American Goldfinch All Fluffed Up by Bonnie T.  Barry

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I love it when birds fluff themselves up and look like little powder puffs! I seldom see the American goldfinches doing that so it was a treat to see this one ruffling its feathers on this sunny day in January that had a hint of spring in the air. Guess it was feeling fresh and frisky after the cold spell we just came out of. Here in Louisiana we enjoy the goldfinch’s presence only during the winter months. Its plumage is rather dull in comparison with its summer coat so when the bright yellow feathers start to appear, we know it’s time to say good-bye. They’ll be leaving us shortly thereafter.


  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 7 years ago


  • loramae
    loramaealmost 7 years ago

    Ok…after this comment you will know that I am no photographer…so tell me, do you have a major Zoom on your camera?…. The shots are so vivid and colors so alive that it seems you are standing within a hands length…always I find your shots of these skittish by nature creatures ,amazing!

  • TrEaSuReDiMaGeS
    TrEaSuReDiMaGeSalmost 7 years ago

    Gorgeous Bonnie!!! Awesome shot!! :-) Love the earthtone colors in this piece.

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusalmost 7 years ago

    Incredible image Bonnie; the quality of your images are incredible; the focus, fine detail, color and light all add up to perfection!

  • Cheryl Ridge
    Cheryl Ridgealmost 7 years ago

    Yes I love the little puff balls too, Bonnie! Good timing with this capture.
    I think those two tiny twigs actually draw us into the picture too.

  • Pat Moore
    Pat Moorealmost 7 years ago

    This is a beautiful bird and a great composition.

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...almost 7 years ago

    another winner here, the composition, focus, detail on this animal, outstanding work

  • Sheryl Kasper
    Sheryl Kasperalmost 7 years ago

    Love this little fluffed up guy. He’s so cute.
    Your bird images are amazing.

  • budrfli
    budrflialmost 7 years ago

    mmmm, just beautiful, i love to see the birds that way also, but have never seen the finch that way, guess it’s cuz you are hording them in Louisiana :O))) beautiful capture!

  • Johanna  Rutter
    Johanna Rutteralmost 7 years ago

    beautiful shot

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