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American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-14
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-16 6:57
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
An American Golfinch male (Carduelis tristis, 13cm) that I shot this week in the garden.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

A familiar and abundant small colorful bird, the American Goldfinch is frequently found in weedy fields and visiting feeders. It shows a particular fondness for thistles, eating the seeds and using the down to line its nest.
Small bird.
Bill small, pointed, conical, and pink.
Body bright yellow to dull brown.
Wings dark with large white wingbars.
Tail short and notched.
Breeding male bright yellow with black cap and wings.
Size: 11-13 cm (4-5 in)
Wingspan: 19-22 cm (7-9 in)
Weight: 11-20 g (0.39-0.71 ounces)
Sex Differences
Summer male is bright yellow with a black cap whereas female is drab olive. Sexes similar and drab in winter.
Song a long series of twittering and warbling notes. Common contact call a "tsee-tsi-tsi-tsit," often given in flight. May be described as "per-chic-o-ree" or "po-ta-to-chip."
Conservation Status
Abundant and widespread. Populations appear stable.
Other Names
Chardonneret jaune (French)
Dominiquito viajero, Dominiquito triste (Spanish)
Cool Facts
The American Goldfinch changes from winter plumage to breeding plumage by a complete molt of its body feathers. It is the only member of its family to have this second molt in the spring; all the other species have just one molt each year in the fall.
The American Goldfinch is one of the latest nesting birds. It usually does not start until late June or early July, when most other songbirds are finishing with breeding. The late timing may be related to the availability of suitable nesting materials and seeds for feeding young.
The American Goldfinch is gregarious throughout the year. In winter it is found almost exclusively in flocks. In the breeding season it feeds in small groups. Whether it maintains breeding territories is debatable.
The American Goldfinch is mostly monogamous, but a number of females switch mates after producing a first brood. The first male takes care of the fledglings while the female goes off to start another brood with a different male.

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ohhhh, Mario,

you did it again but this time with much more lovelier colour of the subject and the BG - a very perfect & harmonious match indeed!

never enough to mention about the clarity & sharpness that have become your signature!


Superb shot Mario...


Oh Mario....
You run out one stunning image after another.
The detail on this Goldfinch and then the yellow colour againat that saturated purple is just divine!
I am wondering if you layered in the dark BG?
Take care, Joni

Hello Mario!
Very very sweet little yellow bird!
Fantastic colours and detail!
Great perspective!
Best regards!

Félicitation Mario,

Belle composition toute imple de ce charmant chardonneret aux aguets. L'arrière-plan sombre ajoute un très beau contraste au plumage de l'oiseau.

Bonne journée, Michel

Very sharp, lovely depth of field and altogether a professional looking image. Wonderful details in the plummage and the colours are a joy.

Hello Mario

An absolutely outstanding shot here, razor sharp with excellent placement in the frame and the contrast with the dark blue background is just perfect for this coloured bird. Very interesting notes too.

TFS regards Helen

Hi Mario,
Back to the birds? :-) Wonderful picture of this Goldfinch, perfect contrast, the black "hat" doesn't disappear against the dark background; not easy anyway. Like the composition on the stick and the empty background. Well done mon ami :-)

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-07-16 9:16]

Bonjour Mario,
Que c'est joli!
Quelle présence pour un si petit oiseau!
L'arrière-plan bleu profond est tout indiqué pour mettre ce chardonneret en valeur. Bravo! Annie

oh lovely, Mario.. i was very sleepy when i found a bird posting from you.. yes i been waiting for this.. suddenly im awake.. LOL.. cute bird on dark blue bg.. absolutely fantastic to look at.. love it.. beautiful composition very sharp and clear..

regards, terry

great sharp detail - beautiful set against this dark blue backdrop

Hi Mario,
Great shot with a good composition, good sharp details and colour as always and a good informative note.
Well done my friend
Regards Andy

Hi Mario
Amazing capture.Lovely colours and outstanding details.
Friendly greetings

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  • S-moon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 382 W: 97 N: 457] (2844)
  • [2008-07-16 10:50]

WOW beautiful shot!!

TFS Greetings Simone

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-07-16 11:39]

ciao mario..bellissimo lavoro...complimenti..ottimo lavoro...bellissima descrizione..complimenti per la particolarita del soggetto..


a very attractive composition. your DOF is excellent.
clarity is amazing. well done.


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-07-16 23:19]

Superb, Mario, really superb !!!


Dear Mario,
Very very beautiful picture, great colours, lovely effect, contrast is excellent.
Perfect light!
Colors are your magical touch
Take care

Hi Mario,
She really is a 'glowing' prominent with her dark surroundings. Love the detailed plumage and the eye contact you have here. Great shot indeed.

:) :)

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-07-17 8:58]


il est amgnifique cet oiseau jaune, avec ce fond sombre, il ressort à merveille, et quelle netteté, sur les pattes, la branche et l'oisue de toute beauté.

Bravo et amitié


hi Mario, Stunning shot!, so crisp and sharp, excellent composition and how the bird is isolated from the background by the dof and the dark color


What a super sharp shot with lovely clarity and colours. The dark background is great in this image. I love it. You have great patience and timing.
Cheers Joan

Hi Mario..great shot..perfect composition...great colors and details.


Superb shot!
Great colours, and nice clean background.


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-07-19 7:51]

Bonjour Mario
Quelle belle capture, il est magnifique, surtout avec ce fond si fonce, les couleurs ressortent comme une lumiere.

Foto impecable de una clarida y colorido excelentes

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-07-19 17:19]

The suspicious eye contact is great. He sure is brightly coloured -- it must be the male.
Nice lonely branch you put him on. TFS. K2

Beautiful bird, Excellent photography.

  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-07-20 11:35]

Hi Mario,
perfct shot of lovely little bird.Nice framing.TFS.Necla.:)later.

Très belle image, le sujet est parfaitement mit en évidence avec cet arrière-plan sombre. je suis émerveillé par la finesse des détails de l'oiseau et de la branche. Enfin, l'éclairage est superbe et traduit bien les volumes et les relief de l'image.

une très belle image,

  • mortcdz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 1265 W: 197 N: 17] (53)
  • [2008-07-20 14:51]

Beautiful capture - the bird really stands out against the bg. Details are sharp and colours vibrant. Outstanding picture.
Thanks for sharing

(back with :) later)

Hi Mario

Its been a while I didnt see the bird coz I'm too busy to see it before this, bnow I'm vback to enjoy every moment of your shoot.... TFS

Amri HMS

Bonsoir Mario,
Belle prise de vue de ce charonneret jaune, superbe contraste et couleurs, une netteté extras, et composition excellente,

Outstanding! Radiant yellow bird. I love, also, the background you got here. TFS

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