American Goldfinch Feeding Upside Down in a Snow-covered Field

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Upside down American Goldfinch in winterUpside down American Goldfinch in winter – Nikon D810, f8, 1/2000, ISO 320, +.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday I shared two images of White-crowned Sparrows in the snow that I had photographed on Antelope Island last winter and on that same day I also photographed some finches feeding on wild sunflower seed heads. One of the finch photos has always made me smile despite some of the flaws I see in it and I wanted to share it today.

This American Goldfinch feeding upside down on seeds over the snow-covered field has always made me chuckle a bit because of the pose of the finch. When I look at this photo I imagine humans trying to eat their meals upside down and the mess we would make by doing so makes me laugh.

Normally I wouldn’t post this image because there is absolutely no light in the bird’s eye but I like it enough to share it anyway. I also wish I had been a bit closer to the finch when I photographed it.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child October 17, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Gorgeous image, even without the catch light.
    And what I would give for some of their agility.

  2. Patty Chadwick October 17, 2016 at 10:06 am

    This photo made me laugh. I tried to turn the evil iPad so The image would appear right side up, but it wouldn’t let me. These beautiful little flashes of sunshine-on-the-wing, grace our thistle feeders all spring and summer and are the main reason I never cut down my gone-to-seed flowers and “weeds” . Wearing their more subtle winter outfits, they feast on these seeds as well as the feeders. I love their sweet call, sounds like “Sweet, sweet, sweet”….

  3. Liz Cormack October 17, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I love this photo. It makes me smile as well.

  4. Bob McPherson October 17, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Gorgeous photo, Mia. Depicting natural behavior.

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