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Lesser Goldfinch Female

Lesser Goldfinch Female
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 IF-ED VR+TC1.7EII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-08 10:35
Viewed: 5683
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lesser Goldfinch or Dark-backed Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) is a very small songbird of the Americas. Together with its relatives the American Goldfinch and Lawrence's Goldfinch, it forms the American goldfinches clade in the genus Carduelis sensu stricto.

The American goldfinches can be distinguished by the males having a black (rarely green) forehead, whereas the latter is (like the rest of the face) red or yellow in the European Goldfinch and its relatives. North American males are markedly polymorphic and 5 subspecies are often named; at least 2 of them seem to represent a less-progressed stage in evolution however.

Males are easily recognized by their bright yellow underparts and big white patches in the tail (outer rectrices) and on the wings (the base of the primaries). They range from having solid black from the back to the upper head including the ear-coverts to having these regions medium green; each of the back, crown and ear regions varies in darkness rather independently though as a rule the ears are not darker than the rest. In most of the range dark psaltria birds (Arkansas Goldfinch) predominate. The light birds are termed hesperophilus and are most common in the far western U.S. and northwestern Mexico


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Hola Luis,
che magnifico ritratto, bellissimi colori e nitidezza super, un'incantevole posa contro il cielo.
Grazie e complimenti

Hello Luis,
Beautiful photo of this Lesser Goldfinch. What I like at this image are fine details, excellent sharpness and lovely colours with a very beautiful sky in the BG. Perfect POV and composition too. Well done!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-08 11:39]

Hi Luis,
Beautiful photo of this bird.Nice colours good composition
and sharpness details.Excellent blue background.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Luis,

Excellent picture of this beautiful bird with good details & colors.
Taken from a nice POV & great sharpness too. The blue BG is stunning. Well done & TFS.

hello Luis
super composition with great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luis, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blue sky, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-08 14:13]

Hello Luis.
Excellent shot. Superb colours of the plummage and sharp details. Fine POV and DOF. You have managed to catch a nice posture. Very nicely composed.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-08 15:25]

Hi Luis,the top of perfection! What a nice goldfinch and what a beautiful pov to create the contrast so nice between yellow and blue.Impressive sharpness too,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-10-08 19:25]

Hola Luis,

Superb composition of this perched finch. The blue background is the optimum contrasting color for this bird's plumage. Impressive sharpness & a choice POV as well. A very pleasing composition!



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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-08 21:32]

Hola amigo Luis! Que tal?
Muy bonito pajaro y preciosa composición.Mi gustó los colores y el cielo azul.Una foto llena de encanto.Bravo! Muchas gracias por compartirla!
Un domingo maravilloso!

Great photo Luis! Beautiful pose of the bird, excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-09 1:18]

Hello Luis,
Fantastic photo in all aspects. Lovely colours, excellent sharpness, details, a great POV, composition and a very beautiful blue sky in the background. A beauty!

Bonjour Luis,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement grâce, notamment, à son excellente opposition sur l'arrière plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-10 7:52]

Hello Luis,
splendid image of this beauty in a fantastic position!
Great sharpness and light; nice natural colours. Excellent contrast with the background
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-11 11:18]

Hello Luis,
Your Agave is very attractive for birds which seem to like to pose on it! Very cute Goldfinch which you show with a very luminous picture.
Lovely shot, indeed.
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Luis

Very beautiful photo of the Lesser Goldfinch,
with fine POV & framing, beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details,
the catch-light always render the
photo more beautiful, TFS

I wish you and to your family
a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
and after reading your message in the
general forum i wish you will stay in TN


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