Thursday, May 6, 2010
A Spring American Goldfinch
After all of my recent bird closeups, you may be wondering why these pictures are not so close. Well, that's because this little bird was actually very far away. I'm still not sure how I saw it from where I was. At the beginning of the hiking trail are a lot of huge trees that conceal the inner forest from the parking lot. This bird was at the top of one of those that were not very close to the trail.
I think it was only the fact that this little bird just couldn't seem to keep still that I saw him at all. He kept hopping from branch to branch and kept turning his head. That black mask moving around helped a lot. I think I was mostly just lucky that he never flew very far away.
Look at he blurry group of leaves hanging down at the top right above. I pointed the camera at them more than once, thinking they were the goldfinch I was after. I'm glad the camera can zoom in and out pretty fast. It sometimes helps to pull back on the zoom a little bit, so you can see more of the area around the bird. These pictures were taken at the maximum zoom though.
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