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Hi bird amigos - we have been trying to identify this bird and you folks are the best resource I know of. :)

He obligingly showed up the moment I set my tripod down and aimed so I fired away - sorry that the pics aren't as sharp as they should be.

The colored patches are actually a striking metallic orange, not as red as they appear in the photos.

This is in southeast Texas BTW:

IMAGE: http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a24/minime_1961/birds/first.jpg

This shot comes closest to capturing the color:
IMAGE: http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a24/minime_1961/birds/bestforcolor.jpg

IMAGE: http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a24/minime_1961/birds/last.jpg

Again I'm not submitting these as quality bird pics, but if anyone has suggestions on how I might get a shot of them on something other than the bird feeder, I'll appreciate any tips I can get. I was using a 400mm f5.6 L from perhaps 35 feet away.

Post #1, Mar 18, 2012 13:42:21


7D; 10-22mm f3.5-4.5; 17-55mm f2.8 IS; 70-200mm f4 L IS; 400mm f5.6 L; 100mm f2.8 macro

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Well I now have a tentative ID, that they are House Finches. A quick google of "house finch" seems to confirm this...

Post #2, Mar 18, 2012 14:01:03


7D; 10-22mm f3.5-4.5; 17-55mm f2.8 IS; 70-200mm f4 L IS; 400mm f5.6 L; 100mm f2.8 macro

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They look like Redpolls or Lesser Redpolls.although not 100% on this .

Post #3, Mar 18, 2012 14:53:41 as a reply to tiger roach's post 52 minutes earlier.


Rob 7D gripped /1d mkiii /18-135 / 70-200mm F4L 300mm F4 L is / Kenko 1x4 canon 2x converter
/ sigma 170- 500mm / 430exll flash / manfrotto 550cxpro 3.

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tiger roach wrote in post #14107834external link
Well I now have a tentative ID, that they are House Finches. A quick google of "house finch" seems to confirm this...

They look a great deal like our House Finches.

Post #4, Mar 18, 2012 14:57:33


Wow do I have a lot to learn! The Chosen Spot, NY
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The bird on the left is a male House Finch while the bird on the right is a female House Sparrow.

Post #5, Mar 18, 2012 15:29:15


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txcanon wrote in post #14108179external link
The bird on the left is a male House Finch while the bird on the right is a female House Sparrow.

Brad, I think you nailed it!

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Wow do I have a lot to learn! The Chosen Spot, NY
50D, EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM, EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS USM, EF-S 17-85 f4-5.6 IS USM, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, EF 1.4X III Extender, Flight Braceexternal link



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