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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300 F4 IS USM.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-05 10:59
Viewed: 3113
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One more taken from the first day of the year. I like the pose with its head turned to one side and the large thorn by its chest.

Goldfinch ( Carduelis carduelis.) Length 12cm.
One of our most colourful birds and the only one with bright yellow wingbars and a white rump. Adults have red and white on face, black cap extending down the sides of their neck, buffish back and white underparts with buff flanks.
It is a common and widespread resident in Britain and Ireland except Northern Scotland.
Favours wasteground and meadows where their narrow pointed bill is used to feed on the seeds of Thistles and Teasels.
Usually seen in smaill flocks.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-05 11:05]

Wonderful little bird today!
Goldfinch, indeed is most present here, but your is great!

So sharp and clear...

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-05 11:33]

Hello Nicholas,
What beautiful images. Excellent this macro with detail top.
Have a wonderful day,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-05 11:40]

Hello Nick,
The light and pose of the Goldfinch in this photo are gorgeous. The colours are splendid and the glittering in the eye fascinating. Excellent sharpness, details, composition, POV and BG.
It's nice to have a place where you can see all these different birds.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-05 11:49]

Hello Nicholas
A wonderful capture like always...
Thanks for sharing

Hi Nick,

Another beautiful picture of this bird. Great detail with a lovely catchlight in the eye. Wonderful colours captured and well composed.
Great capture and TFS


hello Nick
this is a special bird for my
i like this one most
great details and beautiful colours
great pose in the sun and super sharpness
greeting lou

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-05 12:08]

Hello Nicholas.

When i look at the surrounding you have made this photo i hope you did not wounded yourself.
A fine capture of this Goldfinch, lovely colors, great POV and the sharpness is nice to look at.

Gr. Hans

hello Nicholas,
I see a splendid composition and pose of the Goldfinch, with beautiful light, the photo output is great!
keep photographing! TFS

very nice Nick

unusual angle for the bird to be looking I like this one alot. Good feather detail on the right hand side but unfortunately somewhat soft down the left

Hello Nick,
Hope you'll be fine. I was about to comment on your fantastic photo but you proved quicker than me. I am thankful for your comments on my photo. This is really a grand shot, the light is really very ideal and the posture of the bird on the thorny perch is like a dream come true. The colours and focus is lovely and the bird's beak also appears sharp and pointed like a thorn perhaps it is partly in the shade but this is merit instead of a fault for I was not going for one. Enjoyed it greatly and felt a shade envious....smile...so it is a happy new year, I am happy for you...thanks for sharing...take care...warmest regards/Abid

Excellent sharpness. The bird presents fine details and the background is effectively blurred. Congratulations!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-05 13:06]

Hello Nicholas,
this is an lovely picture, I love the pose of this nice little bird. The colours are so beautiful and colourful background. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful shot,
Best regards siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-05 14:49]

Hi Nick,one of your best goldfinch..simply fantastic in this impressive composition and wonderful background...my double compliments today! Have a nice day,Luciano

hello Nick

an excellent photo of the Goldfinch with fine POV and framing,
superb focus sharpness and details of the foreground,
and a wonderful light coming to the bird, TFS


Hello Nick,

An excellent close-up with beautiful colors, pose & POV. Well taken, composed & presented.

TFS & best wishes.


Nicholas, This seems painted by hand! the bird is posing! bravo! beautiful work.



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-05 16:05]

Hi Nick,

The Goldfinch is such a beautiful bird and you have captured this one perfectly. I love the pose showing off his wonderful profile. The details are excellent and the colors are marvelous. The setting is a winner. He would do very well here with all of the thorns we have!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-05 18:36]

Hola Nick.
You are the best photogrpher of birds, and I am sure of it, It is not easy to have such a beautiful and wonderful portafolio full of excellent photos.
Took my hat off.
Congratulations once more time Mister Nicolas.

Hello Nick,
fantastic capture of this Goldfinch, outstanding sharpness and superb lighting, marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition, i like very much.
Have a good day
Ciao Maurizio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-06 0:14]

Hi Nicholas,
Beautiful capture of this Goldfinch.I liked dark mood,lighting and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Nick,
Lovely composition with superb colours and details. You catch even the light in the eye.
Best regards,

Ciao Nick, splendid bird in nice pose, fine details, lovely blurry BG, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Nicholas. An intrigant light here with good brigh colours. Very interesting compo in excellent DOF.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-06 9:31]

Hello Nick,
A lovely capture of the Goldfinch, a species I posted today too! I'd guess yours is a female with less red on the head. Excellent focus showing it in beautiful light and against the dark background. Very well composed too.
I gather you have a lot of snow now too?
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Nicholas,

an very good pov and dof from this beautiful bird with fine colours.


Hello Nick,
Fantastic New Year capture, with very good light and cute pose. This dangerous spine made a good contrast with the softness of the pose of the Goldfinch. Very well done! Cheers,

Hi Nick,

Awesome close-up capture from fron POV while redfaced beauty looking towords side with great colours, details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-06 20:01]

Hello Nicholas,
An absolutely gorgeous Finch. The colors are astounding and the exposure is right on the money. Love the thorny bush he is perched on. Wonderfully composed with tac sharp detail!! Very informative notes!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-07 0:35]

Hello Nick,
The lighting has caught this Goldfinch beautifully and you have made a fine capture of it against a great contrasting natural blurred BG. I also like the pose, composition and catchlight in the eye!
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-07 3:08]

Nicely done Mr Glen,
a well composed shot with grteat colours and details - you should go to Arne Nature reserve if you can, saw my first Redshank there the other day, and countless other wading birds that i couldn;t identify! :o)
All the best mate,

Hello Nicholas
another excellent bird shot from you, the first day of this new year was very successfull, i like the light on his beautiful plumage and the wonderful compositionn, superb sharp details too
Have a good night

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