Lucky shot: Pine Siskin in Stanley Park


Pine Siskin / Tarin des pins / Spinus pinus: Sometimes, I get lucky — and even have my camera in hand! This photo is a perfect example: In this part of the world, Pine Siskins normally flitter around at the top of our very tall trees and so are quite difficult to see, let alone photograph. They can be seen around bird feeders, but mostly in winter and especially during cold snaps. But as I was walking in Stanley Park on a pleasant spring day last month, this individual suddenly landed in front of me and stayed still for at least a minute, perhaps more (but flew off when a runner joined us on the path), allowing me to take a few pictures, including this one. This is by far the nicest photo I have yet obtained of this species.

Taken on April 19, 2015, on the Beaver Lake Tail in Vancouver, BC, Canada with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 & AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II (ISO 1250 | 420mm | f/5.6 | 1/500). Not baited, called in or set up.


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