House Finch, Male, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

House Finch Project

The House Finch Project (With 3 Photos)

House Finch, Male, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in House Finch Project

House Finch, Male

Welcome to the House Finch Project

This began as a challenge (what to do with a month of cloudy mornings), evolved into a solution (take photos at home), and produced a result (a photo article about the House Finch – link below*).

The benefits are notable.


I could simply walk outside to take photos for brief periods of clear sky, rather than use that time driving to a park.


Any photo is better than no photo. Now I could work on technique, striving to capture sharp feather detail.


I could experiment with creative ways to photograph a plain brown bird.


I was able to take photos of: a) Male House Finches with different shades of color, b) Juveniles being fed, and c) Birds implying personalities through their pose, posture, and head angle.


While waiting, I could relax by immersing myself into the serenity of Nature.

House Finch, Female, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in House Finch Project

House Finch, Female

There’s an important point here.

We encounter challenges everywhere.

These challenges are tests of our commitment, our creativity, and our passion.

So we need to think our way toward solutions. Because that’s where we make a difference.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

*PS: See the results of the House Finch Project: Meet the House Finch

Help Birds Tip

Buy pets only when you plan to keep them.

Having a pet can be a wonderful experience for both you and the pet.

So please conduct research on the demands of caring for a pet before bringing one into your home. Recognize that a pet will require constant food, maintenance, and medical care.

If possible, adopt a rescue pet. Check with local pet supply stores for organizations that place rehabilitated or unwanted critters in caring homes.

And if something changes, seek adoption possibilities.

Birding Resources

I’m enjoying two wonderful books about birds.

Julie Zickefoose’s newest book is a masterpiece of art and storytelling. See: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest

Jennifer Ackerman has written a fascinating book about bird intelligence. See: The Genius of Birds

House Finch, Female Feeding a Juvenile, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in The House Finch Project

House Finch, Female Feeding a Juvenile

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  • Sneed Collard
    Posted at 16:17h, 31 May

    Steve, I’m glad you’ve learned to love House Finches. Maybe it will inspire me to do the same. They really are beautiful birds. I just resent them eating all my bird seed! Sneed

  • Hal Sharp
    Posted at 12:53h, 01 June

    Enjoyed you House Finch project. Thanks for including me in your web site. BTW I just ordered on Ebay
    a Kelda 420-800mm F/8.3-16 Telephoto Manual Zoom Lense foe Sony NEX E-Mount AQ1M for $110 including S&H.- from China which now makes many of the Japanese lenses. At that price it is worth trying. I will try it on my Sony A66 and Sony comcorder NEX 30. Will post the results later.

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 15:45h, 03 June

    I wasn’t a big fan of House Finches – until now. Thanks.

  • Rose Webster
    Posted at 15:50h, 03 June

    Wow, you manage to capture the most stunning detail of these wonderful birds (and all birds). And it’s obvious you are have incredible patience to wait for the “perfect moment” to snap a photo. Absolutely love your work Steve and thank you for your dedication in helping our feathered friends survive on our planet.

  • Russ
    Posted at 21:07h, 03 June

    I get a ton of different Finches on my backyard seed feeder, along with a handful of Doves that forage beneath it. I don’t have any particular favorites, and like just about all birds, regardless. Their high speed lifestyle is so much fun to watch that it makes the expense and hassle of buying bulk seed worth all the effort.

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 19:11h, 04 June

    Having tried–and failed–last week to capture a couple of small brown birds on my iPhone camera so I could go home and try to identify them, I’m ever more impressed with the patience and skill it takes to get such incredibly clear shots of creatures who flit and move constantly. Your pages are ever a wonder, Steve.

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