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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-01 5:50
Viewed: 4193
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

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

Binomial name
Carduelis carduelis
(Linnaeus, 1758)

TR name: Saka

The Goldfinch or European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is a small passerine bird in the finch family.

It breeds across Europe, north Africa, and western and central 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. It has been introduced to many areas of the world (Snow and Perrins 1998).

Feeding on thistles - note thistledown in billIt is 12-13 cm long with a wingspan of 21-25 cm and a weight of 14 to 19 grams. The 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. 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.
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. It also regularly visits bird feeders in winter. 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, occasionally more.
The song is a pleasant silvery twittering. The call is a melodic tickeLIT, and the song is a pleasant tinkling medley of trills and twiters, but always including the trisyllabic call phrase or a teLLIT-teLLIT-teLLIT.

Because of the thorns and thistles it eats and nests in, in Christian symbolism the goldfinch is associated with the Passion and Christ's Crown of Thorns. The goldfinch, appearing in pictures of the Madonna and the Christ Child, represents the foreknowledge Jesus and Mary had of the Crucifixion.In Barocci’s ‘Holy Family’ a goldfinch is held in the hand of John the Baptist who holds it high out of reach of an interested cat. In Cima da Conegliano’s ‘Madonna and Child’, a goldfinch flutters in the hand of the Christ Child. It is also an emblem of endurance, fruitfulness, and persistence. Because it symbolizes the Passion, the goldfinch is considered a "saviour" bird and may be pictured with the common fly (which represents the sin and disease which Christ saved us from). During medieval times, this bird


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Greetings to you, Fikret!
This lovely Goldfinch takes my breath away.
It is so very beautiful, words fail me.
What fantastic point of view, precise focus, delightful colour rendition and a superb composition!
I salute you for the genius you show in your pictures.
Best regards,

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-03-01 6:14]

Hi Fikret,
you have a colourful bird posing and singing for you :)
Great shot,
Cheers :D

La fotografia me gusta mucho.En españa a estos pajaros los llamamon jilgueros

magnifique macro
les couleurs sont vives, très belle capture

fikret bey merhaba
canim saka cekti desem yeridir:)
elinize saglik

This is very beautiful, absolute sharpness and color. Good DOP level and the poised of the bird. are those some dust specks or are those from the nest? :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-01 7:45]

Hello Fikret,
The goldfinch is such a beautiful bird. You "captured" it in a very busy to eat-attitude. We can even see small pieces of the thistle flying in the air. Being an art historian, I'm also very happy that in your note you mentioned the symbolism of this bird. Thank's a lot.
Best regards

Bonjour Friket,
Très agrable composition admirablement détaillée et colorée avec une très belle attitude de l'oiseau (Chardonneret élégant en français).
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Fikret,
Magnificent this capture of the goldfinch!
You used a very good POV to let the light make all that clear and sharp details on the bird.
The colors got on their feather are outstanding!
It's very good the background got with the DOF used.
I think you made a great composition with the flower and the bird.
Are that tiny white spots floating to the left of the bird's tail the seeds of the flower?
Congratulations and thanks for share it with us.
Mybest regards,

Hola Fikret,
Bonita composción, la nitidez es buena y los colores son preciosos. Un cordial saludo

Hello Fikret,

well done with excllent colors Bg POV DOf perfect detail svery crisp I really like this POV alot well done

TFS Kyle

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-01 9:28]

Hola Fikret, excelente captura,
es mi pájaro preferido...
detalles excelentes y color,
una composición maravillosa,

Hi Fikret,
you have captured a beautiful bird. The colours and details are very good. I standout nicely from the blurred BG.
Well done.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-01 10:42]

Bel oiseau bien coloré.
Bonne journée.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-01 11:02]

Hello Fikret,
Brilliant shot of this Goldfinch eating the seeds of his favourite flower. Very sharp details and colours of the plumage in this very fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-01 11:10]

Hi Fikret,

You have outdone yourself with this one. The Goldfinch is absolutely beautiful. I love the open beak! The pose and colors are fantastic.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-01 11:49]

Hi Fikret.
Next your terrific bird picture. Its lighting and colours are simply amazing as well as the separation of BG from main subject. I like the razor sharpness and details of the goldfinch and flower. Superb work. My compliments and TFS.

bonjour fikret
juste formidable!!!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-01 12:48]

A wonderful and beautiful capture, Fikret!
Excellent sharp details and very good bg with a superb composition. I love this eye-contact.
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-01 12:56]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Zaman zaman bu sakaları görüyorum ama yakından çakmak daha kısmat olmadı.Modeliniz ve verdiği poz çok güzel tabii sizin katkınız da maksimum seviyede.Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

hello fikret!
nice one on the fine goldfinch!
sharp with nice pov and dof and
good composition!
well done!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-03-01 13:09]

Bonjour Frikret, excellent shot and splendid colors and good sharpness. I like the t eat attitude and the position at the top the plant, well done, Didier.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-01 13:13]

Hello Fikret,
You present this sharp shot of a goldfinch with fine pose, lighting and action of eating thistle seeds, set against a fine bokeh green BG in an excellent composition.
Nice to see another one of your first class shots!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Merhaba Fikret bey güzel bir kompozisyon.

Amazing detail, and beautiful colours!
Brilliant shot...

Hi Fikret

Congrats on an excellent shot. Well composed, good clear detail and nicely saturated colour. :-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-02 2:59]

You show us some very interesting notes about this European Goldfinch Fikret.
It has quite an unusual looking plumage on his face - not very attractive, but well taken by you. TFS

Hello Fikret,
Once again, this is an amazing capture. I love the pose of the bird, details, colors and composition. This environment is very nice and so is this BG. This is very well done! Thanks,

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  • dewo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 9] (279)
  • [2007-03-02 5:55]

slmlar fikret bey cok guzel bir saka fotografı
kompozisyon cok hos
özellikler kafasındaki kırmızı renk cok canlı cıkmıs

Hi Fikret,
Interesting action as the goldfinch tears seed from this thistle.
Excellent BG, color, exposure, detail, POV, and comp.
Well done & TFS.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-03-02 12:52]

Ne kadar muhteşem bir saka fotografı bu böyle, elinize sağlık.

Hi Bikret, fascinating bird with splendid colors, great blurry BG, lovely details, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Fikret ,
excellent focus and great composition.
amazing colours and lovely BG.
light and sharpness are excellent.
it is nice.
thanks and regards

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-03-03 6:54]

Superbe composition,les couleurs sont éclatantes et la qualité d'image est parfaite.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-03 13:01]

selam fikret
bu sevimli ve guzel kusu oldukca iyi bir zamanlama ve poz ile kadrajlamissin. kompozisyon, bakis noktasi, arka plani, renkleri, netligi ve detaylari harika olmus
eline saglik
bu fotoyu finches of Turkiye kategorisine ekledim :)

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-03-03 13:57]

Selam Fikret Bey,
Çok güzel bir kompozisyon.
Duruşuyla ve renkleriyle başarılı bir çalışma olmuş.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-03 14:20]

Hi Fikret.
This is beautiful colorful picture.Your capture of this bird in nice pose and with perfect sharp details(there show through some small lots the flowers in air!!).Colors on bird as well as light are superb.Well composed with very nice point of view and perfect blurry BG.
Congratulate and thanks for sharing of this amazing picture.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-03 16:36]

This is a great shot. Wonderful sharp details, great composition, vivid colours and lovely POV. Great pose from the bird as well



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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-04 4:22]

Bu kadar renkli bir saka gormemistim. Renkler, fon, tumu mukemmel. Tesekkurler.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-05-30 11:12]

Hi Fikret, great to see you're still making extremly nice pictures of especially birds. Like the point of view. as if he is trapped. Also interesting to read about the symbolism of this bird.
Alltogether a great posting, thanks for sharing.

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