Feb 262014
 


Carduelis carduelis – Like many small migratory passerine birds, I did not see many goldfinches this year in the south of France. It really is my fetish passerine, having rescued and hand raised a few when I was young! Although the cage remained opened they preferred to spend the night inside for safety and eat seeds but our meals were very attractive.

They had a bath in a hollow dish filled with water in the middle of the table for our greatest pleasure! They usually dried their feathers on my grandfather’s head and he didn’t dare move or breathe!! At the mating season a certain Zizoo perched on my grandmother’s glasses trying to seduce her, it was much fun!
The Goldfinch’s song is even more beautiful and elaborated they that of a wild one when living with humans, a fact I still cannot explain.

European Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis

European Goldfinch

European Goldfinch

European Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis

Nikon 300mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S Nikkor

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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Lee Dusing

What a lovely bird and such great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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