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Passer montanus

Passer montanus
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Copyright: TOMESCU Cezar Valentin (tomcezar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 282] (1823)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350 D, Canon EF 80-200 1:4.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-25 1:46
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Points: 14
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A little Tree Sparrow on a plum tree in flowering.

Ro. Vrabie de camp, En. Tree Sparrow, Da. Skovspurv, Du. Ringmus, Fi. Pikkuvarpunen, Fr. Moineau friquet, Ge. Feldsperling, It. Passera mattugia, No. Pilfink, Sp. Gorrión molinero, Sw. Pilfink.\

From wikipedia> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Tree_Sparrow

The Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, breeds over most of Europe and Siberia, and allied forms occur in other parts of Asia. It has been introduced to Australia, and the United States (where it is known as the Eurasian Tree Sparrow or German Sparrow to differentiate it from the native, unrelated American Tree Sparrow), where German immigrants introduced it to the area around St. Louis in the 1870s. From there, it has slowly expanded its range into Illinois and Missouri. Changes in farming methods have meant that this species is declining in some parts of western Europe.

The Tree Sparrow is 12.5–14 cm long. The adult's crown and nape are rich chestnut, and on the white cheeks and ear-coverts there is a triangular black patch; the chin and throat are black. Two distinct though narrow white bars cross the brown wings. In summer the bill is lead-blue, and in winter almost black. The legs are pale brown and the irides hazel. The sexes are practically alike.

The young, even in the nest, closely resemble their parents. They are said to be duller, and the face pattern is less distinct. The breast and belly are browner than in the adult.

The Tree Sparrow's voice is more shrill than the House Sparrow's; the call is a shorter chip, and the song, consisting of modulated chirps, is more musical.

This bird is often confused with the larger House Sparrow, but its rich brown, almost coppery head, the black patch on its white cheeks, and the double white wing bar, together with its slighter and more graceful build, are distinctive.

The Tree Sparrow is rural in Europe, but replaces its relative as a town bird in parts of Asia. In the Philippines, it can be located in both rural areas, cities, and towns. In Australia, it is found in some rural and semi-rural districts, but not cities. The small American population is sometimes referred to as "German Sparrows", to distinguish it from the native species as well as the vast numbers of "English" House Sparrows.

Though occasionally nesting in isolated trees, it is a gregarious bird at all seasons, and a grove of old trees with a plentiful supply of hollows, or a disused quarry, are favourite sites for the colony; what it likes is a hole in which to put its untidy nest, composed of hay, grass, wool or other material and lined with feathers.

Some of the nests are not actually in holes in rock, but are built among roots of overhanging furze or other bushes. The haunts of man are not always shunned, for old thatch in a barn or cottage will shelter a colony. A domed nest, like that of the House Sparrow, is sometimes built in the old nest of a Magpie or other bird.

The four to six eggs, usually five, are smaller and, as a rule, browner than those of the House Sparrow. They vary considerably, and frequently the markings are massed at one end. In most clutches one egg is lighter and differs in markings from the others.

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Buna Cezar,

ai inceput cu pasarile? sau asta e asa pe langa planta :) ca un bonus.
nu e rea doar ca parerea mea e ca este prea centrala pasarea. incearca un crop vertical cu vrabia spre latura cu cer. asta ca sa lasi loc si acelor flori frumoase acolo.

Buna Cezar..
ce superba este imaginea asta...
Numai bine..si sa ai o zi minunata!
Cu drag,

lovely photo

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-25 16:53]

Hi Cezar

A nice shot - lovely colour and the pose with the sparrow on the blossom is excellent.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-04-27 14:01]

Hello Cezar,

A excellent camouflage of these sparrow against the blossoms, nice focus on the bird, nice done, also the colours are real.

Have a nice weekend,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-01 22:47]

TOMESCU, maybe, I'd try to add some lighting, but it's just and opinion.

I like saturation, pov and contrast a lot.

Hola Tomescu,
Una imagen muy agradable de bella composición, buena nitidez y bonito contraste con el azul del cielo y la bonitas florecillas, Saludos
José Ramón

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