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Saffron finch

Saffron finch
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Copyright: Jose Reynaldo da Fonseca (nofer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSLR A390, Carl Zeiss - 28 - 200mm f2-2,2, Memory Stick PRO 8GB, S&K Polarizer 58 mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Canary, Yellow Birds, Birds of South America I, Birds of Brazil II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-12-08 6:01
Viewed: 1987
Points: 9
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]
The saffron finch (Sicalis flaveola) is a tanager from South America that is common in open and semi-open areas in lowlands outside the Amazon Basin. They have a wide distribution in Colombia, northern Venezuela (where it is called "canario de tejado" or "roof canary"), western Ecuador, western Peru, eastern and southern Brazil (where it is called "canário da terra" or "native canary"), Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, northern Argentina, and Trinidad and Tobago. It has also been introduced to Hawaii, Puerto Rico and elsewhere. Although commonly regarded as a canary, it is not related to the Atlantic canary. Formerly, it was placed in the Emberizidae but it is close to the seedeaters. The male is bright yellow with an orange crown which distinguishes it from most other yellow finches (the exception being the orange-fronted yellow finch). The females are more confusing and are usually just a slightly duller version of the male, but in the southern subspecies S. f. pelzelni they are olive-brown with heavy dark streaks.

Typically nesting in cavities, the saffron finch makes use of sites such as abandoned rufous hornero (Furnarius rufus) nests, bamboo branches and under house roofs - this species is tolerant of human proximity, appearing at suburban areas and frequenting bird tables. They have a pleasant but repetitious song which, combined with their appearance, has led to them being kept as caged birds in many areas. Males are polygamous, mating with two females during the nesting season, and territorial, which has led to the species being used for blood sporting with two males put in a cage in order to fight. (informações da Wikipedia en).

Foto tirada na natureza. (NÃO É CATIVEIRO!!)
Photo shot in the nature. (IT IS NOT CAPTIVITY!!)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-12-08 6:58]

Hello Reynaldo,
Nice photo of this couple. A bit too far for a good close up, but attractive poses with eye contact and fine natural colours. I made a close up of a male of this species when I was in your country in 2013. A photo here in TN. The Pantanal is the most beautiful place on earth for me.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-12-08 16:49]

Hello Jose,
Neat to see you managed to capture both male and female of this lovely species in the same frame. Even though they are not displayed in a close-up POV, we can still enjoy their delicate features and beautiful plumage. The BG is a bit busy, but in the wild we don't have a choice as to where our subject choose to perch:) Great shot!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-09 2:12]

Hi Jose,a very good capture of this couple of finch,the sharpness is excellent despite the long distance,curious scenery in background too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Jose,

Mainly the color and pose of those Saffron colored Finch attracted me. Distance didn't allow you to get much details. Although not captivity, but man made articles; such as houses, tiles in the BG, wires etc...are everywhere. Personally I don't like such things in Pure Nature Photographs. Moreover, birds are too small in the frame and lot of blank spaces.
But thanks for useful NOTE,

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  • maira Gold Star Critiquer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 0] (0)
  • [2015-12-23 8:58]

Você já fez coisas melhores mas vale os pontos.

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