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European goldfinch

European goldfinch
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Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-13 7:59
Viewed: 4863
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We have been travelling quite a lot these last months so this is the first photo from us in a while. It is from the Adriatic archipelago, the island Pasman, where a couple of European goldfinches had a good time in an wild oat field with lots of thistles. The car functioned as our hide. We have never gotten this close before.

From Wikipedia:
The average Goldfinch is 12-13 cm long with a wingspan of 21-25 cm and a weight of 14 to 19 grams. The sexes are broadly similar, with a red face, black and white head, warm brown upperparts, white underparts with buff flanks and breast patches, and black and yellow wings. On closer inspection male Goldfinches can often be distinguished by a larger, darker red mask that extends just behind the eye. In females, the red face does not reach the eye. The ivory-coloured bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Goldfinches in breeding condition have a white bill, with a greyish or blackish mark at the tip for the rest of the year. Juveniles have a plain head and a greyer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe. Birds in central Asia (caniceps group) have a plain grey head behind the red face, lacking the black and white head pattern of European and western Asian birds.

The food is small seeds such as thistles (the Latin name is from carduus, thistle) and teasels, but insects are also taken when feeding young. It also regularly visits bird feeders in winter. They nest in the outer twigs of tall leafy trees, laying four to six eggs which hatch in 11-14 days.

In the winter they group together to form flocks of up to about 40 birds, occasionally more.

The song is a pleasant silvery twittering. The call is a melodic tickeLIT, and the song is a pleasant tinkling medley of trills and twitters, but always including the trisyllabic call phrase or a teLLIT-teLLIT-teLLIT.

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Hi Bengt,
Today I also uploaded the same species. Your photo really very nice. I like especieaaly eye contact and sharpness. Composition and POV also very good. TFS,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-13 8:48]

Hello Bengt,
A very nice portrait of a Goldfinch feeding on thistle seeds. The POV, lighting, sharpness and eye contact are excellent and the neutral BG helps to show it up very well.
TFS this beauty,

Hello Bengt,

Great shot.Fantastic photo with beautiful colours.Excellent definition light and composition.

Hi Bengt
Wonderful composition with great clarity,sharpness and detail
Lovely natural color and nice catchlite in eye
tfs jon

The colour in this photo is very good.A nice clean focus, and good composition with branches. Good shooting.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-15 7:46]

Hello Bengt! What a lovely shot of the Goldfinch! Very sharp and bright, well composed image and a great result, well done, thanks!


Hello Bengt!

Great shot of goldfinch. All details are razor's edge sharp. Amazing composition with well blured background. Beautiful strong and natural colors.


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