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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
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-27 5:59
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Here's another shot of the female Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea 13 cm) photographed on a spruce 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.
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.
Conservation Status
Not listed as threatened or endangered.
Other Names
Sizerin flammé (French)
Pardillo sizer�n (Spanish)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-03-27 6:15]

Hello Mario,

Thank you very much for the interesting note about this wonderful bird.
You took this Common Redpoll nice between the pinetrees branches placed, also the snow in blur in background make this picture very attractive.

Best regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-27 6:19]

Hi Mario,
great setting amongst those sharp needles, it makes this Redpoll seem even softer and fluffier! As always, very good detail, DOF, exposure and clarity.

Hi Mario,

What a great joy to look at the most wonderful images you do upload day after day.
Very beautiful bird shot again.
Wonderful color contrast and wintery scene you've captured the Redpoll in.
Great shot and great note to. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hello Mario,
Another splendid shot of a bird, Common Redpoll with your excellent photography friend! TFS.


Hello Mario,

Very beautiful photo.I liked the colours, composition and the details.

This one goes to my favourites.Nothing more to say!
Thank you!

Hi Mario,
very beautiful shot. The bird is captured perfectly sharp. It seems freeze.
The background is very nice, too ... Makes me think of christmas ;)
Very nice composition.
TFS Tatjana

I might see some like this now all summer..Their images are burned into my head as a laser burns into glass and etches...fine work Mario...Sharp as a laser as well!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-27 9:11]

A very good looking redpoll you have here, Mario.
Excellent details and pose.
Shows off well the red spot on the forehead.
The BF is a bit busy, but shows beautiful details on the spruce.
TFS. : )

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-27 9:11]

Hi Mario,

Another wonderful bird picture. This Redpoll is lovely and is a typical Mario picture. Everything about it is outstanding. He looks wonderful with the snow behind him and the beautiful pine branches surrounding him.


bonjour mario
un plumage tres piqué et une bonne exposition(même sur la neige).les couleurs sont superbe et parraissent parfaitement naturelles.
du grand art!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-27 10:35]

Hi Mario

Superb shot of the Common Red Poll, Excellent Feather detail, the composition is very good I like the way the bird is central and framed by the pine branches and not in any way obscurred by them, very nice colours and perfectly exposed.


Hi Mario,

SUPERB sharpness with beautiful details in a lovely compo

TFS Thijs

very nice composition,excellent detail and great sharpness!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-27 13:38]

Hi mario. I captured one this week for the first ime i have posted the male. Yours has such fine detail and colours. with sharp focusing.This makes for a excellent picture. very well done TFS.

bonjour Mario

très belle photo de ce Sizerin flammé, avec un excellent POV
et cadrage, belle netteté et détails de l'avant-plan, TFS


Un'altra meravigliosa immagine, ci mostri ogni giorno una nuova immagine e (anche se fosse la stessa) riesci sempre a stupirci. Straordinari dettagli e magnifici colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • sray Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (242)
  • [2008-03-27 15:35]

Salut Mario
belle prise dans un environnement coloré . Netteté extra et saturation parfaite des couleurs . Bravo !

Just when I think you cannot outdo yourself, you go and do it! This is lovely. I am most impressed with your control of DOF. Do you have some trick. I'm sure at 400mm I would have had the forward twig and/or the end of the tail very out of focus. Yours is a little soft but not distractingly so.

Evelynn ; )

Hello Mario,
Superb shot of this lovely colorful bird. Wonderful pose colors and feather details. TFS and Regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-27 17:20]

Salut Mario...mais dis-moi...qu'on peu dire de tes photos? Elles sont toutes parfaites et d'une beaute' incroyable,il est vraiment difficile pour moi trouver encore quelque chose a dire..mes plus gros compliemnts pour la plus belle galerie des oiseux de TN,merci de partager,Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-27 18:24]

Hola Mario.
Otra muy buena imagen para Tu ya exelente coleccion de hermosos Pajarillo. Siempre es muy grato para Mi poder apreciar Tus finas fotos. Gran calidad fofgrafica Mario.

Simply gorgeous Mario! Great detail, natural color, and pose.
The green spruce is the perfect framing and the snow adds a seasonal touch. Exceptional as always. Your fine work always reveals the beauty of the subject with expertise. Tfs Richard

Hello Mario,
Outstanding capture of this adorable little bird, excellent composition and point of view, beautful vivid colors and nice clarity, superb details and lovely light, fantastic sharpness and depth of field.

Bonjour Mario,
Belle composition et surtout excellent controle de la profondeur de champs et du focus
Bien cordialement

Hi Mario
Excellent capture and composition
Superb sharpness and detail
Lovely color
tfs jon

Hi Mario, the whole composition is impeccable. Sharp, excellent lighting and a really good well focused bird. TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-28 9:30]

Woah! That is one fat Redpoll!
Have you been over-feeding the birds, Mario?
Great composition and POV.
I love the red crest.
Excellent use of flash.
Nice and sharp.
Well done my friend,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-31 19:52]

Hello Mario

Your pine bough shots are wonderful.
The clarity is exceptional and the settings are beautiful.
Spot on focus with sharp detail.
The colours are well saturated.
Great camera work.


Bonjour Mario,

Ce sizerin flammé sur la branche semble figer sur place par le froid. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. Les reflets de la lumière sur la neige rehaussent les couleurs. L'oiseau semble gonfler ses plumes pour se protéger du froid. Bonne journée.


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