Linnet at Shanaganagh Park in Shankill
The South Dublin Branch of BirdWatch Ireland have recently put up feeders in Shanganagh Park, near where I live in Shankill. They have been very successful in attracting birds, especially finches. The location catches the morning sun nicely and one day recently, I got this female Linnet waiting her turn while Greenfinches and Goldfinches jostled for position. I like the match between the muted tones of her plumage and the wintery twigs – the males have red on the breast as excellently caught by Mark Carmody. It was taken with the Canon 100-400mm Mk1 on a Canon 7D Mk1 at 400mm, ISO 400, f 5.6 at 1/1000 of a second. I finished it in Lightroom by cropping quite a bit to a square format, adding contrast, darkening the light branches, and adding a vignette. I also sharpened it a bit more in Photoshop.
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