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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-03 11:20
Viewed: 4127
Points: 24
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Goldfinches visit my garden everyday. Unfortunately a sparrowhawk does the same. In the past two weeks at least three goldfinches were killed by this incredible effective hunter. I'm not sure the goldfinch on the photo survived, perhaps it was also a victem...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-03 11:27]

Hi Zeno. What a nice fluff ball he looks . Great detail in the feathers with natural looking colours. a nice pose with the turn of the head showing a glint of light in the eye. well done TFS.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-03-03 11:51]

Hi Zeno,

Your goldfinch is super, the visual contact is very nice and the colors and details, great. Having a garden with this kind of birds, you are lucky. I'm living in a block of flats and everytime I want to do goldfinches photos, they decided to fly 50 m high or 5.000 m far.
TFS, Dan.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-03 12:55]

Hi Zeno,

I really like the composition having the Goldfinch with his head turning to the side and showing a perfect well lid eye..
Great details in the feathers,Beautiful natural colours and well saturated.
very well done!


Splendido ritorno alle immagini di casa, eccellente composizione, dettagli perfetti e magnifici colori. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Zeno,
beautiful catch and lovely composition.
POV, sharpness and details are great.


What a beautiful bird photograph. Your goldfinches are certainly different from the species in the United States. Well done.

great close up! TFS Ori

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-03 14:50]

Hola Zeno.
Hermosos colores del plumaje de este pequeño. la pose natural y fina, bellos detalles en toda la imagen.
Saludos Zeno

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-03-03 22:42]

Hi Zeno
Wonderful capture of this cute little goldfinch
Nice natural soft color
Very fine detail
Great catchlite in eye
tfs jon

Hoi Zeno,
wonderful shot of this splendid Goldfinch, colours are splendid and very sharp, exclellent focus and perfect composition,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-03-04 1:27]

Great shot of this lovely little Goldfinch, you are so lucky to have them visit your garden. Perfect pov and pose from the bird. Great focus capturing good colours, detail and sharpness. Sad to hear their fate. Great work.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-04 4:52]

Wow! Great shot Zeno, what a sharp and clear bird! The light and colors are great and the exposure is perfectly done, great job, thanks!



Superb picture of the Goldfinch, a bird that I have not seen before. Great colors and sharpness.

Murali Santhanam

Hi Zeno,

Wonderful photo of a little and fast bird! By the way, we have a pair of these beautyful european males in our Botanical garden of Montreal...

Thank you,


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