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Chaffinch in breeding colours

Chaffinch in breeding colours
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7 D+Battery Grip, Canon EF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 L IS USM, Kingston 16GB 266x, 67mm UV Filter-Hoya
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-03-13 9:06
Viewed: 3254
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This male Chaffinch is in its splendid spring courting colours, unfortunately I notice that it has infection on its legs,
This is an extract from the British Trust for Ornithology.

(A number of different agents may cause swellings on the legs and feet of wild birds. Some of these are caused by mites of the genus Knemidocoptes and result in scaly legs. The 'scales' themselves are dry encrustations made up of material produced by the bird in response to the irritation caused by the mites, together with skin debris thrown up by the mites as they burrow into the tissues. As well as forming on the legs, the 'scales' may also form around the beak. These mites are members of a wider family of mites that cause mange in domestic animals and scabies in humans.

Another cause of warty growths is the Fringilla papillomavirus which affects Chaffinches and Bramblings. These growths may vary in size from small nodules to larger warts that engulf the whole leg. The warts develop slowly over a long period and affected individuals may otherwise appear quite healthy. Some individuals may become lame or lose affected digits.

Wounds on the feet may become infected by bacteria, resulting in the formation of abscesses - sometimes referred as 'bumblefoot' by poultry breeders.)

They have on their website a reporting link for various disease and deaths of birds in the UK (link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/disease_in_birds)

Image has been cropped about 30% and a high pass filter applied to compensate for loss of detail on upload to TN.
Thanks for viewing.

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Hello William,
My neighbor,nice capture with great details and sharpness, beautiful clarity of colours and taken from nice PoV.

Hello William,
As usual a top quality image with superb focus. A very nice specie of birds popular in my region especially in the winter. Amazing colors and splendid shape. Incredible sharp silhouette. Difficult to catch such a shy bird......
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Hello William,

What a picture!!!! Excellent sharpness, details & color.

Thanks for sharing this amazing potrait of the finch..

Warm Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-13 9:20]

Hello Bill,
Beautiful close-up of this Chaffinch. Splendid bright colours and excellent sharpness. Taken from a very good POV.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-13 9:28]

Hi William,really a great capture,the best moment of the year for the plumage colors of this specie,and the best way to show us that,whit very bright colors and beautiful details,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.William,
Again a beautiful specie you have presented us.Outstanding focus on the subject with natural colour.I like its sharpness too.Feathers and nails are very sharp.Great example to learn for novice photographer.
Thanks for sharing such excellent art,
Kind regards and respect,

Ciao William, great view of lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-03-13 12:01]

Hello William,
Beautiful subject with lovely colours and details ! TFS Tina

Hi William,
another beautiful bird. Amazing colours. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-03-13 12:48]

Great colors indeed dear William
And interesting note

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-03-13 12:56]

Hi Bill,
Excellent photo of this the Chaffinch ..
Beautiful bird, fine details and splendid sharpness, perfect focus and beautiful blurry BG
Best wishes,

Hello Bill

Great close-up photo of the male Chaffinch,
fine POV at its level, superb focus, sharpness,
and details of its beautiful plumage, TFS


Beautiful photo William! The colours are fantastic! Impressive sharpness too!

Hello Bill,as your note says the male chaffinches are most attractive at this time of year and you have captured this one perfectly, in a nice alert pose showing all of it`s lovely details against a most suitable BG.
Best regards Les.

Hello Bill.
This Chaffinch looks striking in its breeding plumage. Your capture is fabulous with vivid color details and pristine sharpness in the frame.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-14 5:44]

Hello Bill,
Apart from the deseased feet this male Chaffinch looks healthy, judging by this close and sharp capture.
The natural colours of his plumage are great and contrast well with the BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

Bonjour William,
Très belle attitude du sujet le valorisant bien dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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