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Russet Sparrow

Russet Sparrow
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-21 7:51
Viewed: 2761
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans), also called the Cinnamon or Cinnamon Tree Sparrow, is a passerine bird of the sparrow family Passeridae. A chunky little seed-eating bird with a thick bill, it has a body length of 1415 cm (5.55.9 in). Its plumage is mainly warm rufous above and grey below. It exhibits sexual dimorphism, with the plumage of both sexes patterned similarly to that of the corresponding sex of House Sparrow. Its vocalisations are sweet and musical chirps, which when strung together form a song.

Three subspecies are recognised, differing chiefly in the yellowness of their underparts. The subspecies rutilans and intensior breed in parts of eastern Asia, where they are usually found in light woodland, and the subspecies cinnamomeus breeds in the Himalayas, where it is usually associated with terrace cultivation. The Russet Sparrow is the typical sparrow of human habitations in towns where the House and Eurasian Tree sparrows are absent. In the southern part of its range, the Russet Sparrow prefers higher altitudes, but in the north it breeds by the sea. The Russet Sparrow is known well enough in the Himalayas to have a distinct name in some languages, and is depicted in Japanese art.

This sparrow feeds mainly on the seeds of herbs and grains, but it also eats berries and insects, particularly during the breeding season. This diet makes it a minor pest in agricultural areas, but also a predator of insect pests. While breeding, it is not social, as its nests are dispersed. It forms flocks when not breeding, although it associates with other bird species infrequently. In some parts of its range, the Russet Sparrow migrates, at least to lower altitudes. Its nest is located in a tree cavity, or a hole in a cliff or building. The male chooses the nest site before finding a mate and uses the nest for courtship display. The typical clutch contains five or six whitish eggs. Both sexes incubate and feed the young.

Source: Wikipedia

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hello Ram
This is a beautyful sparrow i have never seen this colour
great details nice pose and good sharpness
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-21 8:08]

Hi Ram,great capture in a difficult hard light,impressive sharpness and plumage details,a fine pic,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram,
fine capture of this beautiful bird with good sharpness and nicely placed in your shot. I especially like the natural colours and this little corn inside its mouth.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-21 8:13]

Hello Ram,
Very nice photo of this Russet Sparrow in harsh light. Beautiful colours and good sharpness. Excellent DOF and composition.

Ciao Ram, great light on lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Very nice capture of this sparrow basking, Ram. The exposure is very good exposing vivid plumage details.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Ram,
Beautiful bird, an interesting moment, very nice composition.

Hi Ram,
very nice composition and point of view. Very good use of light.
Thanks for sharing,

Interesting sparrow Ram! Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-12-21 11:55]

Nice one Ram!
With superb colours, great light management, a composition that is just right for the POV, this is an excellent capture of the Russet Sparrow, a species rarely seen on TN.
I am enjoying reading about Chamba! :))
Thanks and best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-21 13:41]

Hello Ram.
Excellent capture of this Russet Sparrow with great pose and composition, sharp details and nicely blurred BG.Best regards Siggi


Well composed image of the subject under sharp lighting conditions. Very detailed, sharp, DOF, BG and POV are all good.

Ciao Ram. Good good pic MF but too over exposed in my opionion.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-12-22 7:07]

Bonjour Ram, very nice shot with beautiful colors and excellent sharpness. I like the blurred BG too. Congratulations, best regards, Didier.

Merry Christmas,Ram
beautiful capture of this passerine with a harsh light in environment
renew my good wishes for an enjoyable Christmas holiday with your loved ones

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