One of the most recognizable birds in North America, the Goldfinch is a frequent visitor to our backyard. The softer yellow of the female Goldfinch still stands out.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 1000

The bright plumage of the male is likely what most people recognize as a Goldfinch. Whether in flight or perched in a tree, he’s hard to miss. Unfortunately, he doesn’t sit around in one spot for long, making him difficult to photograph.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/500 sec – ISO 1600

The female spent considerable time on the feeder, allowing me to get off a series of shots.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 1000
Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 1000

She seemed particularly interested in the small alcove above the hole in the feeder. Maybe she found an insect.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 600mm – f6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 1000