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A Young Male House Finch

A Young Male House Finch
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-20 8:14
Viewed: 3242
Points: 60
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House Finch

One of the most notable ornithological events of the twentieth century in North America has been the spread of the House Finch throughout the eastern portion of the continent from a small number of birds liberated on Long Island, New York in 1940. The House Finch is now a common backyard bird throughout most of the contiguous United States and southern Canada. In its native west, this species occupies a wide range of open or semi-open habitats from undisturbed desert to highly urbanized areas. In the east, it is rarely found far from urban or suburban areas. Throughout its range, its fondness for feeding stations and for nesting conspicuously around buildings makes the House Finch among North America’s most familiar birds.

One of the most striking features of House Finches is their extreme variation in male plumage coloration. In all populations males vary in color from pale yellow to bright red; in addition, the average coloration of males varies substantially among populations. Most notable is the virtual absence of red males on some of the Hawaiian Islands, where the species has been introduced. Males derive their yellow/orange/red coloration from carotenoid pigments in their food, and variation in the expression of male plumage coloration both within and among populations reflects variation in dietary access to carntenoid pigments during molt. Female House Finches prefer to mate with the reddest male available to them, and by choosing to mate with brightly colored males they gain resource benefits during nesting.

Birds of North America - Cornell

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Great focus on eh tail feathers...it almost looks as though I am standing there..a rather interesting pose...as to ours...they left a month ago..Not too many birds around right tow...?

hello jane,
lovely capture, the uniform blue sky makes a nice bg here, i focus on the feather looks good, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi Jane,

The subject is sharp throughout with a nice pose and standing out well from the sky. Good composition with the perch from the corner.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-20 9:39]

Hi Jane.
I like back POV so much. It is very impressed especially considering the top quality of the image. Wonderful wide DOF and details of the cute bird and twig. Bright sunlight and rich colours of the bird and sky decorate a shot perfectly. Well done and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-20 10:03]

Hi Jane. Your house Finches have that red feathers around the neck area and tail. Which you can see so well in this post. a good POV with good detail and natural colours. With catch light in the eye. well done TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-20 10:08]

hi jane,
what a viewpoint, this housefinch looks bossy here. good sunny sky as background and very informative comments. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-20 10:14]

Hello Jane,
An excellent capture of this lovely House Finch. Very good pose, pov, sharpness and colors.Best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-20 10:30]

Hello Jane, beautiful image of the Finch! Lovely pose, great sharpness and perfectly exposed. Well done, thanks!


Hi Jane,
Good capture of these House finch, he looks like a Sparrow.
In the Netherlands we have a bird that looks on this one but has the head more red.

What an amazing details has this picture.


Hi Jane, beautiful bird in lovely with fine details and splendid sharpness, great colors and fantastic blue sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-20 14:13]

Hi Jane

Greetings from a lodge in wildest Namibia - no road here - but they have got wi-fi!!

Lovely shot - nice pov with good colours. Good eye contact.


Ciao Jane,
bellissima composizione semplice e "pulita" con un inusuale POV e con una prospettiva diagonale particolare, eccellente nitidezza e ottimi i dettagli del piumaggio, molto belli i colori e BG azzurro.

Hi Jane
what a nice and lovely capture for this beautiful passerine birds. your POV and eyes contact wonderful, focus and colors great as like lighting and BG of plain blue sky. Thanks for sharing, well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-20 18:40]

Hi Jane,
Nice pose captured here Dear, with nice colors and great details. Great work Jane, thans for sharing this birds butt.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-20 19:03]

Very creative pose Jane!!
I like it, it's different yet shows the beauty of this pretty little bird from an uncommon angle. Great colors and really sharp detail. Very interesting notes about it's coloration!!
We didn't have many of these around here this year and I really don't know why, last year they seemed to be everywhere.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-20 19:03]

Hi Jane,
Wonderful shot of this young one and you a fabulous perspective here. Very impressive sharpness and colours on its plumage and I like the way it looks over its shoulders at you. The trademark blue BG makes the image even more prettier. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-20 21:31]

HI Jane,
I guess you have got used to pointing your camera right into the sky...thank Heavens! you have a great blue sky that forms a fantastic BG for your captures. Our skies here in Delhi are mostly pale with the sun beating down and most of the time with my P&S it is tough to manage the OEs.
I think the focus here is slightly more sharper on the plumage than the head.But let me not dicscount the beuaty of this shot presented in such excellent colours and clarity.It is as if you called"hey birdie" and it turned around to pose for you.Wonderful indeed.
TFS & Cheers

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-21 0:54]

Hi Jane,very very beautiful pic,i like a lot your choice of point of view,the sky as background is fantastic!Very very great work,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Jane,

Very nice capture of this juvenile House Finch. Beautiful composition. Very good focus. Excellent exposure and wonderful colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-21 5:02]

Hello Jane,
Fantastic photo in great sharp details and excellent saturated colours. The pose is perfect. Great composition and BG. Always this gorgeous blue. High quality!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-21 6:25]

Hi Jane
very nice composition and looking
very good sharp and detail
well done.

hello Jane

you have the trademark of this kinf of POVs lol,
i laughed when i saw this image with your name and this POV,
for me this shot is one of your best bird images,
it is just wonderful image with the fine POV and framing,
the excellent luminosity and beautiful Arizonian blue sky,
excellent sharpness and details of the plumage,
and the beautiful catch-light is right at the place, TFS


Hi Jane...

I love the interesting POV you used here. It presents another angle from which to view the prolific House Finch... we usually have lots of these around our thistle feeder and scattered throughout our hemlock tree. Composition and detail... great as usual. :) TFS


Hi My Sis,

An excellent shotof this beuty with wonderful details, DOF and POV.
TFS and greetings from Cyprus,

Ps. My last posting (a murex shell which I dedicated to Prof. Atatur (matatur)-disappeared from my gallery without any explanation on this from TN.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-21 21:45]

Hello Jane, Good view and a nice shot. Good colors and the focus on the eye is spot on. Well done Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-22 1:32]

Hello Jane,
This is probably one of the most unusual POV's for a bird image on TN! Yet it is both an interesting and effective way of showing the plumage from behind, especially as this male House Finch has turned his head to give good eye contact. The lighting and sharpness are great, as is the composition with the blue sky BG.
TFS this delightful image,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-22 7:19]

Hi Jane,
Fancy seeing a bird with a skirt on! ;-) I really like this different POV! Good focus on the eye and the broad beak and lovely colours. A lovely blue sky too. Here it's rather mixed with rain and sunshine but the 'days' are rapidly getting shorter!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-10-24 8:33]

Hola Cousin.
I have been looking at Your Gallery and I miss a lot of Your photos. Sorry! You have learn a lot in Photography Jane. getting better each time. Congratulations.

Hello Jane

A lovely view of this cute house finch.
The colours really show well against the blue sky.
Excellent plumage detail.
The POV is interesting.


Love the simplicity of this shot and the way the little bird is looking over its shoulder. Very clean and sharp. Nice!

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