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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/13/10 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2010 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Saffron Finch

(Sicalis flaveola)

Where: Oahu, Hawaii • Honolulu

Notes: For some reason this species had continued to elude us before that day. We were surprised when we were told this species is seen regularly at several of the locations we had already explored, but we remained hopeful. We had arrived almost an hour early at the restaurant to meet relatives for brunch that morning. We decided to walk around the surrounding neighborhood to kill the time. So we strapped on our binoculars and grabbed our cameras. Perhaps something might turn up we had not seen yet? We had gone no more than about twenty-five yards, when I spotted a very yellow bird perched on a branch of a small bare tree. It flew down to the ground and joined another yellow bird already feeding on the seed-heads of the grassy lawn. My wife Lori called, "It's a Saffron!" This was a new species on the island for us. With only a little time left before our meeting at the restaurant, we both managed to get a couple of shots. This "finch" is actually a tanager native to South America and was introduced to the island by man. It eats both seeds and insects and is "supposedly" common in both dry open areas and in semi-open suburban areas. There is nothing like the excitement of a new species.

Small Bird Photo 1

Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 100-400mm Zoom L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/500 second • Aperture = f 8.0 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~12 Feet • Date Shot: 12-21-10

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