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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: 2005-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Digital Raw 1000, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-14 4:15
Viewed: 6847
Points: 38
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GoldFinch (Carduelis cardeulis)

Introduced from Europe between 1862 –83 and now common throughout New Zealand in farmland, orchards and gardens.

A small colourful finch with striking gold bars on black wings. The adults have a brilliant red face, white ear coverts and neck, and a black crown and half-collar. The upperparts and breast are light brown and the underparts and rump are white. The black tail is spotted white near the tip. The call note is a shrill ‘pee-yu’ and the male also sings a pleasant, twittering ‘tsitt-witt-witt’.

Goldfinch eat mainly weed seeds such as thistle, redroot, storksbill and meadowgrass and a variety of invertebrates such as aphids, bugs, flies, caterpillars and spiders.

They gather in large flocks in autumn and winter and then form pairs to breed from October to March. The neat cup nest of grasses, mosses, fine twigs, wool and cobwebs is lined with thistledown. The clutch of 2 – 6 pale bluish grey eggs with reddish brown spots and streaks is incubated by the female for 11 – 13 days. The chicks fledge between 12 –17 days and continue to be fed by regurgitation by both parents for 2 – 3 weeks after.

Vital Statistics

Conservation Status: Abundant European Introduction
Mainland Status: Common and widespread
Size: 13cm, 16g (male) 15g (female)
Life Span: 7-8 years possibly
Breeding: October - March
Diet: Seeds and insects

The above obtained from http://www.123.co.nz/tiri/Fauna/Goldfinch.htm


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 1:47 p.m.
Date: 15th May 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-Stop: F/8
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO: 400

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-14 4:18]
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Hello Pam,

What a wonderful capture! The composition really is excellent and the feathers which get blown up by the wind are fantastic. Razorsharp details and stunning colors. DOF is very good. Well done & TFS!


This is a very nice bird, you got here in a nice posture, and your pict has a good composition.



Very good shot, Pam.
Excellent composition and details, lovely colours. I like the crop.
A bit too dark, Imo.

Stunning bird, wonderful photo.
Tfs, well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-14 5:00]

A lovely capture.
The colours and detail are very impressive.
Very good composition too.
Great work,very well done.

it's a beauty Pam,
very good capture, fantastic composition, very good in pov, very good details, fantastic job, I like it,
gr. Jaap

hello:) it is so beauty shot:) exellent pose of this bird:) I love here everything:) great one

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-14 5:20]
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Great composition with bird-on-the-wind :-) Is this acacia? Looks great in composition with this cute bird. TFS Pam!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-05-14 5:38]

Une très belle prise de vue, la pose de l'oiseau sur cette branche est parfaite.

Félicitations !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-14 5:54]

Hello Pam!
Very nice shot.Eye contact,vivid colors,Bg and composition are wonderful.TFS....:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-14 5:56]

Terrific shot of the Goldfinch Pam. He so nice and sharp against the sky. Well composed and the details and colours are superb. Thank you...
That's new growth on the Acacia or Silk tree or ? What's wrong with our seasons? Perhaps it's really Spring now? Hurrah, no winter.

Wonderful goldfinch Pam!
Light blue BG,colors,lighting and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-14 9:30]

What a beauty, Pam. So many different colors and patterns on your little "common" bird. I have never seen one, as the common "American finch" is different-looking. Sharp details, great composition. I like the cleanness of the picture. TFS. : )

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-14 10:33]

Wonderful shot Pam. This is a good focussed finch even to the strong(?) wind. Great details and very good exposure on this very well composed image.
Very well done.
Thank you for sharing.

Very good composition and very good posing goldfinch' I love this tiny bird and I love to hear this bird when it is singing.
I think that the colours of the goldfinch are little bit 'dull'.

Great composition and presentation. Maybe just a little dark, but a great shot nevertheless.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-15 2:49]

it is a super shot Pam.. very well composed... great sharpness... I like this beautiful pic...

Pam, This is composed very well with good sharpness, details and colors..Really handsome looking bird - Well done!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-16 8:01]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour cet oiseau. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Very Well Done !

I'd missed this one - really a keeper. Extremely sharp, great colors for bird and tree - very reminiscent of the old water-colored pictures of birds. You could perhaps carefully "dodge" the area to the front of the eye just to make that a little more distinct.

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