With over 1.2 million Goldfinch breeding in the UK, the small bird is doing really well.

Most stay in the UK all year round, with some migrating to Spain.

Golfinch on a Pink Lily

The Goldfinch was captured and used as a caged bird with it’s beautiful call, just like the Canary.

They feed on Sunflower, Thistle, and Teasel, and you cannot tell the difference between the male and female.

The image I always wanted was one on Teasel, and back in 2010 I managed to capture one as I was walking around with my camera, then again at my hide when a juvenile landed.

Goldfinch on Thistle

The plumage is like something from a tropical island with the bright yellow feathers and bright red crest – it is an amazing bird to capture in flight.

Young Goldfinch in flight

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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