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Female Siskin

Female 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: 2008-03-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-10 8:15
Viewed: 2792
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the female Siskin from my archives taken at the same place and on the same day as the male i posted yesterday. Once again taken from a hide and hand held.

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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The backgound is again of the same colour of that of the Siskin. This amazes me.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-10 8:31]

Hello Nick,
A shot of this Siskin in a wonderful pose. It shows itself from the best side. Excellent colours, sharpness, POV and composition. The BG is again amazingly beautiful.
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-10 8:44]

Hi Nico,a poetic pic,excellent under all corners of view,the soft background and the perfect sharpness make a difference! Very beautifull work(as your style..eheh),thanks for share,Luciano

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-10 8:53]

merhaba nicholas
wonderful capture and nice pose of your cute model
POV, BG, DOF, colours and sharpness are great

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-10 9:00]

Hi Nick!

As always excellent work. You're real magician. Composition is good, but colours even better. Yellow shades of feathers look good on similiar BG. Sharp, clear and nice looking.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-10 9:28]

Hello Nick,
You're a bit of a dark horse hiding these beauties in your archives!
Thias is at least a fine a shot of this female Siskin as your previous of the male, with an excellent pose, sharpness ,BG and fine POV.
well composed on the branch too.
TFS this beauty,

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-09-10 10:22]

hi nick
Superb picture.
lovely composition and details
lovely perch

Hi Nicholas good capture. Good composition, DOF, Sharpness & eye contact. Well done. Regards - Adil.

Hello Nick,

I saw an interesting programme about these birds several months ago but have never seen one myself! What a pretty little bird!
You have captured good details of its plummage and composed it very well sitting on the twig-perch.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Nick, an impressive shot of this beautiful lady siskin my friend!Many thanks for sharing!


Preciosisima imagen llena de calidad en todos los sentidos...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-10 13:04]

Hi Neighbor,

I'd love to spend some time looking through your archives! Another gorgeous shot of the Pine Siskin. Wonderful pose in the tree with excellent details. Again the amazing colors repeated in the background.


Maravillosa Nicholas !! nos das una buena lección de como captar un ave de manera técnica sin descuidar para nada el arte !! Destacaría en sobremanera lo bien trabajadas que están las tonalidades del todo el conjunto. Excelente pose del ave y buen encuadre-ese aspecto lo tienes superado jeje-.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello Nicholas.
More a fantastic picture!
Extraordinary definition and luminosity.
Fine colours and details.
Congratulations and TFS this marvel!
José Roberto

Hello Nicholas
wovvv, wonderful shot of Siskin in high quality with splendid colors, excellent focus, eyes contact and POV/OOF. BG always great. Thanks for sharing it with informative notes. best wishes

This one looked like a 4 point photo even in thumbnail Nick. Looks like the US or perhaps even Great Brit should make a stamp out of this...very nice!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-10 22:24]

Hi Nicholas,

This is an excelent image of the bird with wery sharp details. I am impressed by the excelent color rendering and composition. There are so many color tones in a perfect harmony with the blurry background.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-10 22:51]

Hi Nick

Great pose with really good colour and detail - very good isolation of the subject too.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-10 23:32]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding image of this cute little Siskin with immaculate sharpness, colours and details on its plumage. Fine pose captured and the glint on its eye is so special. Excellent DOF lets it stand out from the BG so well and it looks majestic. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Hi Nicholas,
Magnificent shot of this Siskin!
The resulting image is a very imposing one, the sharp and fine details on the plumage blend in such a wonderful way with the softness of the background.
I like a lot the composition and the catchlight!
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi Nick,
A nice capture of this beautiful female siskin. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-09-11 5:38]

Perfect shot of a siskin in a very nice pose. Don't know why but I like these kind of birds very much. Very good focus and sharpness and great bg colours that mach the birds.
TFS Paula

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-09-11 8:39]

Nic, Another nicely composed picture from your lens. The Y shaped perch adds to the beauty of the picture.

- Murali

Mr Glen

This is one of your most elegant shots. The colours are magically soft but strangely sharp and well defined where it matters. Your vault obviously holds shots that many of us would be more than happy to have our name to.

Mr Glen

Ciao nick, lovely bird in great pose with fantastyic blurry BG and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-11 14:33]

Hi Nick,
excellent capture of this pretty female Siskin.
Exceptional detail in the feathers.
The composition is very good.
Great light.

Well done,


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-12 11:21]

Wow Nick

This really is a beauty, I love the delicate colouring, the light and the sharp details. Beautifully composed and perfect DOF. It should be on an expensive greating card



The lighting is very good. For example its subtle catch light.
Good perch and...very posture and moment.

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