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Bull finch (Domherre)

Bull finch (Domherre)
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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: 2010-02-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 300mm / F2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 400, 1.4 X converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Birds, Alex99 favorite pics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-25 1:53
Viewed: 7138
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for your comments of my previous post.

This is our most popular and most common bird these days, not in reality but on Christmas cards. It’s the most well-known bird in Sweden.
The Bull finch is really a beauty. This is the male but the female are also beautiful but not so colourful.

Info from Wikipedia.
The Bullfinch, Common Bullfinch or Eurasian Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.
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. It builds its nest in a bush, (preferably more than 4 meters tall and wide),mature stands of scrub, or tree, laying 4-7 eggs. The food is mainly seeds and buds of fruit trees, which can make it a pest in orchards. Ash and hawthorn are favored in autumn and early winter 2. If wild bird cover is planted for it, Kale, Quinoa and Millet are preferred, next to tall hedges or woodland.
This species does not form large flocks outside the breeding season, and is usually seen as a pair or family group.
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 under parts. The pleasant song of this unobtrusive bird contains fluted whistles.
The Azores Bullfinch previously regarded as a subspecies of Eurasian Bullfinch, is today recognized as a distinct species.

More info in different language here

Canon 300mm/F2.8 L, 1,4x extender, tripod, spot metering, ISO 400, Raw-format, av-mode.
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS5.
Well calibrated Eizo S-pva monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

Merry Christmas.

maaciejka, cloud, Alex99, jusninasirun, marius-secan, bartove, nikosrio, maurydv, Hormon_Manyer, jaycee, tuslaw has marked this note useful
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-25 1:59]

Hello Gert,
Fantastic photo of this Bull Finch in splendid light and colours. Excellent sharpness and details. Beautiful contrast against the OOF BG. Pleasing composition. A beauty!

Hi Gert my neighbour today,
thanks for ID. Your bird is perfectly in focus, great colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing and interesting note.
Thanks for Your advice

great portrait, TFS Ori

Hi Gert,

Beautiful picture of the Bull Finch full of nice contrasting colours. The picture has a perfect DOF and I liked the POV as well.

Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2010-12-25 3:01]

Hi Gert,
Beautifull bull finch you have captured here. Great light and lovely colours. Here in Holland the robin is the most seen bird on christmas cards. The bull finch also lives here but is not so often seen.
Merry christmas to you and your loved ones.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-25 3:08]

Hello Gert,
such a lively view of the small little bird. I like the superb colour on the chest and feather is excellently smooth.
What a composition with good exploitation of lighting.
the blurry background complement the scene very well, pushing the subject out of the canves.
nice view indeed.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-12-25 4:21]

Hello Gert,
It's very nice gift on Christmas Day. The Bull taken perfectly.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for You,

hallo Gert
Super sharpness picture nice pose and great details of this beautiful coloured bird
great shot
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-25 4:44]

Bravo, Gert.
Once more outstanding bird picture from you. Fantastic reproduction of all even tiniest details of the charming bird. Colours are also awesome as well as splendid BG (bokeh). Your lens combination is simply amazing (in your hands). Great job.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-25 5:13]

Its stance really justifies its name, bull like image, well captured with beautiful colors. tfs.

Hello Gert.
This is an amazing bird shot captured with this powerful 1.4 extender rated highly by Ivan. Love the perch and the details retained from this glass.
Thanks for the useful tips on getting good pictures and highly appreciated.
Have a joyful Christmas and kind regards - Jusni

Hello Gert,
Exceptional details and good focus as usual.
A perfect exposure with splendid clarity and sharpness.

Hi Gert.
Beautiful bird and beautiful photo with very good composition wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.
My best wishes, Christodoulos.

This is a great photo. Natural beautiful and amazing colours. Superb sharpness and composition.

Hello Gert,
excellent capture, natural colors, sharp details, nice BG,
TFS, regards,

Hallo Gert,
another fantastic capture, outstanding sharpness, marvellous colours and light,
very well done
Once again Merry Christmas to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Gert,

Wonderful photo as always from you. Sharpness, compo and colors are all fantastic - although I feel the signature too huge and a bit pointless. But the overall impression is very pleasant, thanx to the above mentioned positive aspects + the marvellous DoF. Bravo.

Thanx for your comment about my latest image. A really sad and pathetic situ - but I don't quit! I'm mentally stronger and I'll be here until I'm banned. :) I don't change my critiquing style either. You said you didn't see what George and I exactly wrote about that photo. Click the image, then the discussion: "To mwmod99: Warning!" and you can read the core of our sentences.

Have a great Christmas, all the best to you & your loved ones. Friendly yours, László

Wow! I hope one day I can get a shot of this species this good! Stunning.

Hello Gert,
Perfect portrait of this Bullfinch. Very well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-26 9:55]

Hi Gert,

A beautiful shot of this Bullfinch - a bird I have never seen, but would love to. Everything is picture perfect - the pose on the bare branches, the beautiful colors, the fine details of the face, eye and feathers, the excellent blurred background and the superb composition.


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
  • [2010-12-28 13:04]

Just Stunning! Excellent clarity on the subject and background ideal bokeh! Color, compostion perfect.

Great Shot!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-11 20:09]

Hello Gert,
What an awesome looking bird, I can see why they are so popular on greeting cards. The color patterns are simply gorgeous and you managed to capture exceptional detail. This is indeed an image possessing superb qualities in every aspect!!
What I find interesting is that it seems to have a shortened head as compared to the rest of it's body. Maybe it's just the way the grey coloring runs high up on it's head that makes it appear that way to me.

Hi Gert !
Nice to meet you for the first time here in TN .
You have an amazing gallery full of fantastic pics.
Many congrats for this one here showing this wonderful bird.Great shot! Great colors , sharpness and balance of lightness.The BG is also fantastic! I love it so much.TFS and hope see more photos by yourself !
Have a nice w-end!

PS: OE , ok ! Thanks for telle me! And for your kind comments in my last pic. Bye bye!

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