The bird with a red hat (3 days to Christmas)

Could it be so that the Common redpoll (Carduelis flammea, urpiainen in Finnish) is the bird of Christmas? For me it is. Just look at it’s head.

A group of these small lively birds landed next to our home just two days ago. They were eating leftovers from the bird feeders and bathing in small puddles (the last days have been warm and wet, no snow anymore).

(For photo techies: I took this picture with Canon 5D Mk4, Canon 100-400 + Sigma’s 1.4x converter. The very pleasing thing  is how little digital noise there is though I used ISO 12800!)

So this is a combined Thursday Twitters and Countdown to Christmas post. 🙂


Common redpoll (Carduelis flammea) in Mäntsälä, Finland, 20 December 2016

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.

A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.

About Olli Laasanen

Eyes and ears open. New and old. Jobs and hobbies. Pictures and music. Entertaining and serious. Change and stability. Nature and urban.
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6 Responses to The bird with a red hat (3 days to Christmas)

  1. Rigby says:

    You either have a vert steady hand, or used a tripod. Is that a grape vine the bird is perched on? Very fine composition.

    • Thanks again Rigby. Hand-held. 1/320 sec, f/8.0, 100-400×1.4@560 mm. The combo weights nearly 3 kg, helping to keep it steady. And yes, the bird is sitting in vine.

  2. rANG bIRANGE says:

    Haha yes with red hat!

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