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European Goldfinch

European Goldfinch
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-07 1:27
Viewed: 3117
Points: 38
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The European Goldfinch or Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is a small passerine bird in the finch family.
The average Goldfinch is 12–13 cm long with a wingspan of 21–25 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.

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Hallo Razvan,
what a beautiful picture of these European Goldfinchs, very good sharpness, fantastic lighting and colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

Beautiful colours. The red really pops. Great framing job and a fantastic DOF. The POV is right on too. The birds look right back. A very festive shot for a Christmas card. TFS Trevor

Buna Razvan,
Excelenta fotografie despre sticleti in iarna, culori minunate, detalii fine si clare, felicitari!
Numai bine si o zi cu Soare calda!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2012-02-07 2:25]

Bonjour Razvan, voici une belle famille de chardonneret réunie!! Perfect composition and great lighting. Colors that blend well. I have the felling that sharpness could be a littel bette, but it's just an opinion. Best regards, Didier.

Ciao Razvan.
Che spettacolo di foto,di questi Cardellini,con ottimi colori stupenda la composizione,eccellente la nitidezza con una buona gestione della luce molto bella.
Ciao Marco.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-07 4:00]

Hello Razvan,
A very charming capture of this goldfinches feeding. The wintery BG is well managed and the composition is superb for the POV taken with good clarity and excellent colours.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-07 4:34]

Hello Razvan,
What a nice gathering of Goldfinches and you succeeded to have them all well on your shot. Love the hazy aspect of the picture, makes it look poetical. Excellent composition too, with this trio of Carduelis at right and just one bird at left.
Well done!
Kind regards

Hello Razvan,
Beautiful family portrait. Great sharpness, beautiful colors and lightning.
Thank You
Best regards

Salut Razvan,
Excelenta captura cu atatea exemplare in acelasi cadru.
Detalii si culori naturale foarte bune.

spectacular image Razvan! well done!
George Veltchev

Nice scene with a group of goldfinches showing them from all sides


Hello Razvan
Beautiful scene with excellent composition and wonderful colours.

hello Razvan
super composition with nice colours and good light
thanks greeting lou

Hello Razvan
excellent photography, great details, sharpness and POV
very nice
hello Vanni

so beautiful scene, great composition and performance!
regards Razvan

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-02-08 4:14]

Hello Razvan,
What a wonderful scene you have captured in this splendid composition. The colours are truly amazing. Thank you Razvan.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-02-08 6:36]

Hello Razvan,
A wonderful view of four little Goldfinches looking for seeds against the snowy background. Lovely light and colours and well composed.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello Razvan,
A Beautiful detailed capture with an extraordinary soft BG. A winner!! Great POV and wonderful colours my friend.
Best regards,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-08 14:04]

Hello Razvan,
this composition is splendid! Great POV and ambientation; excellent detail and wonderful colours; beautiful lightness and nice blurred background. Well done!

Hello Razvan!

Wow - what a lovely scene. I very like shots like this with groups of birds of the same specie captured in interesting positions in their natural environment. Hmmm quality of Your capture could be slightly better - IMO sharpness isn't perfect. Anyway - well done. TFS


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