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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favorites III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-03 9:19
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My kind wife took me to the nature resserve on Sunday as i am unable to drive at the moment. I spent 3hrs in the woodland hide. I was lucky to get this picture of the brambling. At first they were only on the ground feeding but this one landed on a branch before going to a seed tray.

Brambling ( Fringilla montifringilla ) Length 14-15cm.
This is a very rare and occasional breeder in Scotland but it is common along the East coast of England.
It is a winter visitor to most parts of Britain and Ireland.
In its winter plummage it is very similar to the Chaffinch but always shows an orange-buff shoulder patch on its breast and flanks, a white rump is seen in flight.
Female and immature Birds have buffish grey face with characteristic dark parrallel lines down its nape.
The male has dark brown head which in breeding plumage becomes black.
Seen in flocks sometimes with Chaffinches.
it is especially fond of fallen beech mast.

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Hi Nick,
This is a great capture of the brambling..
I still didn't have the chance to capture it yet..
Very well presented..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-03 9:35]

Hello Nick,
A superb capture of a male Bramling already beginning to moult into breeding plumage, a sign that spring is not far away but I gather you have had a lot of snow!
Nice sharpness, POV, pose and composition together with you customary great OOF BG make this a superb portrait.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Nick,
What a nice bird! I like his colors a lot and you captured perfect details. Exposure, colors and composition are outstanding. This is a very nice specie. TFS,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-03 9:47]

Hello Nicholas,
Great photo. Colours are very natural. Details and sharpness excellent. DOF and background perfect.Thanks for sharing,
Best regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-03 9:50]

Hello Nick,
Superb capture of the Brambling, one of my favourite birds that also comes to our garden at times. Excellent sharpness and wonderful colours in this lovely composition. You obviously had some nice sunshine before the snowstorm hit you!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-03 9:55]

Hi Nick,

You have a good wife! It was worth the three hours to get this wonderful shot of the Brambling. I love his pose on the branch. Colors are beautiful and excellent details of his face, wings, and plumage. The background and composition are superb.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-03 10:11]

Hi Nicholas,

A superb capture of this colorfull brambling,well captured in a ready to go pose,thanks for sharing,


Hello Nick,
Very beautiful photo, great details and clear colours. Good composition, very sharp and nice depht of field.

Ciao Nick, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful diagonal composition, splendid light and colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-03 10:27]

Hello Nick,
Fantastic photo of this Brambling. I've seen just one Brambling in my garden, a few years ago.
Excellent sharpness, details and very beautiful colours, also in the OOF BG. Great composition and POV.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-03 10:39]

Merhaba Dostum Nick,
Bu gerçekten inanılmaz güzellikte bir kare. Her yönüyle dört dörtlük bir çalışma olmuş. Türkiye'ye gelmenizi gerçekten çok isterim ve bekleyeceğim. Emeğinize sağlık. Görüşmek umuduyla...


Nick this is beautiful. Superb colours and detail. Lovely sharp eye contact, one to be proud of. Val

Excellent shot again, you are perfect in bird-shots, Nick, so sharp, so pretty light and colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-02-03 11:21]

Hello Nicholas
Perfect picture of this wonderful bird, the details are well showed and sharp, the colors are very beautiful and strong. The composition is amazing.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-02-03 11:44]

Hello Nick,
This is a very pretty bird, great POV and wonderful colors,
Very sharp and fine composition my friend... Well done


Hello Nicholas,

Great capture of this interesting bird.
Beautiful colours woth fantastic details.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good composition.

simple and nice, TFS Ori

Hi Nick,

A well detailed image of this bird, sharp with a nice pose and perch. The colour of the background is especially nice as it complements the subject's colour.


hello Nick
great sharpness
a beautiful picture
full of deatils of the bird
great shot
greeting lou

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2009-02-03 12:18]

hi Nick
Great photo, well done and TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-03 12:23]

Hi Nick,
Very nice capture.POV,simple BG,colors,sharpness and details are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-03 12:32]

Hi Nick!

It's good to have wife sometimes ;-) Very nice picture of Brambling in full colour. Good POV, BG and bird's pose. Really good catch. I tried to photograph these birds few times, but they're very shy.

An expertly "textbook" capture of a fine Brambling individual from a lateral aspect reproduced in rich detail Nicholas, thanks for sharing this superb image with us my friend.

Hi Nick,

Superb photo mate i've never seen a Brambling before (apart from in pics) but i'd love to get the chance to photograph them. They are very colourful.

Love the compostition you've got this one nicely on its side and the branch is in good focus too.

Very nice image

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-02-03 13:28]

A really beautiful bird this Brambling! Magnificent picture with great sharpness, light and colors and a fantastic POV, DOF and composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

About as sharp as they come Sir Nick! This one is a bit different from your others..you are well rounded int eh Peterson's guide eh?

Wonderful capture of this beauty Nick.
TFS and cheers,

hello Nicholas

excellent photography of the Brambling shot with very fine
POV and framing, very beautiful luminosity of the image
and colour tones of the bird, great sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Nick,
Excellent capture of Brambling in good pose; great composition, sharp fine details and beautiful colours.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-02-03 15:31]

Picture looks like it was worth the 3 hours to me. Beautiful shot with good pose, good color, and good lighting. Gary

Hello Nicholas,
Very nice capture, superb sharpness, depth of field,
clarity and details, beautiful vivid colors, lovely
pose and nice oof background.

Hi Nicholas,

what a suburp picture from this Bramling.
Good dof, pov and bg.
Have you been cloned branches away?
Beautiful colours.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-03 21:22]

Hi Nick.
Both beautiful bird and amazing picture are great in every aspect. I cannot image better presentation of the bird and reproduction of its features. Very impressive POV and expressive pose of the bird, fine composition of the shot – parallel curves of twig and bird body are very attractive. Smooth BG is wonderful and corresponds with crisp sharp main subject nicely. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-04 0:45]

Hello Nicholas
This is a perfect capture, good light and wonderful colors.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-04 0:58]

Hola amigo,
detalles foco y color hermosos,
atractivo pose,
saludos Nick.

hi nicholas!
A very beautiful pic on the brambling!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-04 7:02]

Hi Nick

Another absolutely flawless shot from you, my friend!
The impeccable sharpness you've managed to get here on this cute Brambling is amazing and makes me want to start saving some money for a lens like yours (which i'm VERY far from affording) :)
Also, i really like your choice for a selective DOF - one that keeps the bird in full focus while blurring out everything else, including the ends of the branch it is on.
The exposure is very professionally balanced and retains great textures and details from both the brightest and the darkest parts.
Wonderful colors, brilliant colors and great composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

PS: i can't remember if i've asked you this before or not, but are you coming to our TN meeting this year?

Hi Nick,
A beautiful capture of this Brambling bird. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

bonjour nick
superbe photo de cet oiseau que je ne connais pas,je n'aurais qu'un reproche a faire et il concerne le cadrage sur lequel je trouve l'oiseau trop centré.(affaire de goût!)

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2009-02-04 11:59]

Hi Nicholas,
I like this a lot. Don't believe I have ever seen this bird. But it is love at first sight. You have captured this lovely bird very well. Beautiful view of the pattern and colours of the feathers. Also the pose and composition are looking very well and with a beautiful bg.
TFS Paula

hi Nick ,
it's a wonderful capture of a nice bird , with very sharp details , beautiful colours and perfect light ,
great DOF and POV ,
well done !

Excellent work, Nick.
Technically well done and very beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-04 23:24]

Hello Nicholas !
Wow, this one is such a wonderful bird ! I love his colos, his markings, and here I also love his pose, sitting so proudly on his branch ! Sharpness and details are paerfect, nice vivid colors, splendid composition and POV, and a wonderful blurred BG with lovely colors. Very well done !

Hello Nick,

This is a bird that I have never seen live but how attractive it is!
Excellent details of colour and pattern and using a good dof.
I love your composition with the perch traversing the frame and the bird appearing to be tightrope walking!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-05 10:52]

I'm guessing this is at Blashford? I saw my first Brambling there on Sunday - maybe the same one?! As always, superb sharp focus and details - that Canon 400 is magic, but it takes great skill to use it properly.
very well done mate.

Wow, beautiful and sharp! Perfect.

Hello Nicholas, excellent and lovely shot of this beauty.
TFS and regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-05 16:25]

Hi Nicholas
Outstanding image.Great POV and razor sharp image.Fantastic plumage detail with lovely colors.Beautiful pose to.
TFS Michel

Hi Nicholas
Beautiful caught of this bird,
Great colors and sharpness,
well presented and composed picture,
perfect et très jolie photo..

Ya no se que calificativos dar a tus fotografía Nicholas, esta vez diré simplemente: genial !
Un abrazo desde España y buen fin de semana:
Josep Ignasi.

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