Goldfinch looking for food

So, working hard, but keeping an eye on the birdlife outside my office window.

Bingo, a lovely Goldfinch!! Definitely better viewed large!

2 great shots of birds in my other albums too today.

http://365project.org/seanoneill/the-difficult-2

http://365project.org/seanoneill/random-pictures

PP 22nd January 2013

18th in T20 week 137.
Fabulous! Love it!
posted January 21st, 2013  
Oh yes!!!!! Fabulous...what a view...love the twigs, they give it such a nice composition.
posted January 21st, 2013  
Beautiful! I love his brilliant colors against the white background. Lucky you to have birds to look at outside your office window!
posted January 21st, 2013  
@amyamoeba @ruthmouch @lisjam1 Thank you all very much. There is a Greenfinch in my main album, but I think I may swap them around!! Thank you fo rthe fave Lisa, I thought today may be my first day without a fave for nearly 2 months, but no, thanks to you :))
posted January 21st, 2013  
oh my this one is better. Great colours
posted January 21st, 2013  
fantastic composition with the verticals. I've got a feeder full of nyger seed outside my kitchen window. Goldfinches are supposed to love them. Swarms of goldfinches in the garden but they wont go anywhere near the feeder
posted January 21st, 2013  
Fantastic focus and composition, Sean - this one should be enlarged, framed and hung!
posted January 21st, 2013  
@brav @jantan @soboy5 Thank you all so much.

Richard, yes I thougt so too, so I swapped the Greenfinch and Goldfinch shots around!

Jan, Yes you are right, I have always been taught that Goldies love Nyger seeds, but they make a heck of a mess, so I buy sunflower hearts from CJ Bird foods, along with may other things. I could sit and watch the birds in the garden all day!!

Thak you so much Danny, I am thrilled with your comment. It was shot through a window from 30 ft or so away on my 500mm lens, so I am overjoyed with the focus quality. I think the white sky helps!!
posted January 21st, 2013  
@amyamoeba Amy, thanks ever so for the fav.
posted January 21st, 2013  
Holy moley freakin' hell... awesome. Fav right back at ya!
posted January 21st, 2013  
This is stunning!!! Instant Fav.
posted January 21st, 2013  
A very colourful little chap! he looks great against the white. They definitely do love the niger seeds and I can testify to the mess they make eating them!
posted January 21st, 2013  
posted January 21st, 2013  
@jesperani Thank you so much Jennifer. I couldn't quite believe how well it had come out.
posted January 21st, 2013  
@tishpics Thanks Pat, Its strange, if I put a feeder of Niger seeds out and a feeder of sunflower hearts, the Goldies will always got for the sunflower seeds. I end up throwing the niger seeds when the feeder goes mouldy!
posted January 21st, 2013  
@seanoneill will try the sunflowers - Lucy swears by them. The Nigers do have a habit of going mouldy quite quickly.
posted January 21st, 2013  
@tishpics CJ Birdfoods Pat. Next day delivery and I buy a 10kg sack at a time!!
posted January 21st, 2013  
@seanoneill Never thought of that - saves struggling home with bags etc. Will check it out! Thank you!
posted January 21st, 2013  
super!
posted January 21st, 2013  
Lovely shot- I like the simplicity.
posted January 21st, 2013  
@houdiniem Thanks Emily.
posted January 21st, 2013  
@elsbels Aww, thanks helen, and for the fave, I am chuffed with the 3 shots I have got today whilst sat in my office!!
posted January 21st, 2013  
Great shot!
posted January 21st, 2013  
@bb Thank you Birgit
posted January 21st, 2013  
Magnificent contrast with the white! It looks like this bird looks at you
posted January 21st, 2013  
Such beautiful colours enhanced by the snow. Amazing shot , Sean
posted January 21st, 2013  
Just love the way you've cropped this........wonderful colours, so exciting when a beautiful bird comes into the garden......hmm that sounds wrong!!!
posted January 21st, 2013  
perfect focus - lovely colour - goldfinches are my favourite. fav for sure!
posted January 21st, 2013  
Lovely placement of everything here Sean & the little bird is perched so beautifully between those branches...it all looks very well composed!!!! A fave!
posted January 21st, 2013  
@vertmontana Thank you. He was some way away, but I think he was on sentry duty for the other birds
posted January 21st, 2013  
@ccb Thanks Celia.
posted January 21st, 2013  
@fannyb I think you are right on both counts nudge, nudge, wink, wink!! I altered my focal point to bottom right 3rd intersection after getting the Greenfinch, so on this occasion I can happily say, I meant it!!
posted January 21st, 2013  
@sparkle Aww, thanks Juliette. I have loved these since being a small boy and going for long walks in the woods with my uncle and his dog. I regularly have a dozen or so in the garden at once and could watch them all day.
posted January 21st, 2013  
@happypat Thank you Pat. A deliberate composition, so i am thrilled with the outcome and its popularity.
posted January 21st, 2013  
Great shot with the uprights and the contrast between the bird and background.
posted January 21st, 2013  
@seanoneill - lucky you.... no day without a fav hmm?! I have loads of those and then three buses come along at once so to speak!! Nice high key of this little goldfinch.... think I'll have to get some seeds for my birdfeeder too! We've had cats for years and so never used to encourage birds into the garden in case they became dinner!
posted January 21st, 2013  
@jackie8 I really want that day to come around Jackie to take the pressure off, but it will happen when it happens!!! We have a cat, just make sure the cat has a collar with a bell and the feeders are high enough! Glad you like :)
posted January 21st, 2013  
@malc Cheers Malc.
posted January 21st, 2013  
Such a pretty colourful bird!!! Very nice capture!
posted January 21st, 2013  
Excellent - I can't believe you got this with the finch looking at you and so perfectly composed ... unless it's stuffed and in a studio?! Fav in milliseconds!
posted January 21st, 2013  
Sam
Fabulous shot Sean.....crystal clear .....congrats Faved
posted January 21st, 2013  
Very pretty shot .... fab colours :)
posted January 21st, 2013  
Best of the bunch for me, the composition is excellent.
posted January 21st, 2013  
Gorgeous, they stand out so well in this icy cold weather. Very striking inage
posted January 21st, 2013  
Fantastic capture. Love how the beautiful colours of the bird just pop off the stark white snow. Amazing composition.
posted January 21st, 2013  
It's all been said above, Sean... so I will just say fav!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Beautiful bird, and again, the plain background helps.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Stunning composition! I love the way he stands out among the branches.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Another fabulous shot and lovely coloured bird.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Great image - love how you set it up - Fav!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Great composition
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Absolutely fantastic Sean, fave!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Love this! Fav
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Great shot!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
@seanoneill Oooh I knew this would go PP!!! WOOHOO you!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
He looks great among the branches. Such colourful birds. Well caught.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
@monkeykid @willowdragon @automaticslim @hasselhotch @rachelmackenzie @rvwalker @kjarn @roz2012 @3whiteroses @jennywren Thank you all for your very supportive comments, which are always well received.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
@filsie65 @samr @ladyjane @michaelelliott @grizzlysghost @bonnielark @ozziehoffy Thank you all for great comments and favs, which managed to get me on the PP this morning. Phil, definitely not stuffed, but as a believer in the conspiracy theory, perhaps my neighbours have a radio controlled Goldfinch that they are teasing me with?
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Whoooo whooop!!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Fav, awesome shot Sean
posted January 22nd, 2013  
This is my favorite of the three. Stunning colours and focus.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
I'm like Kim : it's my favorite too, it is such a colorful bird
posted January 22nd, 2013  
@simon0128 @kwind @cocobella Gosh thank you all. I was pretty chuffed with this when I took it, but I am amazed at the response it has got.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
@tishpics Thanks Pat :))
posted January 22nd, 2013  
This is a super shot, Sean. Great processing and framing. A Fav.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
@gooner46 Thank Chris, I feel rather lucky to have got it after getting a Greenfinch inanother shot and then altering my focal point and hoping to get a Goldfinch!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Super capture! Especially out your window!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Beautifully framed! Superb focus...more oner birds are so difficult to capture!!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Excellent capture. Beautiful details and composition.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Simply Fabulous Sean! FAV ; )
posted January 22nd, 2013  
This is a wonderful shot...sorry I missed if from yesterday. The little thing is so bright against all that snow..well done!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
So colourful against the white.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Gorgeous ... Perfect comp.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Love it Sean
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Great shot.
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Beautiful!
posted January 22nd, 2013  
Beautiful composition. I love the brilliant colors against the white background.
posted January 23rd, 2013  
Lovely shot!
posted January 23rd, 2013  
WOW! Don't know how I missed this one Danny, it's gorgeous I love the comp & colour against the white.........fav :)
posted January 23rd, 2013  
What a beauty Sean, love the colors and your processing. Those twigs give it character glad you chose to leave them in! Fav+ :)
posted January 23rd, 2013  
Saw this on PP...quite stunning! Fave for def!
posted January 23rd, 2013  
Wow, this is gorgeous, amazing colours in those feathers! How am I missing some of your photos?
posted January 23rd, 2013  
Oh and fav!
posted January 23rd, 2013  
great capture - wonderfully minimalist
posted January 23rd, 2013  
Love it! Just beautiful! Congrats on such a wonderful shot. Fav!
posted January 24th, 2013  
Ooh! Very nice...LOVE the exposure.
posted January 24th, 2013  
Lovely colours and setting :)
posted January 24th, 2013  
Oooh, really interesting shot. The composition is clever and the starkness of your exposure really highlights the colours of the bird. I'll add my fav. Nice to be back viewing your fab shots again Sean!
posted January 25th, 2013  
Great lines and splash of colour with goldfinch. Super composition!
posted January 25th, 2013  
Congratz on top 20 mate. Coulndt be happier for you. Loved this shot
posted January 25th, 2013  
Woohoo, you made top 20 with this crackin' shot! Congrats, Sean!
posted January 25th, 2013  
Congratulations on the top 20 :)
posted January 25th, 2013  
@brav @soboy5 @willowdragon thank you all, what a great surprise :) some amazing photos on 365 this week so am made up!!
posted January 25th, 2013  
WOW! What a shot! I love the colors of the finch!! Great job with the top 20 ;)
posted January 26th, 2013  
Oh Sean, I don't know how I missed this but so glad I found it! Wonderful in its simplicity - this is the kind of photography I love. Because you don't see all the fine detail of the bird, it is an absolute work of art and totally original. Congrats. on the top 20 too!
posted January 26th, 2013  
I thought it was on its way to T20. Such a great shot. Well done you!
posted January 26th, 2013  
@reneeevans21 Thank you Renee, it was a lovely surprise to get the reaction to this shot from all my friends on 365, and amazing to reach the T20!
posted January 26th, 2013  
@24atlantic Thankyou so much Megan, I take that as real praise from one of the people on 365 who could grace the pages of National Geographic with some of their work.
posted January 26th, 2013  
@tulipgirl Thank you my friend. It is all down to the lovely words and support of friends like you :)
posted January 26th, 2013  
Yay! Excellent news - delighted to see this fabulous shot in the top 20! =)
posted January 26th, 2013  
I am so happy that this is top 20!!! It's just gorgeous, love how the bird seems to be painted.....and the vertical twigs just make the composition so appealing!!! Congrats...well deserved!
posted January 26th, 2013  
I missed this cracker of a shot! The high key, lines, pop of color - it all works so well together. Congrats on top 20 this week!!
posted January 26th, 2013  
Great office view Sean. I cropped it on my ipad to show only the bird on the twig. It looks like a fabulous watercolour!
posted January 26th, 2013  
Crikey that's a good photo!
posted January 26th, 2013  
Beautiful photo Sean - congratulations on Top 20
posted January 26th, 2013  
@filsie65 @ruthmouch @rockinrobyn @johnfalconer @robiny @shirleytemple Thank you all so much for your congratulations, comments and favs. You are all lovelier than a lovely thing!
posted January 27th, 2013  
Love those brilliant colors! The composition is pretty darned brilliant too. :-)
posted January 30th, 2013  
Congrats on the top 20 Sean well deserved mate : )
posted January 30th, 2013  
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