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Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinch
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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: 2010-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-12-06 6:51
Viewed: 3855
Points: 23
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Lesser Goldfinch

The Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria), or Dark-backed Goldfinch, is a songbird of the Americas. Its range is from the southwestern United States (along the coast, as far north as southern Washington) to Venezuela and Peru. It migrates from the northern parts of its range. It utilizes most habitats almost any habitat with trees or shrubs except for dense forest. It is common and distinct in most areas, and will come near houses to feed at feeders in the southwest U.S. and almost anywhere else for thistle sock feeders.

The Lesser Goldfinch is 4 to 4.5 inches long and weighs only about 9.5 grams (0.3 ounces). It is the smallest North American Carduelis species. Southern species tend to be a bit larger and is more pronounced in the females. Males are easily recognized by their bright yellow underparts and big white patches in the tail and on the wings.

The upperparts on females and young are more or less grayish olive-green, their underparts are yellowish, browner in immatures. They have only a narrow strip of white on the wings (with other white markings in some forms) and little or no white on the tail. They are best distinguished from other members of the genus by the combination of small size, upperparts without white or yellow, and dark gray bill. In all plumages this bird can easily be taken for a New World warbler if the typical finch bill isn't seen well.


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Hello Jane, welcome. This is nice shot of this cute bird while looking at you in lovely pose with nice composition, details and colours.
TFS and regards,

Good enough then. I was starting to wonder where my pastel bird lady had gone! A fine image Jane! A delight to see you and your unique photos posting.

Great to see your work again, Jane. Hope all is well with you.
This is an adorable capture of Lesser Goldfich perched on your customary tree.
Except for slight noise on two leaves, it is a lovely shot.
Thanks and regards.

Good day dear Jane. Your work seems to generate lots of interest around. Your friendly comments often reflect the reality perfectly and seems that people around loves you. I love you too, Jane for that qualities. However the current work seems a bit out of tune. At least for me. Well,... wonderful to see this lovely bird here, but in my opinion the colors are strangely twisted and have some heavy magenta cast. The contrast is too low and the color gamut somehow washed. I think that is obvious for you as well. Not much is lost however. If no one came with a suggestion today in the Workshop, I would like to present my version tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have used fully my daily Workshop's so, let me come back on that image tomorrow again!
George Veltchev

Hi Jane

'' la vie en rose'' Your image makes me smiling, thank you!

Keeping in touch:
A female American Goldfinch lays her eggs in July, and takes sole responsibility for incubating them.

As this involves sitting on the eggs for hours at a time, the male visits her frequently to bring her food.

The birds call to each other to keep contact, using a distinctive call that helps the male to find the female.

The goldfinch's attractive song has led to its being called, inaccurately the wild canary.



Ciao Jane, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid light, wonderful soft colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Jane,
Excellente exploitation d'une lumière bien maitrisée valorisant le sujet sous des couleurs pour le moins surprenantes.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Jane,
The picture is fine in terms of exposure and POV. But this time I see an abnormal variation in color temperature, density (grain) and contrast.
Is possible that performance with full Zoom SX30IS has to do, but I think rather the "white balanced AUTO selected" no have well managed the environment conditions. That happens to me sometimes with my little SX110 and then I use "sunny or cloudy" with conditions. I usually also adjust the white balance manually if are required environmental conditions.
Well, I suppose you're adapting to your new camera, and these things can happen!
Regards, TFS,

Hi Jane.
This is another fine perch facing the foliage.
Interesting that the bird is perched on the leaf, I think and not on the twig. Nice capture with fine details.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-06 15:30]

Hi Jane,a very nice pic whit a interesting bird too,excellent sharpness and composition but the colors seems very stranges and not naturals,what happen's? But no problem,nobody is perfect..ehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

hello Jane

beautiful photo of this bird, fine POV and framing,
fine focus sharpness and details of the bird,
i love his beautiful eye-contact with you, TFS


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-12-06 17:52]

Hi Jane
I have been gone for a while but I'm glad to see your posting nice composition and sharp imah=ge of an interesting subject.One thing it seem that the image colors is a little of to me the white balance show to much blue tint but that is only my opinion nice presentation anyway.
TFS Michel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-06 18:39]

Hello Jane,
Nice image my dear, working with a new camera is always a challenge especially one with all that zoom. Please send some of your Arizona heat up north please.
PS Lucy says hi.

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