The Goldfiinch

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.

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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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