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Preening Goldfinch

Preening Goldfinch
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 points chapter 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-20 3:44
Viewed: 5022
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Goldfinch was intent on preening and didn't notice that I was leaning out my dining room window clicking off lots of shots. It's not as good as I had hoped but considering the conditions, too much direct sun, I am happy with the result. Thanks for looking.

Please visit my first post of a Goldfinch and read more information.


Goldfinches are easily identified by their striking colours; red, black and white on the head and black and gold in the wings. Juvenile birds have a streaked brown head but the broad gold stripe through the black wings is already obvious. The wing pattern is so vivid that many birdwatchers don't realise that the Goldfinch has a white rump.

Breeds and winters wherever there are weeds, especially thistles, on wasteground, hedgerows and areas of scrub.

The above obtained from http://www.birdguides.com/html/vidlib/species/Carduelis_carduelis.htm.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 3:32 p.m.
Date: 20th May 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/1500
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 400
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-20 3:49]

Exquisite capture, Pam. The pose is fantastic. Very crisp details, great exposure in a beautiful composition. TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-20 3:49]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful shot.Framing,colors,lighting and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-05-20 3:51]

Awesome shot,with great details.11/10!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-20 3:54]

This is really clear shot Pam! Very ascetic view, only bird and sky. But pose is great, quality also. I like it very much!

Belle photo Pam !
Très sympathique, j'aime beaucoup.

great shot, pam! :-)
so clear and beautiful colors.
thanks 4 sharing this artpiece with us!

Hello Pam!
Wonderful Goldfinch with clear details.I liked the composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Okan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 57 N: 68] (518)
  • [2005-05-20 5:12]

God! This is gorgeous Pam, deatails are fine. Good job, well done!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-20 6:17]

Fantastic shot Pam. The pose of this beautiful bird cleaning it's wings is wonderful. Colors are superb and details are sharp. Well done & TFS!


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-05-20 6:53]

Une superbe prise de vue et une très belle pose de l'oiseau.

Félicitations pour les belles couleurs et l'éclairage.

Merci pour l'envoi un superbe oiseau.

Beautiful capture and well done on this composition.


VEry nice bird, good color, nice pose! Which I could balance like that!

Very nice shot, Pam
Beautiful capture and well composed.
Well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-20 13:42]

Great capture Pam. Very good exposure and wonderful colors. Great Dof and composition too.
Very well done.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-20 14:52]

it seems like a drawing of a painter... smth is different and interesting really.. excellent softness... beautiful colors... amazing composition... TFS...
I love it

I see you have another export from the old world, very well captured and not just sitting there, the preening is so beautifully capture , nice one TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-21 4:16]

Waouh ! Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ce oiseau qui nettoie ses plumes. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Interesting & very well done !!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-05-21 9:28]

Bonjour Pam, absent quelques jours je viens de découvrir ce Goldfinch entrain de nettoyer son aile. Magnifique photo , toutes mes félicitations Didier.

Hello Pam, This has good clarity and sharpness with excellent colors..And it's doing something! Very well done!!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-21 21:52]

Great capture Pam ! very well composed Details are razorsharp and colors are great,

Well done !

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-22 13:37]

Hi Pam
Bad lighting notwithstanding, this is a very nice picture, it has a sort of painterly feel because the whites are sort of washed into the different shades. A great action shot, I prefer it anytime to a perfect just record shot.
Try a bit of selective colour, and left the white and right the neutral and black on the slider, and have a look.

Exceptional pose and exposure in this capture, Pam. Very sharp and colorfull. Its really a lovely bird. Very well done.

Beautiful detail and stop action. Great to have a glimpse of the daily life of a goldfinch captured in a frame, so we have time enough to take a closer look.

Hello Pam
Great Capture !

Hello Pam,

A extraordinary good posing bird foto with lots of details on the different kind of feathers and colours they wear.
Very good job. TFS.

;-) Thomas

  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2005-10-12 20:27]

At the right place at the right time !

Great job !

Prise de vue inhabituelle. Cela change des photos habituelles.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-07-04 6:30]

Wspanialy strzygiel. Piekny!! Rewelacyjne kolory, szczegoly.



Hi Pam

Long time no see.
I think this shot is just amazing.
What a POV.
Just absolutely brilliant photo.



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