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Pretty Boy! - Redpoll - Southland - New Zealand by AndreaEL

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The Redpolls are a group of small passerine birds in the finch family Fringillidae which have characteristic red markings on their heads. They are very closely related, and taxonomically could be considered as any thing from one to five species. Recent studies tend to support three species.
They are primarily seed-eaters, and often feed acrobatically like a tit; their diet may include some insects in summer. They have a dry reeling song and a metallic call. They lay 4-7 eggs in a nest in a tree or, in the case of Arctic Redpoll, a large bush. They can form large flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with other finches.
Location Taken: Gore, Southland, New Zealand.
Panasonic Lumix Camera Model DMC-FZ35 29 Aug 2010
I DEDICATE this to you Laura
for the love and passion you have for animals including our beautiful feathered friends. Your work with animals is incredible.

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    superb clarity

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment.

    – AndreaEL

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsover 4 years ago

    One Word , Wonderful !!!

  • Thanks so much Trev, I take that as a compliment, your work is magnificent.

    – AndreaEL

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    How adorable! Lovely little bird.

  • Thank you for your kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • rasim1
    rasim1over 4 years ago

    Great shot.

  • Many thanks, by the way I like your new profile shot.

    – AndreaEL

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 4 years ago

    What a pleasingly plump little fellow this is. Such an adorable little bird. Nice and sharp with lovely composition Andrea. He sure is a “Pretty Boy”. Love it. Kathy :)

  • Thank you Kathy, it was a cold day, and the birds tend to fluff their feather up, perhaps it keeps them warmer. He was so cute and allowed me to get really close.

    – AndreaEL

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 4 years ago

    He is so plump! What a healthy little stinker! Wonderful Capture!

  • Thank you so much Rose, do you think that maybe big mum puts out too much food?

    – AndreaEL

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful. Great detail and colours

  • Thank you so much for your comment.

    – AndreaEL

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    a lovely capture Andrea and what a pretty bird.x

  • Thank you Cathrine, they are beautiful, this was my first close encounter of these little ones.

    – AndreaEL

  • Carl Olsen
    Carl Olsenover 4 years ago

    Marvelous crisp shot, Andrea. I love the way the bird stands out from the blurred background. Looks like you’ve been feeding him too much, though! :)

  • Thanks so much Carl for that wonderful compliment, they are munching on the young grass seeds. You made me laugh though.

    – AndreaEL

    WOBBLYMOLover 4 years ago

    fabulous shot, nice sharp details and lovely colours, super work Andrea

  • Many thanks for that wonderful comment and compliment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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