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American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-20 12:38
Viewed: 3236
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture I have posted is of a male American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). The females are not yellow; they're sort of olive-colored with no black on their heads. Goldfinches are slightly smaller than sparrows. Both the males and females have wonderful white markings on their neatly folded black wings, when they are viewed from behind.

I had never seen a goldfinch before we started feeding them in our yard several years ago. We use Nyjer (a.k.a. niger or thistle) seed in tubes with perches. Goldfinches like to fly with a kind of wavy flight path. They visit the nearby trees whenever there appears to be some danger. After they have perched in a tree, and have decided that they would like some more seed, they fly back to our tubes -- or they go somewhere else.

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Beautiful photo of one of my mother's favorite birds. Great against the dark blue sky.


Lovely color of this goldfinch. Nice composition, excellent notes, and lovely composition.

HI John,
Aren't they the prettiest little birds.. Brilliant in colour and frequent visitors to the feeder..
Nice shot.

Best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Beautiful shot John,
I've been wanting to capture a male in their gorgeous plumage all year. This is a wonderful image with very nice detail and great colors.
Love the diagonal composition. Good notes! Well done!!

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