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Old Dec 23, 2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default Northern Visitors (Pine Grosbeaks)

This morning my crab apple tree attracted some new visitors who according to my bird book are normally only found in the northern portions (Canada and circumpolar accross Europe/Asia) of the globe but occasionally they come south during winter and luckily visited my tree.

All taken with the E-PL2 and Zuiko 70-300mm, handheld shutter priority 1/400.

They're bright and colorful but really messy eaters, half the food fell on the ground which is okay as the chickadees and the nuthatches will take the ground pickings.

in total 6-8 birds stopped by, two males (red) and a number of females (yellow/green) and I think one juvenile but I didn't get any shots of it.

here's the males


PC237703_1 by ramcewan, on Flickr



PC237680 by ramcewan, on Flickr

like I said messy eaters


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some females;


PC237693 by ramcewan, on Flickr


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Excellent series of shots. Good focus, contrast, and feather detail. My favorite is the close-up shot #6. Well done.
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Thanks Steve, I was really excited with these captures too. I should mention all pp was done with olympus viewer 2
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These are very nice and sharp. I especially like the first one, nice lighting. Nice job!! How much cropping did you do on these?
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......love'em all, especially the 'messy' ones. I am pretty sure I've never seen this bird, possibly when I lived in far NW Ontario. But, that was so many years ago it doesn't count that I do not remember.

I agree with Steve, thanks for sharing the images.

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James - these are uncropped, these birds were fairly tolerant of my presence so I was able to open the window and get pretty close. They were really intent on eating the crab apples and cleaned off what remained on the tree. Even though I have a suet cake out now it was ignored completely by these birds. At one point the familiar robin tried to claim the tree and kick them out but the grosbeaks were too much and came back yet again.

Bob - and a Merry Christmas to you as well! I am glad you enjoyed them, this is the first time I can remember seeing these birds myself, according to the bird book it is not unheard of them to come down this far south (Southern NH) but they are still an uncommon sight, I consider their visit a Christmas treat!
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I really like the second shot with the bird extending one wing, presumably to balance the reach for the crabapple almost out of reach. I'm guessing that moment didn't last long.
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These are REALLY nice. Great sharpness and contrast.
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I really like the second shot with the bird extending one wing, presumably to balance the reach for the crabapple almost out of reach. I'm guessing that moment didn't last long.
Yeah d b this was one of my favorites too for the flash of color down the back as the wing extends, even though the head is not clear the rest makes it still special. Thanks for checking them out!


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These are REALLY nice. Great sharpness and contrast.
Thanks Greg this was a holiday gift to have these photogenic visitors in good light. A rare trifecta of light, subject, and presence with the camera, they won't be back till next year and if they had come on Friday when I was at work I would have missed it. I also got this Carolina wren on the feeder another new one for me although the higher iso makes this lesser than the grosbeaks.


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Very nice set. Good color, good focus, good composition...good on all points!
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