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Lesser Goldfinch Male

Lesser Goldfinch Male
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-16 9:53
Viewed: 3987
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lesser Goldfinch is a very small american song bird. They are between 10 and 11 cms (4 - 4.5 inches) in length, they have a wingspan up to 20 cms (8 inches) and they weigh approximately 9.5 g (0.3 oz).

Males have a yellow coloured underside and olive green coloured upper parts with a yellow rump. Their wings are dark with white wing bars and they have a black capped head. Females are more dull than males and they lack a black capped head. Juveniles are similar in appearance to adult females but they are slightly more buff in colour. There are differences in appearance between the different subspecies and these are outlined in the subspecies section below.

They have dark coloured, cone-shaped beaks and small dark brown eyes. Their vocalizations consist of a rapid melody of twittering notes and they are known for mimicking short parts of other birds' songs. Their flight pattern is swift and bouncy with rapid wing beats.

Lesser Goldfinches are found in the grasslands, woodlands and gardens of west and south west USA and northern South America. They are usually found in flocks and it is common for them to be seen at garden feeders.

Throughout most of their range they are permanent residents but in some colder areas they migrate southwards during winter.

Lesser Goldfinches mainly feed upon a variety of seeds.

During the breeding season a cup shaped nest is constructed in a bush or low tree from twigs and other plant matter. Females lay 3 - 5 pale blue/white eggs and she incubates them for 12 - 13 days. During this time and for the first few days after the chicks hatch, the male brings food to the nest, but after this period both parents feed the chicks.

When the young are 2 weeks old they are ready to leave the nest but their parents continue to feed them for at least another week.

Predators of the Lesser Goldfinch include birds of prey such as the american kestrel and the sharp-shinned hawk.

Subspecies of the Lesser Goldfinch include:

Carduelis psaltria hesperophila
They are found in the western areas of the Lesser Goldfinch's range and males have a green coloured back and a black cap on their head.

Carduelis psaltria psaltria
They are found in the eastern areas of the Lesser Goldfinch's range and males have black coloured backs and napes.

Interesting Facts
The Lesser Goldfinch is also known as:
Dark-Backed Goldfinch


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-16 9:56]

Hi Luis. What a fine bright picture of the Male Lesser Goldfinch. I like the POV lokoking up at the bird with the clear blue sky behind. Taken with fine detail and natural colours. Its bright yellow feathers stand out so well. TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-16 9:57]

Beautiful, Luis!
What brilliant colors and beautiful light!
The finch is well shown, standing there by himself on that high branch against the blue sky.
Excellent details and catchlight in the eye.
TFS. : )

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-16 9:58]

Hola Luis: Una foto maravillosa de esta gran especie. Perfectamente captada con gran color, definición y lujo de detalles del ave. Además una excelente información...saludos.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-16 10:20]

Saludos Luis,
que captura hermosa!
Elaboración excepcionales realizados. Un gran día de macro, enhorabuena.
Un fin de semana fantástico,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-16 10:21]

What a great capture this lovely little bird!
Great details and colors.
I like the quality of your lens(is in my intention)
Have a great day!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-16 10:53]

Hello Luis,
Very good and beautiful photo of this Lesser Goldfinch. The colours are splendid. Excellent sharpness and details in a great composition. Beautiful blue sky in the BG.
The best photo of this species I've seen so far. Thanks.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-16 10:55]

Hello Luis
Very well capture and presented. Thanks for sharing

Great capture!
Colors are amazing!

Hi Luis, Nice bright colours, Good detail nice POV.
Noce Shot...

Hola Luis,

Muy buena foto, el POV es un poco bajo pero suficiente para apreciar a esta pequeña ave muy bien. Buena luz y bastante equilibrado azul del cielo. Aquí en Venezuela les decimos "Chirulí" por la similitud de su canto con ese vocablo.
Buena información anexa.
Saludos y gracias por compartir.

hello Luis

excellent and very beautiful photo of this male Lesser Goldfinch,
with fine POV to show the bird is perched high on the branch,
fine focus with leaving a very good space in fron the bird where is looking,
superb focus great sharpness and details, beautiful catch-light,



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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-16 13:05]

Hola Luis,
Beautiful capture against the blue sky.I liked catch light in eyes,colors,exposure,details and composition a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

Hola Luis,
che fantastica cattura, splendida luminosità ed eccellente nitidezza, i colori sono molto belli, ottimi punto di ripresa e composizione.
Grazie e complimenti
Salutacions cordials

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-16 15:06]

Hola Primo,

I guess our little Goldfinches have followed the blue skies from Tucson to Mexico. I miss them - please take good care of them for us. A beautiful picture on the bare branch. You were so fortunate to capture him out in the open like this. Gorgeous colors, fine details and a superb background and composition.


Hello Luis,
Wonderful colours and great sharpness. Very nice composition.
The finch looks great standing on that high branch against the blue sky.
You catch even the light in the eye.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-16 23:09]

Hello Luis

A great shot - good eye contact and detail throughot - nicely set off by the BG.


Hola Luis,
Que belleza, buen foco, bella luz y ese reflejo en el ojo!
Me encanta esa composición con la ramita asomándose por la esquina y el pájaro justo en la punta, para poder apreciarlo a plenitud.
Muy buena y gracias por compartirla,

The birds certainly are your specialty Luis. And now that National Geo has pointed you out well in image and video...I am even more amazed. I wish I had such a lucky break. Sometimes we cannot see the forest for the trees. Good images such as this get lost in the thousands....Very well done sir!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-17 11:14]

Hola amigo,
La composición, POV, cielo azul, colores, nitidez, iluminación contribuen para una preciosa toma de este pequeño pajaro.
Es casi perfecta!
Otra vez buen trabajo Luis!
Un abrazo,

Mucho realismo, por el marcado volumen y fieles colores plasmados. Gran nitidez del conjunto. El ojo da mucha vida!
Lo que hace una buena lente según en las manos que caiga!
Yo tengo un mediocre tele, el 70-300 de la Sigma f4-5,6 que algunos dicen que no vale... pues hay personas que lo hacen bailar.

Un abrazo Luis.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-17 19:08]

Hello Luis
Nice capture.Good POV and very sharp image with great plumage detail.Great contrast color with that sky.
TFS Michel

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-19 17:53]

Hello Luis,
We don't have any of these guys in Ohio, but I wish we did. You have captured it with excellent focus and in a beautiful pose. Love the bright vivid colors of it's plumage and gorgeous blue sky in the BG. Great work!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-30 10:26]

Hello Luis,
Well my friend, your your photography is still magical to me. Eveytime I look I am so immpressed with your talents. I am so glad you share it with us Luis, thank you.

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