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The European Goldfinch

The European Goldfinch
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 500D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-06 10:34
Viewed: 5167
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The European Goldfinch or Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is a small passerine bird in the finch family.

The average Goldfinch is 12–13 cm long with a wingspan of 21–25 cm and a weight of 14 to 19 grams. The sexes are broadly similar, with a red face, black and white head, warm brown upperparts, white underparts with buff flanks and breast patches, and black and yellow wings. On closer inspection male Goldfinches can often be distinguished by a larger, darker red mask that extends just behind the eye. In females, the red face does not reach the eye. The ivory-coloured bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Goldfinches in breeding condition have a white bill, with a greyish or blackish mark at the tip for the rest of the year. Juveniles have a plain head and a greyer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe. Birds in central Asia (canicepsgroup) have a plain grey head behind the red face, lacking the black and white head pattern of European and western Asian birds. See Wikipédia
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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2012-02-06 11:35]

lucky you were ;) :)) .. superb moment capture ..



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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-06 20:12]

Hi Didier,
Perfect capture of flying bird. Nice colours and details.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Didier,
Wonderful image. excellent timing and good composition.

Excelente momento e uma bela composição!!!Belíssima fotografia com uma boa defenição e cor.
Cumprimentos, joaoedgar.

Ciao Didier, great capture of lovely bird in fantastic flyng action, perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Excellent composition, superb detail and perfect timing. Very good light management.
A very artistic photograph.
regards yiannis

Herllo Didier
Great action here. Beautiful in flight capture. Great sharpness on focus, wonderful colors and contrast. Great moment and presentation.
Thank You.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-07 4:20]

Bonjour Didier,
Fantastique image d'un chardonneret saisi en plein vol dans un environnement hivernal qui par sa blancheur fait bien ressortir les couleurs du plumage de l'oiseau. On dirait presqu'un tableau!
Chanceux, vraiment!

Impressive photo Didier! Excellent composition, wonderful lighting and good sharpness.

Salut Didier

Une superbe photo décollage/envol de ce chardonneret,
excellent POV, superbe focus netteté et détails,
le floue du background aide à mettre l'oiseau en vol
encore plus en valeur, excellent contraste, TFS


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-07 14:22]

Fantastic image, Didier!
Great timing, good sharpness, splendid colours and excellent composition; nice contrast with a blurred background. Very well done!

Hi Didier

Superb dynamic capture Didier..This one has an almost surreal, hypnotic feel about it.Amazing work with 100mm FL


Hello Didier,
A Perfect in-flight capture of this finch. Good sharpness, detail and colours with a perfect POV, DOF and frame. Just beautiful my friend.
Best regards,

Hallo Didier
This is a wonderful image in many ways, not only for the moment you captured this European Goldfinch with its wings in flying motion, but also the colours in the image as well as the artistic value the image has. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-16 11:22]

Hello Didier.
Great shot of this goldfinch.Beautiful composition, excellent sharpness and great detail.
Very good light and POV.Regards Siggi

Bonjour Didier,
Wonderful in-flight capture, great sharpness and timing. I might crop a bit more from left and from the bottom to position the bird and the branch as left and right subject, without so much empty space - but it's just a personal opinion, obviously, a different idea. Overall a pleasant photo to look at. Congrats and tfs.
Have a prosperous new year, best regards, László

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-04 6:45]

Bonjour Didier,
A fine action shot of a Goldfinch flying from its natural perch. The wing position is great and the spread out feathers of the wings and the tail are well shown with good clarity and natural colours.
Merci pour le partage,

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