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Copyright: Sebastien Bouchard (odin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4 ED-IF, Nikon 1.7X convertor
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-29 10:27
Viewed: 3982
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is Pheucticus ludovicianus
The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, boldly patterned in black, white, and rose, is easily identified. The drab, striped female, however, is more of a challenge, resembling a large sparrow or finch. A common bird of forests and second growth, the grosbeak's song is like that of the robin, only as sung by an opera singer, being mellower and more sweetly melodic.

Medium-sized, stocky songbird.
Large, thick, pale, cone-shaped bill.
White flash in wings in flight.
Male distinctive with black hood, red chest, and white belly.

Size: 18-21 cm (7-8 in)
Wingspan: 29-33 cm (11-13 in)
Weight: 39-49 g (1.38-1.73 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male strikingly colored, with black back and hood, red chest, white rump and belly. Female streaked brown and white.

Song a slow, rich warble, like a robin that has taken singing lessons. Call a sharp "squeak," like a sneaker on a gym floor.

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topConservation Status
Common. No significant changes in populations noted.

Other Names
Cardinal à poitrine rose (French)
Picogrueso pechirrosado (Spanish)

Cool Facts

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak hybridizes with the Black-headed Grosbeak where their ranges overlap in the Great Plains. Hybrids can look like either parent species, or be intermediate in pattern, with various combinations of pink, orange, and black. Hybridization occurs most often where the densities of both species are low, and only rarely when densities are high.

In areas of overlap with the Black-headed Grosbeak, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks responded equally to songs of both species. When presented with mounted birds, however, they attacked the Rose-breasted Grosbeak mount more. The males directed their attacks primarily at the white rump and flanks of the model, suggesting that the white rump is a more important stimulus than the red chest.

The nest of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is so thinly constructed that eggs often can be seen from below through the nest.

The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak participates in incubation of the eggs, accounting for about 1/3 of the time during the day (the female incubates over night). Both sexes sing quietly to each other when they exchange places. The male will sing his normal song while near or actually on the nest.

Source: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Rose-breasted_Grosbeak.html

Shooting tips:
On tripod at 510mm (300mm + 1.7X convertor)
Shuffle spedd 1/500s at f/9
exposure correction -0,7IL
speed flash
Convert raw to tiff with nikon capture
In photoshop enchance sharpness in L channel, reduce noise with neat image and crop, Adjust level too!

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-29 10:28]

great colors wonderful action capture with the open beak, do birds have tonsile?. nice focus and good background

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-05-29 12:13]

hi Sebastien, excelent shot with good moment and composition. useful notice and good dark coloures.

bonjour Sebastien
belle prise, bien nette, et vivante, jolie couleurs aussi, bon timing

Hello Sebastien,
Fantastic composition, great colors with sharpness,nice BG,
great moment!! TFS regards/Lawhill

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-05-29 23:19]

Hola Sebastien.-Que bellos los colores del plumaje de este hermoso pajaro. Blanco/rojo. Bella pose. Tu nota es muy buena tambien. Saludos Luis52.

This is a very good capture at the right moment. I like it very much. The crop seems a bit tight on the top and bottom, but there is sure a good pose and detail here.

Great capture Sebastian, I like it. Good exposure of the difficult plumage combo. Sharp & detailed with very good DOF & color.
Luv that yakity-yak big-mouth-attitude thing going on too :)

Bonjour Sébastien,
Qu'elle prise étonnante de ce Cardinal à poitrine rose que l'on ne voit pas souvent. Il m'est arrivé juste une fois de le voir et c'était à une mangeoire. Tu l'as photographié avec d'excellents détails, une belle composition et exposition. Les détails de l'intérieur de sa bouche sont superbes! Bravo!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-28 4:17]

Bonjour Sébastien, c'est une belle réussite cette image d'un oiseau qu'on ne voit pas souvent ici. Les détails sont nets et la composition est bien faite. Les éléments techniques sont bien réalisés aussi, bravo et merci!


Excellent (and amusing) shot of this bird which I have only seen once in our area - today, in fact.

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