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All 'puffed' up !!!

By Peagreen
A very puffed up and unhappy looking Goldfinch. Taken early Saturday evening in my garden. Not to sure if there is something wrong with it.Sad Stayed on the fence whilst I got very close and took a lot of shots!! It had been on the niger feeder for quite some time on its own before it flew onto the fence.
Cropped and framed on picnik.

Thank you for visiting and for your c&cs on last night's upload. 'White on Black and for your time. Really appreciate it all and your supportSmile
Take care, Pauline

Tags: Goldfinch Garden Fence Close up Unhappy Wildlife and nature Puffed up

Voters: DanielD, Big_Beavis, morpheus1955 and 22 more

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DanielD 11 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2011 11:44PM
He was waiting for you to get close enough for the perfect shot - excellent capture

26 Sep 2011 11:52PM
Hope it has recovered.

27 Sep 2011 2:24AM
Such Beautiful colors, sometimes they puff up like this when they are cold, hopefully thats all it is, hope the little fellar gets to feeling better, great shot Pauline!!...Kathy
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
27 Sep 2011 5:53AM
Well captured, Pauline, maybe he had a little indigestion from devouring too many niger seeds Wink Carol
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 6:39AM
Well captured Pauline,

best wishes

CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 8:07AM
He does look decidedly uncomfortable - a very good capture Pauline and let us hope he recovers to visit again. Carole
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 8:25AM
Brilliant shot Pauline, excellent colours and detail, great capture.

Shellio 10 2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 2:50PM
You really did manage to get close to it Pauline, I hope it wasn't ill.
12 10 10 England
27 Sep 2011 2:58PM
He doesn't look too happy Pauline but you have a very good detailed image of him.
moiral 11 12 Scotland
27 Sep 2011 5:06PM
Looks like he has eaten a whole kilo of niger seed, search for the Maalox TongueGrin. Nice capture Pauline. Moira
27 Sep 2011 7:19PM
What a lovely shot , he looks to big to fly lol.
Anjantoo 13 7 1 England
27 Sep 2011 10:59PM
Maybe he's eaten too much!!!
28 Sep 2011 9:12PM
Heard on radio 4 today that there is a virus going round affecting finches in particular, they cannot eat due to clogged throats, they vomit up part digested seed, onto feed tables, other finches eat it, get infected, and so it goes on.
Populations are plummeting.
the fluffed up, immobile stance is typical of the infection.
A sticky wet beak is another symptom, very sad.
if you see any like this, clear the table for a week, until they have died off, then put out fresh clean feed.
harsh but it will help combat infection.
Lesley1959 13 2 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2011 10:45PM
Brilliant shot Pauline!!

NeilWigan Plus
11 17 16 England
29 Sep 2011 8:26AM
He does look ill Pauline ,the eye is poorly looking ,the advice above sounds good to me .Sad, but good shot and may be a life saver for others.
Peagreen 11 1 1 England
29 Sep 2011 8:38PM
Thanks, Dave, (genialdavygrout) I found something similar on the internet. Haven't seen it since so don't know whether it's okay or not. Only two or three on another feeder today . Will keep a look out!! Have emptied the feeders and cleaned them!!
Thanks for your helpSmile
Take care, Pauline
Peagreen 11 1 1 England
29 Sep 2011 8:43PM

Quote:He does look ill Pauline ,the eye is poorly looking ,the advice above sounds good to me .Sad, but good shot and may be a life saver for others.

Hi Neil, agree he did look ill and their wasn't any sparkle in the eyes. Have been on internet and have read some very disturbing comments on various forums abot people finding dead finches in their gardens!! It seems it can also affect doves and even be passed on to us!!!!!!!Sad
Take care, Pauline
30 Sep 2011 9:17PM
Pauline, well done !
if everyone acts as quickly as you have, this problem could be lessened .
Birds in this country are having a tough time as it is without this new danger
regards, dave
and ps thankyou very much for your comments on little grand daughter Faith, I have posted a comment there too.
metro074 11 8 Australia
1 Oct 2011 11:50AM
A great capture. You caught him in a relaxed state
Well done
LexEquine 15 1 19 United States
2 Oct 2011 5:25PM
'Excellent Avian Capture~ Peter Smile
User_Removed 13 26 2 United States
4 Oct 2011 1:54AM
I read the above comments about the infection - very sad. I hope it runs its course quickly.

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