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Zebra Finch

Zebra Finch
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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: 2006-08-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM, Digital RAW 800, Marumi UV 58mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-10 3:09
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Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

Description Zebra Finches measure 10 to 11.5 cm. The plumage is generally grey, with characteristic black 'tear drop' eyestripes and 'zebra like' black and white barring on the rump and uppertail. The throat and upper breast are pale grey, with fine black barring, and there is a broad black band on upper chest. The sides of the belly are chestnut with many white spots. The remainder of the belly and the undertail are white. The male is distinguished from the female by its chestnut cheek patches, a character that gave the species the alternative name of Chestnut-eared Finch. Both sexes have red eyes and bill. The legs and feet are orange yellow.

Young Zebra Finches are similar in plumage to the female, except that the clear black and white markings of the head are absent. The eyes are grey-brown and the bill is black.

The most common calls are a loud nasal "tiah", often given in flight, and a soft "tet tet" in close contact.

Distribution and Habitat Zebra Finches are the most common and widespread of Australia's grassfinches. They are most commonly found in the drier areas of Australia, living year round in social flocks of up to 100 or more birds. They can be found in a variety of habitats, mainly dry wooded grasslands, bordering watercourses. The introduction of artificial dams and watertanks has actually increased the species' natural range, as the birds need to drink on a regular basis.

The Zebra Finch is widespread across the Australian mainland, with the exception of Cape York Peninsula and some coastal areas. It is also found in Timor and the Lesser Sunda Islands.

The above obtained from http://www.amonline.net.au/factsheets/zebra_finch.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:29 p.m.
Date: 26th August 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Filter: Marumi 58mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
F-Stop: F/7.1
Focal Length: 300mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 800
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Super note as usual and the colours and detail are immaculate - what a delightful wee bird!

The depth of field is perfect with all the wee fella in focus. Great shot again!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-10 3:15]

Hi Pam,
What a wonderful little bird. It is the first time I see it. Excellent composition, sharpness, beautiful light. A pleasure to look at.
Best regards

Hello Pam,
I love this little Australian Finch. Excellent shot, great POV, framing and exposure. Very nice colours and a great composition. Have a great weekend my friend.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-10 3:34]

Hi pam,

A nice colorfull bird,one I have seen only in a birdcage,well captured with good POV,exposure and focussing are well handled,TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-10 3:40]

That is ONE pretty little bird, Pam.
I love his markings and colors.
Great profile, beautiful light, well-saturated colors, and sharp details.
That orange tuft under the eye is really striking.
TFS. : )

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-10 4:09]

bonjour Pam,
superbe image avec des couleurs particulièrement vives. Ce qui me frappe c'est avoir un 800 iso dans aucun bruit dans l'image (?!) comment faite vous ?
La composition est parfaite, l'oeil qui brille un plus.


Great light, colours and composition Pam.Excellent sharp result with great saturation.TFS

Hi Pam,

What beautiful markings this bird has. I love the colours which really make her stand out against that dark background. Great job with the light looks like the sun was in just the right place for you.


hi pam,
lovely shot, well composed, well saturated colour tones, nice sharpness with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-10 8:06]

Wow Pam, what a fabulous shot of the Zebra Finch. Beautiful colour and light and the feather detail is exquisite. Lovely POV and DOF. It is a beauty, I have never seen one of these before. Perfect composition. Great work.

Fantastic sharpness and colors! Wow..
This is great. DOP is so good.


Excellent Pam. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Well done. TFS. Stev

Hi Pam,
Nice little Finch.
I used to keep these when I lived in Auckland.
Now I don't need to keep cage birds.The native birds around here get closer than they ever did.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-10 10:13]

Hello Pam
What a beautiful finch! It has a beautiful plumage. I like very much the composition. Sharpness, colors, DOF and lighting are excellent.
My compliments and TFS.

Hi Pam,
A Zebra Finch; never saw this before.
Very colourful and depicted very well.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-10 11:18]

Glorious! the colours are amazing (especially to us in the winter-dulled Canadian north) and my compliments on the perfect dof and composition.
I must say that the lack of grain (considering the 800 ISO) is also remarkable

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-10 11:23]

Hi Pam,

Picture perfect. This finch is beautiful with wonderful colors, details and pose. The setting is magnificent.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-10 12:02]

Hi Pam.
My congratulation. Extraordinary picture of this amazing bird: lighting, colours, pictured scene, BG – all of these characters are outstanding at least. BRAVO.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-10 12:31]

Hola Pam.- Bellos los colores del plumaje de este pequeño. Me agrada mucho esta fina foto. Muy Nitida.

Hello Pam
Perfect sharpness and colors here,
Fantastic compo and lighting,
Excellent shot.

Good Luck

beautiful close up, great color saturation , excellent POV. TFS

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-03-10 15:04]

hello Pam,
wonderful little bird, very nice colours and good sharpness
Best regards

Hello Pam, what a lovely shot the quality is fine nice sharp detail great colours nice light. TFS rgds Necip.

Very beutiful colors and patterns in this wonderful capture Pam. This side profile shot of this particular species shows it off well. :)

Hi Pam,
a beautiful bird both in colours and pattern and you have captured it very well, The details and compostion are very fine. The DOF is good too, the entire bird is in focus and the BG niclely OOF.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Pam,
What a beauty! Amazing colors and tack sharp detail! Nice quality lighting and a spot on exposure. Cutness factor is very high! nice one.

What a colorful fellow Pam!
This is a great captured well composed and very sharp. I like this color's saturation and composition. Thanks!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-19 13:11]

Very beautiful bird. I love the color saturation, sharpness and details are great, and very nice Bokeh. I kinda wish the bird was looking a little more toward the camera but you Im sure they don't take to directions very well. :)

Hi Pam,
Beautiful picture of a beautiful bird, i like the colors here, the POV with directional space is superb, the details and the sharpness is good too.
Goutham R

Hi Pam, what a beauty this little fellow is. The light really lifts him from the BG enhancing his beautiful colours. Superb sharpness and clarity. Very nice work.

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