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American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-25
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-25 15:30
Viewed: 2819
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the fall the male goldfinch molts and looks very similar to the female. I'm betting that this is a male just because of the amount of yellow that it still has in it's plumage.

In a few more weeks you will hardly be able to tell either sex apart. They will stay like this until next spring when once again the male will support a bright yellow and black plumage, just in time for mating season.

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Gorgeous Ron... Looks very proud sitting there like he knew he was being photographed. The Goldfinch was always one of my mother's favorite birds along with the Black-Capped Chickadee.
Both are also favorites of mine. :) Very beautifully presented. TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-25 16:58]

Hi Ron,

Would you believe I have never seen an American Goldfinch? We have Lesser Goldfinches here but not these. This one is a beauty posing so nicely for the camera. Face, wings and plummage are all wonderful with lovely colors and excellent details. A very nice composition.


I think there may some difference between yours in Ohio (*or should I say ours:->) and the ones out here...The goldfinch in Ohio appears much as I remember it...while the ones out here are much more drab..same bird too...not sure why...might be a sub-sub-species..Very nice Ron.. that Rebel holds true to it's advertising..although it is also the number one camera on hand for loan at the Evergreen State College..My son is in his Junior year there in film and media...He also works in media loan...so he gets to use some pretty fancy stuff...yet he really likes the Rebel the best...

Hi Ron,

Excellent shot! superbly focused, perfect DoF, very neat BG.


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-09-26 9:32]

Hi Ron,

Very nice, clear shot of the goldfinch. Very soft, subtle background. It's interesting the way that the goldfinch's bill becomes so dark in the winter. I had never noticed that before. Great colors in your photo! TFS.


Hi Ron,

An excellent close-up, nice detail.

I'm thinking it's a female, the males here are still showing most of their summer plumage, although they're changing now.


Great Photo, love colors and the detail of the birds plumage. I also like the DOF - The sharpness of the bird then the softness of the background make the image really stand out.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-28 21:28]

Hello Ron,
What an excellent image showing the change to a more camouflaged plumage for winter. This image is sharp and well colored, thanks for sharing Ron.

Beautiful colors on this goldfinch, especially with the dof. I always love birds; they are so colorful, and here, the texture of the feathers stands out in a spectacular way. Beautiful capture, my friend.

Ron, this is such a wonderful shot of the Goldfinch. You did a great job capturing it.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Another real beauty from your lens Ron! The clarity and colors with the subtle lighting are amazing in this one! I also love the pose and its facial expression of this beauty. Great sharpness and well chosen POV too MF. Well done!
TFS and have a nice new week!


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