A male Purple Finch vibrantly stands out against a dark winter sky, as a light snow falls.
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" ABOUT PURPLE FINCHES"
The Purple Finch is a pretty little song bird, but distinguishing the Purple Finch from its cousins, the House Finch and the Cassin’s Finch, can be tricky. All three are about the same size and shape, and all three are frequent visitors to the birdfeeder. To make matters worse, their territories overlap. Color is the key. The Purple Finch has more color than the other two, and the House Finch’s coloring is more red than purple.
The Purple Finch’s breeding habitat is the coniferous and mixed forests of Canada and the Northeastern United States. The birds that breed in the northern part of their range migrate south in the winter, but the birds residing in the southern area of their range are year round residents.
They prefer the enterior of the coniferous forests but also inhabit orchards, pastures, and backyards scattered with conifers, shrubs, and hedgerows.
Taken on Jan 18/12 at 10:12am on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM lens.
Taken while leaning out my computer room window, using lens IS.
Taken at, 1/500’s at f/5.6, + 1/3 ev, fill flash used, 400 mm, man wht bal, iso 800. No cropping. Added contrast and sharpened via lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask ( amount 30, radius 2, threshold 3).