Saturday, February 7, 2009

Camera Critters #44


The other day, I noticed a number of American Goldfinches fighting over the Niger Seed in one of the feeders in the Apple Tree out back.  So I decided I would try to get a few photos before they turned completely yellow.

Well, the Amercian Goldfinches were a bit on the shy side and for the most part, stayed in a nearby Ponderosa Pine.  I guess they didn't like me sitting on the bench next to my door, pointing a big black, Canon at them.  But a nearby House Finch decided he would test the waters and landed in the tree.

After I snapped the photo below, the finch turned around and looked straight at me with one of those "What the..." looks.  As I attempted to calm down from the laughter I was trying suppress, the bird took a couple of steps to his left and just as I was pressing the shutter for another of his portraits... 

He took off...

Last time I saw him, he was high-tailing it to a nearby Ponderosa Pine, joining the rest of the cowardly birds there.  

I bet he told them all about me and my Canon.

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16 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Ha! Goldfinches are shy all right. But if you stay still near their feeder for long enough, they eventually return to it. ;-)

Toni said...

What a pretty bird.

Jedediah said...

He's pretty, I like the markings.

Carolina said...

Most creatures do not like it if you point a canon at them and try to shoot them ;-)
Nice action shot.

ratmammy said...

I think he did not appreciate the paparazzi!

Grammy said...

I love to see the the finch too. Great story.And photos.

Nikki-ann said...

The birds always vacate our garden if we go outside, so this week I was relegated to taking photos through the window... though they didn't come out bad.

Great photos :)

i beati said...

i yearn to see them they're not here..sandy

Misty Dawn said...

We both have birds in our CC posts this week... go figure :-P

That second shot cracks me up every time I look at it - it's like the Headless Blur-Bird :-)

Teena in Toronto said...

Nice action shot!

I played too :)

Snap said...

I love the house finch. I've only seen one around our house and it was after Hurricane Ike. I think the finch dropped in to rest awhile. Used to see them all the time in New Mexico.

Tammy said...

I'm jealous! I haven't seen any birds around here in a long time. It's way too cold out...I should have moved South with them! ;o)

Dianne said...

I like the blur of motion in the 2nd shot

Babooshka said...

New one for me and such a beauty.

Denise said...

You have given your goldfinch a personality. Great shots!

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

so little and sweet.