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Waiting the whole winter for YOU !

Waiting the whole winter for YOU !
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 100-300 F4 APO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in my garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-24 9:46
Viewed: 3803
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here I want to introduce you a new guest in my garden I've been waiting the whole winter for.
In November he was here for a few minutes, than he never came back until yesterday. I were so amazed and he gave me the chance to make a few shots ;-)

The Goldfinch or European Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis, is a small passerine bird of the finch family.

The Goldfinch is 12-13.5 cm (4-5 inches) long and weighs 16 to 22 grams. Sexes are alike, with a red face, black and white head, warm brown upperparts, white underparts with buff flanks and breast patches, and black and yellow wings. The ivory-coloured bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Juveniles have a plain head and a greyer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe.

The food is small seeds such as thistles (the Latin name is from carduus, thistle) and teasels, but insects are also taken when feeding young. The song is a pleasant silvery twittering. They nest in the outer twigs of tall leafy trees, laying four to six eggs which hatch in 11-14 days.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-24 9:55]

Hello Sabine!
You are very lucky for to have such beautiful visitors;).Eye contact is amazing.I liked POV,vivid colors,clear details,simple BG,framing and composition a lot.Have a nice

Hallo Sabine!
Sagenhaft was bei Dir im Garten vertreten ist. Dieses hier ist ein Distelfink bzw. Stieglitz (Carduelis carduelis). Ich bin begeistert! Ich hatte diesen schmucken Finken erst am Montag im Vogelpark abgelichtet - nicht gut genug für Treknature! - Dein Foto dagegen ist wieder eine Augenweide. Ist ein richtig schmuckes Kerlchen! Danke.
Lieben Gruß aus dem regnerischen OWL.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-03-24 10:22]

A beautiful picture of a very nice bird. In dutch it's called a "Putter". Nice colors and a great POV

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-03-24 10:24]

Hi Sabine,

Nice portret of this putter(dutch) or steglits(swedish),these birds have marvellous colors,here we see them sometimes in big flocks,but I havent been so lucky to get close enough for a descent shot,but who knows,anyway I like the composition,maybe a little on the soft side,but I like it anyway,

Well done and TFS

Hi Sabine!
Your patience paid off rich dividends; the bird has obliged you with a majestic posture. I love the red, white and black combination on its head and that dab of yellow on the tail.
Superb DOF and POV. The claws and the twig are a little soft but do not affect the overall appeal of the picture.
Sehr gut und danke schön!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-24 10:33]

A great shot, Wishnu. Wonderful POV, sharp details, good light, beautiful colors. He is very pretty. TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-24 10:58]

Hi Sabine!
Lucky, lucky, lucky you!!! This bird is probably one of most beautifull ones I've ever seen. Great! Lovely red head and yellow spot on its wing.

Namaste Sabine,

You must have a beautiful garden!!! beautiful picture of this GoldFinc is superb!! i like the colors.
Superb picture with good colors and composition, but a bit soft.

Goutham R

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-03-24 11:06]

It is nice that you have privat relationship with birds. Nice shot, good composition on the fogy background. Excelet POV and coloures. ( like always) ;-)

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  • PerR Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 2 N: 16] (99)
  • [2006-03-24 11:13]

Hello Sabine.
Yesterday there was a photo here in TN of a pink bird that I haven't seen before and here comes one more. Well I'm not the least an expert on birds so I don't know if it's common here or not.
However: Your photo is very sharp with lovely colours and he/she sits there just posing for you. Well done and TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-24 11:15]

Hallo Sabine,
Gute Schaerfe, traumhafte Farben- und eine schoene Pose! Da hat sich deine Geduld gelohnt. Toller Bildaufbau.
Gruss und ein tolles Wochenende...Sky

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  • trevp Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 28] (262)
  • [2006-03-24 11:23]

i think this shot is so cool, the colours of these gold finches are lush. i've yet to get as good a shot of one as your, love it :-)

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-24 11:38]

Hi Sabine,

Now it's time for me to be jealous!! I would like to see this bird but it never comes to my garden. This is a very beautiful bird and you captured him well.
My compliments.



Nice shot, Sabine, well done.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-03-24 12:41]

Hello Sabine,
Whow, what a capture it looks like it is painted, what a colours and sharpness.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-03-24 12:42]

hi sabine,
das nächste meisterstück! :-)
einen wunderschönen stieglitz hast du da
erwischt! deinen garten möchte ich auch haben.
das photo ist wie immer klasse,
die schönen farben kommen gut raus.
viele grüße,

Hi Sabine

I am awaiting the return of the Goldfinch too. The trees in my garden that they visit has aready grown the long seed pods that the Goldfinch feed from. It is now a matter of being patient and eventually I will be rewarded with the visits.

A superb catch from you. Lovely depth of colour. Great eye contact. :-)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-24 14:46]


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-24 14:58]

Hello Sabine, excellent shot with a great composition and vivid colors. A bit soft, any way good work. TFS, Didier.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-24 16:00]

Such a special little beauty came visiting - wonderful for you Sabine. Lovely shot, well done

Great photo , excellent, capture, DOF, Colors, POV, BG, Framing, Just wonderful. TFS Kyle

Hi Sabine,
What a beautiful bird this is! Wonderful colors, excellent exposure and sharp detail.
Nicely composed, great POV. Nicely done.
Thank You!

Incredible shot Sabine of this beautiful Goldfinch.
Great composition and POV.
Excellent colors and BG.

Hi Sabine,
What a colorful little visitor to your garden. Beautiful colors in this bird. I agree it could be slightly sharper, but still looks good to me.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-25 13:06]

Hi Sabine.
Excellent DOF and bg.Good composition.
Well done.

  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-25 14:52]

Wow a true beauty Sabine ! Such a beautiful bird. Sharp and clear, well composed. 10/10 !


Bonjour Sabine
Superbe prise de vue de ce goldfinch: netteté, couleurs, position, fond d'image tout est superbe
Bravo et merci,,,,JP

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-03-26 21:44]

Hi Sabine!

Very nice picture of this bird. It is clear, sharp and well exposed. Composition is good and shallow DOF is slendid.

Great work and TFS.

Hallo Sabine -
herrliches Foto!
Mit Dank und Gruß,

Big Smile - und Frühling ist da!

Nice capture Sabine,
Excellent sharp and clear detail. The colours are fantastic. Well composed and nicely exposed. I wish I had such pretty visitors to my garden.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-28 22:52]

Sabine, maybe, something like f/8 would have been better, but, anyway, a very nice shot.

I do enjoy colors and the soft bg. Lovely colors and subject.

Besides, the catchlight.

Great job.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-04-03 18:43]

Hello Stephan and Sabine !
What a beautifull bird. His colors are impressive. Detail, colors, Bg, and light are just perfect. TFS

What a perfect shot of such a dramatically colored bird. I can't think of one single thing that would improve the shot, other than him being in my garden, but then I don't have the camera to have caught him so well. I also don't have a garden! ;-) Very well done.

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