American Goldfinch Perched on a dried Musk Thistle Blossom & Short Video Clip

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Today I am keeping it short and sweet and sharing one photo of a male American Goldfinch perched on a dried Musk Thistle blossom plus a short video clip I took of him as he lifted off and flew away.

Male American Goldfinch perched on a dried MuskThistle blossom

Male American Goldfinch perched on a dried Musk Thistle blossom – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’ve been playing with the video on my Nikon D500 lately and when I spotted this male American Goldfinch yesterday in a canyon in the Wasatch Mountains I took a few stills of him and then decided to also take some video of him hoping he would pluck out some seeds so we could see them flying into the air in the video.

The goldfinch didn’t pluck out any seeds though, instead he simply lifted off and flew away.

I don’t think I did too bad by just resting the lens on my photo noodle although it would have been steadier if I had mounted my camera on a tripod for stability. Maybe one day I will find some very cooperative subjects where I can get out, set up my tripod and take better videos.

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Even though the video isn’t very long I had fun doing it.

I see I need to take my camera in and have the sensor cleaned, I can see a dust bunny next to the thistle stem in the video clip!

Life is good.



  1. Patty July 28, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I found your link in my Google news feed for the first time.
    Awesome photos!! Hugs

  2. Stephanie Arwen Lynch July 28, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Fun w video. 🙂

  3. Elephants Child July 27, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    What a delightful (and fast) splash of sunshine.

  4. April Olson July 27, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Such bright yellows! I have tried using the video on my camera a couple of times, I pan to fast, I should practice more.

  5. Patty Chadwick July 27, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I don’t see how much “better” it can get….

  6. Anita Cothern Austin July 27, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Vibrant color in the brown field. Reminds us how small they are. Good capture.

  7. Liz Cormack July 27, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I thought it was a Milk Thistle seed caught in a spider web. Love the photo & the video.

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2018 at 6:56 am

      There is a thistle seed stuck by a spider web on the right side of the thistle stem. The dust spot is on the left side.

  8. Bob mcpherson July 27, 2018 at 6:51 am


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