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Bullfinch

By Steve_S  
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

Tags: Bullfinch Wild birds Wildlife and nature

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Shroomer 9 14 167 England
12 Aug 2010 8:24PM
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 Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
12 Aug 2010 8:30PM
A beauty Steve - don't see too many of these nowadays.
Brian.
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 8:31PM
Cheers mate....I almost collapsed with excitement! This is full frame !
Steve
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
12 Aug 2010 8:36PM
Beautiful!! Definitely one to be proud of!
12 Aug 2010 8:46PM
super shot!
What a beauty...a fantastic capture, well done!
12 Aug 2010 8:47PM
AWESOME !! What a Brilliant shot Steve,the detail is just awesome mate....great perch,BG and 1st class BF ! Top Drawer
12 Aug 2010 8:48PM
A brilliant trademark image Steve!!!
12 Aug 2010 8:50PM
not the easiest of birds to see never mind capture a photo of with out hiding out all day!really great shot.
paulrosser 7 22 Wales
12 Aug 2010 8:52PM
OMG mate this is GOOD! I haven't got a photo of these birds yet. Well done on a detailed shot!
Regards,
Paul.
susanbarton 8 11 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 8:54PM
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
OAKEY 8 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 8:56PM
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
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 9:01PM
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
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 9:01PM
Thanks Paul for the User Award, really appreciate it mate.
Steve
12 Aug 2010 9:02PM
What a brilliant capture you have here, top quality work Steve.
Geoff.
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
KBan 11 490 4 England
12 Aug 2010 9:22PM
steve, this is pushing your Nutty for my U.A.

Keith
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 9:29PM

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

Keith


LOL Cheers mate
Steve
Alan_Coles 10 177 11 Wales
12 Aug 2010 9:39PM
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
Paintman Plus
9 1.1k 177 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 9:41PM
A superb photo of a beautiful bird.

Alan.
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 9:43PM

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
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
12 Aug 2010 9:44PM
Superb sharp eye beak- excellent plumage and first rate pose. Fantastic shot Steve.
Ron
skewey 10 31 England
12 Aug 2010 9:56PM
Outstanding capture Steve.
Paul
DannoM 7 58 England
12 Aug 2010 10:03PM
up there with the best steve, glad you finally got him. Well done.
dan
12 Aug 2010 10:16PM
Beautiful image
ChazB 11 64 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 10:16PM
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
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2010 10:18PM
Thanks everyone and a big thank you to Charlotte for the GEA. Very much appreciated.
Steve
martyn_b 10 20 1
12 Aug 2010 10:24PM
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
betts 8 1 England
12 Aug 2010 10:32PM
Awesome shot Steve,,,,,,,,everything about it is fantastic...
betts
12 Aug 2010 10:46PM
A real cracker mate, congrats on the GEA
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
12 Aug 2010 10:54PM
Cracking shot Steve...wish this were one of mine !
12 Aug 2010 11:58PM
Quality Steve,,... love these birds, never managed to bag one myself, they remind me of being a kid when there were plenty around

Jon
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
13 Aug 2010 12:21AM
Excellent shot, Steve. The detail and colours captured are impressive.
Ronnie.
13 Aug 2010 5:46AM
Fabulous shot Steve, feels like you could almost touch it - wonderful detail captured !

Chris
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
13 Aug 2010 6:29AM
Absolutely fantastic, Steve,delighted to make your half-century. Carol
Ray42 8 3 England
13 Aug 2010 6:36AM
A real quality capture Steve - the well deserved UA and GEA say it all - its one on my list too - still waiting - nice one
13 Aug 2010 8:05AM
Outstanding nature photography Steve.
David
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2010 8:09AM

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
LukeParkinson 6 30 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2010 8:14AM
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!
13 Aug 2010 8:23AM
Morning Steve out of this world awsome detail gray.
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2010 10:47AM
This is truly an outstanding feature, Steve. Perfection - nothing else to add.
Oh, except that I'm very, VERY envious!
Terry
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2010 11:35AM
Magnificent shot, Steve.
Tony
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
13 Aug 2010 3:12PM
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
BarbaraR Plus
10 16 1 England
13 Aug 2010 4:00PM
Haven't seen one in years, sadly.
This is a Wonderful capture.
Many Congrats !

B.
13 Aug 2010 7:23PM
WOW. Despite the fact that this is a pain to get a shot of, you have done brilliantly, this is pin sharp.
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
13 Aug 2010 11:57PM
Knocked out with this one Steve, congrats on the awards,
Geoff.
KBan 11 490 4 England
14 Aug 2010 7:38AM
bird photography at it's very best

Keith
tim g 12 13 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2010 8:50AM
A wonderful capture.


Tim
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2010 1:22PM
Thanks everyone and a big thank you to KBan for the User Award, really appreciated.
Steve
DerekL 11 165 24 England
15 Aug 2010 7:34PM
Superb image Steve.
Surprised this is a 1st for you - congrats all the same.

Derek
justin c 12 4.7k 36 England
15 Aug 2010 8:41PM
A fine shot of a great species.

Justin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
20 Aug 2010 7:36PM
A brilliant opportunistic capture, one to be proud of
forestfotos 6 4 3 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2010 8:29AM
It's all been said above Steve! what can i add? All i can say is. Perfection.
BarbAnna 6 1 England
11 Jan 2011 8:37PM
Out of this world!! Couldn't be more perfect.
Barbara

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