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Loxia curvirostra

Loxia curvirostra
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-30
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-06 7:01
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Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Loxia curvirostra (Linnaeus, 1758)
Red Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra is a passerine bird in the family Fringillidae with a length of 15-17 cm and a characteristic bill with crossed tips (An adaptation for prising open cones and extracting seeds).

Adult males are red or orange in colour, and females grey-green but there is much variation.

It is a resident species in the coniferous forests of Europe, Asia and North America.

In Cyprus Loxia curvirostra (race guillemardi) is a rare resident found only in the highest forests of the Troodos range, associated with Pinus nigra (Black Pine).

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Hello Christodoulos
I am fortunate that we are neighbour today and both of us posted bird's image.
Very beautiful close up of this Red Crossbill, showing all the detail.
a low PoV is very effective here.
with best wishes,

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, superb sharpness, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-09-06 8:23]

Excellent picture of this bird! The excellent sharpness show the great detail of its body. Great color and ligh and also very, very natural! Congratulation and thank you very much for sharing it. Saludos.

Hello Christodoulos,
Amazing sharp details,depth,colours and beautiful low PoV.

hallo Christodoulos
this is a GREAT sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
thenks greeting lou

Hello Mr.Christodoulos,
To me the quality of this picture is really great(although I don't know anything about photography).Just as a viewer I can say outstanding picture.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice day tomorrow,

A masterpiece of sharpness!

Hello Christodoulos,

An excellent capture with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & setting. Very nicely composed.

TFS & best wishes!


nice rarity, greetings Ori

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-06 13:39]

Hello Christodoulos.
Very good shot.The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure are wonderful. The POV and DOF are good.
Regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos
照的太清晰 這特寫得鳥很漂亮
羽毛光澤亮麗都可以看的一清二楚 真是魅力極了
神情也很可愛 構圖美麗 謝謝分享

έχω τη χαρά να τον έχω παρατηρήσει..., εξαιρετικής ευκρίνειας φωτογραφία, άλλη μια στην υπέροχη συλλογή σου!
Καλή σου μέρα!

γεια σας Christodoulos

La netteté est remarquable, et les détails sont formidablement bien rendus.
Un grand bravo, et merci pour cette très belle photo.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-09-07 0:54]

Excellent capture of this lovely Crossbill, focusing on the characteristic bill.

TFS for another beauty, Christodoulo!,


What a remarkably sharp and crisp capture of this Crossbill, Chris!
The curious shape of its bill is brilliantly represented here.
Thanks for sharing this priceless image.

Hallo Christodoulos
what a great shot from you as usual. Model is one of the best one. Timing, focus, low POV and composition great. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Best wishes

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-09-07 18:45]

Hello Christodoulos,
A fantastic close-up image of this beautiful Red Crossbill. I don't know if I've ever had such an up close look at their bill and facial features before. It is quite unique and is shown in super fine detail. Excellent exposure and composed in an attractive manner. Well done!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-09-08 0:12]

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful photo of this Red Crossbill. Perfect low and frontal POV, DOF and eye contact. Fantastic sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours.

Hi Christodoulos,

You're capturing well this bird by a good macro, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Loxia curvirostra cute with dark-brown upperparts, reddish belly and beak of unique shape. It stands on water side deftly.

Kind regards,

Superb capture Chris, very interesting species, TFS,
best regars, Ferran

Hello Christodoulos.

Very, very nice picture. Excellent point of view, good compostion of the final picture. Sharpness, contrast and saturatioin are very good.

Thank you for shariing.

All the best

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-09-08 7:16]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
This Red Crossbill looks so vivid, it almost seems to be real. What an achievement!
Great pose, sharpness and lightning are perfect. Thanks again!

Hallo Christodoulos
Beautiful close portrait of this Crossbill. Excellent details and very good focus, great composition and point of view. The interesting details in the beak is well depicted! I like the light in the image very much. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Christodoulos. Another impressive pic MF! Top quality. Wonderful colours razor details perfect DOF.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-09-12 20:02]

Hola Christodoulos; que belleza de retrato de esta exótica ave que tiene un pico extraordinario; me gusta mucho el entorno de la toma, el ambiente natural y sobre todo como podemos disfrutar de todos los detalles de la especie...fabulosa...saludos.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-09-16 9:46]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent detail,amazing colors and perfectly sharp photo
with nice composition. A marvellous capture from close range.
Regards Jiri.

Giasou Christodoule
A superb photo of this hard-to-see bird in such close-up. Excellent eye contact, very good detail and focus.
regards yiannis

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-06 2:42]

Hi Cgristodoulos
such a splendid capture showing the expression of the bird as well as its definite clarity of the head.
Exciting work with well composed shot under lively lighting.


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  • Filnato (101)
  • [2013-10-14 11:51]

Excellent capture Christodoulos. Lovely pose in nice light. Very good details.
Best wishes,

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-11-08 14:58]

That focus on luxurious details you have accomplished in this Red Crossbill. Besides water glistening in the foreground, and the bird's beak wet just be drunk, reflected a dynamic vital to this work of art. Thank you for the wonder that is a lesson for me to study.

The teacher, HEALTH!

Hernán Bortondello

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