Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Bullfinch

Always one of my favourite birds to photograph.
The beautiful male colours really standout especially now. The problem is trying to find it in the open, its usually half hidden behind a lot of branches and twigs. Catching one in the open is a rarity.

This particular bird was high up in a tree, but I could just get it in the clear by moving position. As usual it didn't hang around long. I was using an Olympus 300mm f4 lens with a 1.4 converter attached which gave me an 840mm reach. The image still needed cropping a lot to achieve the result, which shows how high up the bird was. 
They don't make it easy for you. Thoroughly unhelpful. :)

1/400 at f5.6. ISO200








24 comments:

  1. Nice shots Roy, especially given the distances involved. Seeing a brightly coloured Bullfinch is always a cheering sight, especially in these otherwise drab winter months :-)

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    1. Thanks David, yes one of the few bright things we see at the moment.

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  2. Hei Roy! Punatulkun ääni on ihana! Terveisiä täältä kylmästä.

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    1. Kiitos Anne, kyllä sitä mieltä olet lähettämässä lisää kylmiä meille tällä viikolla. :)

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  3. One flashed in front of me when I was running yesterday, just had time to clock the white rump

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    1. Thats one of the signs Simon and perhaps the only one most of the time as they don't hang around.

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  4. Splendid bird Roy, your pictures are very good, I like this bird and I would like meet him !

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  5. Great photos of a bird becoming quite rare in France, unfortunately, Roy.
    So flashy with its salmon pink chest!!
    Keep well and enjoy the rest of the week!

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    1. Thanks Noushka, I wasn't aware of the rarity in your part of the World. Thats a shame as it is always a pleasure to see them.

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  6. Despite the distance, you got very nice shots, Roy. I love the colour contrast of the orange feathers versus the blue sky...

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  7. Lovely photos, I have been very lucky this year and seen quite a few on my outings...
    Amanda xx

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  8. ¡Precioso macho de "camachuelo", como lo llamamos por estas latitudes!. Gran cantidad de ellos vienen a alimentarse en el comedero que les he puesto. Un abrazo desde Asturias, querido Roy.

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  9. Super photos Roy. A truly gorgeous little bird and that pretty blue sky makes a lovely backdrop.

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  10. Nice shot of this lovely bird.. Congrats.. :-)))

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  11. Great job with this beautiful man bullfinch.
    It is also a beautiful bird to see.

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  12. The Bullfinch is a lovely bird, we had them recently visiting our garden briefly, two males. Nicely captured :)

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