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Old Apr 19, 2009, 9:42 PM   #1
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For those of you in cooler climates, these photos may not be very interesting, but it was a treat for me today to be able to photograph a couple of American Goldfinches with their summer feathers. Usually, I see the brown winter plumage, so it's nice to see just how bright these guys can be.




When these guys sit down to a meal, they are not easy to disturb. Even a Cardinal's arrival wasn't chasing them away from the black oil sunflower seeds



I saw my first indigo buntings of the season today, but this one is not yet fully dressed for summer.



The variety of birds I shot today almost made up for the fact I was limited to my lawn chair. I blame these things, but the doc claims it's an infection inside my knee.



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Old Apr 19, 2009, 10:12 PM   #2
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Sorry you're incapacitated, Paul. I hope your knee will recover soon. These are very nice pics. we see goldfinches in their summer plumage up here in Vermont every once in a while -- perhaps once every three or four years. But when they do come, they are usually in quite a large flock.
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Old Apr 19, 2009, 11:52 PM   #3
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Hi Paul,

The Goldfinches are still gray/brown up here so far, and there don't seem to be a lot of them yet. I've only seen a couple . . . and from a distance.

The Indigo Bunting looks like it was mud wrestling :-).

My favorite is the one with the two GFs and the Cardinal. The colors are so vibrant -- almost a shock to the eyes.

I've also been experiencing mobility problems -- for me, knees and lower back -- this getting old stuff is . . . well -- getting old. . .:?:-)

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snostorm wrote:
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I've also been experiencing mobility problems -- for me, knees and lower back -- this getting old stuff is . . . well -- getting old. . .:?:-)

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Yeah, getting old is for the birds!:G
GW:bye:

Loved your photos Paul, hope you're up and at em soon.
#3 is my favorite too.
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Old Apr 20, 2009, 6:47 AM   #5
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the colours are great, really bright, im sorry to hear about the kneebut your lucky you dont have to move far to get great pictures like that
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I love the shot of the cardinal and finches. They aren't fazed by anything. I don't know that we have buntings up here. I'll have to start paying attention.

Sorry to hear of the knee problems. Hope it heals quickly. Yep, this getting old stuff is getting old. Knee and back problems here, too.

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Those shots of the bunting and the finches with the cardinal are great! Beautiful color, focus and exposure. Sorry about the crutches. Are you able to stay on the sidelines with those? Blessings on you and I hope for a quick recovery.

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Hello Paul,

I'm sorry to hear about your knee!

Love you picts.

Especially love the 3rd image with the three birds.

Great composition!

How do you get the birds to pose for you? <grin>

Take care,
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this getting old stuff is . . . well -- getting old. . .
Never better said - I'll have to remember that (if I can . . . . )

The pics are great.
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Great shot of the Cardinal and flanking Goldfinches.Nice colour and size contrast. Thanks for posting.

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