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Goldfinch Pit-stop

Goldfinch Pit-stop
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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTI (400D), Canon EF 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-19 16:02
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Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I believe the female in the center is a Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)and the one in the left is the male in winter plumage.. I might be wrong.. I photograph this group in my backyard making a pit-stop before they continue their migration..

The Lesser Goldfinch often occurs in flocks or at least loose associations. It utilizes almost any habitat with trees or shrubs except for dense forest, and is common and conspicuous in many areas, often coming near houses. It is common at feeders in the Southwest United States and will come almost anywhere with thistle sock feeders. Flocks of at least six birds will often be seen at feeders. It feeds mostly on tree buds and weed seeds; geophagy has been observed in this species

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To K9madtex: Billydemeve 2 02-19 18:34
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We have the Lesser Goldfinch in the state park here, but they are so standoffish I can never get a good shot of them. IMHO, I think a vertical crop that included the whole third bird would have worked better even if the third bird was not in great focus. Everything looks better in odd combinations and you should avoid creating horizontal or vertical lines between your subjects. Here you have a great triangle formed between the birds if only the whole bird was visible. Just another option for you to consider.

hello Everton

lovelly image of those Goldfinchs in their bird feeder,
excellent POV and framing with excellent sharpness and details
and a wionderful background, TFS


Hello Everton,
A perfect shot with excellent details, vivid colours, nice faraming. TFS. Regards,

hello Everton,
You can find many things always to photography. Today's shot also very nice of beautiful finches. Nicely composed and focused. TFS, well done


They gotta stop somewhere,
Great image of them all together eating, shows the connection of this particular family of birds,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-20 8:12]

Hi Everton,

I think you are right and they are Lesser Goldfinches - these are the only goldfinches I have seen here. Cute shot with nice colors and details. They seem to be posing for you.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-21 6:56]

Hello Everton
Nice presentation.Well composed image and nice OOF BG.Plumage details are excellent.I also like the catch light in the eye of the subject on the right.

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