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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Seeing Stars


When I looked out back early yesterday morning this little American Goldfinch was sitting on the deck. I knew he must have crashed into the glass doors and was just waiting to regain his senses. I got my camera, took the shot below, then set the camera on the deck for the above shot. Right afterward he flew off, healthy and hopefully a bit wiser.

Now if only I could get pictures like this of birds that are thinking clearly.


These shots are straight out of the camera using my 105 VR macro lens.
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This is also linked up to Springman's World-Bird-Wednesday


28 comments:

  1. Wonderful images great lighting and colour, Have a great Xmas and all the best for 2012 just incase I do not get a chance to blog before the holidays. Best Wishes Kev

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  2. Great lighting on the goldfinch! At least yours was still alive. My best pictures of songbirds are often after they've died :(

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  3. LOL! so true! something we all aspire to!

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  4. Poor little one, but I'm glad to know he was ok.
    Have a good weekend John! ;-)

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  5. Poor little dude! I hate hearing them slam into windows. But a nice opportunity for you and your camera.

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  6. Beautful shot! Glad the poor little thing recovered and was able to fly away.

    Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year
    Betty and Joe Graffis
    joeandbetty.blogspot.com

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  7. Hi John.. "poor thing" knocked themself silly!! : }
    Great opportunity fell almost in your lap..and you took advantage of it ; ] Real nice ones!!
    If only birds would pose for there pictures lol!!
    Grace

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  8. Your lovely little Goldfinch is so different to ours... but it's a beautiful little bird to see.

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  9. Like in the cartoons he's seeing stars and hearing birds tweeting? I bet that's totally confusing to the little guy. Even dazed, he's cute as can be.

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  10. Having lots of birds around I have the same problem as they crash on my window and sometimes they are not as lucky as this one. He really posed nicely for you, lucky to have a camera close by at the time

    Christina, Sweden

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  11. I prefer stories with happy endings, and I'm happy this little guy didn't break his neck. I like the shadows in the second shot, where he's sitting there dazed and confused.

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  12. Beautiful, John. I'm waiting for them to arrive here ... I'm on pins and needles. Glad he regained himself and was able to move on. I'm afraid Sinbad would have enjoyed him much too much.

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  13. These are wonderful shots...at least he lived.

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  14. I wish there were a way to keep them from doing that. At least he posed nicely for you and you could feel good that he wasn't seriously injured.

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  15. Beautiful close-up's! Very detailed.

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  16. Wonderful, detailed images!! I would love to get that close to a cute little bird like that!

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  17. Wow! Is that a dent in his feathery little head? Nice John, you can see every detail. By the way, I answered your interesting question over on my comment board. I wonder, what is Nikon's equivelent to the Canon 400mm L lens? I'd sure like to get a macro lens like your using. Are you listening out there Santa?
    Cheers to you Sir!

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  18. Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  19. Great close-up photos of the little bird. I'm glad it was OK to fly off after a while.

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  20. Beautiful image! I am glad he survived the impact, and yet from what I read a bird's life span after a collision is shortened. It's difficult to prevent. I have started using a soap bar to make patterns on the outside of a picture window. It doesn't look pretty but it has cut collisions down to almost zero.

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  21. Beautiful images of the Goldfinches. The are pretty birds.

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  22. Wonderful shots! I'm glad he recovered.

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  23. beautiful markings/colours; a sweet little bird, shame it made a wrong move and careered into the glass. Glad all was well in the end. They remind me much of a canary.

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  24. Cute little fellow!
    Have a lovely and peaceful Christmas:)

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  25. If you have a window strike that isn't such a quick recovery I have rescue instructions on my blog at the top under Learn about Birds...sometimes a quiet place and little warmth is all they need. I have put up mylar windsocks in my windows and have had no fatal window strikes since then...Michelle

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  26. It's nice when the birds hold still for us isn't it? Window strikes are serious though and hopefully the bird survives it. Sometimes, like in humans, the consequences of a blow to the head show up later.

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