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Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Exposure: f/5.1, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds that are rare in Sweden, Red Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-12 12:56
Viewed: 3870
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Large areas of northern coniferous forest have a special flora and fauna. The Common Crossbill is a species that is entirely dependent on conifers and since Sweden is well endowed with such a habitat the Common Crossbill is widely distributed and fairly common.
This is a digiscoped shot taken in low winter light at a time when this species is already nesting. As the staple diet is pine cone seed which mature during the winter, this is the best time for food availabilty and consequently the time to breed.
The same applies to its relative, the Parrot Crossbill, which is bulkier and has a much more massive bill as the name implies.
All crossbills have beaks with the mandibles crossed over in order to effectively take apart a pine or spruce cone to get at the seed.

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Hello Ivan,

exellent use of light perfect details, very crisp, colurs spot on, excellent use of light and DOF Perfect composed and captured Photo,

TFs kyle

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-09-12 14:04]

Hi Ivan,

This is a very strange bird. I saw it once in my life and I was lucky because I had my camera with me. This bird has splendid colors and I like the environment.
Great and very special capture.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-12 14:43]

Hi Ivan,
excellent shot. Nice colours and BG.Super details, composition.
Very nice photo.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-12 17:13]

Hi Ivan, your Common Crossbill is posed so nicely on the tree, and you have caught the light in his eye very well. Only he is not all in focus. The colours are good though,

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-09-12 17:25]
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Hi Ivan
Very nice capture and composition.
good light and colours, I saw that you used a tripod to acheive this picture, did you wait till the bird was in the three ?
well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-12 21:10]

Great pose and beautiful colors, Ivan.
A bit out of focus. Well seen against the green BG.
TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-14 11:54]

What a lovely and interesting bird that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, exposure, DOF, BG and sharpness are very good ! Congratulations Ivan and thanks for sharing this beauty.

Perfect composition, colours and contrast. And somthing interesting is that because of resin in seeds they have to eat fuller's earth for detoxication

Dear Ivan,
it's too silly but I am almost relieved that your crossbill shot has a problem with sharpness---like mine a few weeks ago. It surely has to do with the fact that during winter time long exposition times are needed. The sun des'nt help, it is often against you for birds high up in the tree. It's still a beauty, this bird!
Thanks for showing,
Cheers, Dietrich

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-10 3:01]

Hi Ivan,
an excellent bird shot as all yours. Though sent years back but the beauty will always be appreciated. The superbs clarity especially on the eyes is captivating. The colours really stand out of the green background.
Lovely shot of this paintlike photo.


NB: Thanks for liking my millipedes shot, and that for your critique which is very enriching.

Dear Ivan,
This is something unique I have learnt today about Loxia curvirostra/Common Crossbill. I had been thinking this to be a deformity than a diversity as a result of an evolution in order to effectively take apart a cone. TFS.

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