For the first few years of my wildlife photography i could not find a Goldfinch or even seen one close up. My first sighting was 8 years ago and i got some nice images at the time. As my equipment got better and my skills were fined tuned i manged many nice images of this a beautiful tittle bird looking someone had painted it, full of detail all balanced and perfect. Red head yellow and black in its wings, looking like it should belong in a tropical forest. When i built my wildlife hide it didn’t know it would give ma a great opportunity to film this bird close up adults and young all feeding close to me. Feeding on the thistle and Teasel.
The 5 years that followed i managed to get 2 images on Teasel an image i just love. I planted Teasel at the hide and last year when it grew tall ended up having my hip operation so i was unable to get the hide for the image i so much wanted.
This year when we left the site i had just started to feed the birds and the Goldfinch was here like a shot. We left and came back thinking they would have moved on but we were surprised to see at least 30 Goldfinch mostly juveniles flapping their wings in frustration at not being fed on my our new feeder.
The Goldfinch is on the increase which in this day and age is a fantastic bit of news instead of birds being in decline. here are some lovely images i have collected and just show how beautiful they are.