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A Bit of Bully

By Maiwand
Male Bullfinch ( pyrrhula pyrrhula )
Probably the most irritating and annoying shot I have ever tried to take.This is about all I have to show for 90 minutes standing on a freezing cold windy and, at times, wet morning recently waiting for this fella.
Bullfinches are not at all common on my patch at present and I have been waiting for ages to get a glimpse of one. This one finally appeared in a thick hedgerow that was smothered in blossom. This is a typical location for the bird that loves to use its small round bill to feast on soft buds,shoots and flowers rather than hard seeds. The trouble was however that, having found its way into the 'larder' it just would not move into the open to allow me a clear shot. After dozens of 'almost' shots I finally had to settle for this one which I think managed to show most of the bird and give a good impression of the blossom he was attacking. I hope you like it and please try large if you have time.

As always many thanks for views/comments and votes on the Kestrel.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: KBan, GrahamNobles, gwood and 138 more

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27 Mar 2009 7:16PM
Excellent detailed and colourful capture...

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27 Mar 2009 7:16PM
What a lovely picture
JPT Plus
7 5
27 Mar 2009 7:17PM
Well worth the wait, very nice capture, Jim.
cdm36 Plus
13 391 7 England
27 Mar 2009 7:20PM
Nice to see it in its habitat though instead of it being totally isolated from the bg.

goso Plus
10 2 1 Australia
27 Mar 2009 7:20PM
I'll bet you're glad you waited Ron - I am - top shot....Bill
Mynett Plus
8 142 6 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 7:21PM
lovely shot amidst the blossom
PattiW Plus
11 24 2 United States
27 Mar 2009 7:23PM
This is absolutely beautiful. The bullfinch shows off so beautifully against the white flowers. Lovely color and detail!
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
27 Mar 2009 7:25PM
Definately worth all that standing around Ron, this is superb and has enough and the right parts in the clear and naturally framed with the Blackthorn blossom. The colours are superb as is the detail. Even got the eye detail and thats the hardest part with these, brilliant eye.

I really want to say that this is a Bootyfull shot Ron...haha
Steve_S Plus
11 180 3 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 7:28PM
Excellent capture Ron and worth the trouble. As Richard says you've got the important bits in the clear and the blossom does look nice.
dalecath Plus
10 60 3 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 7:29PM
Oh yes stunning no more to be said

Stunning well composed shot. Excellent detail and colour. Love the blossum.
27 Mar 2009 7:33PM
Absolutely superb wow
Wow! Fab capture, lovely natural framing, great colours too. Melissa
27 Mar 2009 7:38PM
I think you've been lucky to get the shot in only 90 mins. It's taking me 90 years! Well done
blacky Plus
9 4 1 England
27 Mar 2009 7:54PM
a stunning shot ron, bully in the bloosom is makes a wonderfull image,dave
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 7:56PM
beautiful shot I really like this one, it shows the colour off a treat and the blossom makes it a real cracker for me
This bird photography can be so frustrating,this is a great shot for all your effort ,good detail.

Have A Good Week-End.

Jean x
moocow Plus
8 12 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 8:40PM
Great shot, lovely colours, really shows up against the blossom Smile
Gezina Plus
10 3 6 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 8:49PM
Ron congratulations on a lovely capture the colour stand out well and the detail including the blossom is superb - I share your frustration with these birds though - I've been watching a pair for days now in a pussy willow and just never get a chance for a half descent shot - sooo frustrating! Ina
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
27 Mar 2009 8:52PM
Beautiful image

27 Mar 2009 8:56PM
well worth the wait its a beauty
f8 Plus
13 9.2k 22 England
27 Mar 2009 8:58PM
Typical location shot and well taken.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
27 Mar 2009 9:10PM
He is wonderfully smothered in his favorite blossoms-- This image says SPRING and shows its wonders!
What a cracker, excellent setting
Such an amazing shot.
very well detailed.
Bob_V Plus
9 1 2 United States
27 Mar 2009 9:14PM
Well worth the wait, a fantastic shot.
27 Mar 2009 9:15PM
What a stunning picture Ron, the colours and detail are beautiful.
27 Mar 2009 9:17PM
Most definately worth waiting for Ron, this is an excellent capture of this gorgeous bird.
Lovely colour & very fine detail.
Large is fantastic.
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
27 Mar 2009 9:25PM
Thank you everyone.
27 Mar 2009 9:38PM
Well worth a 50th vote!
Great capture
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 10:07PM
Wow beautiful!
Marilyn x
maryg Plus
8 66 18 Scotland
27 Mar 2009 10:10PM
I really like it in this natural frame contrast so well with the blossom
phil_j Plus
10 134 4 England
27 Mar 2009 10:19PM
The wait was worth it though, superb shot, and as the old saying goes, "you can't beat a bit of Bully".

Philip_P Plus
11 71 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 10:36PM
Cracking shot Ron, lovely with the blossom
27 Mar 2009 10:37PM
Great shot Ron... well done, worth the wait!

arhb Plus
9 3.2k 68 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 10:51PM
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
27 Mar 2009 10:56PM
Thank you all.
27 Mar 2009 10:59PM
Superb capture Ron hope it didn't take to long to thaw out
27 Mar 2009 11:05PM
fantastic shot lovely colours on the bullfinch
TerryMcK Plus
8 71 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 11:16PM
Sometimes we have to settle for what we get & hope it's good enough. Certainly the case here, Ron. Under the conditions, a fine composition with good colour & detail.
CarolG Plus
10 199 19 Greece
28 Mar 2009 12:52AM
A fantastic image. Carol
Beautiful image ,Ron,well waited,we all have millions almostshots......btw i mean what GT is doing my image
harrattp Plus
10 11 4 England
28 Mar 2009 6:39AM
A really nice shot with good detail where it is needed Ron. I like to see the birds in there natural environment and, this is perfect. Oh yes and my eldest grandson likes it too as we sit here in bed early on a Saturday morning reviewing my favourites.

Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
28 Mar 2009 8:44AM
My grateful thanks to all -- and especially your grandson Paul.
28 Mar 2009 9:11AM
Cracking image of one of my favourite birds. Nice work.
28 Mar 2009 9:18AM
Ron, there is nothing left to say, but I will say it's the best natural shot I have seen of a bullfinch, and I love the natural histoy lesson ith it.
franken Plus
14 4.1k 4 Wales
28 Mar 2009 10:14AM

cassiecat Plus
8 39 46 England
28 Mar 2009 3:57PM
looks great with the white blossom.lesley
28 Mar 2009 4:03PM
The D300 focused so well (with your expertise) considering all the twigs and blossom being so close Ron, a superb natural shot with lovely detail, a catchlight in the eye and exp spot on Smile good write up too.
28 Mar 2009 4:07PM
Superb shot Ron well spotted.

Billyray Plus
9 70 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2009 5:36PM
Well worth waiting for, a brilliant shot.
28 Mar 2009 10:59PM
Worth the wait. We occasionally get bullfinches at out bird spot we love but as of yet I still do not have a successful photo. This one of yours is lovely
29 Mar 2009 12:47AM
you caught him well in his natural lovely habitat Ron, very well done
A fantestic image.
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
29 Mar 2009 11:18AM
This is superb Ron. What a wonderful natural setting for this fabulous bird.
A top drawer image that would grace any wildlife publication.
29 Mar 2009 12:40PM
This is a truly beautiful image, so nicely presented too. love looking at it large too.
29 Mar 2009 3:22PM
this is superb...
29 Mar 2009 3:26PM
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
29 Mar 2009 3:56PM
Thank you all for your generosity.
29 Mar 2009 6:27PM
Well done with this effort.
29 Mar 2009 7:19PM
Fab capture Ron, well worth the waiting in those horrible cold conditions, super detail and a mass of lovely blossom really works a treat.
Love it. Shaun
29 Mar 2009 10:34PM
Special capture Ron....super !!

fatmod Plus
10 22 England
29 Mar 2009 11:05PM
simply stunning
30 Mar 2009 8:54AM
I was not surprised to find all the awards when I scrolled down - this is a fantastic image Ron, most of all I like the contrast between the tender flowers and the bit of bully - Superb image indeed!
30 Mar 2009 1:46PM
dianah Plus
10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2009 3:16PM
The framing with the blossom is so beautiful..a wonderful composition Ron.
30 Mar 2009 6:27PM
This is the bird i really want to capture.. Smile
His lovely colour stands out a treat against the gorgeous blossom, another superb capture.
Pegon Plus
11 78 1 England
30 Mar 2009 10:51PM
Well caught Ron, under the circumstances. It was worth the long wait in the freezing cold.
A Booth Plus
14 11 4 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 12:20PM
the result was worth the wait, superbly captured and composed with excellent colour detail. first class.
31 Mar 2009 7:53PM
Well worth standing around for Ron, lovely capture!
31 Mar 2009 11:42PM
Great detail, close up capture, love the colours.
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
1 Apr 2009 8:55AM
Thank you all kind people.
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
1 Apr 2009 10:40AM
Great with the surrounding flowers

piccy Plus
10 8 Wales
1 Apr 2009 12:19PM
Well worth the frustration and bad weather, delightful shot with the blossom.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
1 Apr 2009 12:28PM
The very essence of spring.....I would gladly stand in the rain if I had some blossoms like this to see. Well worth your wait, it is beautiful.
tigertimb Plus
9 40 66 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 12:34PM
Stunning shot Ron and I love this frmaing in the heart of the blossum and with the strong contrast of the colours
gerrymac Plus
9 10 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 5:24PM
Thats gorgeous and 1st.class presentation
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
1 Apr 2009 6:59PM
Thanks every one. You are very generous.
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
1 Apr 2009 9:09PM
120 votes 3 User Awards and no HC or PA. Change your name Ron. Surely this must tell the awards team on EPZ something.
Think it might be time for a new forum
A superb well composed shot. Excellent detail and colour. Beautifully sharp.
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
2 Apr 2009 11:01PM
A truly wonderful shot Ron - fabulous detail and colours of the Bully and so beautiful with the blossom.
3 Apr 2009 9:31AM
Top notch love the blossoms the bird is perched in.
Magnificent shot Ron - well worth the effort Graham
Grin so beautiful this shot is, fantastic.
5 Apr 2009 10:21PM
Well worth the wait Ron,superb capture..........................

Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
5 Apr 2009 10:40PM
Thank you so very much everyone and thank you for your vote of confidence Richard.
this is an outstanding shot. Great job capturing it. Thanks for commenting on my 'Wild And Free' photo. Have a great day. Bill

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Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
19 May 2009 9:56PM
He's a real beauty and you've captured him in such lovely surroundings. This is a first class nature shot and you should be very proud of this one
Fabulous perfect spring composition ..and composed beautifully.

Nicola !
Oh what a beautiful shot - just superb !

7 Nov 2011 9:37AM
I know you have plenty of comments on this shot but it stopped me in my tracks, stunning would be an understatement, your patience is far greater than mine. If i received a Xmas card next month with this picture on it I would not be disappointed. Worthy of all the votes it has recieved cannot understand though why it never received any awards from the editor or guest editors shame on them Sad

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