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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-28 7:48
Viewed: 5428
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Another shot of a Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis, 14cm) I shot while in Italy.

From: Birdguides.com

Goldfinches are easily identified by their striking colours; red, black and white on the head and black and gold in the wings. Juvenile birds have a streaked brown head but the broad gold stripe through the black wings is already obvious. The wing pattern is so vivid that many birdwatchers don't realise that the Goldfinch has a white rump.
Breeds and winters wherever there are weeds, especially thistles, on wasteground, hedgerows and areas of scrub.
A common breeding bird throughout Britain, although less common in northern Scotland. Many British birds move south during the winter to Belgium, western France and the western Mediterranean, returning in March-April.
A common bird of open ground in most of central and southern Europe.
220 000 territories have been estimated for Britain, found throughout the country except the Scottish Highlands. Also widespread in Ireland with 55 000 territories estimated. Many of these migrate southwards, leaving possibly less than 100 000 birds in winter.
7-10 million breeding pairs ubiquitous across Europe and southern Scandinavia.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-28 8:09]

Hi Mario.
This is my lovely species of birds. There are many goldfinches in my place however I cannot picture them from close-distance. You have shared amazing, pictorial shot of the beauty. Image of the bird, reflection of surroundings are great. Superb work, as usual. Bravo.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-06-28 8:26]

Hi Mario,
A great shot of this Golfinch,I like the color tones from the bird as well from the BG,well done and TFS

Hello Mario,
Well done. Very good lighting and colors.
Well composed. Beautiful!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-28 9:23]

Hi Mario,

And another beauty! I would like to see one of these Goldfinches one day. The colors, lighting, details, pose, setting are all wonderful.


Bonjour Mario,
Magnifique capture du chardonneret, j'en vois souvent mais je ne suis arrivé a quelque chose de bien, j'aime bien la composition de l'oiseau entouré de verdure
bien vu

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-28 11:13]

Hi Mario. This is a very clear colourful shot of the Gold finch. You have used the light so well which has given fine detail . a nice pose in the tree . You were lucky not to have any branches in the way. In teresting notes .well done TFS.

Hi Mario,
Interesting as have not seen a Goldfinch like this b4.
Perhaps specific to Europe & Southern Scandinavia..
Very cool.. Well seen and taken.

Best Regards,

Hi Mario, a superb capture. The sharpness to the birds feathers is excellent, the colours so sharp and clear, really good composition and a fine image....regards h

Un'altra splendida immagine di questo cardellino "italiano", ottimi POV e taglio compositivo verticale con il ramo diagonale e la posa nella stessa direzione, eccellente definizione del piumaggio, magnifici i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

The tonality of the bird alone is great but then added shadowing by sunshine and you have made some special use of lighting here Mario. there is just enough detail in the background lighting to make things balance out perfectly.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-28 15:46]

Salut Mario
Excellente présentation.Image bien en focus et excellent détail.Les couleurs sont sublime.J'espere bien les voir lors de ma visite e naout.
Merci Michel

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-28 16:37]

Hermosa captura Mario,
bello pajaro colores y estupendo foco,
saludos amigo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-29 2:20]

Great capture of this Goldfinch!
Superb sharpness and detail.
Great focusing.
Well composed with nice light.

Good work, Mario!


Hi Mario
Clear crisp image even though the background is quite busy
Nice light and lovely color with fine details
tfs jon

Ottima ripresa molto dettagliata: complimenti. Ottimo anche il taglio e il resto.

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

Hi Mario, superb shot of a Goldfinch in all aroun my friend. The pose of the Goldfinch and DOF alos perfect. TFS this beauty.


Hello Mario,
Nice capture of this pretty goldfinch, good
sharpness and depth of field, beautiful vivid
colors and nice contrast, excellent composition
and pov.

salut Mario

je te retrouve en Italie !

belle image de ce Chardonneret, avec un excellent POV, DOF et cadrage vertical,
belle pose de l'oiseau, excellente netteté et détails, joli catch-light à l'oeil,



A lovely shot of this goldfinch, Sir, very well timed, perfectly sharp and exposed just right!

Bonsoir Mario,

Ce chardonneret élégant sur la branche est impressionnant. Tu as bien saisi son expression qui semble être regardez-moi. Les détails et les couleurs des plumes de l'oiseau sont clairs et nets. La lumière rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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