FINCH FAMILY by Sandy Stewart

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Daddy House Finch is perched between his three fledglings who he still protects and feeds. I didn’t realize until watching in real life, that the male House Finch takes a large roll in raising his young. He is the primary feeder of his mate when she is on the nest, the young while in the nest and the fledglings!
A House Finch’s song is a cheery, musical warble lasting several seconds, often ending with a harsh, descending note. In the presence of a female, males may sing an excited, more continuous version. Females occasionally sing simplified songs.
Their common call is a nasal wheet or seet, sometimes given sharply, other times in a more drawn-out manner. Another distinctive call sounds like chi-chuwee
To view larger on dark background, click HERE
Taken on June 09/12 at 3:45pm on south east vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM lens.
Tripod, Manfrotto including 498RC2 ballhead.
Taken at 1/400’s at f/6.3, 400 mm, man white bal, iso 800.
Slightly sharpened via lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask ( amount 30 radius 5, threshold 3). No cropping!


  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 3 years ago

    Utterly fantastic – brilliant capture of this little family in stunning detail and lighting

    wonderful work my friend

  • Awe,…thank you so muchly for such kind words Maggie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieealmost 3 years ago

    Certainly beautiful artwork by your talent; I love it:)
    Best regards,
    Thoughtfully quote; Art Quote of the Day
    A good painting has always been like a friend. It keeps us company, comforts and inspires.
    Hedy Lamarr, I nodded:)

  • Thank you so much for your kind words Sunny! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Marie Moriscot
    Marie Moriscotalmost 3 years ago

    Tout simplement splendide!

  • Thank you so kindly Marie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenalmost 3 years ago

    As usual, your images are awesome…..this one is no exception. It appears 3-D with the darkened background. Of course, an instant fave, Sandy~Lynn

  • It was one of those lucky being at the right spot at the right time shots. It was also an interesting learning experience for me, because I had never witnessed a male House Finch feeding his fledglings before. Many kind thanks for your lovely compliment Lynn! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • John44
    John44almost 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL. Sharp, well composed and nice colors Sandy

  • Thank you so much John! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 3 years ago

    this is such a sweet family portrait Sandy ~ love the finches ~ so perfect!! xx

  • Thank you so very kindly Linda! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Heather007
    Heather007almost 3 years ago

    You have a winner here!

  • Awe,…thank you so much Heather! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • julie08
    julie08almost 3 years ago

    So cute – fantastic shot :))

  • Thank you so kindly Julie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Kenart
    Kenartalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful composition.

  • Thank you so much Ken! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago

    How beautifully sweet!!!

  • Thank you so kindly Lorilee! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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