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#1 Photgog

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 08:07 PM

Joe Pool Lake, South of Dallas, Nov 28, 09.

American Goldfinch is the field ID...

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#2 Kryptos18

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 08:11 PM

Looks good for American Goldfinch to me!


#3 Adore707

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 08:22 PM

Yeah, for sure. Been seeing these guys in huge quantities here in MI lately.


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Posted 15 January 2010 - 05:26 PM

 

I am used to the brown House Finch females at the feeder but when I took a closer look yesterday, this one looked like an American Goldfinch.

Can they be back already in Oregon?



#5 stewart1998

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 05:34 PM

Looks like a Pine siskin



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Posted 15 January 2010 - 05:39 PM

Scsh:

 

I am used to the brown House Finch females at the feeder but when I took a closer look yesterday, this one looked like an American Goldfinch.

Can they be back already in Oregon?

 It's a Pine Siskin..   I miss them - can't wait for them to show up again - I haven't seen any here for a couple of months



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Posted 15 January 2010 - 06:07 PM

Thanks, here is a 'pair' picture.

 



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Posted 15 January 2010 - 06:11 PM

Nice pic!

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 07:25 PM

Photgog:

Joe Pool Lake, South of Dallas, Nov 28, 09.

American Goldfinch is the field ID...

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Fraser

Yep - I had 22 at my feeders today. 



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Posted 15 January 2010 - 07:32 PM

Nice shots of both AGF and PS'.

I too miss the Siskins, not seen any this year yet.

My fingers are crossed.



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Posted 15 January 2010 - 09:08 PM

Scsh,

In both of your photos, it appears that you're using autofocus and shooting through a glass window.  You can eliminate the glare by using a circular polarizing filter.  You can get the birds in focus better by manually selecting an autofocus point in your camera setup. (In your first image, the front corner in of the bird feeder is in sharp focus, instead of the bird. In the 2nd image, the stick is in the sharpest focus.)



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Posted 16 January 2010 - 08:28 PM

dukw_butter:

Scsh,

In both of your photos, it appears that you're using autofocus and shooting through a glass window.  You can eliminate the glare by using a circular polarizing filter.  You can get the birds in focus better by manually selecting an autofocus point in your camera setup. (In your first image, the front corner in of the bird feeder is in sharp focus, instead of the bird. In the 2nd image, the stick is in the sharpest focus.)

I am a beginner at birding as well as photography. Yes it's through the windows, it's winter, cold and wet outside, the feeders right there in front of the windows. Storm

Thanks for the advice. I've posted a new photo in the House Finch vs Pine Siskin thread, hopefully I was more successful? 



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Posted 16 January 2010 - 08:51 PM

I'm not sure where the other thread is you mention.  But you can get a circular polarizing filter off of ebay for a few dollars...10-20 i would think, depending on your camera. Then, you turn the filter, and the glare disappears.  Read the camera manual...it should explain how to choose an autofocus point.  Then, you can put the autofocus point on the bird's eye.  Also, try to get the bird perpendicular to you.  That way, the entire bird will be in focus. :)


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Posted 22 April 2010 - 08:50 PM

I am also in Oregon, and have tens of Pine Siskins at my feeder.  But I haven't seen any gold finches yet.  It seems to me that they are usually around at this time of year. All the info I find of them say that they are around all year, but that definitely isn't the case here in the Mt. Hood foothills.  Does anyone know?




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