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A bright visitor

A bright visitor
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-06 5:02
Viewed: 3550
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
European Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis

Today it’s been snowing all day and this seems to have attracted a few more birds to the garden. Three Goldfinches turned up and I managed to get a couple of shots through the triple-glazed window. Apart from the common Tree Sparrows, the shy Robin and the odd Chaffinch we have today had visits by a Ringed Dove and some Jackdaws and Crows! Not a lot, but it was lovely to see the colourful Goldfinches again.

The average Goldfinch is 12–13 cm long with a wingspan of 21–25 cm. The sexes are broadly similar. On closer inspection male Goldfinches can often be distinguished by a larger, darker red mask that extends just behind the eye. In females, the red face does not reach the eye. The ivory-coloured bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked.

The song is a pleasant silvery twittering that you can listen to here: -

Antonio Vivaldi composed a Concerto in D major for Flute "Il Gardellino" (RV 428, Op. 10 No. 3), where the singing of the Goldfinch is imitated by a flute.

The goldfinch breeds across Europe, North Africa, and western and central Asia, in open, partially wooded lowlands. It is resident in the milder west of its range, but migrates from colder regions. It will also make local movements, even in the west, to escape bad weather. It has been introduced to many areas of the world (Snow and Perrins 1998). Extract from Wikipedia

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-06 5:05]

Just wonderful!
Colors are great,sharpness of the details are amazing!
A master piece!

Hi Ulla.
Great image with perfect details,colors and clarity.Congratulations.
Best regards and greetings.Alin.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-06 5:12]

Hello Ulla,
I just see that your shot is very "fresh",in both senses.. What a fine Goldfinch shot, something to be proud of! So poetical in a way to "feel" almost the freezing wind which you visualisd so well here. Great shot!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-06 5:12]

Hello Ulla

A lovely, crisp shot - excellent pose and loads of atmosphere. Quite with different to me sheltering from the heat and dust in the middle of the day in Mopti. The 'good' light today vanished at around 9am. I tried taking a couple of shots of some noisey starlings in the trees above the open deck restaurant where we are sitting - but it has now got too hot for them!

Best wishes


Hello Ulla,
a wonderful capture of this colourful bird in a very beautiful and poetical winter atmosphere, superb sharpness, marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-06 5:18]

Very pleasing composition showing the perfectly posed bird and I liked the atmosphere that you showed here. tfs.

Hi Ulla

This truly is a very bright visitor for you.
I love this capture as it has all the elements of a great photo.
The cool background compliments the very bright and sharp colors of the Goldfinch as it stands out very proud in the cold snowy weather.

Well done and TFS
Kind Regards

hello Ulla
this is a very good sharpness picture
great details and nice BG. with good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Isn't it wonderful to have visitors in your garden at this time of the year, Ulla?
This Goldfinch is so beautiful. The frontal view with a glimpse of the yellow on its plumage is extremely attractive.
I am amazed how you succeed in capturing such wonderful pictures through your window.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Ulla,

A bird in the foreground impeccable, with fine details and great light. The background is a perfect complement, its components are well managed.

Greetings and thanks for sharing


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-06 6:13]

Hi Ulla,
Very nice capture of this Goldfinch.POV,colors,BG and composition a lot.I liked winter mood a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-06 6:16]

Hello Ulla,
Our winter friend is perfectly sharp, exact colours. Against neutral BG look very impressive.
Regards, Pawel

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-06 6:40]

Happy New Year, Ulla. : )
What a lovely little finch.
A good profile view against the snowy BG.
I really like the composition.
TFS. : )

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-06 6:48]

Hello Ulla
Wonderful goldfinch taken with vivid colors in winter time.
Thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-06 7:45]

Hello Ulla,
Fantastic photo of this Goldfinch. Everything in this photo is superb. Great quality! Thanks for this beauty.

This is a great and beautiful little capture!
Colors are amazing!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-06 8:24]

Very good photo of this Goldfinch, very nice colors and atmosphere!

Hello Ulla,
Hope you'll be doing fine. Lucky that you have so many birds which visit your garden while it was snowing, for I see white streaks in this superb shot of the goldfinch which means snowflakes were drifted by while you were taking this shot.Great photo indeed with all the right details in a bad weather. Yes, your note is great ...enjoyed...thanks for sharing and thanks for your visits to my photos...take care...warmest regards/Abid

Hello Ulla,

An excellent capture of this Goldfinch with beautiful colors, pose & wintry setting. Well taken, composed & presented. TFS & best wishes.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-06 10:38]

Hola Sra. Ulla.
Exelente y fina foto. Agradables colores muy hermosos los que tiene este pequeño pajarillo. Puntos adicionales son los copos de nive que se ven caer en la imagen.

Hello Ulla,

another good image from you and very good details and blurred bg.
Fine natural colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-06 11:13]

Hi Ulla,you make better of Ivan today..eheh...same fantastic atmosphere,sharpness and colors,but the bird is too nice..ehhee..great details of the colors of the plums and excellent composition too.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-06 11:58]

Hello Ulla.
Excellent shot.Superb colors, razorsharp details and very well composed. I like it a lot. Very informative note also. Well done & TFS!Best regards Siggi

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-06 12:14]

If only we could cope with snow in our country as well the Swedish!
This shot shows the season well and the subject perfectly, but it also has an extra special quality about it that i can't quite put my finger on...
A lovely, evocative image, well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-06 12:16]

Hi Ulla. Tes is see a fine Goldfinch as well from you. I can see the weather was not very good. This is well taken from behand that much glass. This one looks a little cold and glad of your feeders. taken wit hfine feather detail and natural colours. well taken TFS.

hello Ulla

shots through triple-glazed window WOW !
and you obtained great details, excellent photo
of the goldfinch with fine POV and framing,
fine focus sharpness and details, my dream is to
have one day a water/snow proofed DSLR and to go
in the nature and do bird photos under a snowy temperature,



Hej Ulla,

An expertly taken capture of a red-faced beauty under snowy conditions from lateral POV with great clarity, warm colours, excellent contrasting OFF green BG, great DOF and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice nigght!


Hi Ulla..
Snowing in here but I am not lucky to see many birds...Great macro with beautiful colors...I like red colors on the face...Cute and pretty...TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-06 15:23]

Hi Ulla,

You are having more bird visitors with your cold weather than I am having even with the nice afternoons. This Goldfinch is beautiful and supersharp. I love the pose showing off his profile, beautiful colors and lovely feathers. A terrific setting and composition.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-06 16:53]

Hi Ulla,
Ett år startade i "styrka".
Splendid fånga denna vackra lilla fågel färgglada.
Vill du ha en underbar natt,

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-06 20:01]

Hola Ulla: No hay mucho que agregar a tan excelente toma, un disfrute para los sentidos...saludos.

hello Ulla,
a splendid winter composition-background and attribution of colors, very good focus and pose of the Goldfinch, it's a very good photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Ulla, lovely bird in nice pose against a splendid lighting BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ulla. Geat capture for this coloured bird into the storm. Efficent light and bright natural colours. Perfect DOF.


Hej Ulla
We don't have so much colorful birds here in Scandinavia and European Goldfinch is one of them. Nice presentation of this birdie in bad weather condition.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-07 8:19]

Hi Ulla
Beautiful composition,I wish that we had that specie down here.Excellent DOF that allow us to see the snow falling.Good POV and sharp image with great colors.I like the Golfinch pose.
TFS Michel

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-01-07 10:31]

Good for you can to see this colourful bird live dear Ulla.
You did a good job and could show us great details through your lens.
TFS and see you in TN.
Best wishes,

Hello Ulla,
Great shot in snowy weather with excellent vivid colours, clarity and sharpness.
Exceptional composition.

Hej Ulla
sorry for my silence. Nowadays I am very busy again.
Firstly I wish you and Ivan and other family members a happy and healty new year. I hope the year 2010 will go with all the best and wonderful days.
Well, this is great capture Goldfinch, with nice focus, superb natural colors, POV and composition with rain droplets. eyes contact also nice. thanks for sharing. best regards and good night.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-07 16:45]

Hi Ulla

I am glad you liked the fish-eagles. Thanks for the generous and kind words you have
expressed on my posting. This little European Goldfinch is stunning as it sits there while
seemingly unperturbed by the falling snow. Not only did it brighten up the dullish BG, but
from what I gather in your notes it really brightened up your day too. It's a rather colourful
little bird with its white, tan, black, yellow, pink and red toning. Good details captured.

Well done MF and TFS.

Hallo Ulla
These Goldfinches as the one you are sharing astonish and amaze me every time I see them for their beauty and stylish looks. Each time I look at them it feels like I observe them for the 1st time, as their smart plumage and detail is just so pleasing to look at and appreciate. The colours in the image as a whole is delightful and you have captured this beauty so well. Indeed a PPP – Pretty, perfect, picture. The motion of the falling snow in the background adds to the speciality of this already striking and super sharp image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Ulla
a lovely shot of this goldfinch, he is posed perfectly on this thin branch
the details are great in spite the triple-glazed window
we can see the snow falling i the grey BG
we have also all days snow
Have a good night

Hello Ulla, very beautiful shot of this lovely bird with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-01-10 2:43]

Hi Ulla,

Beautiful image. The color contrast and the the steaks of falling snow covey very well the feeling of winter.

MY compliments!


Beautiful composition, excellent sharpness, light and colour.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-19 13:35]

Hello Ulla, nice shot of this goldfinch with excellent composition, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

Hi Ulla ,
A perfect work.
Great composition and bright colours.
Very well done

Kind regards

Hello Ulla,
Wonderful goldfinch shot!!! Great sharpness and composition. Well done.
Have a nice weekend, regards, João Edgar

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