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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: 2010-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300 F4 IS USM.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 8:48
Viewed: 3368
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first Redpoll this winter so i was pleased to get it today on the first day of 2010. It was taken from a hide at the local nature reserve . The hide was full with people so this was taken hand held , i had a job to get near a window. It is always a little dark in the woodland hide but today we has some winter sun. I am not too pleased with the BG but this is untouched .

Redpoll ( Carduelis flammea ) Length 13-15cm.
A small Finch with rather variable plumage.
Most Birds can be recognised by a yellowish conical bill, black bid and a red patch on their forecrown. The latter of which is absent in some Juvenile Birds.
Has streaked grey-brown upperparts and pale underparts, streaked on its flanks. In the breeding season the Male has a pinkish flush to its breast.
As a breeding species it occurs locally throughout much of England and Ireland.
In winter it is much more widespread.
Breeds in open woodland but winter flocks mostly in alder and birch often with Siskins.

irishprophet25, CeltickRanger, maurydv, MMM, eng55, siggi, marius-secan, jaycee, goatman04, nasokoun, Jamesp, hansh, boreocypriensis, uleko, rousettus, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-01 8:59]

Hola Nicholas: Una foto fantástica de una especie excelente...saludos.

Hello Nick

A fine start to the New Year by capturing this lovely Redpoll.
The details are fine and sharp and the superb lighting sets the capture perfectly.

Happy New Year to you and your Family.

Hi Nick,

Great start to the New Year with this picture. Although you complain about the background in your note, I find that the bright colours of the bird stand out well against the darker background. Good detail and nice composition.
Great capture and TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-01 9:41]

Hello Nick,
An excellent start of the new year with this beauty. The colours are splendid, the sharpness and details very good. Fantastic choice of composition, POV and isolation from the BG.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-01 10:07]

Hello Nicholas
Nice composition, wonderful colors and excellent details

Hello Nick,
a fantastic start with this picture, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, i like very much the composition with a very graceful pose of the bird against a very good OOF BG.
Best wishes

hello Nick

becaus of the wonderful luminosity and the fact that the bird
is from far and small in the photo, this is a beautiful atmosphere
photo of the Redpoll, shot with always fine POV and framing,
superb focus sharpness and details, beautifully blurred background,
if you could obtain a catch-light the photo would be more beautiful,



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-01 11:36]

Hi Nicholas
Nice presentation.Very well composed image with fantastic warm colors.As usual nice pose and sharp image with excellent detail.
TFS and happy new year

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-01 12:26]

Hi Nicholas,
Very nice capture of this Redpoll.I liked use of light,simple BG,details and composition a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

hello Nick
this is a beauty with so many red
great pose with beautiful colours and good sharpness
thanks ,look my workshop to see more terns
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-01 13:01]

Hello Nicholas,
Superb image of this lovely colorful bird. Wonderful pose colors and feather details.
Happy New Year to you and your family!
Best regards Siggi

Hi Nick,
this one was posing for you very nice and sitting at a beautiful place.
Please tell him to sent his relatives to Bavaria - Germany.
I haven't seen them for some years now ;-(
Thanks and have a happy 2010, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Nick,
Wonderful capture with exceptional vivid colours and superb focus.
Excellent light and lovely coloured background.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-01 15:37]

Hi Nick,

This must be an omen for a good year for you! You got your wish so quickly and was able to capture a beautiful Redpoll. I love the sweet facial expression, the wonderful colors, sharp details and terrific pose. The background might not satisfy you but it is lovely and sets off the bird very well.


Hello Nick,

This is an excellent close-up of this Redpoll with with beautiful colors, pose & composition. Well taken & presented.

TFS & best wishes!


Happy New Year Nicholas!
fascinating colors in a live scene very well composed, very beautiful start!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-02 1:07]

Hi Nick

Happy New Year from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Lovely shot - excellent composition and OFF BG.


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-02 2:52]

Hello Nicholas.

A very nice cpature of this bird.
Sharpness is very good. I like specially the sofisticated colors, beautiful.
Very well done.

Gr. Hans

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-02 4:18]

Hi Nicholas,
a very cute and pretty bird in a lovely pose. I like its reddish colour on the head. You have given a good shot, as the mosses too are very sharp and clear.
Very pleasant and exciting bird shot.


Ciao Nick, lovely bird in nice pose against a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, fantastic colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-02 9:16]

Hello Nick,
Wonderful to be able to take such a fine shot on New Year's day!
You captured this male Redpoll on an attractive moss-covered branch, from a great POV and in a fine pose against a pleasing neutral BG, the sharpness and colours being great!
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Nick,

wonderful selection to start the New Year. The facial expression and the pose are priceless of this beauty. Your POV/DOF, BG, clarity and composition are all incredible too.
TFS and Have a nice night!


Excelente encuadre y un fino trabajo con las luces. En tu línea de elegancia y buen hacer en fotografía de aves.
Un abrazo Nicholas: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Nicholas
your first shot this year is very beautiful, excellent DOF
the colors and the sharpness are also very good
the dark part in the BG gives a bit dramatic effect
Have a good night

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-01-02 21:51]

Hi Nicholas,
General colours in this image are exceptional.Green " moss" on which it is perched gives a nice finish to the photo, well done and all the best to you and the family for 2010.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-03 2:58]

Hi Nick,whit these warms colors the pic is too much nice! What a fantastic composition,..i haven't others words to comment,it's another wonderful artwork.Have a nice Sunday and thanks a lot my king of birds! Luciano.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-03 4:17]

Hello Nick,
A very cute little Redpoll nicely in focus here!! It looks really good on the mossy branch and in the beautiful sunlight. A beautiful background too and well composed. Sunny here too but -14C today!!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Nicholas
Redpoll is one of my dream species. I have taken some Carduelis spp. here, but I have never seen this beautiful passerine bird. You are lucky either see or capture it with a great shot. focus, exposure, POV/DOF and composition with mosses great. thanks for sharing. best wishes and good night

Hallo Nicholas
New Years day came and went past so quickly and here we are in the second week 2010. You were very fortunate to capture this excellent shot of the Red Poll on this 1st day of the new year, and what a beauty it is indeed. The prominent colours in the feathers stand out beautifully against the lovely background. The branch it is sitting on add some decoration to this already lovely image, and the sunlight falls beautifully on the green part to show off the beautiful colour to its best. I like the almost shy pose of this little bird. Thanks for sharing this colourful image. Best regards.

Hello Nicholas,
Nice picture, good colors, nice details and beautifull blurred background.

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