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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, RAW ISO 1600, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-19 1:27
Viewed: 5444
Points: 18
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A female Bullfinch eating flowers.

Another very high ISO 1600 picture, heavy clouds and rain. Shot few pictures with ISO 3200 also, only very little difference.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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 metres 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. 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 cap, face, flight feathers and short thick bill are black; 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 underparts. 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.

The European Bullfinch is peculiar among Passeriformes for having spermatozoa with a rounded head and a blunt acrosome.

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Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful bull finch. Lovely composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Pekka,

Very nice composition. Beautiful capture of this cute bull finch with a leaf in its beak. Good POV, DOF and focus. Colour are very good too.

Hi Pekka

Don't know that I've seen any Australian birds eating flowers, maybe taking stamens but not the whole flower; do you know if that's a common behaviour.
Good sharpnessand composition.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-19 6:47]

Hi Pekka ,
a very nice moment you caught here, with well saturated colour and good details - well done!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-19 12:33]

Hi Pekka,
what a fab shot of this elusive bird!
I've never even seen a Bullfinch before!
I see you've discovered the uses of high ISOs too :-) I can't see one speck of noise even though this was taken at ISO 1600!
Very detailed and great sharpness.
Nice lighting too.
Very fine work once again!



So the Bullfinch is a veggie eh?! Well all the best then as there are to many scavenger birds out there which scare these smaller ones off..and in this case..one which I have not heard of nor seen before this! Very nice image and good information!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-19 23:36]

Hi Pekka

Lovely shot - well framed plus great colour and excellent detail. Well observed and captured.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-20 9:29]

Hello Pekka, Very nice shot of this bird holding something in its beak. I like the composition and the POV.Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-22 20:08]

Hello Pekka

A very good capture of this bullfinch with nesting material in it's beak.
The eye contact is very good.
Lovely colours and lighting.
Well placed in the frame.


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