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European Greenfinch - Carduelis chlori

European Greenfinch  -  Carduelis chlori
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-26 11:19
Viewed: 4568
Points: 18
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Descriptive notes.

14-15 cm, 20-24 g, wingspan 24-27 cm. Medium-sized, robust, plump and noticeably short-tailed finch, with stout conical bill.
Male olive-green and yellow, looking bright only in sunlight. Female dull olive-brown and yellowish-buff, faintly streaked on back. Juvenile dirty buff-brown and pale buff, fully but not sharply streaked.
All show striking yellow patches on primaries and side of tail, shining on Male, duller on female, and duller on juvenile.
Large bill pale flesh. Voice distinctive. Sexes dissimilar, little seasonal variation.


Breeds almost throughout Europe, to south of Arctic Circle or July isotherm of 14'C in boreal, temperate, Mediterranean, and steppe zones, extending also to North Africa and W Africa.
Attached to tall densely leafed trees and to diet of seeds accessible under appropriate trees, on bushes, or on crop, weed, and other plants in fields. Has expanded from natural woodland edge, scrub, stream banks, and groups of trees on grassland to tall hedgerows, lines of planted trees, orchards, conifer plantations, parks, large gardens, and other situations where tall trees, sunny aspects, and ready access of seeds, fruits, and insect food are present together in breeding season.

Food and Feeding

Fairly large seeds, mainly of Carduelinae, Polygonaceae, Rosaceae, Compositae, and cereals, also of many trees and shrubs. A few invertebrates taken in breeding season and also fed to young.
Eats a wider range of seeds than probably any other Carduelinae in west Palearctic.


Late Apr to mid Aug in Britain, late Apr to early Jul in Finland, mid Mar to late Jul in Germany, late Mar to early Aug in Spain.
Nest site, against trunk or in strong fork of dense bush, small tree, or creeper. Conifers or other evergreens slightly preferred, especially early inseason.
Nest, stout, robust sturcture with foundation of dry twigs, grass, moss, and lichen lined with fine grasses, rootlets, plant down, hair, feathers, or man-made material.
4-6 eggs, sub-elliptical, smooth and slightly glossy. Greyish-white to bluish-white, or beige, sparsely spotted and blotched reddish, purplish, or blackish, concentrated at broad end occasionally forming ring.
Incubation, 11-15 days, by female only.

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Elroyie, well done on this capture and composition. A rather bland looking bird eh.
Just wondering about your ISO setting, would there been an allowence for ISO 100? for this shot.
I'm waiting for you 20D users to show images at ISO 100, that's the only reason why I'm asking.
Excelent work, keep it up.


Hello Mike and Happy Easter! Excellent note - Excellent shot. Great POV and Pose here. I like the greenish-yellow colors I see.
Well done man!

Very nice picture Elroyie.
Good pose, composition and details. Great note.
Very well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-26 13:21]

Belle capture bien composée pour ce joli oiseau. Bonne PdC et netteté.
Well done !

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-26 14:17]

You captured this finch very well. The composition with the mix-match of branches is interesting. Good work.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-26 15:16]

Hello Elroyie, very nice picture of this finch. The technical details are all good as usual and it's a very nice natural composition, well done.

Excellent shot Elroyie.
Good pose, composition and sharpness.

Great capture and note, well done!

Elroyie, Nice capture on this Green finch. Great color and detail. I like the composition as it gives him some room. Great Notes!

Very nice shot, IMO the branch in front is a bit disturbing. Good details and colours.
Well done.

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