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American Goldfinch (male)

American Goldfinch (male)
Photo Information
Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-24 17:34
Viewed: 2776
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back in April I posted a photo of a male American Goldfinch that was in transition from it's winter plumage to it's summer colors. I called him Scruffy because of his ruff looking appearance. To view him click here

Today I present a different male that is in full breeding or summer attire. As you can clearly see they eventually transform into a very beautiful bird, which is one of my favorites to watch at our feeders all summer long. I took this image while on vacation last week up near Jamestown New York.

The male is a bright yellow and black color with a little white in the wings and underside of it's tail for most of the summer. When winter approaches it starts to change in appearance until it is actually hard to tell the differance between it and it's mate. The female is a greenish yellow in summer with darkish brown wing bars and then turns to a brownish yellow during the winter months.

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-07-24 18:22]

This is a good picture. The colors of the bird are sharp and clear.

Hi Ron,
another nice bird. Beautiful colours. Great pose of this bird. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

hi Ron,
this one is lovely. am not sure whether i have seen this bird yet. till now i have seen only one yellow bird whose ID is not known to me. this one has got lovely pose. and good clarity too.

Ciao Ron, lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful natural ambientationG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-25 2:32]

Hi Ron,magnificent capture whit a very professional light management,the yellow is very bight despite the dark light of this moment,excellent details and nice composition too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Robert,
great capture of this bird with good sharpness and a lovely pose on the twig. I especially like the beautiful colours and the fine clarity.
Best wishes,

hello Ron
this is a beauty
great sharpness and beautiful colours
great shot
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ron
Brilliant photo, perfect setting for this bird.
Excellent detail and light, good eye contact.
regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-25 8:02]

Hello Ron,
Very nice photo of this American Goldfinch in good sharpness and fine saturated colours. Attractive pose with eye contact.

hello RON,
a nice picture of this American Goldfinch. superb colour and good composition.
tfs and best wishes,

Hello Ron
Lovely capture of this wonderful species.Great composition,wonderful colours despite te difficult light and excellent sharpness.Thank You
have a nice day!
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-25 11:40]

Hello Ron.
Nice image.Excellent simple composition.Colors an details are very good.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ron,
An excellent capture of American Goldfinch with vivid colors, sharpness & pose. Well composed & presented with a great POV. Nice work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


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  • rocko (264)
  • [2012-07-28 9:01]

very nice pic
good work very clear I love the blurry BG.

ps.We went fishing there again too.

Hello Ron,
As usual a wonderful photo with a nice species of bird. The focus, exposure and WB are perfect. It is a great composition. I like very much the contrast against the background. Have a nice weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-07-29 9:17]

Hi Ron!
Great portrait of this lovely bird, captured in nice pose. It is looking at the photographer :))
Splendid lighting and superb sharpness.
Nice blurred BG and lovely composition, with the branch crossing the image.
Very well done: congratulations.
Ciao! Vanda

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