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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 500mm f/4.5 APO HSM, (digital)
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-29 3:40
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
European Goldfinch
(Carduelis carduelis)

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Carduelis
Species: C. carduelis
Binomial name

It is a small passerine bird of the finch family.
It breeds across Europe and most of 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. This bird is a rare vagrant to eastern North America. In 2005, one was spotted and photographed on a bird feeder in Michigan.
The Goldfinch is 12-13.5 cm (4-5 inches) long and weighs 16 to 22 grams. Sexes are alike, with a red face, black and white head, warm brown upperparts, white underparts with buff flanks and breast patches, and black and yellow wings. The ivory-coloured bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Juveniles have a plain head and a greyer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe.

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. The song is a pleasant silvery twittering. 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.

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Ciao Andrea, bellissimo questo cardellino, hai ragione per la fretta non ho messo neppure una nota all'immagine del fagiano.....P.P.
Grazie per la tua critica.

beautiful multicoloured bird, good clearness and very good BG. Laurent

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-04-29 5:18]

Hi Andrea,
I like Goldfinchs, and this a very good shot. Color, backgroud, composition and DOV are find.
José M.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-04-29 7:06]

Hi Andrea,
Bel Cardellino! Composition is spot on, with beautiful colours and lighting. I can see some residual noise around the edges of the bird and the plant.

Hello Andrea, excellent details, Bg, Perfect, POV, Everything is so crisp, Perfect work. TFS kyle

şahane kompozisyon

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-04-29 14:17]

Andrea bojour, trés joli tableau. La composition et les teintes toutes en harmonies sont parfaites. Very well done, best regards, Didier.

Hi Andrea,

Excellent details and sharp (too big compresion).
Very good DOF and POV.
Well done!


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-29 16:33]

Hi Andrea
Great shot and composition. Great colours, details, sharones, Bg and POV.
well done


Bonjour Andrea
C'est une très belle prise de vue avec ce beau petit oiseau multicolore.Les couleurs et les détails sont très jolis ainsi que la composition et le BG.
Merci et bon week end....JP

Hello Andrea,
Beautiful Goldfinch! The colors of the bird and background are spectacular, perfect DoF. The tree branches actually adds a sense of rhythm to this shot.
Nicely captured.............

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-04-30 4:37]

Bonjour Andrea,
Superbe ton chardonneret ! La composition est très belle. Félicitations.

Hi Andrea,
A pleasing frame with nice color and good detail. Very nice pose seen in this bird also.
Well done & TFS!

Hi Andrea,

Very nice bird. I like the colors very much. The dof is great. Well framed, the composition is good. Good work.


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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-07 21:45]

Another great shot. I love the contrast with the background. The branches adds a very nice mood to te compo. TFS, Gabriel

One of my favourite birds and it's a beautiful capture. I like the composition and the blurred background, although I would have liked to have seen the bird larger in the frame.

Great shot...wonderful POV, collors and composition.
I tried several times to get close to these little gus in the wild but never succeded in taking a photo of them.

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