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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-05 2:12
Viewed: 1743
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Goldfinch or Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is a small passerine bird in the finch family.

Habitat and range
The goldfinch breeds across Europe, North Africa, and western and central Asia, in open, partially wooded lowlands. It is resident in the milder west of its range, but migrates from colder regions. It will also make local movements, even in the west, to escape bad weather. It has been introduced to many areas of the world.

The average Goldfinch is 1213 cm long with a wingspan of 2125 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 species is divided into two major groups, each comprising several races. The two groups intergrade at their boundary, so the caniceps group is not recognised as a distinct species despite its readily distinguishable plumage.

Carduelis carduelis carduelis group.
Carduelis carduelis balcanica. Southeastern Europe.
Carduelis carduelis brevirostris. Crimea, north Caucasus.
Carduelis carduelis britannica. British Isles.
Carduelis carduelis carduelis. Most of European mainland, Scandinavia.
Carduelis carduelis loudoni. South Caucasus, Iran.
Carduelis carduelis major. Western Siberia.
Carduelis carduelis niediecki. Southwest Asia, northeast Africa.
Carduelis carduelis parva. Atlantic Macaronesic Islands (Canary I., Madeira), Iberia, northwest Africa.
Carduelis carduelis tschusii. Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily.
Carduelis carduelis caniceps group.
Carduelis carduelis caniceps. Southern central Asia.
Carduelis carduelis paropanisi. Afghanistan to western Himalaya and Tien Shan.
Carduelis carduelis subulata. South-central Siberia.
Linnaeus classified the bird as Fringilla carduelis.

The Goldfinch's preferred food is small seeds such as those from thistles (the Latin name is from Carduus, a genus of thistles) 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, or even in bamboo, laying four to six eggs which hatch in 1114 days.
In the winter goldfinches group together to form flocks of up to forty 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.
In earlier times, the Goldfinch was kept as a cagebird for its song. Escapes from captivity and deliberate releases have colonised southeastern Australia and New Zealand.

Source: wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-05 2:19]

Hello Peter,
Great capture. Very good exposure and wonderful colors. Great Dof and composition too.
Very well done.Regards Sigi

Schitterende opname Peter , in alle opzichten , een plaatje dat totaal " AF " is.

Thanks for sharing.


hallo Peter
pracht opname van de putter
prachtige kleuren en leuke compositie
gr lou

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-07-05 7:05]

Hi Peter,
That's marvelously taken; .. like POV expo and authentic feather colours .. well done mate,

nuri :)

Hello Peter,
Beautiful bird and well captured keeping such OOF BG. Very nice sharpness and color. Well framed too..
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-07-05 10:50]

Hello Peter,
A gorgeous bird and nicely captured in an eye catching pose. Love the array of beautiful colors in it's plumage, you managed to obtain good eye contact. I like the clean colorful BG. I hope to see one of these pretty finches in person someday.

Ciao Peter, great macro of lovely bird in nice pose, superb sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter
Great pose of this goldfinch and fine POV, the yellow BG highlight the bird so well,great sharpness and beautiful colors
Have a good night

Very attractive Finch, Peter. Love those various shades of colour on it.
An interesting action shot with the bird tearing away something it has under one of its talons. Some of it still sticking to its bill looks cute.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Peter

Excellent capture of European goldfinch in a very nice composition, perfect sharpness and details, very beautiful brilliant colors, very nice bokeh.



Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of the European Goldfinch with its pose,
eye-contact with you, the POV you choose and the way you framed,
all gives dynamism to the photo, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-07 8:33]

Hi Peter,magnificent capture of this colorful goldfinch! The position is original,an acrobatic face to face done in a great sharpness and bright colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Beautiful bird well captured with Very nice sharpness and color.


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