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A juvenile European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), seen in Diemerpark in Amsterdam. Juveniles are duller than adults and lacks face pattern. Soon though (~October), it will be one of the most colorful birds around. I will try to get a new picture then, to show what a big difference a couple of months make!

In the past, European Goldfinchโ€™s populations declined due to illegal trapping for cage-birds trade and also by poisoning due to the pesticides. But now it’s a protected species and the populations are stabilized. I was happy to see a flock of ~20 birds the other day!



18 responses

  1. Sweet as a Picture

    I love your nature photography. Love all the bird images that you’re able to capture with your camera. Keep up the excellent work! ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 19, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    • Thanks so much, Dolce! Much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

  2. That’s a lovely shot Camilla……one of your best I think. It works so well because the background offers so much interest, but at the same time doesn’t detract from the main subject, especially as you’ve managed to frame the goldfinch with the reeds/grasses. The light is also lovely.

    September 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    • Thanks a million, Mark! I was thrilled both the young bird and the weather cooperated so I could get a shot. ๐Ÿ˜€

      September 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

  3. Beautiful image, Calee, and what a sweet little one!

    September 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    • Thanks so much, Lisa! They’re small, cute, but very tough!

      September 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

  4. Nice image, Calee. And a great pose from the bird! ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    • Thanks so much, John! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a nice weekend.

      September 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

  5. Such a shy little bird beautifully captured Camilla. I have a pair that live very close and they call in on occasion but they are so shy and flighty it’s been imposible for me to capture them.

    September 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    • Thanks a lot, Adrian! They’re very skittish, I walked in a wide circle (shot was taken from ~25 meters away from the bird) so not to spook or disturb him.

      September 19, 2014 at 9:29 PM

  6. Love your capture of the goldfinch – excellent photo. We have an American version of the little beauties. Spring brings out the gorgeous colors in birds here when breeding season is approaching. I only get to see them in the winter when they migrate south. They love niger seeds which are the tiny thistle seeds that are put in a special feeder to contain the tiny morsels.

    September 20, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    • Thanks Yvonne! Ours love the seeds from thistle and teasels, so I always keep an eye out for the birds when I see those plants. Or, I should say I keep my ears out, because you often hear them before you see them. ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 20, 2014 at 6:42 AM

      • Very true about hearing before seeing. The winter migrants move around generally in flocks and hardly pay attention to bird feeders unless a thistle feeder is hanging in a place that they like. Picky little fellas for sure.

        September 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

  7. What a gorgeous photo…I love the bold autumn color and the great detail.

    September 20, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    • Thanks a lot, Charlie! Although I refuse to think it’s autumn already.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      September 20, 2014 at 6:43 AM

  8. Very beautiful picture, nice colour pattern!

    September 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    • Thanks Edwin! Yes, a bit lucky he decided to eat at such a beautiful spot. ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 22, 2014 at 6:37 PM

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