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Ready to fly!!!
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Yellow Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-01 8:04
Viewed: 5759
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 70
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I took some pictures of this lovely little American Goldfinch in a marsh near my home. He was standing there several minutes the time to take several pictures. This one was my preferred.

HERE is a picture of the same bird amongst its surroundings. I hope you'll enjoy :-)



A familiar and abundant small colorful bird, the American Goldfinch is frequently found in weedy fields and visiting feeders. It shows a particular fondness for thistles, eating the seeds and using the down to line its nest.

Cool Facts:

The American Goldfinch changes from winter plumage to breeding plumage by a complete molt of its body feathers. It is the only member of its family to have this second molt in the spring; all the other species have just one molt each year in the fall.

The American Goldfinch is one of the latest nesting birds. It usually does not start until late June or early July, when most other songbirds are finishing with breeding. The late timing may be related to the availability of suitable nesting materials and seeds for feeding young.

The American Goldfinch is gregarious throughout the year. In winter it is found almost exclusively in flocks. In the breeding season it feeds in small groups. Whether it maintains breeding territories is debatable.

The American Goldfinch is mostly monogamous, but a number of females switch mates after producing a first brood. The first male takes care of the fledglings while the female goes off to start another brood with a different male.

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Bonjour Michel,
À mon avis vous avez réussi un tour de force! Qu'elle belle prise de ce beau Chardonneret prise en mouvement en plus! Ils ne sont vraiment pas faciles à photographier et vous avez réussis haut la main! La composition, les détails, l'éclairage et le BG, tout est merveilleux dans cette photo. Merci de ce beau moment,

Hi Michel,
What a lovely bird and what a perfect macro! Exciting! POV, BG, Colours especially timing are faulless. Congratulations.

Hi Michel,
Excellent color saturation on this shot. Very beautiful! Nice sharp detail. The pose, overallcomposition and framing are great.
Very well done!

Hello Michel, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perefct details excllent work, TFS Kyle

Hi Michel,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition. Beautiful work.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-01 8:28]

Hi Michel,
Perfect capture of this lovely bird. Very good details, color, pov and bg.
José M.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-01 8:30]

Michel bonjour, superbe cet oiseau étirant son aile. Je suis étonné de la DOF avec un diaph à 2.8!! C'est un exploit!! Je vais acheter ce Leica 36-432mm!! De belles couleurs et une superbe composition. La teinte jaune de l'oiseau sur le BG vert est du plus bel effet.Félicitations, Didier.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-08-01 9:05]

Hi Michel,

A very nice shot of this colorfull finch,I think I never saw this specimen before,so thanks for the introduction,the picture itself is sharp and detailed has a good pov and marvellous colors,well done and TFS,


Hi Michael,
A great action shot with excellent compo,colours and POV.

Hi, Michel, this is truly a great capture, beaytiful action shot, well done, Cheers, Luís.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-01 10:04]

Hermosa captura en vuelo Michel, con excelente DOF y coloración.
Un buen contraste con el fondo, permite resaltar aun mas la belleza de esta imagen.
Me agrada la inclusión de la segunda imagen para ver el ave desde otra perspectiva.
Felicitaciones y saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful capture in flight Michel, with excellent DOF and coloration.
Good contrast with the background, allows to even emphasize more the beauty of this image.
It please me the inclusion of the second image to see the bird from another perspective.
Congratulations and greetings... Ricardo

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-08-01 10:37]

Excellent post an a beautiful capture with colour, contrast, dof and pov. Well done

Hello Michel,
Excellent color and light, great BG and detail.
Well composed, nice POV. What makes this one fly :) is this great pose you've captured..and it's lovely mating season plumage seen here,
Nicely done and TFS!

Hello Michel,
Nice captured on this goldfinch. The moment well preserved. All settings are perfect. TFS

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-08-01 13:01]

Hello Michel , Great shot from the bird , beauty colours details compositie pov dof bg and framing very good ,tfs ,greetings Teunie .

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-01 14:39]
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Hi Michel,
Wow, what a superb shot. Fantastic timing, a beautiful pose you've captured. Excellent detail and great warm colours. Perfect DOF with a clean green BG. Lovely light too, I can't see anywhere that this could be improved. I will mark this in my favourites.

HI Michel,
a wonderful shot with brilliant colours.
A beautiful bird, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Michel,
Excelent color saturation y whit a very nice sharp detail. And the compositíon is perfect.
Very well done.

hello Michel,
Excellent and beautiful wing opening pose of this tiny bird, you have portraited it on a superb way.
I like the colours, pose and uniform BG.
great job

Superbe image, Michel! Les couleurs sont splendides, la netteté formidable. Une très grande photo!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-01 18:22]

Hi Michel

Amazing action shot, the feather detail is superb, especially the wings, wonderful colours and very nice BG. Well done.

Regards Hilary

Hello Michel,
this is a very charming capture, taken from an excellent point of view.
Lovely fresh colours, very beautiful soft and distant background that makes the bright colours of the finch stand out in a very pretty way.
As seen strictly rectangular from the side, this is also a very pleasant graphical composition.
Thank you, and best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-02 3:44]

Superb shot, Michel!
Excellent timing here, to catch this moment so nicely.
Really good POV and great BG. Lovely colors and very sharp details.
All-in-all a very well taken photo.
Bravo and TFS

Hey! Preciosa imagen del Pinzón americano haciendo "aerobic". Los colores y el fondo son muy buenos. Very good.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-03 3:43]

Hello Michel,
Fantastic shot with the wing spread out.
The details are super sharp, and the colors are very vivid.
Great POV, DOF, and exposure.
Merci pour le partage. : )

Hi Michel

Excellent timing. Love the colour in this shot. A very pretty bird indeed. Very nice work. :-)

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-08-03 22:30]

Photo extraordinaire, Michel, et je ne me lasse pas de la regarder. Je l'ajoute dans mes favorites.
Vous avez raison d'en être très fier.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-04 5:58]

Hi Michel, what a beauty. Good clarity and composition. You captured him very well. Well done!

Hello Michel!
This is just great! You pulled the trigger just in time :-) But i'm not sure if he is ready to fly, i thought that this gus was stretching only, he is in good spirits:-) Wonderful bird you captured also! pov, pose, bg, colours all are superb! Great dof and framing! Mr. you're getting better every day!
Bravo and TFS!

  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-14 13:07]

Hi Michel,

You took a great photo of this beautiful bird. Also the background looks good.


This a superb action shot of American Goldfinch, i have taken pictures of birds before on a perch and seen a lots of them, but this picture is one of the best i have seen and its right up there
Goutham R

bonjopur michel
magnifique,une tres bonne netteté malgrès le mouvement de l'oiseau,ses couleurs sont extras.le BG est bien flou,c'est parfait.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-09-09 15:37]

Quelle belle capture que ce Chardonneret décolant de son perchoir. Belle netteté, superbe cadrage bref c'est très bien réussi. Merci et bravo.


Hi, Michel.
Great shot! Excellent action, composition and exposure. Nice BG.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-06 7:52]
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Mais pourquoi j'ai vendu mon FZ20 ? Vous maitrisez bien cet appareil photo ! Votre cliché est superbe. Vous avez merveilleusement capté son envol. Exposition, couleurs, netteté et profondeur de champ sont excellentes.
Bravo mon ami !!!

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  • fern Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 21] (446)
  • [2016-06-23 17:00]

beautiful shot i like the way you captured the open wing with very good detail and color

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