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Male Siskin

Male Siskin
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-24 10:49
Viewed: 2728
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back to my archives for this one. One day it may stop raining so i can get out with the camera.

Siskin ( Carduelis spinus ) Length 12cm.
This is a charming little Finch which is numerous and widespread during the winter months in Britain and Ireland. Numbers are increased by continental Birds.
In the breeding season it is common in parts of Scotland but local elsewhere in Britain and Ireland.
The Male in its breeding plumage has s striking yellow and green plumage with a black bib and forehead.
The Female and winter Male have more subdued colours but always show two yellow wingbars and a yellow rump in flight.
Breeds mainly in conifer forests but in the winter forms flocks which feed mainly on cones of alder and birch.
It often mixes with Redpolls in feeding flocks.

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Hi Nick,

Brilliant shot of this bird. Really lovely yellows and a good composition, nice glint in the eye as well. Great detail and a nice blurred background.
Great capture and TFS


Hi Nick,

Excellent shot of this Siskin
Perfect sharp details, lovely colors and BG
Great DOF and a Good POV

TFS Thijs

Hi Nick,
A very lovely photo with an almost innocent expression on the bird. I really love the texture and color of the background it suits the colors of the bird perfectly. The catchlight on the eye brings the bird alive and its details are superb. The clean composition is a pleasure to look at and gives no distraction away from the Siskin. If I need to be crititical, it is that I see a little bit of noise on the belly of the bird. Something I would not have expected to see.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-24 11:18]

Hello Nick,
Another beauty from your archive. Perfect sharp focus on the head in beautiful light. Very nice natural colours, also in the matching OOF BG. Very good POV, composition and DOF.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-24 11:18]

Hello Nicholas
Excellent work like always. Well done.

Hello Nick,
a fantastic picture of a male Siskin, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV and composition with a gret pose of the cute bird against a splendid BG:
Best regards

Hello Nick,
Wonderful image. Very nice colours, background and perfect focus.
In Romania it is raining almost every day.

Nick : Very beautiful bird, tints and neatness are as usual extra.
best regards

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-24 11:49]

Hello Nicholas.

A very nice capture. Feathersharp and with a nice twinkeling spot in the eye.

Gr. Hans

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-24 11:51]

Hello Nicholas,
Fantastic capture, beautiful colors and lovely light, excellent composition and pov, very good sharpness and depth of field, nice details and great pose.Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-24 11:59]

Very good portrait of this siskin!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-24 11:59]

Hi Nicholas,
Very beautiful capture.Clear details,sharpness,simple BG and framing are excellent.
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Nick, beautiful bird in nice pose, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-24 12:11]

Wow Nicholas! You realy know how to do this. Perfect. I liked the sharpness and BG specialy. Thanks.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-11-24 12:25]

Hola Nick,
perfecto trabajo,
bello foco, color natural y bg.
de gran calidad.

hello Nick
so beautiful of colours and great sharpness
super details and nice composition
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-24 13:05]

Hello Nick,
There don't seem to be any shortage of birds in England!! Another beaty from you showing a lovely Siskin in a fine pose. Excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

hello Nick

excellent and very beautiful close-up photo of the Siskin,
shot with very fine POV and appropriate framing, superb focus
great sharpness and details, beautifully blurred background,
the catch-light render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-24 14:37]

Hi Nick,i like a lot the moment of the capture,the bird is thinking....and a little sad...a fantastic portrait whit a usual super super quality! Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO

Hi Nicholas,

This beautiful bird has a perfect pose, it's full of attitude and personality ... not you think that this little bird seems to be meditating? ... As usual, photo technique wastes by any standards. Great colors, great light and a beatiful level of details.



Hi Nick,

Excellent shot of this beautiful Male Siskin, the detail in the plumage is spot on, superb composition, great catchlite.

Cheers Rick :)

Hello Nick,

An excellent capture of this male Siskin with splendid colors, sharpness & composition. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Very well taken & presented.
TFS & have a great week.


Great capture of the Siskin Nick... detail, composition, BG and DOF... all well seen and presented. Well done!


Ciao Nicholas. Another excellente capture well focused and in perfect contrast against blurred BG. Beautiful colours.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-25 4:13]

Hello Nick,
Again a most beautiful Siskin-picture. The colors are most harmonious, the framing pleasing and the bird very very cute. Bravo!
Your archives are still full of excellent shots.
Kind regards

Exceptional achievement, this Siskin portrait Nicholas, you must have a very deep archival chest my friend, thank you indeed for this masterpiece.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-11-25 5:43]

Hello Nicholas
Excellent presentation.Well composed image and excellent POV.As usual razor sharp image with good plumage detail.I also like the nice catch light in the eye and the beautiful OOF BG.That image have a 3D flavor well done.
TFS Michel

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-11-25 14:04]

Hi nicholas,
très belle image, les couleurs sont naturelles et les détails particulièrement fins. J'aime beaucoup le BG discret et coloré.


Impresionante como siempre. Tonalidades de ensueño y fondo muy apropiado: enhorabuena Nicholas:

Josep Ignasi

Hello Nicholas,

another very exellent image from you.
I can't give no other answer as very good.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-26 1:25]

Hello Nick,
It's a good job you have a fine archive to resort to when the weather doesn't allow photography. We have had mostly cloud and wind with some rain: it seems to die down a bit on its way from the UK.
I like this shot of a male Siskin in every respect, particularly the way it contrasts so well with the BG and fine lighting on the top half of the bird.
Thanks and all the best: I hope the weather improves for us!

hello Nick
tres belle photo un tres beau BG
de belles couleurs on dirait qu il pose pour toi
a tres bientot

Just keep on pumping them out Nick. I learn from you...so you are my fav teacher in this area of birds...they are beyond me now, so I leave it up to my gazing eyes and wishful thinking...Very nice1

Hello Nicholas
very great shot of this male Siskin, and what a wonderful pose, with pefect details, superb colors, DOF and fantastic BG
Have a great WE

Hello Nicholas,

Great photo.
Colours,light and definition are splendid.
Good composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-12 15:42]

Hi Nick,

This Pine Siskin is magnificent! I love the pose and the expression on the bird's face. The colors and details of the face and feathers are wonderful. The background is superb. The whole combination makes this picture perfect.


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