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Old May 14, 2007, 5:18 PM   #1
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Hi All,

While my old GF and my mom were digging around in my mom's garden yesterday, I spotted what looked like a bird with antennae, so I followed it around and managed a couple of shots with the K10 and Tam 80-200/2.8 + F1.7x AFA at 340mm.

After examining the pics, I came to two conclusions -- The Tamron SP80-200/2.8 LD is a seriously sharp lens, and the bird was what appears to be very young finch who had yet to shed its last baby feathers. If anyone has a better explanation or ID on the bird, please chime in. . .


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Old May 14, 2007, 5:28 PM   #2
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I don't know what it is but I do know those are might fine photos.

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Old May 14, 2007, 7:06 PM   #3
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No 3 is my favorite! Very sharp and excellent DoF make for a A-1 composition.

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Old May 14, 2007, 7:26 PM   #4
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Isn't that Grandpa from the Munsters?

Nice shots, I have no idea what type of bird it is though...
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Old May 14, 2007, 9:03 PM   #5
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I can't answer the question but I can compliment the pics, great job.

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Old May 14, 2007, 11:24 PM   #6
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If you can't figure out the bird, I sure can't! It does look quite odd, all of them are lovely - the blossoms in the first and second one make them nice spring pictures. It looks rather like a female house finch, but they are normally found further west (comment was made in my guide that they are moving east, though). There are several other female finches that look about the same in my book.
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Old May 15, 2007, 7:20 AM   #7
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I dont know the exact species of bird though from its beak it is definately a member of the finch or bunting family.

From my experience working in a zoo the bird looks like a youngster, and those fluffy feathers are just that, fluffy feathers that help keep it warm as a baby and before it gets its full adult plumage. Sorry i cant be more help than that.

If it was a UK bird I might have been more help




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Old May 15, 2007, 11:22 AM   #8
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Scott some great shots, nr3 being imho the best, great work Ronny
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Old May 15, 2007, 11:24 AM   #9
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I believe that mtngal is right about its being a female house finch. Some house finch (es ?) built a nest on the post of our patio cover support, and the attached is one of the offspring. Same fuzzy "antennae."



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Old May 15, 2007, 11:29 AM   #10
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Scott: Number 3 is a fine portrait of a fledgling House Finch as you suggest. The tufts are more than just left over natal down (bird "baby fuzz") -- they are also a visual signal that they are harmless juveniles still needing to be fed and no threat to the neighbors. I see them like this in my back yard every year.

N.B. The sexes look alike in juvenal plumage.
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