Monday, 11 March 2013

Siskin - From The Window

The latest in my series 'From the Window' depicting just three images of the same bird.

Just occasionally a different bird appears outside the lounge window.
There was considerable bird activity in the tree outside, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Chaffinches, Robin and Goldfinch. As it was a wet unpleasant day I waited inside observing what was going on. (Oh yes and drinking tea) Then suddenly, a flash of yellow appeared in amongst the branches, I realised it was a lovely male Siskin, which is the first one I have seen from the lounge window.
In fact I have only seen two so far this year on my travels.

Of course there is always a twig or branch in the way of the shot and it was the only direction I could take it from. I am loathed to start playing around with photoshop. I like to shoot what is there and if it doesn't work out, well there will be another time when the bird will be in the open. It will make that occasion even more satisfying.

Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens. 1/320 at f5.6 - 300mm(600). ISO1600
Having regard to the wet dull weather, I was pleased with the quality of the image with my new camera considering the ISO was up to 1600.



22 comments:

  1. Nice images Roy, that Siskin is beautifully coloured :-) I agree you as regards photo-shopping though it's amazing how often a bird manages to position itself so that a twig or something is in the way ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks David, it usually happens to me.

      Delete
  2. Wow, great Roy, such a nice bird. Amazing that you can shoot with iso 1600, I don't even try. Your Lumix amazes me every time.

    When you don't want to use PS, you can always take a saw and use it in the garden ;-).

    Regards,
    Marianne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Marianne.
      My new camera is starting to amaze me as well.{:))

      Delete
  3. It's always good to get a new garden visitor Roy, I hope you didn't spill your tea with excitement?

    It's uncanny how they always manage to find a twig to hide behind, maybe you need to go out and do a bit of pruning ready for the next visit!!

    The new camera seems to be working well, very impressive...ISO1600 and through the glass, can't be bad!...[;o)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Trevor, yes I was pleased to see him.
      I am very impressed with the new camera and glad I took the plunge.

      Delete
  4. Lovely captures despite the twigs Roy, twigs....the bane of our lives ;-) What a great garden visitor! Around four years ago I had a couple visit every day for about a week but have never seen them in the garden since.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Roy

    Great shots considering the twig. I have often pondered the relationship between the ever present trinity of bird, twig and photograper but despite this you have some nice detail.

    Guy

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your siskin looks like a cross between our male goldfinch and our siskins. Very pretty bird! I see some hopeful buds on that tree! Spring is coming?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes spring is coming Mary, although we had snow today.

      Delete
  7. Hey Roy....I just say that's the way it is, wildlife doesn't strike a pose ; )
    How nice that it came to see you....colorful little guys!! I had a flock come to the feeders twice back in January and haven't seen any since!
    I don't do any Photoshop stuff either, it is what it is!! Cropping yes and some tweaking!
    Grace

    ReplyDelete
  8. Very nice series Roy, but unfortunately in the last photo just a branch for his eye's. Here in the Netherlands, today was really ice cold brrrr .......

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Helma, it was about minus 5celsius here as well.

      Delete
  9. Your Siskins are quite colorful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are very nice birds and I don't get to see them often enough Evie.

      Delete
  10. A magnificent male, very bright and yellow!
    How nice to have all these birds in front of your window!
    The cold is back big time so I guess we will still observe them for a few days!
    Cheers, Roy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Noushka, yes extremely cold here as well and snow.

      Delete
  11. lovely, he looks like my goldfinch but a little darker, yes like a mix like someone said above there ...a mix with a pine siskin and a goldfinch.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are a bit like your Goldfinch Nora.

      Delete

Thank you so much for visiting
and commenting on my blog