In late summer and fall the fields in local parks turn yellow. Goldenrod blooms, joining yellow flowers like Maximilian sunflowers, black-eyed susans and daisies, to form a blanket of yellow.
Often hidden in this blanket are hundreds of American Goldfinch. The birds breed in late summer, much later than other birds, when yellow flowers in the fields help camouflage their presence.
The males have bright yellow breeding plumage during summer months but all goldfinch shift to more of a tan color during fall.
Although the goldfinch are plentiful in the area during summer and fall, they are still difficult to photograph. The birds blend with colors in the fields each season, which makes them difficult to see. And when one bird is startled and flies off, it’s joined by hundreds of others. So it takes quite a bit of patience to photograph goldfinch.
My featured gallery for June includes a variety of images of goldfinch. Most of these images were taken with a Canon EF 600mm f/4L lens with a 1.4x teleconverter. The combination provides an effective focal length of 840mm, enough to bring the birds up close without having to move close enough to send them flying.
All photos and text ©Pat D. Hemlepp. All rights reserved.