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Female Goldfinch

Female Goldfinch
Photo Information
Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 300 f/4 L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-04 21:01
Viewed: 4725
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The female goldfinch is yellowish green with black wings and tail during summer, changing to a grayish brown with very little yellow and dark brown wings with white wing bars in winter.
Once the nest is built, both male and female
goldfinches leave the area.
This may give the appearance that they have abandoned the nest. In a few days they both return and the female begins laying eggs.
In some cases this can be two weeks after nest completion.

The nest is located 4 to 20 feet above ground in a shrub or tree. The female lays from 3 to 7 light blue eggs which are incubated for 12 to 14 days.

The female may spend ninety five percent of her time incubating the eggs. The male will feed her during this time allowing her to stay on the nest.

Lifespan in the wild averages 3 - 6 years. Maximum 11 years.


Here is a picture of the male goldfinch.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-04 21:08]

Beautiful shot, Liezel.
The details are super sharp, and the light and exposure are excellent. Fantastic POV as well, framed by lovely green leaves.
Great job and TFS. : )

Great view of one of these attractive little birds. I think you have a slight color cast or over saturation, however.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-04 21:43]

Bonsoir Liezel!

Félicitations pour cette belle presentation. Félicitations pour la capture.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Salut Liezel
Très bien réussie cette photo de ce chardonneret
Belle composition ,les couleurs et les détails sont superbes.Il est très joli le fond d'image avec ce feuillu.
Salut et au revoir...JP

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-05-04 23:35]

Hi Liezel,
Awesome sharpness and detail,
love the colours of the pretty bird,
Lovely POV and framing :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

  • Great 
  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2006-05-05 1:39]

Hi Liezel. Excelent photo, beauteful color, pleasant contrast between bird and leaves. Great quality! Dan

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-05 2:21]

Woooooooooow ! What a lovely and interesting bird that you have very well captured ! I realy like your composition, great colors and sharpness. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Liezel and thanks for sharing.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-05-05 3:24]

Well done, colors and crispness, focus is nice ... and a note two thumbs up !!!


Liezel, excellent details, BG, POV, perefct DOF, Great work, TFS Kyle

Excellent capture focus is spot on and love the contrasts :)TFS

What a beautiful capture this is really nice with great colors and nice details, the greens are real pretty. :)

Bonjour Liezel,
perfect lightink! Very nice colors and details. Good cropping, maybe less BG with f/4.0, but why photo info says 420mm and you are using 300mm lens? Again, very sharp and clear. Congratulations!
P.S.: I liked very much the story about upgrading your equipment in your presentation!

Hi Liezel
Very nice bird with light, exposure and pov as very well.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-11-15 22:32]

This is a beautiful photo of the goldfinch. The colors look so real. Composition is good. Lighting is good. Focus is excellent!

Hello Liezel,
This is a great capture of this female Goldfinch. These litlle one are not easy to photograph and you did very well. I like those details and very natural color, this POV and composition. Well done,

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