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Zebra Finch

Zebra Finch
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS + EF 2 X II Ext, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds, Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-16 1:37
Viewed: 9213
Points: 40
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Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

Description Zebra Finches measure 10 to 11.5 cm. The plumage is generally grey, with characteristic black 'tear drop' eyestripes and 'zebra like' black and white barring on the rump and uppertail. The throat and upper breast are pale grey, with fine black barring, and there is a broad black band on upper chest. The sides of the belly are chestnut with many white spots. The remainder of the belly and the undertail are white. The male is distinguished from the female by its chestnut cheek patches, a character that gave the species the alternative name of Chestnut-eared Finch. Both sexes have red eyes and bill. The legs and feet are orange yellow.

Young Zebra Finches are similar in plumage to the female, except that the clear black and white markings of the head are absent. The eyes are grey-brown and the bill is black.

The most common calls are a loud nasal "tiah", often given in flight, and a soft "tet tet" in close contact.

Distribution and Habitat Zebra Finches are the most common and widespread of Australia's grassfinches. They are most commonly found in the drier areas of Australia, living year round in social flocks of up to 100 or more birds. They can be found in a variety of habitats, mainly dry wooded grasslands, bordering watercourses. The introduction of artificial dams and watertanks has actually increased the species' natural range, as the birds need to drink on a regular basis.

The Zebra Finch is widespread across the Australian mainland, with the exception of Cape York Peninsula and some coastal areas. It is also found in Timor and the Lesser Sunda Islands.

The above obtained from http://www.amonline.net.au/factsheets/zebra_finch.htm


Camera: Canon 1D Mk lll
Time of day: 12:58 p.m.
Date: 15th March 2008
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM
Extender: Canon EF 2X II
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-Stop: F/6.7
Focal Length: 180mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Bonjour Pam
Très belle capture, excellentes couleurs et netteté, très beau sujet, bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hello Pam,

You have the most amazing birds in New Zealand and this one is no exception! I like the way he is showing of his 'rouge'.

The image is sharply exposed and the details of his plummage and features are excellent.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your kind feedback on ' This is my first!'

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-16 3:34]

Hi Pam,

It's strange for me to see a bird like this in the wild. In Holland this is a very popular cagebird. Its a cute finch with lovely colors. Pose and sharpness are impressing.


Hello Pam,

Very nice composition. I like the pose of this beautiful bird. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Wonderful light and colours.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-16 3:55]

Hello Pam,
This is an incredibly sharp and well exposed image of a very colorful finch. I have seen these in the Calgary Zoo and they are very flighty not sitting for long. Wonderful pose captured and that eye is superb. Thank you for sharing this outstanding image Pam.

Superb shot. Great details showed, nice POV.
Best regards,

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-03-16 7:15]

Bonjour Pam, always perfect your shot of birds! this one too!! Nice position of Zebra Finch and great composition, best regards, Didier.

Are these finches native to New Zealand as well as Australia? They are quite beautiful. The turned head gives us a nice view of him. It is a well exposed, sharp image. That is a nice lens isn't it? Do you find that using the extender produces a better image than just enlarging the 200m image?

Evelynn : )

Hi Pam
Wonderful shot
Great catchlite and eye detail
Nice crisp clear image with good sharpness
Lovely natural color. tfs jon

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-16 10:42]

Hi Pam.
I see in your brilliant hands stunning equipment can produce true masterpieces as this one. All is outstanding: amazing subject, terrific reproduction of all details of the pictured scene, great composition and framing. My congratulations and Bravo.

Hello Pam,
I like the colors; well exposed image. Excellent contrast and saturation.
Well done

Hello Pam you have a marvelous portfolio one to be proud of very good quality image here also the pose is excellent focus perfect. nice light and great detail. well done tfs rgds Necip

Hello Pam,

Can you find this beautiful birds also in NZ?? Your compo is amazing. Diagonal branche, a beautiful colored bird on it. Razorsharp, a nice POV, BG and DOF. What do you want more (-: Nice job Regards and TFS BOB

Splendida immagine, ottima composizione, eccellente nitidezza e magnifici colori, molto bella la luce e il riflesso dell'occhio. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-16 19:09]

Hola Pam.
Hermosos los colores del plumaje de este gorrion zebra. Nunca he visto ninguno. Muy fina foto, bien lograda en el momento ideal.
Saludos Pam.

Lovely capture of this animal, well composed shot with fine point of view, well saturated colours.
Best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-18 5:09]

Hello Pam, perfect composition, great bird, sharp details and a very well done exposure. A very good post, thanks!


BUEN ENFOQUE Y ENCUADRE. La profundidad de campo es muy amplia y los colores bellos y reales.
Un saludo Pam.

Hello Pam,
this is an attractive bird and you have captured it well with sharp clear details and great looking colour.If I didn't read your note I would of thought it was a lot larger than the 10 to 11.5 cm because of it's very large (for it's size) beak.Thank you for this view of this attractive bird. Bob

Beautiful job Pam - Beautiful bird! :)
Suffice to say it's a lovely shot of this distinctive bird mf.
The Canon 300mm F/2.8 IS L prime is on my wishlist..
And I plan to use it often with my 2x tele, as you have here.
Hang in there,

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