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Canario de Tejado (148)
JoseMiguel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Canario de Tejado or Saffron Finch
Sicalis flaveola

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago, in a beautiful and sunny early morning at Parque del Este, Caracas.

These are very small (about 14cm) and quick birds, often saw them in couples, but when trying to approach they fly away immediately. So with enough patience and no specific day expectations I manage to get this one.

Iím enjoying a lot the guide about birds of Caracas, so will be trying to photograph and identify the most birds as possible as Iíll can.

Handheld (IS), crop, exposure adjustments, noise reduction, image size for TN and sharpening.

ISO: 800
Exposure Compensation: 0
Colour space: AdobeRGB
Focal length: 300 mm
AF mode: One shot AF
Flash: Off
Time: 8:54 am
Evaluative metering

This finch is a tanager from South America and is common in both open and semi-open areas in lowlands outside the Amazon Basin. They have a wide distribution in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Argentina. Formerly, it was placed in the Emberizidae but it is close to the seedeaters.

The Saffron Finch can be recognized by its bright yellow tones and the orange patch of his head. It is common the semi-open scrubbed areas or scrubland, in dry or semi-humid environments, in agricultural lands and urban areas. Of a sociable nature, it is usually seen in flocks, all year round.

It spends much of its time on the ground, hopping around looking for grass seeds, but at the slightest sign of alarm will fly off to hide in the scrub. Itís very often seen perched in groups, on fences or cables.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Sicalis
Species: S. flaveola

Source:
Birds of Caracas / Birds of Caracas
A Photographic Guide.

Altered Image #1

JoseMiguel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
selective resharpening & softening
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Photoshop Elements
- selective resharpenig of bird
- selective softening of some areas of the twig
Hope you enjoy.