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Brambling :-)))

Brambling :-)))
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-01 2:15
Viewed: 3341
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday, I met up with Nick Glen and went to a camera show in Southampton. I got to try out lots of cool gear including some that I hope to buy after my current debt has been payed off (which will be very soon!).
After the show, even though the weather was awful, me and Nick met up with Pekka at Blashford Lakes. We sat in a couple of hides, one looking over a forest, the other looking over a lake. The lake view wasn't particularly good though the forest hide was incredible! I've never seen such a huge amount of birds at once! There were Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Willow Tits, Siskins, Robins, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Collared Doves, and best of all... Bramblings!!! :-))
I've always wanted to see a Brambling let alone photograph them and there were loads of them and loads of opportunities to photograph them! If the weathers wasn't so horrible then it would have been heaven :-)

I hope you like it!

Brambling - Fringilla montifringilla

Finches (Fringillidae)

Similar in size and shape to the chaffinch, the male has a black head in summer, and an orange breast with white belly. In flight it shows a long white rump. Gregarious in winter, it may form flocks of many thousands and often joins with chaffinches. Numbers can vary between winters depending on food supplies.

Where to see them
In winter likes beech woodland, farmland fields near woods. Look in flocks of chaffinches and other finches. In autumn look along east coast woodlands and fields. Will visit gardens in winter.

When to see them
Watch out for them from mid-September until March and April. Occasional birds stay into May or even later.

What they eat
Seeds in winter; insects in summer.


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Hello Joe,

Great shot.
Beautiful photo of this interesting bird.
Light, focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good composition.

Hi Joe,
a great shot of "Bergfinken", the sharpness and details are
on top and so are the beautiful pattern and colours.
This time the WB is correct. The bird standout well from the clean BG.
It's always nice to sit in a hide and let the birds come close.
Well done, young friend.


Hi Joey,

good to see the first Brambling on TN this year (Uups, wrong, Nick Glen had one posted earlier). You got it in nice color, very detailed, the pale light makes for a yellow tinge. Ideal background too.

Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-01 3:21]

Hello Joe,
Looks like you had a successful trip!
This is a great shot of a male Bramling in winter plumage with good use of the ISO 800 to make the best use of the poor light.
You achieved pretty good sharpness and the pose and POV are excellent.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty,
Have a good week,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-12-01 3:26]

Hello Joe,
This species very rare is on TN and yours is very good. Clear coloursand sharp plumage against blur BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-01 3:46]

Hola Joe,
buena captura,
fino bg, plumaje hermoso,
agradable pov. y pose,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-01 3:50]

Hello Joe,
Fantastic photo of this Brambling. Wonderful clear colours, even in the poor light. Great pose, POV and OOF BG. Very sharp and an excellent composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-01 4:14]

Hello Joe,
Fine capture of this beautiful Brambling
Great color detail, composition, POV/pose and DOF/blurred BG
Best regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-01 5:29]

Hello Joe,
I envy you this lovely capture of a Brambling, so sharp and against a fine soft background! I like its pose and the colours of the plumage are wonderful.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-12-01 7:04]

Hi Joe
Another great capture of a specie I had never seen before.Good POV and nice pose from your subject.I also like that OOF BG.
TFS Michel

I read Nicks deal about the hide...but I don't think he addressed my Q&A about a 'flask':-) Very nice Joey..I have cut you some slack..yesterdays post was a dupe..and I found it and removed the older...loosing 50...I feel as though I am in the stock market:-) this is just super Joey. Quite the talent even in company of elders...

A macro full of color and with very good definition, it is very nice! nice job! Carme.

Que decir ya de tus fotografías que no te haya dicho ya ...
En esta destacaría la luz y los colores tan bien combinados en una buena armonía cromática. Quizás no sea de tus mejores en cuanto a enfoque, sobre todo en la cabeza del ave, aunque en el resto es casi perfecta.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-01 9:18]

Hi Joe.
Nice meeting and very cute picture of the charming bird. I like classic subject and composition, warm brownish colour palette and great details of all bird features and twig. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-01 11:22]

Hi Joe,

I'm not sure if I have seen a Brambling before - maybe a picture here on TN. It's too bad you guys had such bad weather but this shot is a winner. Beautiful pose, magnificent colors and superb details of the face, wings and plummage. The background and composition are wonderful.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-01 12:58]

Hi Joe. I knew you would get a good one of the Bramblings . Good detail and colours. As you say in your notes a lot of small bird to look at. It will be like that all winter now . We have sun most of today. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-01 13:20]

Hi Joe,
Beautiful capture.I liked POV,harmonious colors,details and pose of bird a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Ciao Joe, beautiful diagonal composition with lovely bird, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe,
I think I have captured the same bird but I think your picture is better than any of mine. So lets see when I will post one. Good pose and composition, sharp details and the colours are extremely good considering the bad weather. It does not show here at all, except by the small droplets of water which actually make it better.

Hi OwlMan Joe
What a cute and beautiful bird. i have not seen ever before. Excellent shot of this beauty in all around.
TFS and cheers,


Hi Joe,

Excellent shot
Perfect sharp details in this lovely compo
Great POV, BG and colors

TFS Thijs

Hi Joe,
bad weather not withstanding I think you have done well with this photo as the pov and colours look very good but as you say the weather wasn't optimum and as a result the focus is a titch off but still a very worthwhile one to have shared with us.Thanks for sharing.I hope you can get an opportunity in the years to come to make a living doing wildlife photography as you have shown a knack for getting great photos and failing that, have some work related connection with nature.Keep up the wonderful work and never lose your enthusiasm for nature. Bob

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-12-01 19:53]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding shot of this cute looking birdie with such amazing colours and details on its plumage. Immaculate sharpness and the lighting is so soothing and well handled. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hi Joe

Good to see you're having fun in the poor weather conditions.
Great shot of this species; I don't think I've seen it before either.
Great sharpness and plumage details
Excellent separation from the neutral OOF background
Great DOF


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-12-02 13:57]

Hello Joe! Thise bird is great! Well done on the composition, sharpness and exposure! A fine capture my friend!


Hello Joe

This is a beautiful bird I can understand why finding and photographing it would be so much fun.
The details are sharp with lovely feather definition.The markings are well seen.
Very good colour saturation,the tones are rich.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The bird is sharply focused against the wonderful OOF BG.
Great job.
Suitable for framing and putting on the wall as art!


OOOH! Well I never!
I've never even heard of such a thing.
I thought 'brambling' was the English word for blackberry picking.
It sort of looks kinda sparrowy chaffinchy sort of,but not reely.
Anyway,go on ya for finding this wee chappie and getting a photo for us.

Hello Joe,

Great shot. Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty,

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