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Finch,House(male)_©DaveSpier_0905-29Nt | by northeast naturalist
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male House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

PHOTO TIP: -- Many years ago, I moved one of our bird feeders (a hopper-style mounted on a post) close to the driveway where it would catch the morning sun. I positioned it under a maple limb that was maybe 7 or 8 feet above the ground and slightly behind the feeder. I then parked the car (before we had a truck) quite close every day until the birds adjusted (acclimated if you will). I could then sit in the vehicle, roll the window down and wait with telephoto ready to shoot. The birds would often land on the limb and see if the coast was clear or wait their turn before descending to the feeder. The result was a natural shot rather than bird-at-feeder (which is fine for documenting species, especially unusual or out-of-season birds for eBird). In the winter, keep the vehicle and heater turned off; escaping heat waves can distort or soften the image. photo "Finch,House(male)_©DaveSpier_0905-29Nt," shot 2/10/88 with a 400mm lens on Professional Kodachrome 200 slide film, then scanned and cropped.

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Taken on November 29, 2008