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The House Sparrow - My 100th Post

The House Sparrow - My 100th Post
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Milestones [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-12 9:36
Viewed: 5109
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It's been a few months since I've joined TN (thanks to my friend Vishal Sabharwal, who not only got me on board, but also spent a lot of time teaching me some basics, even after I joined).
And it's been an awesome journey; everyone here taught me something, and everyone supported me whole heartedly. If I went into names, it would go on forever, so I avoid it, purposefully.Thank you, my friends, for giving me another cause to live for, another cause to motivate me to make this earth a better place to live in, for us, and for our generations to come...

The House Sparrow

Class: AVES
Scientific Name: Passer domesticus
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name/s: HOUSE SPARROW (Eng)

Assessment Information
Red List Category & Criteria: LC ver 3.1 (2001)
Year Assessed: 2004
Assessor/s: BirdLife International
Evaluator/s: Ekstrom, J. & Butchart, S. (BirdLife International Red List Authority)
Justification: This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 10,000,000 km². It has a large global population, including an estimated 130,000,000–270,000,000 individuals in Europe (BirdLife International in prep.). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
History: 1988 - Lower Risk/least concern (BirdLife International 2004)
1994 - Lower Risk/least concern (BirdLife International 2004)
2000 - Lower Risk/least concern (BirdLife International 2000)

Geographic Range
Range Description: This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 10,000,000 km². It has a large global population, including an estimated 130,000,000-270,000,000 individuals in Europe (BirdLife International in prep.). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Andorra; Argentina; Armenia; Aruba; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Belarus; Belgium; Belize; Bermuda; Bhutan; Bolivia; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Bulgaria; Cambodia; Canada; Cape Verde; Cayman Islands; Chile; China; Colombia; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Eritrea; Estonia; Falkland Islands (Malvinas); Faroe Islands; Finland; France; Gambia; Georgia; Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; Iceland; India; Indonesia; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Latvia; Lebanon; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Malawi; Mexico; Moldova, Republic of; Mongolia; Montenegro; Morocco; Myanmar; Nepal; Netherlands; Netherlands Antilles; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Norway; Oman; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Poland; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Romania; Russian Federation; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Somalia; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; Spain; Sudan; Sweden; Switzerland; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Turks and Caicos Islands; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan; Virgin Islands, U.S.; Yemen


Australia; British Indian Ocean Territory; Comoros; Jamaica; Lesotho; Maldives; Mauritius; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Réunion; Saint Pierre and Miquelon; Seychelles; Swaziland; United States; Uruguay; Vanuatu; Venezuela


Japan; Trinidad and Tobago; Viet Nam

Habitat and Ecology
System: Terrestrial

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Alex99: Thank you!goldyrs 1 07-20 09:24
To marhowie: Thanks, Howard!goldyrs 1 07-15 18:36
To iris: Thanks, Silpa!goldyrs 1 07-15 18:32
To yasin: Thanks, Yasin!goldyrs 1 07-15 18:31
To Miss_Piggy: Thanks, Anna!goldyrs 1 07-14 16:47
To anel: Thank you, Anne!goldyrs 1 07-14 16:36
To PaulH: Thanks!goldyrs 1 07-14 16:32
To vral: Thanks!goldyrs 1 07-14 16:28
To lawbert: Thanks Paul!goldyrs 1 07-13 11:09
To ellis49: Thank you!goldyrs 1 07-13 11:07
To hester: Thanks, Karan!goldyrs 1 07-13 08:54
To joey: Thanks!goldyrs 2 07-13 07:31
To CeltickRanger: Thanks, my friend Asbed!goldyrs 1 07-13 07:21
To darwin: Thank you, Jon!goldyrs 1 07-13 07:19
To uleko: Thank you, Ulla!goldyrs 1 07-13 07:17
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To mickey: Thanks a ton, sweetheart!goldyrs 1 07-13 07:04
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To ramthakur: Thank you, Sir!goldyrs 1 07-13 06:51
To Gert-Paassen: Thanks a ton, Gert!goldyrs 1 07-13 06:48
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Congratulations dear Goldy. You reached 100 post in a very short time. I have enjoyed every one of them! This is one bird that seems to be the same the world over. A beautiful House Sparrow posing as though he knew he would be part of a celebration. Excellent natural colors, sharp details and your always lovely settings. Heres to hundreds more.


You sure saved a good one for today Goldy. This is one of your best shots and if I have said that before then it at least ties...VERY nice image and so natural looking. Mine of the birds tend to look a bit contrived....but this one is just super. Congrats!

What a spectacular shot! Your notes are awesome as well - I'm constantly amazed at what I learn here - it's better than any class that I've ever paid for.

The colors caught my attention immediately, and my eye is drawn to the sparrow. The pose is lovely, DOF perfect, and POV has me looking at him straight-on. I love the way you compiled the photo - great contrasts, colors, hues, and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-12 10:12]
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Hi Goldy . congratulations in posting 100 pictures on TN. You have a good one of the Sparrow . Which you have captured with good detail and natural colours. well done TFS. keep them coming

Hello Goldy.
Excellent shot,nice colors and detail,I like also the background that improves the bird,
Congratulations for your 100 beautifull posts,

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-12 11:34]
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Congratulations on your 100th already, Goldy!

This portrait of a male House Sparrow marking the occasion shows him superbly against the natural dark OOF Bg in excellent lighting and from a great POV as he poses for you. Nice catchlight in the eye too.
Look forward to many more from you!
best wishes, Ivan

:) later

Hi Goldy,
Congratulations for the first 100 pictures. Great picture with nice sharp details and beautiful colours.

Hi Goldy, congrats on your 100th... good composition and fine pose...keep em coming....

Hello Goldy,
congratulations on your 100th post. I wish you many hundreds great posts.
As you mentioned on notes, house sparrows ranges in many continents and countries, including Turkiye. It is the most common bird species here. You captured it very well. TFS, best wishes

Congratulazioni per la tua 100th su TN. Una bella immagine di passero, ottimo POV, bella la luce e un BG scuro che mette in risalto i colori del passero. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Congratulations a 100 post...Which is perfect pose, good contrasts, colors and composition....Sparrow is a popular birds we can see everywhere but your shot show us lovely, pretty,beautiful bird....Well done again my friend....Best wishes...Leyla

Hi L'il Bro Goldy,
Another splendid shot of a bird in a lovely posture. TFS.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-07-12 14:17]
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Bonjour Goldys, congratulations for your 100th picture! Time goes fast! I just went back to see your pictures and they were good then too! I always liked your forest pictures, the Corbett Park that you have shown us in all its beauty. And this little house sparrow is perfectly shot, it is sharp and the colours are natural looking and beautiful. I like the shadow and the faint light falling on the bird. Congratulations to you and may you post for a long time on TN, your contribution is superb and shows us India in another way than we are used to. Thank you Goldy,


Hello Goldy,

Good composition.Great shot,splendid capture with excellent detail, but with much noise.
Congratulations for 100th post.

Hello Goldy,
Congrats on your 100th posting! Wonderful capture of a house sparrow. TFS. Regards,

Dear Goldy,
Cogratulations for making your 100th post. Great for honoring the common bird of our country; though its population has started dangerously declining for some reason yet to be understood. Refer Sparrow Decline

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-12 19:59]
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Hola Goldy.
Felicidades por tus 100 Fotos!!!! Y espero ver muchas mas aqui, pues son de gran calidad todas ellas y nos dejan muchas enzeñansas.
Saludos Goldy.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-12 22:05]

Hello Goldy

Just marking the post for now


Hello Goldy,
Sorry for my delay!
my heartiest congratulation on the 100th posting that sharing with us! much apprecuation for your works from the past and will see many more from you!
lovely image on the House Sparrow well captured in a soft and gentle lighting over it!
well done
best regards

Hello Goldy,

good capture from these bird with a lots o details..
Very good pov and dof.
Congratulatios with your 100th posting on TN.


Congratulations on completing a century on TN, Goldy!
You have rendered a great service to Jim Corbett National Park by porjecting it powerfully on TN through your pictures taken there with love, care and concern.
You seem to have spent a fruitful time at Shilon Bagh too as is evidenced by this beautiful picture of a male Sparrow.
I love the catchlight in the bird's eye.
Wishing you all the best for your next hundred,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-13 1:03]
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Hello Goldy, Congratulations and god bless for many more to come. Lovely shot and superb eye catch and focus. Great presentation. I am making a plan to visit Jim Corbett let u know. Is your virus problem over? Ganesh (how long to your residence if I drive from Gurgaon). Ganesh

Hello Goldy,
Congratulations on your 100th posting.
Beautiful photo with good sharpness and natural colours. Excellent POV and OOF BG.

Hi Goldys, congratulations for your splendid 100th post on YN, lovely bird with fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Goldy uncle, This is a very nice shot. We see these birds everyday and they are always busy. Vignesh

Hi Goldy,
Congratulation on reaching the 100th in style. A lovely capture of this beautiful sparrow. Very good details and a nice composition. Wish you another 100 soon. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Goldy,
congratulations on your 100th post.very nice shot of house sparrow, very good details and composition,
well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-13 4:46]
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Hello Goldy,
Congratulations on reaching 100 and thanks for all your fine captures from around Corbett NP and for yur informative notes.
I look forward to your next 100 and hope you'll find a lot to show us! This is a fine capture of this threatened species showing fine details and colours against the dark background.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hi Goldy
Congratulations on 100 posts.Remarkable achievement in such a short time
Very nice capture with good detail and great catchlite in eye although i would prefer to have seen more space in front of the sparrow than behind
tfs jon

hello Goldy

congratulations to your 100th photo post, celebrating
with this excellent House Sparrow shot, fine POV & DOF,
excellent sharpness and details of the plumage,
beautiful catch-light at the eye, TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-13 7:16]
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Hello Goldy,
I'm really sorry I missed this one!
A belated congratulations for posting your 100th!!!
I feel I haven't paid enough attention to your photos (not purposely though!) so I will do in the future because they really deserve it.
This for example is an excellent shot of a Sparrow.
The composition is very good!
Good sharpness and very clear.
Excellent DOF.
Great light.

Very well done!


Hi Goldy

Congratulations on your 100th post. You have marked it with a lovely sparrow shot. These fellows nest above my bedroom window and are waking me up early in the morning. They are on their second brood.

This is a lovely sharp shot with a nice low POV. Nice pose captured and excellent DOF



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-13 8:08]

Hello Goldy, very nice shot of the House Sparrow, very sharp and well exposed, well done thanks!


Hello Goldy
Many Congratulations and Thanks for your 100 Posts.
This is a fine capture of the House Sparrow which has now become quite rare in my area.
The details are sharp but I have to be honest and say that the dead space the the right of the picture would have been better used with the subject looking into it...I know so well captures of birds are not easy at all!!
Best Regards


Hi Goldy,
congrats on your 100th post, a fine picture to celebrate with.
Good sharpness with fine details and well exposed.
he POV is also good, about the composition, prefer more space in front and less behind, but that's me.
Good note as usual.
Well done.

What a shot, Sir.....
Much as I'd like to say that the others are right about the space at the back, I prefer this the way it is.Else where would your artistic licence go?

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-13 19:56]

Hi Goldy,
Just marking this wonderful shot, I will be back with a proper critique.

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-13 22:33]
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Hello Goldy,

congrats on your 100th posting.
Well captured and presented house sparrow.Details and colors are great. Composition DOF are too good.

Thanks for sharing.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-14 4:29]
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Hi Goldy,
congrats on 100 posts. Good shot of this House Sparrow, with some very nice lighting, colour and details. I think it would look better on the right hand side of the shot looking into space rather than the left, but i guess that's just personal preference.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-14 4:55]
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Hello Goldy,
With a liitle bit "retard" I would like to congratulate you for your 100th post. We now will look forward for the 100 next. You show us a very commun bird in an unconventional manner,decentred, but in the opposite direction as usual. And it works!
Merci beaucoup

Hallo Goldy
Congratulations on your 100th posting on Trek Nature. You have chosen a very beautiful bird to celebrate it with, and it looks as if this one was posing for you just for the occasion. It is prim and proper and seems as if it is 2nd nature to pose for the camera.The details of the feathers and the clarity of the markings is really portrayed well. Thanks for sharing this great image and your presence on Trek Nature is well noted and appreciated. Kind regards.
ps.It feels as mine is still far away in the future,but I am already seeking for a specific topic and something specially I have in mind.

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-07-14 20:40]
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N , G O L D Y ! ! !
Excellent shot, sharpness and the details. Very good DOF and warm lights. Thanks for your (always) useful note. TFS!


Hi Goldy,
Very good exposure, detail/DOF, POV, and natural looking colors.
Well seen from your BG also. I agree with Gert, the bird should not be facing the corner, a bit cramped. But composition is always subjective..You know in Chinese philosophy one man's yin is anothers man's yang ;}
Congrats on the 100 mark, hope to see many more from you mf.

Hello Goldy,

Congratulations for your 100th post to TE. The bird is very well located in the picture. The color of the bird arise very well in the BG. The composition is very well balanced.
Best regards,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-16 21:49]
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Hello Goldy
Many congratulations on your milestone.

I see you have crossed the milestone with a combination of various shots depicting your talent as a wildlife photographer, as a landscape artisit etc etc. Your photographs also makes it quite evident that you carry a passion for the Corbett Park and is keen on essaying a role that will help the park through your contribution of work to it.It is very impressive an idea and appreciable an activity.

The sparrow is one of my favourite birds, simply beacuase of the fact that they are one of the most frequent visitors that i get on my balcony.And this one seems to have visited you somehwere in the vicinity of your home. I like the soft lighting yet the amazing clarity that highlights the features of the bird.Fine DoF and i agree with Gert on the palcement of the subject.The dark muted Bg helps focus on the bird completely.Well done.

TFS & Cheers

Hi, dear Goldy.
I have missed your 100th post but I am here and can congratulate your on forming so amazing collection of photos and warm comments.

You have shared a very nice shot. Especially I like wonderful representation of our good friend - sparrow and amazing of beautifulness BG. Lights and shadows of the image are great. Their combination is so impressive. Note is very warm and touching. My best wishes and many thanks for all.

Hi Goldy,

Your note has a lot of information. The bird being in the left end bottom corner is giving a good composition. The point of view is allowing us to see the details and colors of house sparrow. The light brings out the colors. Have a nice day.


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