Pine Siskin

I expect the Siskins and the Purple Finches to depart back northward at almost any time, so here’s one more Siskin photo before they say, “Au revoir”.

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Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Canon 60D, Canon 70-300mm IS USM zoom, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec., ISO 800, Hand Held. Processed in ACR and PSE 2020 for exposure and sharpness. Topaz De-noise applied.


A very beautiful, contemplative look! I really like the bokeh going on in the bg! Nicely done!

I had the same thought as Vanessa: a contemplative look. Maybe thinking about his trip north and not looking forward to it. Nice look at the bird and nice background.

Thanks, @Vanessa_Hill and @Allen_Brooks. Hey, Allen, he should consider himself lucky. At least his trip is overland. He doesn’t have to do some crazy thing like fly over the Gulf of Mexico!

Nice perches and a nice pose from the Siskin, Terry. Detail in the bird looks very good. I like it.

Thanks, Dennis. The perches, etc. are really paying off.

As others said, that background is excellent. I enjoy tilting my screen just to darken the BG and bring out its colours. Oh yes, and the bird’s good too!

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Terry, the Siskin looks very good. The hints of magenta in the background are a nice early spring indicator. Yes, it does look very contemplative.

Thanks, Mark. Though I consider myself a documentary style wildlife photographer, it’s nice to capture an image that’s at least somewhat artistic, now and then.