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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 18th July, 2019)


First time I have seen a Goldfinch in my garden.

Photo: Harry Cunliffe  (Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38)
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Comment by: Veronica on 18th July 2019 at 00:04

What gorgeous colouring - he/she certainly stands out...

Comment by: Roy on 18th July 2019 at 00:13

A cracking photo is that Harry.

Comment by: irene roberts on 18th July 2019 at 08:18


Comment by: Fred Mason on 18th July 2019 at 08:24

Pin sharp photo, Harry.

Well done, sir.!!

Comment by: Gary on 18th July 2019 at 08:37

We've had four of these, this year, in our garden in the North East. They chewed off all the blooms on my cornflower - easily forgiven, they'll bloom again.

Comment by: Mick on 18th July 2019 at 08:49

Up here in Shevy we get plenty of Goldfinches, you can put out Niger seeds, they like them,

Comment by: Poet on 18th July 2019 at 08:52

An excellent study of a finch Harry showing the passerine feet and the perfectly evolved beak which got Darwin thinking.
Once in danger due to the Victorian cage bird trade , it's now common to see flocks of these delightful birds which are rightly called ' charms'.

Comment by: Philip G. on 18th July 2019 at 08:53

Harry's goldfinch is a male, Veronica;
The red completely surrounding the eye, whereas on a female only a half of the eye is covered.

Comment by: David Barker on 18th July 2019 at 09:41

Well done Harry ,hes a beauty, looks like hes well fed too.
Great photo.

Comment by: Maureen on 18th July 2019 at 10:40

Harry,that's a lovely shot of a beautiful little bird.

Comment by: Pauline on 18th July 2019 at 11:43

Nicely turned out too.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th July 2019 at 13:28

Ah! I should have looked in my little book of Observer's Birds by Rob Hume Philip....bought specially to draw and paint them!

Comment by: Alan banks on 18th July 2019 at 18:13

Lovely bird a goldie ,well done Harry ,

Comment by: Philip G. on 18th July 2019 at 18:19

I hadn't known that you can paint birds, as well, Veronica, . . . crikey!, . . . no easy subject matter.
The closest I came to painting a bird successfully had been a laboured yet completed effort on one of those pre-printed watercolour boards that came in a variety of subjects during the 1980s; I'd bought that which showed a robin on a branch - and another which showed a fishing-harbour scene . . . boats and quayside clutter etc. I still find it surprising that birds eggs haven't become a popular subject for leisure artists, as they're truly jewel-like in their appearance, and wouldn't need any shadows; just a grasp of creating form on a flat surface (which you can handle quite readily).
Just think, a nice-size framed set of 'eggs belonging to the Owl family of birds', on your living room wall.
Your No. 3 sable is over there.

Comment by: Pw on 18th July 2019 at 18:24

Still have my Observers Book of Birds from 1959.A Sunday school prize for attendance

Comment by: Rev David Long on 18th July 2019 at 21:04

A cracking shot. We had had occasional visits by goldfinches before - but this year they've really homed in on the sunflower hearts and nyjer (Home Bargains' new spelling) seed, and we've had a couple of pairs and their young visiting.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th July 2019 at 22:21

Only 'loose' robins for Christmas cards Philip Oh and a pastel Kingfisher and an Owl. But pencil ones are easier! I would have thought you would find them easy!!!!
Pw my book came from a charity shop. It is a revised edition from 1996. Lovely illustrations inside of the birds.

Comment by: Mick on 19th July 2019 at 08:49

Rev we can still say NIGER Delta and NIGER ia, and I dont think the Goldfinches will mind about there seeds having a name change

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