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Goldcrest (Kungsfågel)

Goldcrest (Kungsfågel)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 300mm / F2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 400, 1.4 X converter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-22 6:45
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Thanks for your comments of my previous post.

This small beauty is a Goldcrest , Kungsfågel in Swedish “kings bird”.
It’s Europe’s smallest bird with a weight of around 5 gram and wingspan 14-16 cm.
It’s a restless bird, never sits still; you must have lots of patient if you want have a nice photo of it.
When I took this picture in springtime the bird sang his song the whole morning for me.
I hope you like this small fellow.

Info from Wikipedia.

The Goldcrest is the smallest European bird, measuring from 8.5 to 9.5 cm and weighing as little as 5 g. It is dull greenish above, with buff/white underparts, two white wingbars, and a plain face with a conspicuous black eye. The crown has black sides and a narrow black front, and a bright central crest, orange in the male and yellow in the female, which is displayed during breeding. It is a restless species, constantly on the move as it searches for insects.

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Canon 300mm 2,8 L, extender 1,4x, tripod
Pattern metering, ISO 400, Raw-format, av-mode.
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS5

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Hi Gert,
A superb sharp capture of this beautiful Goldcrest bird. Lovely composition with a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Another briliant and deadly sharp shot produced from a man who certainly knows a lot about photography! Good day Gert! What a pleasure to stand in front of the computer and watch this image. Rich color gamut, impeccable dept of field, briliant point of view and tons of detail! Bravo Gert!
George Veltchev

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-22 7:27]

Splendid photo, TFS!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-22 7:32]

Hello Gert,
Amazing photo of this Goldcrest. Fantastic in this singing pose. Perfect sharpness and details. Very beautiful natural colours. Great OOF BG, POV, DOF and composition. A little masterpiece.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-22 7:41]

Hello Gert
Superb capture of this little and cute bird
thanks for sharing this beauty

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-22 8:45]

Hej Gert,
This must be one of the best captures of a Kungsfågel that I have ever seen! The POV is great and taken with superb technical standard and fine natural colours. I can almost hear this male calling!
We have recently had many here in Scåne but now they have moved further south with the cold weather.
Great to view and thanks for sharing this delight!
Trevlig helg,

Hello Gert,

another one nice bird image and this time from an little one.
Good low pov,sharpness and details.
Fine colours with nicely blurred bg.


hi GE
another live shot
everything is perfect

What a great open beak pose Gert, pin sharp too..
Very cool little bird, colors look fantastic.
Outstanding :)

Hello Gert,
What a different and beautiful bird in lovely pose, great colours and perfect details. Well done!

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  • PhilC Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
  • [2010-10-22 9:41]

Hi Gert - absolutely stunning photo - I am impressed with the 300mm 2.8 ans 1.4 extender. A real beauty - well done - Phil.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-22 10:18]

Hello Gert,

This is really the perfect picture.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
What a soft plumage and the yellow head.
Splendid bird, lovely plumage, splendid eyes too.
Very well taken, perfect of colors too.
Nice done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

hallo Gert
this very smal bird so very big on the picture with great sharpness and great details
very nice pose and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hy Gert
I thought I knew this bird compete with Wren for the title of Europe's smallest bird. And I really like both. But this is unusual, as her character to hide among the branches of trees, it is difficult to saw.
A great portrait, with extraordinary details.
Kind regards,

Bonjour Gert,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet, sous une excellente profondeur de champ, par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-10-22 19:14]

Bonsoir Gert,

Splendid portrait. Excellent mastering of the technic in all aspect. Tight close-up looks great. Parrallelism of the subject with sensor plane optimize sharpness. Splendid "bohkey". Great shot and TFS.


Bonjour Gert
Il est superbe et joli ce petit oiseau avec de belles couleurs et les détails sont très bons.
Bravo et au revoir....JP

Hi Gert. This is such a great pose of this beautiful bird. The plumage is so well defined and the shallow DoF is just perfect in making the image pops out of my screen. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday. Best regards - Jusni.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-24 23:37]

Hello Gert,
Superb and lovely capture of this Goldcrest while singing from latral POV with excellent POV and delightful composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-25 5:26]

Hi Gert.
Outstanding picture. I can dream about such ones only. Amazing subject, fantastic sharpness and details of the bird, first-class bokeh. Magnification level is breathtaking. Composition is also spot on. MY congratulations and Bravo.

Perfect example of getting everything right! This is also a nice side profile shot show the profile off with every detail beautifully lit. Very nice Gert. :)

Hello Gert
Beautiful photo with beautiful colours, good composition and very good sharpness.

Wonderful bird portrait!!!

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