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House Finch

House Finch
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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: 2007-02-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Canada (chapter two) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-11 16:18
Viewed: 3679
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A male House Finch, which is a common bird in this region and can be spotted easily during the winter times. The bird looks very similar to common sparrow (especially the female). The male has a red head compare to female. I took this shot at Hog's Back falls in Ottawa, which is a popular place for watching and feeding birds in winter time. Here is more on House Finch from Wikipedia:

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.

House Finches forage on the ground or in vegetation. They primarily eat grains, seeds and berries, being voracious consumers of weed seeds such as nettle and dandelion; included are incidental small insects, such as aphids and plant lice. They are frequent visitors to feeders throughout the year, particularly if stocked with sunflower seeds or Nyjer/thistle seed, and will congregate at hanging Nyjer sock feeders. They are considered a pest in fruit orchards.

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 southwestern United States, they were introduced 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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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-11 16:27]

Hello Varahram, You have a nice photo of the male house finch. His red head stands out well. the picture is well in focus. I may have cropped it more in front of the finch,
a very good picture well done.


You have presented this House Finch on really nice way. Details, colours and birds pose are good.

Excellent colors and lighting. Also really good subject placement, I like the sharp right-hand edge leading into the finch, with fine bokeh to the distance.

Preciosos colores y magnífica presentación.
Buena composición con bastante aire a la izquierda.
Un saludo, JL.

Hi Varahram,
Great shot with great colours,light and detail,super composition too.

Very nice shot, beautiful colors and point of view!
Nice work, bye Tom

I somehow find this composition very appealing. The sharpness and colors really makes this picture an ace pic.

Good one,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-11 21:18]

Hola Varahram.- Me agrada esta bella foto de este "Gorrion" Por cierto muy abundantes aqui en donde vivo, nos alegran con su bello canto.

Hi Varahram

Impressive shot! Lovely light with well saturated colours. Composition is excellent with the Finch well isolated from the OOF BG. Lovely to view! :-)

Hi dear Varahram ,
excellent shot as always.
great composition and wnderful colours.
i like this mood. nice BG and sharpness.
great work.
i like so much your photos.

Intéressante idée de cadrage.
Bonne journée.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-12 6:48]

Hello Varahram,
Excellent composition with sharp details and great colors. I ove the pose and the blurred background, thanks for sharing.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-12 18:53]

hello Varahram
i like all subtypes of finches. i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and framing in your photo
thanks for sharing

Bonsoir Varahram
Félicitation! Elle est superbe cette photo les couleurs ,les détailset la présentation ainsi que le BG tout est réussi.
Bravo et merci pour le partage....JP

Salaam Dear Varahram!

Very nice shot with good composition using the warm colors in the front of cold background. I like the light of your shot and indeed you choose an excellent point of view to reach this shot.

Tanks for sharing.

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