaffinch the underparts of more uniformly coloured (pink or buff); (iii) Brambling's scapulars are orange, whereas Chaffinch's are grey or grey-brown; (iv) the flanks are dark-spotted on Brambling, plain on Chaffinch; (v) Bramblings lack the white outer tail feathers of Chaffinch. An additional difference for all plumages except breeding-plumaged males is the bill colour - yellow in Brambling, dull pinkish in Chaffinch (breeding-plumaged male Bramblings have black bills, Chaffinches in the corresponding plumage have grey bills)

Bramblings mostly eat seeds, but unlike most finches, their young are fed largely on insects.

It builds its nest in a tree fork, and decorates the exterior with moss or lichen to make it less conspicuous. It lays 4-9 eggs.

This species is almost entirely migratory. In Europe, it forms large flocks in the winter, sometimes with thousands or even millions of birds in a single flock. Such large gatherings occur especially if beech mast is abundant. Bramblings do not require beech mast in the winter, but winter flocks of Bramblings will move until they find it. This may be an adaptation to avoid competition with the Chaffinch.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-20 7:40]

Super faina! O specie pe care n-am mai vazuto de mult timp.
Numai bine

Fantastic addition to the birds family Marius! Breathtaking colors, point of view and detail! Very correctly adjusted white balance! Extraordinary simplicity again! Bravo! Have a wonderful holidays as well my friend!
George Veltchev

hello Marius
So this is sharpness in the snow
great details nice pose and super good naturel colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-20 7:44]

Hello Marius,
There are two Bramblings at my feeding place during the last days. I've tried to make a decent photo in the snow, but not very succesful. This one is great in excellent sharpness and details. Taken from a very good low POV in beautiful natural colours.

Hello Marius,

what an nice image from this rare bird in the Netherlands.
Good low pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-20 7:54]

Beautiful species and fine image despite the snow around you got the colors and details on the bird perfectly, well done. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-20 7:57]

Hi Marius,
snow the clouds looks like.!
An excellent capture of this The Brambling.Good sharpness, details and natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-20 8:10]

Hello Marius,
A fine capture of a male Brambling feeding on the snow. The lateral POV, colours, exposure and light management, sharpness and composition contribute to a great portrait of this species in winter plumage.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-20 8:15]

Hello Marius,
A beautiful capture of this little Brambling looking for seeds in the snow. Great focus on the eye and wonderful details and colours that show up beautifully against the snow.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Marius, splendid bird in the snow, fine details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-20 9:26]

Buna Marius,
O fotografie excelenta despre aceasta cinteza, albul zapezii, detaliile in penaj sunt redate foarte frumos, felicitari!
A aparut si la noi specia, dar intr-un numar foarte redus fata de anii 80,90, cind aparea in stoluri de sute de exemplare.Numai bine,

hello Marius, very good moment, the snow scene is beautiful, fine winter colors and good sharpness create a great work!
TFS Nasos

Hallo Marius
One more beauty to be added to your already incredible portfolio. The patterns and markings on Brambling's feathers are really striking and pleasant to look at. The combination of colours in the whole image fits so well together, like a hand fit a glove. Perfect! Focus is great, composition pleasant, the white snow is ideal to highlight the bird's lovely details. The sunlight in the image is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Marius
Impressive photo. The composition, the colours, the sharpness and especially the ….snow, are excellent.
My best wishes, Christodoulos.

Hello Marius,
another fantastic imagine , details, pow and sharpness perfect, interesting subject. A very nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Ciao Marius. Fantastic contrast and bright colours. Nice capture.


Hi Marius,
A sharp, clear photo with very nice snowy BG and beautiful colours.
Best wishes, Pambos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-20 14:49]

Hi Marius,what a beautiful winter scenary and what a very nice specie,impressive white balance,sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Marius,
Just impressive!, you've archieve great details despite the difficult snow background, and the hard contrast against tje dark bird. You've managed exposure here, as a professional!
Well done!
Regards, TFS,

Hello Marius.
Beautiful bird captured against the white snow.
Love the light and details exposure of the plumage. Pleasing colors and good framing.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

Hi Marius

Excellent capture of this Brambling in the snow. Good sharpness and unusual contrast against the white surrounds.


Hello Marius!
Amazing idea, good shot. Superb theme. Fine scenery.
Nice lightness and colours. Good contrast and sharpness.
Very good quality.
Well done!

Hello Marius,
you have captured this Brambling very fine in the snow.
You managed well both with White Balance and exposure, really fine,most got the snow blue and the subject underexposed.
I like the low POV too.
well done.

Love this. Technically nothing wrong, awesome!

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