House Finch/Eye Disease
- jaycee (25460)
- [2008-06-18 17:34]
I'm glad you didn't post the poor bird - I don't think I would be able to look at it. But as I look at this healthy male dropping his food into your planters (which I think is so funny) I am thinking of the one who is ill.
- MartinL (0)
- [2008-06-18 17:39]
Your note is very interesting as I have seen the symptoms of this disease first hand. It is not a nice sight to see. I also have pictures of it but I wasn't brave enough to post and most likely never will. That is definitely not the way you want to see any bird.
In any event, thanks for the note - it explains a lot. A definite 'need-to-know' for bird feeder owners. Thanks for sharing.
- writerscrawlz (2961)
- [2008-06-18 18:12]
Bob, thanks for the information, especially since I'm an advid feeder of them. I'm also glad you didn't post the one you saw dying. Just knowing about it hurts me. I can't explain it, but when I see (or hear) about an animal in pain, I physically feel a twinge. It's odd, but that's part of the reason I try so hard to help with conservation and look for these creatures in the wild. I know nature is nature and that part I can deal with, but when Man is the cause of the pain, even if it's not deliberate, it's enough to make me sit up and notice. This is something the public should be aware of...
- Luis52 (15809)
- [2008-06-18 18:44]
Hola Sr. Bob.
Grea Photo, excellent note but we all should read about it, I have seen some birds here with the same disease too, but people here do not often feed them.
anyway we have a lot learn about how to live together with wild animals.
TFS and a great note My friend.
- CeltickRanger (37400)
- [2008-06-18 18:53]
excellent image accompaning the first part f your notes,
the only time when i feeded birds with bird feeder it was
in the summer of 1987, but because they (the birds)
where soiling too the garden (ils (les oiseaux) salissaient
le jardin aussi) i stopped to feed them
excellent timing too shoot the image,
i love the effect of the light coming by side,
the second part of yours notes are educative, TFS
- Dis. Ac. (24509)
- [2008-06-18 21:21]
nicely composed and rthe bird looks good to the right.
good captured and beautiful colours.
- Jamesp (18906)
- [2008-06-18 23:18]
Excellent notes as usual. Great POV with good lighting, exposure and colour.
- jusninasirun (14660)
- [2008-06-19 0:05]
Hello Bob. What a beautiful shot. Well perched in split framing of the sky. Stunning spotless blue with the bird in sharp detail. I like it and well done. Jusni
- Janice (18832)
- [2008-06-19 0:51]
Very interesting notes to read, Bob. Life can be sad - for all of us - birds, animals and humans.
This bird is okay though, isn't it? Good action shot with the food falling from his beak - good timing
- lawbert (0)
- [2008-06-19 3:06]
I am a great believer in posting all sides of nature as you have done here.
It is a very interestin note especially as I had a similar disease that hit the finch population in my area last year...I cleaned my feeders daily and the water morning and night...I am pleased to report though they are making a comeback this year with 7 or 8 young in my garden..Although last year I had more than 30 birds at a time.
Great post Bob and very good research.
- MMM (11425)
- [2008-06-19 7:17]
Excellent presentation.On of my second posting I was showing finch with eye's problem.I recall that Claudine ad provided us with excellent information on that problem.Very good note.Anaway great presentation
- haraprasan (20403)
- [2008-06-19 8:01]
First of all sorry for the visitor who is no more. On second this is nice capture of this beautiful finch. Very good notes about the disease and the cure. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- joey (24909)
- [2008-06-19 13:38]
Superb composition here.
Great sharpness and detail.
Superb DOF too.
There's a disease going around the Chaffinches here called Bumble Foot, it makes their legs have horrible growths that stop them from walking in the end :-(
- marhowie (486)
- [2008-06-19 17:51]
Great post and info, I see the occassional sick or deformed bird also, sad but part of nature.
I'm not sure what I'm seeing..Is this bird diseased somehow?
The beak seems slightly deformed/broken..at least that's what I see..
- tuslaw (19883)
- [2008-06-19 19:04]
Nice post Bob,
Thank you for the information about this terrible disease. I will make sure our feeder is kept much cleaner from now on.
I have seen birds in the past with symptoms such as these, but I didn't really know what it was.
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2008-06-19 23:01]
I think the bird does have the eye problem you mention in your note, Bob.
As Howard also noticed, there is something wrong with the bird's beak too.
Your capture wrenches my heart in concern for this poor Housefinch.
Well, can't people do something about curing them?
Thanks for the picture, but it leaves me in a pensive mood.
- goldyrs (11497)
- [2008-06-22 1:27]
I'm glad you decided not to post that shot, bobb..
Sorry in a hurry to catch up!