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Copyright: Varahram Hemmati (vhemmati) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 63] (407)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Finches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-18 13:28
Viewed: 3408
Points: 9
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Hi All,

I took shot of this lovely pair of house finch at the backyard. It was the beginning of the spring season and I'm sure they were desperately looking for a place to make a nice nest for the chicks. The shot was taken from behind of a pine tree resulted in these darks areas in the foreground, which I think helped toward a better composition. Here is more about house finch from Wikipedia:

The House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) is a medium-sized finch. Adults have a long brown tail and are a brown or dull-brown color across the back with some shading into deep grey on the wing feathers. Breast and belly feathers may be streaked. In most cases, adult males have a reddish color to their heads, necks and shoulders. This color sometimes extends to the stomach and down the back, between the wings. The male coloration varies in intensity with the seasons and is derived from the berries and fruits in its diet. As a result, the colors range from pale, straw yellow, to bright orange, to deep, intense red. Adult females have brown upperparts and streaked underparts.

These birds are mainly permanent residents; some eastern birds migrate south. Their breeding habitat is urban and semi-open areas from southern Canada to Mexico. Nests are made in cavities, including openings in buildings, and also on various kinds of vegetation, sometimes nests abandoned by other birds will be used. Nests may be re-used for subsequent broods or in following years. The nest is built by the female, sometimes in as little as two days. It is well made of twigs and debris, forming a cup shape, usually 1.5m to 2m above the ground.

House Finches are one of the few birds that are aggressive enough to keep House Sparrows out of their birdhouse and evict them.

Originally only a resident of Mexico and the south-western United States, they were introcuded to eastern North America in the 1940s. The birds were being sold illegally in New York while marketed as the "Hollywood Finch." Many vendors and owners released the birds into the wild in order to avoid prosecution. The released birds spread rapidly and, in some unforested areas, have displaced the native Purple Finch. In 1870, they were introduced into Hawaii.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-18 14:47]

Love is... knowing that your partner would be there when you need her/him without letting her/him know :)
lovely Caption and framing Varahram :D
Vishal Sabharwal

I do like this probably for the effect the fir has on the background but it has rendered the rest of the shot too contrasty. The dark square shape does nothing for the lovely composition.

Hello Varahram,

really nice composition, I love it, the contrast between the dark and the lighter part is beautifull. Well done.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-19 9:08]

Hello Varahram,
Wonderful pair.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked POV and colors also a lot.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-19 13:38]

Hi Varahram.
Very lovely shot.Really I like composition,perfect position both bird.Contrast a little power.
TFS and greetings

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