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Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-22 11:43
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A male Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea 13 cm) photographed on a pine tree branch in the boreal forest of Montmorency north of Quebec City.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
An abundant breeding bird of the boreal and taiga regions, the Common Redpoll is seen in North America primarily only in the winter. Even then, it generally occurs during irruptions, typically every other year.
Cool Facts
Redpolls have throat pouches for temporarily storing seeds. They may fill their pouches with seeds quickly then fly away to swallow the seeds in a more protected, warmer spot.
Size: 12-14 cm (5-6 in)
Wingspan: 19-22 cm (7-9 in)
Weight: 11-20 g (0.39-0.71 ounces)
A very small finch.
Bill small and conical.
Chin black.
Forehead red.
Body pale brown and streaky.
Wings and tail dark.
Two white wingbars on each wing.
Pink to deep pink wash across chest.
Sex Differences
Male pink on chest and less streaked, female without pink and heavily streaked.
Crown bright red. Chin and lores black. Upperparts dark with pale edges; edges wear off through spring. Wings and tail blackish-brown. Wingbars broad and white. Lower back and rump paler and less streaked than upper back. Rump, cheeks and breast red or pink. Flanks with lines of dark streaks. Undertail coverts usually with dark centers and broad pale edges. Rest of underparts white or buffy.
Similar to male, but darker and streakier. Little or no red, except on crown.
Immature male resembles adult female.
Similar Species
Pine Siskin more streaked, without red, without black bib. Yellow in wings.
Hoary Redpoll difficult to distinguish, but larger, frostier, with smaller bill and less streaking. Hoary rump white without streaks. Undertail coverts have little to no black markings. Note that Common Redpolls can look similar, and that the streaking on the undertail coverts is often hidden by the white of the overlapping feathers.
Call is a series of chittering notes with some rising, questioning notes.
Summer Range
Alaska and northern Canada. Also Scandinavia, Russia, and Siberia, parts of Europe. Introduced to New Zealand.
Winter Range
Winters from southern part of breeding range south to northern United States. Extent of southward movement varies year to year.
Breeds in open subarctic coniferous forest and scrub. Avoids dense forests.
Winters in open woodland and scrub, weedy fields, and suburban and urban areas.
Very small seeds, such as birch, willow, alder, grasses, and weeds. Also arthropods in summer.
Feeds on small branches, often hanging upside down. Uses feet to hold food items. Frequently visits bird feeders, especially thistle feeders.
Nest Type
An open cup of fine twigs, rootlets and grasses. Lined with thick layer of feathers or hair. Placed in small tree or shrub.
Egg Description
Greenish white to pale blue, spotted with purple at large end.
Clutch Size
Usually 4-6 eggs. Range: 2-7.
Condition at Hatching
Helpless and with little down.
Conservation Status
Not listed as threatened or endangered.
Other Names
Sizerin flammé (French)
Pardillo sizer�n (Spanish)

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-02-22 11:46]

Fantastic cuteness! The photo is a masterpiece indeed! Thanks for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-22 11:47]

Hi Mario. I can see you are still geting snow. The poor little bird looks frezing. you havee done so well with the light to give natural looking colour i do like the red on the head. you have fine detail and a nice POV/DOF. well done tFS. good notes too.

Have a good weekend .

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-22 11:50]

Hi Mario,

This almost looks like a painting. Very artistique shot with fine colors and a great contrast.


salut Mario

très belle photo avec la pose de l'oiseau et son eye contact avec toi,
j'aimes de la façon dont il a était cadré dans l'image,
excellente luminosité de l'image, excellent DOP, grande netteté
et détails du plumage et je vois même des détails dans la neige



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-22 11:58]

Wow!!!! Impeccable image Mario!
The flash has highlighted the detail so well.
Very, very, very sharp with great clarity.
Beautiful colours.
Perfect exposure.
The snow is a bonus!
Stunning image.
Thanks for sharing this,


Dire que c'est une superbe photo est banale..
Pour moi c'est de l'art...et la note explicative
est très complète.
Félicitations Francesco

There certainly is something very good about red and off red along with a white backdrop. it works even better here than in Cardinals...well some...this has a closing in on pastel look to it's redness..or almost pinkish tinge..

Hello Mario,
This is a real fine composition with quality!
superb exposure and focus in sharpness, awesome colouration on the bird with perfect details in it
a pleasing posting indeed
many thanks

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-22 14:11]

Hi Mario

Lovely shot - detail in the feathers is excellent. I like the snowflakes plus the dark BG helps the redpoll stand out.


Meravigliosa immagine, composizione perfetta, dettagli e colori mozzafiato; non solo lo sguardo "intenso", ma soprattutto il becco hanno per me un effetto catalizzante. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Bonjour Mario,
Super close-up, the details are amazingly perfect. The subject sits nicely within the frame. Well done :)

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-22 14:46]

Hi Mario
This is a very nice composition
very good sharp
well done.

amazingly beautiful pic! no need for the sofisticated frame, the pic is good enough without it. greetings Ori

Hi Mario,

Excellent shot
Sharpnes, details, colors, compo and POV are SUPERB
beautiful BG and framing

TFS Thijs

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-22 15:37]

Bonjour Mario,

Brrrr....On peut ressentir le froid de nos hivers dans cette photo. Il est tout en plumes et tu l'as capturé avec de superbes détails, de belles couleurs vives et le tout agrémenté d'une belle composition.


Bonsoir Mario,
Tu as réussi une capture excellente de ce sizerin, très belle photo, avec des beaux détails et couleurs.
Félicitations et bon week-end!


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-02-22 16:55]

Very well captured. Love the colors on the bird. excellent sharpness and clarity. Good composition and useful notes.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-22 17:30]

Most excellent. Beautiful in every aspect! He looks as if he's freezing his behind off! Superb work! Cheers, Klaus

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-22 21:23]

Hi mario,

I am alois surprised by the light management in your photos. First I thought that you got good lighting conditions but I see now that all your photos have the same excelent light and atmosphere.

As usualy very good quality of the image and great composition.

Thank you for sharingm,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-23 5:00]

Perfecto trabajo Mario,
felicidades por esta bella captura,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-23 6:41]

Hola Mario.
Alta calidad en fotografia lo que hoy nos presentas aqui. Colores e iluminacion al maximo. Finos detalles a la vista y muy hermosos fondo y pose delpajarillo.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-23 7:47]

Hi Mario,

Brrrrrr - he looks cold. He also looks beautiful - lovely colors and the red patch looks wonderful. Marvelous details of the face, wings and plummage. A beautiful composition on the pine branch with the snow in the lower corner.


Bonsoir Mario,

Excellent photo de ce sizerin.
Très belle composition. Les couleurs sont superbes.
Bonne soirée,


Superbe, magnifique composition et très beau POV la tête penchée c'est tellement mignon, les couleurs sont extra et les détails aussi.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-23 13:44]

Hi Mario,
Wonderful shot of the cute Redpoll among the snow. Immaculate sharpness and perfect lighting. I like the chilly expression and the diagonal composition. Kudos.

Bonjour mario,

Ta note donne beaucoup de renseignements. Ce sizerin flammé sur la branche semble gonfler ses plumes pour se protéger du froid. La prise de vue permet de distinguer avec précision les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. Le sujet est bien cadré. Bonmne journée.


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