Common Redpoll – Ottawa, Ontario

“The Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) is a species in the finch family. It breeds somewhat further south than the Arctic Redpoll, also in habitats with thickets or shrubs. Nominate C. f. flammea (Mealy Redpoll) breeds across the northern parts of North America and Eurasia. There is also an Icelandic subspecies, C. f. islandica, and one which breeds in Greenland and Baffin Island, C. f. rostrata (Greenland Redpoll). All forms migrate further south in winter into southern Canada, the northern USA and most of Eurasia. These birds are remarkably resistant to cold temperatures and winter movements are mainly driven by the availability of food. The common redpoll is smaller, browner and more streaked than the Arctic Redpoll. There are two distinct populations (one lighter, one darker) united in islandica, the relationships of which are unresolved” Wikipedia

Nikon D300
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 MM
WB Cloudy


birds, redpoll, berries, nature, wildlife, trees, seeds, ecology


  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    Oh my goodness . . . what a BEAUTIFUL little bird . . . a FABULOUS image!!! :-)

  • They definitely have character

    – Michael Cummings

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    WOW WHAT A GORGEOUS BIRD Great capture

  • Thank you Maggie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Awesome detailed capture Michael….Your work is so remarkable my friend…inst fave BTW!!!

  • Thank you Larry

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Wow! What a wonderful capture. Redpolls are pretty fast.

  • Thanks Bunny, it took a few shots to get one I liked

    – Michael Cummings

  • naturalnomad
    naturalnomadover 3 years ago


  • Thank you

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jacinthe Brault
    Jacinthe Braultover 3 years ago

    It is incredible how close you get to capture these. The sharpness of the details are amazing!

  • Thank you Jacinthe, I was at my minimal focusing distance so I would not get any closer. Maybe the 200 Macro would have been nice to see how close I could have gotten

    – Michael Cummings

  • Spadecaller
    Spadecallerover 3 years ago

    great shot!

  • Thank you

    – Michael Cummings

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot.

  • Thank you

    – Michael Cummings

  • jesika
    jesikaover 3 years ago

    Superb image, wonderfully detailed & clear

  • Thank you Jesika

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

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