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American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch
Photo Information
Copyright: Jane Ogilvie (star05) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 66] (299)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-15 4:59
Viewed: 3143
Points: 14
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Field Guide:

This familiar and common species is often called the "Wild Canary." Since the birds' main food is seeds, nesting does not begin until midsummer or late summer, when weed seeds are available. Thus goldfinches remain in flocks until well past the time when other species have formed pairs and are nesting. Because they nest so late, only a single brood is raised each yr.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-15 5:06]

It is a beauty, Jane! You're a bird lover and your pictures show your love and care. This is a real sweet one, the bird is well exposed,we see all the details in its magnifique plumage. The background is really nice with the blurred greenery and the soft bokeh. Thank you!


Exelente foto muito bem fotografada e exelente PV luminosidade ótima e cores agradaveis,parabéns.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-15 20:15]

Perfect shot Jane,
I've been trying all spring to get a shot of a mature male that visits my back yard, and have not been very successful. Your shot is exactly what I've been trying to get.
Perfect exposure and the colours are gorgeous. Wonderful composition with nice blurred BG.
Well done!!!

Hallo Jane
I am amazed with the bright and beautiful colours of this bird. It creates the feeling and impression of a coloured in picture. Really beautiful. I like the black patch on its head. It looks as if it is wearing a cap. A good presentation of this very elegant bird. A good close up with great focus and clarity. Thank you very much for sharing. Best wishes

Hello Jane,
Fantastic shot of this lovely colorful bird,
excellent sharpness and depth of field, nice
details in the plummage, good catchlight, lovely
colors and good clarity.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-25 14:49]

Hello Jane, that's a very good capture of the Goldfinch! Very sharp and clear with a great composition and a beautifulpose, well done, thanks!


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-08-21 17:39]

Hi Jane,

That's an excellent capture of a male goldfinch. So very clear and colorful! I always struggle with using auto focus with goldfinches. They're so small and round that my lenses just don't seem to pick them up very well. You certainly did a fine job of focusing on this image. I particularly like the way you have managed to show some of the great markings on his back. Your photo is a very lovely addition to the TrekNature gallery.


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