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Immature House Finch

Immature 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: 2008-10-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-26 8:18
Viewed: 2958
Points: 60
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House Finch

The House Finch is a gregarious bird, forming loose flocks in breeding season, and flocks that may number into the hundreds in the winter. They roost in close proximity to each other, sometimes touching. These vegetarian birds are strongly attracted to feeders, where they prefer small sunflower seeds. At other times of the year they feed on buds, seeds, and fruits—they feed on so much fruit that in parts of the West, they may be considered pests.

House Finches are slim, sparrow-sized birds (5.0 to 5.75 inches in length) with short, stubby conical bills and square-tipped tails. Males typically have a "headband" of bright red on the forehead and supercilium. Chin, throat, and upper breast are red as is the rump. The top and back of the head and back are brown with faint darker brown streaks. Wings and tail are also brown. Lower breast and undertail area are white with broad brown streaks.

Females and immature male House Finches are faintly streaked brown from forehead to rump. Wings and tail are brown. The chin, throat, and breast are uniformly streaked brown on white.

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I'll have to look back but whatever the outcome...that 1.5 tele converter worked fine for you. You didn't loose a thing! since I am in a totally different ballpark with gear these days I can only work on memory..which I find slightly slipping...oh-oh..yet I know enough of your images to know this is above par..or if in golf terms using it correctly well below par...isn't that right for golf?:-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-26 8:32]

Hi Jane.
I am glad to be next to you and your charming bird picture. Wonderful warm sunlight and fine details of the bird. I like its cute pose and head turn so much. Framing and composition of the shot are brilliant. Bravo and kind regards.

Hello Jane
This fella reminds of across between a bullfinch (the beak) and a green finch (colourings)
A very well taken picture displaying very good natural sharpness with the all important eye.
Great work Jane
All the Best
Mr T

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-26 9:49]

Hello Jane
Wonderful presentation.Great sharpness and detail.
Lovely soft natural color.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-26 9:55]

Hello Jane,
What a fantastic photo! The sharpness, details and pose are really perfect. Brilliant natural colours, also in the BG. DOF, POV and composition are all excellent. I like it very much.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-26 9:58]

Hi Jane. A nice view of the little finch. Good detail in the feathers with bright colours. once again stands out well from the blue BG. well done TFS. Good notes too.

A fine chick from a good, low POV, taken with the right exposure and focus Jane, the amount of detail is amazing. TFS this fine capture my friend.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-26 11:48]

Excellent image Jane,
How do you get these guys to pose so nice for you? I seem to have a bugger of a time just getting close to them, let alone pose in such a wonderful way.
Very sharp and detailed with perfect lighting and color.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-26 12:08]

Hi Jane,simply perfect,this time the pic no need comment but just my best compliments,thanks to show us this beautiful work,have a nice week,Luciano

Hi My Big Big Sister Jane:)
An excellent capture of a young house finch in a lovely posture and fine composition with wonderful sharpness and details.
TFS this fine image and have a nice new week,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-26 21:51]

Hi Jane,
Wonderful warm lighting and greaty sharpness highlight this splendid image for me, thank you.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-26 23:42]

Hi Jane

Great shot - good pov with very good detail - and all set against that wonderful blue sky!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-27 3:17]

Hello Jane, Superb shot and a lovely focus on the eyes. Great sharpness and really a wonderful composition. Ganesh

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-27 10:51]

Hi Jane!

It's such a pleasure to look at your bird pictures. This one here is representative for many others: simple, yet very pleasant, with a unostentatious composition, rich with details and well exposed. Moreover, your birds seem to like the fact that they are taken, it looks like they pose for you...

Kind regards


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-27 12:08]

Hello Jane! Great close-up of the lady, great details and very good exposure. Nice lue sky, well done!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-27 12:38]

Very good close-up of this House Finch.
Great composition.
Nice warm lighting.
Superb POV.

Well done, Jane!


Ciao Jane, great capture of cute little bird with beautiful light and colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Jane,
Exceelnt POV & photograph with great details against a clear blue sky. TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-28 7:15]

Hello Jane,
I love the warm light here that's brought out the colours of the House Finch so nicely. Very sharp details too and an excellent POV. As usual a lovely blue sky!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Jane
what a nice capture for this cute passerine bird and its great shot. Great focus against blue BG. eyes contact and composition wonderful. Thanks for sharing, well done

hello Jane

beautiful shot of the House Finch with fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, beautiful catch-light at the eye,
and what i love most is that the bird's warm colour tones
are againts the background's (sky's) cold colour tones, TFS


Hi Jane. Excellent shot from the back of this juv. I like the details on the back with stunning perch on that little twig. The Arizona sky which is signatory with your posts is in good saturated blue. TFS and have a wonderful week ahead. Regards. Jusni

Hi Jane,

good capture ogf this house finch.
Nice pose and great BG.
Sharpness as good as alwys by you.


Hi Jane,
Very beautiful capture of this House Finch with good pose and composition, nice catch-light on eye, sharp details and nice bright colours.

Wonderful capture Jane... detail is perfect against the brillant blue sky. So well presented, and so simply beautiful and your notes are very informative. TFS as always... :)

Oh no, I am out of smileys today (sorry)... this deserves a BIG 2 point smile or more... ;)

*NOTE: Ah... now you have one... :)


Just getting back and doing some catchin up!
Superb shot, my sister Jane!Love the catchlight you've captured so beautifully!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-03 9:01]

Hi Jane,
What a cute bird:)POV,details,BG and lighting are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-11-04 6:03]

Hi Jane
Nice presentation.Excellent POV and lovely pose from your subject.
TFS Michel

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-11 20:32]

Hi Jane,
Outstanding shot of this cute little House Finch with awesome details on its plumage. Great pose captured and the lighting is superb. The blue sky as backdrop looks so attractive. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

Hi Jane,
I like everything..the pose, the catchlight, the framing...
We just need to get you a pro rig my dear friend. You better not not take this the wrong way now..
Or I'll have to fly out to Az & kick some butt ;}}

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