Saturday, 4 January 2014

Goldfinch


We are fortunate to have some colourful resident species of the 'Finch' family. 

The Goldfinch in particular is very colourful and makes a good subject for photographs.
I was watching a small flock feeding and flying to and from trees. 
What really shows up when they fly are the flash of yellow on their wings.

Seeds form a major part of their diet and they are expert at finding them in a variety of flora.








32 comments:

  1. oooh you picked up some beautiful photographs of this one Roy; what a thrill for the photographer when checking them out on the computer too.

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  2. HI Roy. Yes a lovely finch and great to watch it feeding. The light in these great shots is stunning.

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  3. I love goldfinches, they are in my garden every day feeding on the niger seed that I put out. They are a lovely splash of colour on a dark winter's day.

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    1. We are fortunate D to have this colourful bird in this country.

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  4. Very nice post! Merveilleuses photos! Great shots!
    Happy New Year too!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Cath.

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    1. Thanks Cath, Happy New Year to you.

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  5. wat zijn ze mooi Roy en tussen de distels steken ze juist zo mooi af.

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    1. Een van onze kleurrijke vogels Nic. Bedankt.

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  6. I've had some Goldfinch feeding in the garden this last week, there are allot at the park. When I first moved here I do not remember seeing any but there are good numbers now all year round. They can look like they are wearing dark sunglasses ....

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    1. They flock together now at this time Amanda and I remember seeing a flock of approx 100 once at this time of year. Amazing sight to see with the yellow flash on the wings. Yes I like the description.{:))

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  7. Lovely photos of the Goldfinches - such a beautiful little bird. Seeing them on the teasels does show that we shouldn't be tidying up last year's 'dead' flowers just yet.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. Its one place you will be sure to find them at this time year.

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  8. I'm always startled at the colors in this bird.....a little bit of this and that :-) Great photos of it!

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  9. What a strikingly beautiful finch! Great series of photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  10. Hey Roy.... They are such colorful birds, wonderful for photographing !!
    Love the look in the second !!

    Grace

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  11. Lovely photos - we get a few of these at home. They are beautiful birds.

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  12. Lovely shots of these beautiful birds. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  13. Great sighting and pictures of my favorite passerine bird... for having hand-raised quite a few when I was young!
    They are absolutely gorgeous, have much character and sing more beautifully when hand-raised than in the wild!
    Great post, I love it!

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    1. Thanks Noushka, yes they do have beautiful song.

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  14. This bird is one of my wishes to also look to get this. New year for the lens Beautiful bird is. Very nice series Roy!

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    1. Thanks Helma, hope you get some shots of it.

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  15. ...these are all gorgeous shots. He really is a bird that blends well with autumn leaves...loved the shots with the burnt orange leaves in the background.

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    1. Thanks Kelly, they make great subjects.{:))

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  16. Hi Roy

    That is one beautiful bird thanks for the great photos.

    Guy

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