Friday, March 7, 2014

Golden

These are images of the American goldfinch seen on Jan, 9 at Bluebonnet Swamp. They were wearing their drab winter colors, but now are starting to show more color. By the time they are decked out, they will be leaving us to go farther north to breed. Hope to get some photos with the brighter yellow feathers soon.





I certainly enjoyed working from home the prior two weeks and catching up with some of my favorite customers, but I'm really glad to have my days to myself again. If the weather would only cooperate so I can get out with my camera.

Happy Friday!!

45 comments:

Buttons said...

Your posts always bring a big smile to my face. Hug B

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

weather is such a pain sometimes. i hope it will work for you this coming week. we are having lots of ice this AM. it is wild. not cool for driving. ( :

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love goldfinches so much, as you know. Thank you for these pics!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

No matter if they have their winter cloak on...they're still a mighty fine specimen!! Gorgeous images...love the lighting in all the photos.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a beautiful little bird!

Anvilcloud said...

When we were actively cycling about a decade ago, we'd go along this one road where goldfinches seemed to thrive. I loved their kind of loopy flight paths.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

These goldfinch images are gorgeous! When we see them, they're all dressed up in their brightest yellow; but they are so difficult to photograph, with all their flitting around. You've managed some incredible captures here.

Karen said...

Ohhhhh, lovely close-ups Gail! We have Goldfinches here year round. I like the soft winter colours of their plumage.

Stephanie said...

They shimmer and sparkle in the sunshine :) Beautiful pictures and precious birds. Happy weekend, friend!

TexWisGirl said...

love your little sweeties. we still have a gang of them eating thistle seed here, too. guess the colder temps have kept them south longer this year than i remember.

hootnonny said...

Beautiful birds. God's the original artist (graphic and fine art), isn't she? And nobody captures birds better that you!

Have a wonderful weekend. I will, once this snow we got overnight melts!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Working from home is such a blessing. Winter doesn't seem to want to leave most of the country... Hoping it does for you soon. Love the photos as always :)

R. Mac Wheeler said...

pretty

shoo some of them FL-way

Kim Stevens said...

love his zebra like feathers!

Deanna said...

Lovely group of photos of one of my favorite summertime birds. They certainly brighten my backyard.

Betty Manousos said...

omg gail, what a treat to view your bird photos! great plumage details too. i love goldfinches!

happy friday/weekend!
big hugs

DeniseinVA said...

Love your photos Gail, such great close-ups. I also love to see them in their bright yellow plumage but oh my, it's still a real pretty bird. Have a great weekend and hope the weather co-operates for you :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Cute little Goldfinches. Once they return north is when I get to enjoy them. :)

Hilary said...

Wonderful captures. Ours are still in drab mode. It's still far to cold for them to be dressing in bright colours. Yours are lovely to see.

eileeninmd said...

Sweet shots of the Goldfinches.. I am hoping for some good sunny weather this weekend. Enjoy!

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - I managed to get some decent images of birds from the US during my busy time! All I need to do now is recover from the jet lag and get organised! (That may take some time!)

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Debbie said...

They are beautiful, even in their winter duds!!

Ann said...

what a sweet little bird!!
such beautiful color and markings!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I wonder if some goldfinch spend the whole winter in Oregon -- I've certainly seen them in these drabber colors as well as bright yellow. Hmm., I should know this but I don't.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wow! They're getting the yellow back!

Michelle said...

These are some really magical photos. Really nice.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous! Great catch light!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Beautiful photos and wonderfully simple post, Gail. You know how I love 'simple' right? lol

Thanks for the encouragement and uplifting faith in what will happy for me. I LOVE HEARING things like that!!!!!

Yes and isn't Lacey's so dang cute? She is so sweet, too. Not a snooty bone in her body, let me tell ya. lol

Have a great weekend and I pray the weather gets just right for your captures and such, k? k. ♥

Linda said...

Great shots! I love goldfinches.

Barbara Shallue said...

I didn't realize they lost some of their color in the winter! Gorgeous photos!

septembermom said...

Gorgeous close ups. Always amazed by your creative eye with the camera. I miss stopping by here. Good food for the soul! Hope all is well :)

Wally Jones said...

I am SO jealous that you can find a Goldfinch holding still!

We only see them during migration and the only ones I find are always on the move - away from ME!

Very nice photographs, Gail!

Barb Brookbank said...

I love goldfinches and look forward to their return every spring. You've certainly captured them beautifully.

Starla said...

My IL's have a little fountain in their backyard that the finches love to take showers in! Guess one of these days I need to park my rear and try to get some photos!

Shug said...

Check out all of the empty shells.. Guessing there are some happy birds around....
I need sunshine!! I agree....if only the weather would permit me to get outside with my camera, I could sure be a lot happier...Maybe it will this coming week...
Enjoy Spring Break Week...

EG CameraGirl said...

Their colours are subtle but still lovely in these photos.

rainfield61 said...

Your photos always make the birds feeling so great.

Helma said...

Stunning is the American goldfinch. With us he is a different color, but this is really wonderful to see. In addition, your photos beautifully clear and sharp :-)

Anita Johnson said...

I love to see the goldfinch as they change to their summer colors, up here in the north, such a wonderful sign of spring.

Petra said...

Those are lovely portraits of the A. goldfinch, Gail. I like the last photo most of all, with the beak partly open. :)

Melissa said...

I have to say, I really like these colors. There's almost a hint of robins egg blue in the coat and it's such a subtle and soothing combination with the brown.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Snap-tastic!

Colours can be so uplifting.

Jen said...

The bluebonnet swamp must be an amazing place. I hope I get a chance to visit this year. Lovely photos, again.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I have two thistle hanging baskets in trying to attract the goldfinch. They occasionally fly by!! LOVE golden-finch and blue birds!! Have another feeder with sunflower seeds and seeds - which I see your's are eating!!
wonderful up close shots!

Helma said...

Really beautiful weather and clear pictures of this Goldfinch.
Wonderful to see.