Featured in Image Writing – January 28, 2009
I was visiting my SIL this morning when I saw this lovely little House Finch perched on a cedar tree branch outside her back window. Like most photographers I do not go very many places without my camera :) I am always quite excited to capture birds I don’t see on my own property.
Originally only a resident of Mexico and the southwestern United States, they were introduced to eastern North America in the 1940s. The birds were sold illegally in New York as “Hollywood Finches”, a marketing artifice. To avoid prosecution, vendors and owners released the birds. They have become naturalized; in some unforested areas, they have displaced the native Purple Finch and nonnative House Sparrow. In 1870, or before, they were introduced into Hawaii.
During courtship, the male will touch bills with the female. He may then present the female with choice bits of food and, if she imitates the posture of a hungry chick, actually feed her. The male also feeds the female during the breeding and incubation of both eggs and young
Canon Rebel EOS XTi with 70-200mm f/4L IS lens @ 160mm
SS 1/320, AP mode, f/4, ISO 400
Photo was taken on January 26, 2009 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
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