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Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin
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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: 2009-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-05 14:56
Viewed: 6470
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Pine Siskin a pretty rare sight in my garden.

Pine Siskin - Carduelis pinus
Cool fact: Pine Siskins are the most frequently encountered member of the irruptive winter finches—a group of finches that breeds in the northern portions of North America and periodically stages major winter invasions into central latitudes of North America. These incursions may occur for lack of food in their typical wintering areas.
Pine Siskins are approximately 5 inches (13 centimeters) in length. A small streaky finch with a pale, thin, pointed bill, Pine Siskins have dark wings and a tail that has a variable amount of yellow.
The Pine Siskin is a highly social bird and can often be found at feeders in large flocks or mixed with winter flocks of American Goldfinches. The distinctive single- or double-note flight call of the Pine Siskin is often heard throughout North America in the fall.
Description: The head, throat, and nape of Pine Siskins are buffy and finely streaked with dark brown. They also have an indistinct dark brown eye stripe. From the mantle to the rump, Pine Siskins are buffy and broadly streaked with dark brown. The underparts are whitish and finely streaked with dark brown. The wings are primarily blackish in color, with the median coverts having buffy edges; the base of the outer primaries is broadly marked with yellow (on males) and buff (on females). The black tail is notched, and the outer tail feathers have yellow bases.
A single race of Pine Siskin, Carduelis pinus pinus,breeds from southern Alaska through Canada to Newfoundland, and south to northern New England. Year-round, their range extends from Alaska through the Rocky Mountains to northern Arizona.
Pine Siskins are irregularly common to abundant in their breeding areas—in other words, one year they might be found in abundance at a particular location, whereas the next year they are totally absent. They are also an irregular migrant, occasionally staging massive irruptions into the middle portions of North America, which can extend as far south as central Florida. These irruptions may be related to fluctuations in their food supply, which consists of seeds and buds from conifers, birches, and alders.

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Hello Mario,
what a wonderful picture of Pine Siskin taken with superb sharness and rich colour tones, fantastic posture of the bird against a black BG, very beautiful light.
Best regards

Hi Mario ,
Nice iamge with great details and nice BG.
Well captured

Kind regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-05 21:52]

Hello Mario
You capture this bird with sharp details and natural colors.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-05-05 22:33]

Hi Mario,
As usual, outstanding sharpness in this shot.
The details are super fine and well exposed.
A beautiful specimen of this little siskin.
TFS. : )

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-05 22:54]

Hello Mario,
Wow Great sharpnes, details, colours, DOF, BG and POV. Beautiful shot and great composition.
Well done my friend
Best regards Siggi

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-05-06 0:36]

Hello Mario,

This photo too has an excelent image quality. Very good sharpness of the image showing even the finest details of the plumage. Light and contrast with the background are very nice.

Thank you for sharing,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-05-06 0:40]

Hola Mario,
sensacional retrato,
gran nitidez y buena iluminación.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-06 6:31]

Hello Mario,
After your second photo since you are back, I'm realising how we missed this quality of photos. Excellent in all aspects. Great black BG.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-05-06 8:43]

Hi Mario
very nice image
very good sharp and detail
well done.

Witaj Mario,
Beautifully surprised Carduelis pinus. Shiny eye, sharp beak and clear feathers. It presents on black background very good.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-06 10:29]

Hi Mario.
Superb in every aspect bird picture. Old wood and bird are reproduced fantastically with terrific sharpness and details, finest colours and very impressive sunlight and dark BG. Great job. Bravo.
P.S. After business trip I have caught a cold and have not recovered finally yet. I hope I will return to TN soon.

Hi Mario
Another elegant, small bird in you gallery. I like black background and nice POV. Also good sharpness and nice informative note

Hello Mario
a wonderful shot of this pine siskin with great sharp details on the whole bird
superb pose and colors, the black BG highlighted the bird very well
TFS Jacqueline

Bonsoir Mario,

Ce tarin des pins sur la branche est impressionnant. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. L'image est claire et précise. La bonne lunminosité a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonnw soirée.


Hello Mario!
Beautiful capture of this little species. I like profile POV and - as always - very good sharpness and DOF. Nice to see species which are from the other continent :)
All the best from Poland,

Hello Mario,
Wonderful capture, superb sharpness, depth of field, colors and catchlight.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-27 6:36]

Salut Mario
Bien content de ton retour.Une autre belle image bien en focus avec de bon détail du plumage.J'adore l'arriere plan sombre.
Merci Michel

Bonjour Mario,
Although You aren't here as often as in the past, old friends are never forgetting each other. :) Another fantastic piece in Your huge bird collection with Your watermark: crystal clear sharpness, great natural colors, perfect composition - and this also isn't the first time I see carpet-alike smooth black background on a photo of You. It's by my opinion a very good choice, doesn't lead the viewer's eye off of the bird. Professional shot.
Tfs, best regards from Your Hungarian friend, László

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-09-23 23:47]

Hi Mario,
with your detailed note on this non-spectacular bird you change completely the way I look at this picture. It has such an interesting social behaviour which reminds me of the Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) in Europe. Well done, Mario!
Best regards

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2009-12-13 11:49]

Hello Mario.

Wonderful capture, excellent details colors and composition,nice BG and sharpness.


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