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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-25 3:38
Viewed: 3690
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all, I would like to thank all who gave me critique for my Waxwing image.

Twite (Carduelis flavirostris)

Swedish name: Vinterhämpling, meaning 'winter linnet'.

A few days ago I took a stroll along the beach of the local nature reserve, the aim being to look for late waders on the way south or flocks of migrating small birds that look for seeds found in the vegetation near the beach.

I saw a flock of about fifty consisting mostly of Twites but there were also some Redpolls. Twites can be easily told apart from other related birds by their yellow beaks.
The Scientific name 'flavirostris' means 'yellow beak'.

These small seed-eating birds are rare but are winter visitors to Scania and N. Europe. They are permanent residents in Scotland and Norway, Eastern Turkey and the Caucasus.

They come to this area every Autumn but are hard to photograph as they are very wary. The closest I came to this flock of about 50 was about 8 meters (27 ft), before they flew away making their bleating 'tweeet' sounds. They were feeding, as this one, on the seed heads of Tanacetum vulgare.

I have already posted one image of this species almost exactly three years ago and I seem to be the only one on TN to have posted an image of this species.

This image was quite heavily cropped and the camera was hand-held. After size reduction the image was sharpened a little.

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Hello Ivan,
A beautiful bird species, clear and beautiful framing, thanks for sharing , greetings

Hej Ivan,
A superb capture of this beautiful Twite bird. Very cute one. Lovely sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hej Ivan,
det är inte ofta som man ser den här fågel i verkligenheten heller.
Very fine picture with a fine brownish tone, well composed and with good sharpness.
ser att vi är grannar idag. ;-)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-25 4:21]

Hi Ivan,very very nice and different pic,i like a lot this background that seems paint,and obviously the perfect focus on the fat (ehehe) bird,great sharpness and composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

Ciao Ivan. A fantastic paint MF in top quality. Best compliments!


Hello Ivan,

Fantastic capture.
Lighting and definition are excellent.
Good composition.

Lovely almost monochromatic shot with tons of detail taken under pleasant soft light Ivan. Good day! I am very impressed with the beautiful earthy colors in this frame. The dept of field is pleasant and the sharpness is excellent in my opinion!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful image and have a great day Ivan!
George Veltchev

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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 5:42]

Hi Ivan.
While I am in home and have free minutes (in an hour I go for a business trip) I wish to comment your amazing picture. I love the subject so much. Cute bird is looked on the attractive plant amazingly. Light brownish colour palette is also very nice and combination of sharpness (of a man subject) and blurriness of the natural BG is superb. Bravo. Perfect job. Picture is very pleasant for look and taken with great taste and skill.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-25 5:48]

Hello Ivan
Another perfect capture with a very rare specie in my country
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely bird, beautiful monochromatic composition with a wonderful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello ivan
beautiful shot nice BG
nice details
lovely Twite.

All this time of year goes dormant or passes till spring. It almost shows in your rich earth tone image. The bird seems oblivious to an early arrival of possibly snow.

Very well captured. Well exposed image with good detail ans a lovely complimentary BG.
Well done

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-25 7:10]

Hello Ivan,
indeed a lovely composition. The pestel and monotonous colour is so exciting to appreciate here.
Very clear indeed and a stunning bokeh being produced here.
Very sharp image especially the ey and the lines of the feathers.
Well done.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-10-25 7:40]

Hi Ivan,
I love the color palette here, wonderful and the bird is so fluffy and cuddly, well captured one. tfs.

hello Ivan
very good picture with great details and good sharpness
very nice naturel colours
greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-25 8:55]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent photo of this rare visitor by us,I see this species last time oly in 1987., TFS!

Hello Ivan, perfect composition and nice pose of this beautiful bird that i saw it firstly.
TFS and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-25 11:21]

Hello Ivan,
A very beautiful photo of this Twite, not a daily bird for me. Great sharpness, details and natural colours. The matching colours all over the photo are fantastic. Very nice POV, DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-25 12:46]

Hello Ivan.
You had chosen a great closed up of this Twite.Excellent pov and very sharp image.Plumage detail is superb.Also like the catch light in the eye too.Best regards Siggi

hello Ivan

excellent and very beautiful photo of this small and cute bird,
shot with fine POV at its level, also very fine framing with the
good free space in-front, superbly focused with great sharpness
and details, very beautiful light, the catch-light as always
render the photo more beautiful, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Excellent shot with fantastic details, colours and focus.
A lovely composition with great background and perfect POV.

Hola Ivan

Una imagen que en su totalidad es de color marrón, tambien es una casualidad esta originalidad, una imagen bella, desde el pájaro hasta la planta donde se enuentra subido. Una imagen realmente bonita...

Un saludo de Antonio

Hej dostum Ivan,

Although you've cropped heavily, this is still a superb capture with high quality MF! The details and colors of its plumage are nicely captured. I like the catchlight in its eye too. There is nice separation from the blurred background and exposure looks perfect.
TFS and have a nice new day MF!


Bonsoir Ivan
Bravo pour cette belle photo,la pose de l'oiseau est superbe et les couleurs sont jolies.la composition est belle.
Merci et au revoie....JP

Hi Ivan,

Great shot of vinterhämpling, nice monochromatic tones and in spite of the heavy crop OK sharpness. Nice pose and DoF, too. A pleasant image to look at with many details. Congrats and tfs.

Anyway, Hungarian name of this species is also connected with winter. This species is a rare winter visitor in our country.

Friendly regards, László

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  • Robb Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 11] (293)
  • [2010-10-26 1:22]

Hello Ivan!

Splendid capture for this beautiful bird!
Colors, and composition is perfect!
Regards, Robert

Hi Ivan. Marvelous photo of this beautiful bird.
Details and composition are fine.
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-26 5:02]

Bonjours Ivan,
Une image discrète par sa coloration, mais d'une grande subtilité de teintes. Une impression très harmonieuse se dégage de cette image qui nous présente une espèce de Carduelis que je ne connaissais pas. Très belle image automnale.
Meilleures pensées

Bonjour Ivan,
Très belle maitrise de la lumière valorisant bien le sujet dans une unicité de tons.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Ivan,
very special capture of the bird in clarity and sharpness.TFS

Hello Ivan,
A lovely capture of this beautiful bird. Very good sharp details, good blurred BG and excellent POV. Well done!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-27 13:02]

Hi Ivan,
An excellent capture of this beautiful specie,with great sharpness,colors and very nice BG.Wonderful POV.TFS and regards,

merhaba Ivan
this is very beautiful lady of Vinterhämpling or Yellow Beak. Firstly I saw this species in winter period two year ago. But not far away. Its flocks in our university campus. after that I saw them in high plateaus of Estern Black Sea and the Taurus in last summer.
you greatly captured it on similar colored dry herb, with great sharp details and exposure. light using, coloration and POV/DOF superb. nicely composed and notes with good information as always.
çok teşekkürler dostum. iyi geceler.

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