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Old Aug 19, 2008, 6:47 AM   #1
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A pair of goldfinches showed up in my back yard yesterday. The female stuck around long enough for me to grab my camera. Heck, she even posed for me!

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Old Aug 19, 2008, 4:33 PM   #2
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Beautiful...the back ground coloring compliments the finch very nicely. well done.
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Old Aug 19, 2008, 7:17 PM   #3
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Outstanding shot. What's that she's sitting on, a wilted flower?

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Old Aug 20, 2008, 6:43 AM   #4
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Very nice. I like the colors in the background and the pose of the bird.
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Outstanding shot. What's that she's sitting on, a wilted flower?

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The flower wasn't that wilted the other day. The goldfinches were tearing them apart! I don't know if they were eating the flowerrs or bugs. While I was shooting the female my wife came out and said "No wonder I don't have any flowers."

The background is actually a chain link fence that has green slats in it. Some of the slats are missing which explains the diagonal lines of light and dark back there.

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Nice shot!

"The flower wasn't that wilted the other day. The goldfinches were tearing them apart! I don't know if they were eating the flowers or bugs."

I make a special effort to attract goldfinches to my yard. They love flower seeds, particularly zinnias and black oil sunflower. They will take seeds from a feeder but vastly prefer live flowers and will pass up the feeder if flowers are present. They do tear the flowers apart of course but that's the price you pay.
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