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I nearly called this one "Thank you Lord" ! In the last few years I have had 2 sightings of bullfinches in my garden. Needless to say I wasn't set up. This evening, we had a real downpour and just as it was stopping there was some frenzied feeding going on at my feeders. The usual sparrows and a couple of my now resident goldfinches. So I went upstairs, grabbed the camera, stuck it through the bedroom window, focussed on one of my perches to set up, and within 2 seconds this male bullfinch appeared in the viewfinder. I almost fell over with excitement but rattled off half a dozen shots before it flew off. Its a first for me and was at the top of my wishlist. Hope you like it as much as I do Smile Please view large.
Many thanks for the C&Cs on yesterdays nuthatch and thank you Ray42 for your UA. All very much appreciated

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Canon 500mm f4 L is +1.4TC
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Bullfinch
Username:Steve_S Steve_S
Uploaded:12 Aug 2010 - 8:19 PM
Tags:Bullfinch, Wild birds, Wildlife / nature
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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 8:24 PM

WOW WOW WOW
There is always something about late afternoon and the light after rain Steve. And to get a bit of Bully amongst it, superb. God I need to swear...lol
This is first class all the way
Love it. Best i've ever seen
Richard

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91929 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 8:30 PM

A beauty Steve - don't see too many of these nowadays.
Brian.

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 8:31 PM

Cheers mate....I almost collapsed with excitement! This is full frame !
Steve

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84357 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 8:36 PM

Beautiful!! Definitely one to be proud of!

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acer1946
acer1946  4 Turkey
12 Aug 2010 - 8:46 PM

super shot!

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finepetportraits

What a beauty...a fantastic capture, well done!

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 8:47 PM

AWESOME !! What a Brilliant shot Steve,the detail is just awesome mate....great perch,BG and 1st class BF ! Top Drawer

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NigelKiteley
12 Aug 2010 - 8:48 PM

A brilliant trademark image Steve!!!

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andywiseman
12 Aug 2010 - 8:50 PM

not the easiest of birds to see never mind capture a photo of with out hiding out all day!really great shot.

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paulrosser
12 Aug 2010 - 8:52 PM

OMG mate this is GOOD! I haven't got a photo of these birds yet. Well done on a detailed shot!
Regards,
Paul.

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susanbarton
12 Aug 2010 - 8:54 PM

it is great when something like this hapens it is a wonderful shot even down to the raindrops on the branch, you have captured him superbly

Susan

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 - 8:56 PM

A real quality capture Steve, the detail is great and these beauty's are on my wish list too, i say thank god for bedroom windows LOL.
Very very well done mate.
Shaun

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 9:01 PM

Perfection all over this in every way possible! simply the very best bird portrait I have seen, even down to the water droplets, STUNNING shot
Lillian

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 9:01 PM

Thanks Paul for the User Award, really appreciate it mate.
Steve

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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 9:02 PM

What a brilliant capture you have here, top quality work Steve.
Geoff.

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Snapitt
Snapitt e2 Member 5Snapitt vcard
12 Aug 2010 - 9:17 PM

Beautiful detailed image Steve. I get quite a few Bullfinches in my garden, but trying to get a decent photo of one is almost impossible, so very well done.

Jane

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KBan
KBan  9468 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 9:22 PM

steve, this is pushing your Nutty for my U.A.

Keith

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 9:29 PM


Quote: Steve, this is pushing your Nutty for my U.A.

Keith

LOL Cheers mate
Steve

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Alan_Coles
12 Aug 2010 - 9:39 PM

Rofl.... reading the note I suddenly though he has a shot....and bloody ell what a shot it is too !!

As ever the detail is incredible mate...you really are in a different league with your stuff...don't think I have ever seen a bully with so much detail if I am honest....and I have been no more than 8 ft from them in the flesh...lol !

The experts amongst will know but I wonder if this is a young bird which has just matured - 1st year juv praps? He doesn't look fully developed in the feathers or is that from the rain? Anyway its a stunner and if Mr Pete is looking this is a special shot... *cough* Wink

Now...I am wishing you to get a female in there too - not as colourful but it would be great too.

regards
Al

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 8902 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom174 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 9:41 PM

A superb photo of a beautiful bird.

Alan.

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 9:43 PM


Quote: The experts amongst will know but I wonder if this is a young bird which has just matured - 1st year juv praps? He doesn't look fully developed in the feathers or is that from the rain? Al

Not sure mate but I think it was just trying to dry itself by fluffing up Smile
Steve

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 9:44 PM

Superb sharp eye beak- excellent plumage and first rate pose. Fantastic shot Steve.
Ron

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skewey
skewey  831 forum posts England
12 Aug 2010 - 9:56 PM

Outstanding capture Steve.
Paul

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DannoM
DannoM  658 forum posts England
12 Aug 2010 - 10:03 PM

up there with the best steve, glad you finally got him. Well done.
dan

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runco36
runco36  4 England
12 Aug 2010 - 10:16 PM

Beautiful image

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ChazB
ChazB e2 Member 964 forum postsChazB vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 10:16 PM

Wow, this is an absolutely stunning capture Steve, so much detail in the feathers with a perfect dof to get everything important in focus. Lovely colours too with a great clean bg and perch. Really think this deserves a GEA Smile
Charlotte

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 10:18 PM

Thanks everyone and a big thank you to Charlotte for the GEA. Very much appreciated.
Steve

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martyn_b
martyn_b  91 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 10:24 PM

great shot, i have a couple visit my garden but they fly straight onto the feeders, cant get a decent shot, i am a bit jealous ,cheers martyn

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betts
betts  6 England
12 Aug 2010 - 10:32 PM

Awesome shot Steve,,,,,,,,everything about it is fantastic...
betts

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Brian_Scott
Brian_Scott e2 Member 542 forum postsBrian_Scott vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 10:46 PM

A real cracker mate, congrats on the GEA

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 10:54 PM

Cracking shot Steve...wish this were one of mine !

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 727 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2010 - 11:58 PM

Quality Steve,,... love these birds, never managed to bag one myself, they remind me of being a kid when there were plenty around

Jon

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 12:21 AM

Excellent shot, Steve. The detail and colours captured are impressive.
Ronnie.

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Imagephotographics

Fabulous shot Steve, feels like you could almost touch it - wonderful detail captured !

Chris

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 6:29 AM

Absolutely fantastic, Steve,delighted to make your half-century. Carol

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 6:36 AM

A real quality capture Steve - the well deserved UA and GEA say it all - its one on my list too - still waiting - nice one

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 6144 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 8:05 AM

Outstanding nature photography Steve.
David

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 8:09 AM


Quote: Rofl.... reading the note I suddenly though he has a shot....and bloody ell what a shot it is too !!

As ever the detail is incredible mate...you really are in a different league with your stuff...don't think I have ever seen a bully with so much detail if I am honest....and I have been no more than 8 ft from them in the flesh...lol !

The experts amongst will know but I wonder if this is a young bird which has just matured - 1st year juv praps? He doesn't look fully developed in the feathers or is that from the rain? Anyway its a stunner and if Mr Pete is looking this is a special shot... *cough*

Now...I am wishing you to get a female in there too - not as colourful but it would be great too.

regards
Al

agree totally what a lucky person you are to get this picture I have been looking for years

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LukeParkinson
13 Aug 2010 - 8:14 AM

Stunning capture Steve, We have these in our garden and they are little buggers to get pictures of. Well done on GEA's Award too!

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Gray_ina
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13 Aug 2010 - 8:23 AM

Morning Steve out of this world awsome detail gray.

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 10:47 AM

This is truly an outstanding feature, Steve. Perfection - nothing else to add.
Oh, except that I'm very, VERY envious!
Terry

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 6TonyDy vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 11:35 AM

Magnificent shot, Steve.
Tony

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 3:12 PM

Absolutely STUNNING Steve - fab detail and wonderful colours - posing to perfection with lovely clean bg tones. I got lucky with a Bully shot in our garden last year (in the snow) but nothing as good as this Smile
Sylvia

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 4:00 PM

Haven't seen one in years, sadly.
This is a Wonderful capture.
Many Congrats !

B.

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CallumThomas
13 Aug 2010 - 7:23 PM

WOW. Despite the fact that this is a pain to get a shot of, you have done brilliantly, this is pin sharp.

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 733 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2010 - 11:57 PM

Knocked out with this one Steve, congrats on the awards,
Geoff.

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KBan
KBan  9468 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2010 - 7:38 AM

bird photography at it's very best

Keith

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tim g
tim g  11 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2010 - 8:50 AM

A wonderful capture.


Tim

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2010 - 1:22 PM

Thanks everyone and a big thank you to KBan for the User Award, really appreciated.
Steve

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9115 forum postsDerekL vcard England24 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2010 - 7:34 PM

Superb image Steve.
Surprised this is a 1st for you - congrats all the same.

Derek

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justin c
justin c  114573 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2010 - 8:41 PM

A fine shot of a great species.

Justin

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2010 - 7:36 PM

A brilliant opportunistic capture, one to be proud of

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forestfotos
27 Aug 2010 - 8:29 AM

It's all been said above Steve! what can i add? All i can say is. Perfection.

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BarbAnna
BarbAnna  4 England
11 Jan 2011 - 8:37 PM

Out of this world!! Couldn't be more perfect.
Barbara

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