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I spy

with my big lens

"Spot of Gold" (American Goldfinch, Male, Spinus tristis) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/200, +0.7EV, ISO 400

a cute golden finch

and, perphaps, a new friend? πŸ™‚



  1. Hey, i’ve just stumbled across your blog completely out of the blue, and these photos of yours really are amazing! You’re Project 365 is really unique and something i’m going to keep my eye on in the future πŸ™‚

    Subscribed, if you didn’t guess already!

    Love and Coffee,
    Nap. x

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting – much appreciated! Always nice to see a new face here! πŸ™‚

      It’s a good thing you’ve subscribed as I am very close to the end of my Project 365 (but plan on continue posting after May 31st, just most

      Welcome Nap. x!

  2. I love the way Mr. Finch turned his head to pose for you! He looks like he’s saying, “Be sure to get my good side, dah-ling!”

  3. I can hear Sara going Texan on me… “Aah spah with mah lil aah…” she loves that game! LOL

    Handsome little model you found, hope he sticks around!

    • HA! Hilarious! Would LOVE to hear little Sara saying that!!! πŸ™‚

      Thanks, Michaela! We have a feeder FULL of thistle seed so I doubt the goldfinches are going anywhere!

  4. Mmm… yes, with shots like this, you ARE a poet.

  5. Have you ever thought that the birds of the neighborhood gossip about that lady with the camera, and they just gather to gawk? πŸ˜€

    That is one sharp looking bird. He knows how to pose, too! Nice πŸ™‚

    • Ha! Hilarious, Sean! I bet you are right! πŸ™‚

      Thanks! πŸ˜€

  6. Wow, we don’t see anything like that up here in the great white north. Nice shot, Tracy.

    • Thanks, Dave! πŸ™‚

      Aw, that’s too bad, as finches do go up North in Summer. Maybe you just haven’t noticed? πŸ˜‰

  7. Great photograph Tracy and I like the his pose.

  8. Bird says: “Are you looking at me? I can see you, you know?”

  9. Awwwww this is soooo beautiful Tracy! I love how sweet the lil fella looks with his head all cocked to the side. Love the vignetting too πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so very much, Amber! I think he was playing the “I Spy” game, too! πŸ™‚

  10. it really is amazing how the little vignette gives such a Rear Window, peeping tom feeling.

    that’s all by way of saying the words “I spy” seem very aptly chosen, for me.

    • You are SUCH a lawyer, Stephen! πŸ˜‰ Nice reference, though! Maybe a ‘peeping Stephen’, hmmm?


  11. I don’t remember these finches being so bright as they are this year.

    I think the birds know about you and are lining up for their portraits. πŸ™‚

    • I’ve noticed that, too, Scott! Such lovely and happy-looking finshes!

      Hmmm, can you tell that to the male Cardinal…?? πŸ˜‰

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