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Parental duty

Parental duty
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-01 6:15
Viewed: 5319
Points: 136
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After last post (see Alex99?) and your warm reception of a sloven-goldfinch I have revised my archives and have found first (and alone on that time) goldfinch picture series. It seemed to me that shots were not rather good and I did not post anyone that time. However, now encouraged by you I have changed my mind and share one of them.

There are many goldfinches in our region. Our gardens are surrounded by numerous agricultural fields and there are many foods for birds and nice conditions for their breeding. In summer we can see many happy families of goldfinches cheerfully flitting on the gardens and singing sonorous songs. However, they do not allow coming nearer to them to take nice shots but I try to photograph them every time.

Once a goldfinch family (father or mother and three kids) had visited our garden where the dense high grass grew. I could not miss the opportunity and lying in the grass from rather far distance to not frighten off them I tried to shoot all their actions.

Children were played, flew from a tree on a tree, on a fence both back on trees or electrical wires and demanded food from the parent loudly. The poor parent had been compelled to collect seeds of plants in a grass constantly and to bring them to the children. So it flied there and back about 5-7 minutes. Some times the kids tried to collect seeds independently, but it was not pleasant to them obviously and had quickly bored.

That time I was dissatisfied with their behavior but I had recollected my own children, had calmed down at once and began to shoot. Captured on our fence column scene demonstrates the typical behavior of the kinds.

Is really possible to give up in something to such charming prankish?

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To wuta: Thank you very much.Alex99 1 09-10 00:51
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Olá Alexei
Very nice moment in family
i liked, the colors and edition
Regards from Portugal

Hola Alex, el momento no puede se mejor, enhorabuena.
Excelente exposición, tonos de color naturales y muy bonitos.
El fondo limpio y bien desenfocado. Un saludo

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-01 6:32]

Hi Alexei,
another top quality shot from you my friend, excellent DOF and detail and a wonderful moment you caught here too. The background is perfect. Fine work with alot of character as always, well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-01 6:35]

Hello Alexei,
Technically superb and set in a fine suitable central composition, you present an excellent portrayal of a Parent Goldfinch feeding a fledgeling, the posture and wing position being typical for the fledgeling.
Interesting that both birds still have seeds in their mouths! Beautiful BG and lighting contribute to this being another fine image up to your high standard.
Thanks for sharing it!

Hi Alexei,

Wonderful setting and nice BG,great moment of Goldfinch on the post.TFS.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-01 6:56]

Hello Alexei,
Funnily enough I thought this looked like an 'Alexei capture'!! Its your style and very lovely too. This is very well-timed to show Mum feeding her young. Both are very nicely in focus and I like their profiles. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours too in this beautiful composition.

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this goldfinch family. Very well composed with sharp details and a nice POV and very well timed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Not only is it technically a wonderful image, it has a story behind it which eeryoen can relate to immediately upon seeing it...wonderful title for a super image Alexei!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-01 8:06]

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful scene. Excellent clear colours and great sharpness. Good composition, POV, timing and BG.

Hi Alex.
Beauty scene, very good sharpness. Excellent colours.
I greet Robert.

Hello Alexei,
what a lovely pair of parent and young. You capture both of them with a great timing and great shot. Lighting and colors superb, but also great POV, sharpness, details and always informative notes. Thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-01 8:30]

Hi Alexei

Another cute bird shot from you...you seem to have an entire saga of bird emotions and moments captured :)
This too is a terrific shot and the timing here was again of the essence.
Needless to sa, the technical part is gorgeous, with superb colors everywhere, super sharp details and excellent DOF.
Great work once again, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-01 9:42]

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful capture of two beautifull birds
Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-01 9:51]

Hi Alexei,

I always look forward to your posts knowing that each one is something special. I'm not at all disappointed with this one. This parent and child are exceptional. You captured the moment perfectly. I love the little one with his opened beak anticipating a seed. Beautiful colors, details, poses, composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-01 11:52]

Hi Alexei. I am glad you have shown this picture from last year. the gold finch is not an easy bird to capture as you said in you interesting notes. You have good detail and colour in the shot of the Young demanding food. well done TFS.

Hi Alex,
What a lovely family scene. The colours, the sharpness and the attitude of the birds are really perfect. Thanks for sharing,

Hello my friend,
Thank you once again for this quality presentation of the two cute Goldfinch! brilliant shot!
the exposure and focus is spot on with perfect sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details
thank you once again for the effort to share
take good care and sincere regards from downunder

Hello Alexei!
It is really nice to see your new photo! Great title and wonderful clarity! DOF, sharpness and light control is very professional :)
I also agree with Ivan, it is interesting that both birds have seeds! :>
All the best from Lodz my Friend!

I love the composition, or ratrher the POV!Love this shot overall!
Fantastic work!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-01 23:18]

Hi Alex

A beautiful pose with excellent focus. Your timing is perfect. Great work here my friend.


Hi Alexei, Your 400mm lens and your keen eye are a wonderful pair. So many fine feather friend photos. I like this a lot as it seems we can see them discussing something. Perfect clarity and good to see. TFS. Murray.

Ciao Alex, lovely couple with fantastic blurry BG, wonderful colors, excellent details, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexxei,

I can't believe that you kept this fine shot in storage! It is the sort of subject that makes our hearts skip! A wonderful capture of the devotion between a parent and its offspring! (It is noticeable which of the birds looks fat!)
Lovely details of plummage and a well chosen dof.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Excellent details and clarity, good light and composition, nice image.
Best wishes,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-02 4:58]

Hello Alexei,
Very cute scene. I like light and clear BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-02 8:30]

Hello Alexei,
What a warm moment between mother and offspring, superb image my friend.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-02 13:25]

Hi Alex,wonderfull !!!! Your curious way to show us the birds is fantastic!! As your last pic,this is another great great work,the moment to take is perfect,top quality,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-02 15:59]

Beautiful image Alexei, a great moment, a very good composition and technically perfect, a treat to the eye! Well done, thanks!


Great shot! The way the small one one is looking at its parent with its beaks open is awesome! Sharply focussed and good lighting. The blue bg also adds beauty to the picture. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Alexei. Charming capture in sharp focus and beautifully framed image. The talk is well captured exposing details and pristine sharpness of this image. Well written notes and thanks for sharing. Jusni

Hi Alex
Firs of all fantastic moment. Your photo is sharp with perfect OOF background and good exposure in a strong light conditions. I am wondering about the composition here. I like your frame very much but maybe it would look better as a square crop without the part on the right side
Best wishes

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-03 2:19]

hello Alex,
That's really looks like a gentle lesson and not only parental duty! I always like narrative pictures, this one you have excellentely photographed against the blue sky. Very vivid and touching shot.
Thanks a lot

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-09-03 12:41]

Excellent capture of the magical moment, great details.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-03 12:43]

Hi Alex!

This is again a posting that needs a closer approach. First, when I just saw the thumbnail, I thought that Alex is drifting on side tracks... Then, when I read the title and looked at the entire picture, my interest began to grow. Now, after having read your notes and watched the picture again, I'm fascinated by the power of expression it has. It's sensitive, cute and warm at the same time. Pure nature...

Kind regards


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-09-03 20:43]

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic capture, this is a great POV. You composed very well
and the image is sharp and colorful.. Well done!
Ps.. Nice to see your photos again after being gone for a


Hi Alexei.
Thanks for your comments.
I am amazed at this photo. I really like the type of action you got.The colours are perfect.The exposure seems exactly right too.

Hello Alexei,

Excellent composition with a very good timing and a beautiful pose of the birds. Very good POV and sharpness. Excellent light and wonderful colours. Great bokeh too.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-09-04 10:58]
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Hello Alex , Lovely and great shot , compositie details colours sharpnes everithing is perfect ,I like it , Greetings Teunie .

Hello Alexei,
Great capture, superb sharpness and depth of field, beautiful colors and contrast, great pose.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-06 7:05]

Ahh Alexei this is lovely. I love that begging pose, it is perfectly caught. Wonderful relationship between the two birds. Technically great too with a nice POV, good DOF and pin sharp details



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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-07 0:11]

merhaba my friend
wonderful capture of these beautiful birds (saka, in Turkish)
composition, POV, BG, DOF, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-09-07 2:40]

HI Alexei,
Beautiful behavioural image. Great moment. JUst a slight nit about the placement. Could do with a little less of the bottom.

Olá Alexei,
uma cena muito bonita essa mesmo, no exato momento. As cores ficaram ótimas, assim como a nitidez.
Parabéns e Abraço

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-09-08 19:02]

Hola Alexei. Great image. Very sharp and beautiful colors in both birds. Looks like they are having a big trouble. anyway This is a very goos photo, and nice note to.

Hola Alexei,
¡Que bonita y simpática escena! sobresaliente composición, gran nitidez con que se aprecian los detalles, la luz y fondo son magníficos, lo único que no me gusta es el posadero que no desmerece tan bella imagen, saludos
José Ramón

In Portugal we call this bird "PINTA SILGO".
They sing "MOST BEAUTIFULLY". (Only the male.)
Mario with VERY friendly best wishes.

wonderful very candid! =) great detail and timing..

Hi Alex,
great scene you captured there with beautiful colors and great sharpness.
Like the POV and the blurred background.
TFS Tatjana

Hi dear Alexei ,
It is so nice and kind shot.
Lovely moment.
Great details and excellent dof.
A perfect work as always.

Kind regrads my dear friend

Hola Alexei, parece que a veces tengas entrenadas las aves solamente para tí ejeje. Captas pues a estos animales en unas poses muy realistas y de gran limpieza, por lo que supongo también que ese onjetivo te trabaja perfectamente. Buena luz y encuadre en el conjunto, y sobre todo: mucha naturalidad.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-11 23:34]

Hola Alex,
preciosa escena,
supremo pov y nitidez...
buenos colores y excelente enfoque,
saludos amigo

hello Alexei

i was absent the last month, you have done (and found in your archives)
what a wonderful image of a parent and the child,
fine POV, wonderful colours and luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, i love the catch-lights
at the eyes, and the chick's cute expression on his parent,



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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-23 1:49]

Dear Alexei,
How have you been?
I cant believe this was stashed away in your archives because tyou felt they were n't good.
This is an absolutley heart warming picture ....showing the loving nature of a parent to fend for its child.The birds are in superbly good focus with tack sharp details.The eye contact created with both works very well too.And there is a beautiful symmetry in this that i see, but which i am not so much able to put in words.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

Hello Alexei.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-10-06 9:18]

Привет, Алекс!
Отличный снимок, великолепно пойман момент и качество на уровне.

Olá Alex

Lindo e terno momento muito bem registrado...
Ótima luz, cores e textura. Parabéns pelo belo trabalho.
Grande abraço,

Ciao Alexei,
meraviglioso momento di cattura di questi cardellini, eccellente POV e composizione che mostra splendidamente le cure parentali. ottime nitidezza e definizione, molto belli i colori e BG.

It is a pleasure to go back to this lovely image which I had somehow missed in the past, Alexei.
The scene you present is heart-warming -- a parent bird feeding the little one.
There is nothing else in the frame to distract the viewer.
The image is technically immaculate.
Well done and TFS.

that was a great idea to get this out of your archives! how could you not want to show us this wonderful image?! :-)
the scene is so cute with the "parent-action" and the details perfectly shown with great sharpness and beautiful colors.
well done & best wishes, thor.

Jolie scène de famille.
Bonne journée.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-10-15 8:16]

Hi Alex!
I love these little guys, I see some every morning in my garden eating sunflower seeds but they are very timid, so you were lucky to capture this great moment, great sharpness that lense is worthy,just beautiful. :)

Isn't cute? Wow! What a beautiful capture! You had great timing for this one. The little one is soooo cute! I think this is the first time I see a juvenile of this specie. Ours look very different and don't have this red color. Details, POV and exposure are wonderful!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-22 13:29]

Lovely!! What a great timing and marvellous capture!! Really precious and making a gorgeous composition. I should love to see these birds frequenting my neighborhood too.
Thanks so much for posting it.
Best regards

Great capture with wonderful exposure. Details are crisp and background nice and creamy. Love the action between the two finches.

They certainly have something to discuss. Excellent colors and sharpness.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-11 2:42]

Hi Alexei,
this is really lovely. i could hear them talking. Superbs clarity and excellent clarity. i like the brilliant background you created is such a pleasant blurr.
Well composed and moment well captured in highly skill handling.


Nice moments captured with bright colours.

Hello Alexei,

The situation is well captured, with great interaction between the birds!
Pin sharp details in the plumage, and the fine light renders a great colour palette...
The image tells the story well..!

Pablo -

Hi Alexei,
Nice composition and colors, perfect DoF... maybe the birds are slightly oversharpened? In spite of this, a very spectacular image.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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