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I was so busy looking up for birds in trees, I almost missed Mr and Mrs Chaffinch sitting on the ground. Cute couple, eh!


Update: For those of you who want to see what good bird photography looks like, I highly recommend visits to fellow bloggers Pierre Cenerelli,

Mike Powell, Lyle Krahn, Alison Hardenburg and Sally Wood.

29 responses

  1. Very cute! The first one has some very nice colors.

    March 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

  2. They are beautiful…glad their camouflage didn’t work on you, and you got these shots.

    March 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    • Thanks Janet! I was debating wheather I should post them or not, the quality is very bad, but in the end I decided to post them because it might be a while before I get another chance.

      March 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

  3. That’s the way it is – catching yourself looking in the wrong places.

    March 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    • You never do that, do you? Your shots are so incredibly awesome!! After i saw your chickadees today I was really embarrassed of the low quality in my post today. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      March 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      • You would just laugh if you followed me around and saw all the mistakes I make! There are hours of futility and memory cards full of photos that get deleted. Occasionally it all comes together at least for me. I look at other sites and always find better ones.
        I imagine there is nothing I could say to change your mind on your last comment. But you should post what you like for the reasons you like it. By the comments you are not alone.
        Each of us are on a different journey. I have been fixated on sharpness for decades and sometimes miss the art because of it. The fun part is that the journey is unpredictable.

        March 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        • Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words!!! I appreciate it a lot! I need to get a big dose of patience and experience, eventually I WILL get a clear bird shot… ๐Ÿ™‚ One day!

          March 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

  4. I like Mr. Chaffinch’s feathers! I love to take pics of birds too but it’s really hard! They’re just so…flighty ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like how the male birds are always the ones with the colourful plumage…that they’re the ones who have to put on a show for the females!! Seems only fair ๐Ÿ˜‰

    March 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    • Thanks Harsha! It’s really hard, you can see the poor quality in these pictures.. They just won’t sit still long enough for me to make the right settings and focus! I like your idea on why the males are more colourful!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      March 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

  5. I’m sure glad you posted these pictures. I would’ve never seen this species otherwise.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    • Thanks for the encouragement! ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t it fantastic that we share things from our gardens!! I can’t imagine having an albino otter walking around here ๐Ÿ˜€

      March 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      • It was a first for me … and got close enough to make me nervous. I apparently scared it more than it did me.

        March 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM

  6. What cute little birds these are!

    March 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    • I agree! They’re very common where I grew up, but here I haven’t seen many. I had to post the pictures despite the low quality, just to show what I have in my backyard ๐Ÿ™‚

      March 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

  7. I love the photos (and thanks for the mention). I am definitely in the same camp as Lyle–post the photos that you like and there will be others that almost certainly will like them too. If I only posted technically perfect photos, I know that my blog would be mighty empty. There is a huge element of luck involved and a lesser amount of skill. I’ve never seen that kind of bird before–that alone is a good reason to post the images…and I think they definitely make a cute couple.

    March 4, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    • Thanks so much, Mike! You always say the kindest things! ๐Ÿ™‚ This bird is quite common where I grew up, but I haven’t seen many here in Amsterdam. I was embarrassed to post such low quality photos, but at the same time I wanted to show what a variety of birds I have in my backyard. Obviously I’m not a bird whisperer ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I’ll keep practising and hope I’ll eventually get some decent bird shots!

      March 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

  8. Now that is a very cute bird that I’ve never heard of or seen before. Great captures Calee, and thanks for sharing.

    March 5, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    • Thanks so much, Emily! The Chaffinches only live in Europe and New Zealand, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to share the pictures despite the horrid quality!

      March 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

  9. Calee, I agree that they are a ‘cute couple’! We’re getting lots of birds around since it’s been a bit warmer.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    March 5, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    • Hi sweet Wendy! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s finally getting a bit warmer over here as well, I haven’t seen any new birds but spring flowers are starting to pop up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs

      March 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

  10. Love these little guys, good eye to have caught these two. Their pretty tiny and seem to blend right into the surrounding colors – male is gorgeous!

    March 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    • Yes, they’re small, around 15 cm (roughly 6 inches) from beak to tail, and they don’t want to sit still! I think I need to practise motion photography to get a decent shot of them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      March 5, 2013 at 5:18 PM

  11. very nice!

    March 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM

  12. Calee, Thank you so much for your kind words about my bird photography… as usual, your blog’s photos (including the two of Mr. and Mrs. Chaffinch) look terrific! Glad to see that spring has also sprung where you live…

    March 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    • You’re welcome! I’m a big fan of your photography! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, finally it seems spring is here..

      March 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

  13. I’m glad you looked down! ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM

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