E.J.Wilkins

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Chaffinch


This is a male Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs.

The - female - is mostly brown with white bars on the wings and has lighter coloured legs.

We see quite a few of these in the garden but they only rarely come close to the house, they're more often in a hedge searching for food - too far away and moving too quickly.

These birds are insect and seed eaters, their beak gives this away. It's strong to crush seeds, but also finely pointed to search out and pick up insects.

The picture was taken through the window, looking into the garden
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Chaffinch


This is a male Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs.

The - female - is mostly brown with white bars on the wings and has lighter coloured legs.

We see quite a few of these in the garden but they only rarely come close to the house, they're more often in a hedge searching for food - too far away and moving too quickly.

These birds are insect and seed eaters, their beak gives this away. It's strong to crush seeds, but also finely pointed to search out and pick up insects.

The picture was taken through the window, looking into the garden
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comments (26)

  • martie
  • United States
  • 28 Nov 2008, 00:33
Beautiful details you've captured here - I swear there are even reflections in that little beak!
EJWilkins: It certainly looks like reflections Martie
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 28 Nov 2008, 01:01
Great capture Ellie
EJWilkins: Glad you think so VIntage smile
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 28 Nov 2008, 01:37
Remarkable capture, Ellie. What a chubby little fella. smile
EJWilkins: They fluff out their feathers when they're cold, which makes them look fatter than they are wink
sweet little thing--great shot. very nice detail in the face and breast.
EJWilkins: Pleased you think so Dawn
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands England
  • 28 Nov 2008, 07:17
This is my favorite so far Ellie.
He looks so proud as if he's going on his first date.
Lovely and groomed. smile
Stunning.
EJWilkins: He does look as if he's just been scrubbed and polished for a special occasion, you're right
This looks as if it's been stuffed by a taxidermist, Ellie.
EJWilkins: I can guarantee that he hadn't been stuffed by a taxidermist Chad wink
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Nov 2008, 07:53
Really like this, Ellie. Good reason to give the window an occasional once-over.
EJWilkins: Well, yes, they do need the occasional clean wink
LOL at Chad! Silly devil! Another delight Ellie
EJWilkins: Agreed @ Chad wink
Thanks Bill
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Nov 2008, 08:56
You've done it again Ellie - a first-class bird portrait. You can almost count the individual feathers! We get these in our garden too, but they do come close to the house as our birdfeeder is on the house wall.
EJWilkins: What you need is a table/birdfeeder on a post, or even one of those fancy metalwork ones that can either be pushed into the grass or something similar to an umbrella base that you can hang things from. These chaps tend to eat on the ground though, picking up odd scraps, they don't seem to have the knack of using feeders, not here anyway
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 28 Nov 2008, 09:16
Great capture Ellie! He's so cute.
EJWilkins: I think he's cute too
I lvoe your series
EJWilkins: Thank you Chantal smile
All I need to do is get my tripod down from the loft Ellie and I will give this a try. This is another excellent picture.
EJWilkins: I think you should Brian, if you're careful you can combine your tea/coffee break with their meal times wink
Another little beauty. Well taken Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Janet smile
Oh isn't he GORGEOUS Ellie!
EJWilkins: You're absolutely right Chris, he's a stunner
  • FLOOG
  • The caves of my mind
  • 28 Nov 2008, 17:22
Utterly beautiful smile
EJWilkins: Thanks for saying so Paul
Bird beaks and all their subtleties show a fantastic diversity ... this one looks as if it could do some serious damage to an aphid ha!
Lovely Ellie.
richard
EJWilkins: I think that Darwin chap thought much the same about beaks, this one's certainly very pointed, not always obvious until you get to see a fairly close picture. I have to admit I was surprised by the sharp point at the end
Your birds shots are fabulous Ellie!
EJWilkins: It's really kind of you to say so Richard, thanks
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Nov 2008, 18:04
You do these so well Ellie - its not a subject I would chose, mainly because I lack the patience. Excellent.
EJWilkins: It's amazing what you can do if you've got fifteen or so minutes to sit and look, I bet yours would be better than mine. Conversely (that's a posh word) I wouldn't know where to start with some of the pictures you take smile
Fantastic. A very pretty birds, but I bet he has some nasty habits. It seems that many of the most attractive birds have the least attractive personalities.
EJWilkins: I don't know Shelia, they seem to be fairly quiet birds, don't go around in big gangs, don't seem to fight or anything like that, unlike the Tit family and starlings
What a beauty, Ellie! (:o)
EJWilkins: I thought so too, I was so thrilled he came close to the house.

(Any luck with getting your dust problem sorted?)
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 28 Nov 2008, 21:42
Another fantastic bird study. She is gorgeous.
EJWilkins: Absolutely gorgeous, yes
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 28 Nov 2008, 21:42
OOPS it is a male.
EJWilkins: No worries, we aren't the ones that need to tell the difference wink
  • Mike Lee
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Nov 2008, 03:53
A few more of these great shots and you'll be able to make a calendar of them..! ;-)
This is so nice!
EJWilkins: Ah! You guessed!
I was planning on printing bird calendars for various friends this year
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Nov 2008, 10:10
Excellent again - how many bird species in the UK?
EJWilkins: More than five and less than, err, haven't a clue Louis! But there are probably only about twenty or thirty species that are happy living alongside people, in gardens and so on.
You have a magic window! This little bird is sweet.
Great (sorry to repeat smile )

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