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Recent Goldfinches on Thistle ~ And One Downy WP (New Images)

Discussion in 'Birds' started by jfenton, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Unfortunately, it looks as though thunderstorms will put an end to these thistle seeds the next few days, but it sure has been fun while it lasted...especially as it's right near my house.

    There is one final downy woodpecker image as well.

    All were shot with a D300, 500 AFSVR, some with and without a TC14EII, and some with / without a better beamer on an SB-800. All utilized the NearUniWB preset.

    The downy woodpecker...


    These next two were shot in really flat light in between thunderstorms....

    Goldfinch on Common Mullen before landing on thistle. I opted to leave the OF thistle in this image as it shows where the bird was eventually headed:

    NIKON D300    ---    700mm    f/6.3    1/800s    ISO 400

    Stripping the seed pod....

    NIKON D300    ---    700mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    ISO 640

    A nice perch in late light...

    NIKON D300    ---    700mm    f/7.1    1/2500s    ISO 640

    In the seed cup...

    NIKON D300    ---    700mm    f/6.3    1/4000s    ISO 640

    This particular male worked this seed cup for quite some time and finally, he became one with the plant :) 

    NIKON D300    ---    500mm    f/11.0    1/800s    ISO 640

    NIKON D300    ---    500mm    f/11.0    1/800s    ISO 640

    NIKON D300    ---    500mm    f/11.0    1/1000s    ISO 640
  2. Stunning Images Jim!!!
  3. gillesk


    Dec 31, 2007
    Alberta -Canada
    Hello Jim
    Wonderful series.
    I particularly like the last 4 photos. Great captures.
    Best regards.
  4. jim.....
    there is no way to get better captures than these
    magazine-quality (A GOOD MAGAZINE)
    i'm thrilled that you shared them with us
  5. Incredible shots, excellent.
  6. Matthias


    Apr 13, 2007
    Central Texas

    wonderful stuff - thanks for sharing.
  7. amazing buddy, really well done.
  8. Gorgeous colors and tack sharp subjects. Very nicely done series. I love the last one, it has a slight dreamy quality to it.
  9. rcooper


    Jan 12, 2008
    Great captures,Jim.I wish I had thistle in my part of the country.
  10. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    Beautiful, Jim! If you look at them in reverse order, it's like the plant is giving birth to the bird!
  11. Tim O

    Tim O

    Jun 11, 2006
    Can only think of one word...OUTSTANDING! Great series Jim
  12. jachang


    Jan 1, 2007
    I think I'm going to go out and plant an acre of thistle! These are just gorgeous!
  13. What beautiful shots! They are all wonderful but I like #4 and #6 the best. Very good use of the thistles. I have them in my area. Maybe I should stop feeding the goldfinches which populate my feeders;) .

    Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.
  14. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Best Goldfinches that I've seen. Love the thistle.
  15. ibcj


    Dec 19, 2006
    New York
    Wow ! Some really great shots Jim. I'm going to have to show my 6 yo son. This morning he saw a goldfinch on our bird feeder. He grabbed the D40 and took a picture through our window and screen with the popup flash. You can just imagine how it came out. After zooming into the sea of gray, I could just make out the smallest yellow object to show him. He was so excited and asked me if we could print it. :smile:
  16. BirdLady


    Jan 8, 2006
    Excellent series, Jim! Number 4 should be hanging on your wall!
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