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House Sparrow.

House Sparrow.
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-25 10:57
Viewed: 3237
Points: 50
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This is my first posting of the House sparrow. It was taken on Sunday when i took the Starling. This one was on its own in the car park next to the sea. It was taken hand held in good light . I would have liked a more natural looking BG but this was not to be this time.

House Sparrow ( Passer domesticus )Length 14-15cm.

Although the House Sparrow population has dramtically declined in recent years it is still widespread in Britain and Ireland.

This is a common, noisy Sparrow which is one of the most familiar small Birds due to its habit of nesting in buildings.

The Male has grey crown, cheeks and rump, chestnut-brown nape, back and wings, pale underparts and a black throat.

The Female is rather nondescript with streaked buff and grey-brown plumage. The Female can often be confused with a Female Finch.

Small groups of these Birds are often seen sitting on roofs.
Frequnetly dust-bathes.

They usually nest in roof spaces or holes in walls but occasionally builds large and untidy nests in bush.
They usually have between 3-7 eggs, 1-4 broods in April-August.

They feed on seeds, nuts and berries mainly from the ground, plus Insects for their young.

When fed in urban parks they can become very tame often taking food from the hand.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-25 11:02]

Hello Nicholas,
A very good picture ! you managed to get a beautiful picture with brilliant and natural colors. DOF is very good and the subject is sharp and very well exposed. Congratulations and TFS!Siggi

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-25 11:32]

Hi Nicholas,

Nice to be your neighbour and having the same subject. I must say your bird looks much happyer then mine as time looks much better at you. It is a very nice light you have had and there are very good colors to be seen on bird's plumage. Very nice and sharp image showing so well the pattern of the plumage. The bird stays nicely against the background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-25 11:33]

The light here is beautiful, Nick. : )
And the sparrow's posture is wonderful.
Super sharp details and excellent POV.
The BG may not be the most "natural",
but it sure makes a clean contrast with the subject.
We can't have everything, can we?
TFS. : )

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-25 11:36]

Very nice shot of the Sparrow, Nicholas! Very sharp and clear, I like its pose and you got a perfect exposure. Thanks!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-25 11:57]

Hello Nick,
Beautiful photo of this Sparrow in splendid light. Great natural colours and superb sharp details. Very nice pose.

Hi nicholas,

great image of the male Sparrow.
In the Netherlands on the Red list.
20 years ago there were millions of these specie but now they are almost gone in the great city's.
Beautiful coloured picture with lot of details.


Ciao Nicholas,
bellissima cattura di questo passero che hai colto in tutta la sua bellezza con una straordinaria definizione dei dettagli del piumaggio dai magnifici colori, meravigliosa la luce radente.

Ciao nick, lovely bird with fine details and splendid sharpness, great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-25 14:50]

Hi Nick,

I just had about 40 of these sparrows fighting for room at the feeder! An adorable pose with the seed in his mouth. Excellent natural colors and super sharp details. The parking lot turned into an interesting background with the colors blending nicely with those of the bird.


Hi Nick, what a lovely pose of this beutiful house sparrow. Details, sharpness anc composition are excellent.
TFS and cheers,

You know why I like this? Because it is where I see them...either on some asphalt, concrete or in my feeder or on my grass.....I have no usual backdrop as you do with superb branches and natural earth tones..You humble me...and for that I thank you!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-25 20:59]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding shot of this great looking House Sparrow with immaculate sharpness, lovely colours and clarity on its plumage. Majestic it looks and that lighting is handled superbly. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-11-25 22:50]

Voilà un charmant moineau bien éclairé.
Bonne journée.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-25 23:14]

Hello Nicholas, excellent shot of this beautiful house sparrow with wonderful details and fine composition.
TFS and G's,

A very eloquent shot of the male House Sparrow taken at the spur of the moment, Nick. I do not find the background distracting or unsuited.
The colours on the bird are very charming.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Nicholas,

Superb capture of this beautiful sparrow. Excellent POV and sharpness, great light and splendid colours.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-11-26 1:08]

Hello Nicholas,
I see that now we have many sparrows on TN. Your have good colours and sharpness only I prefer low POV in such moments.
Regards, Pawel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-26 6:05]

Hi Nico,there is a magic light inside this pic,the little bird kissed by the sun is a great spectacle,wonderfuls details and colors,my best compliments and thanks to shoe us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Nicholas,

Another fantastic photo of birds.
Excellent focus, details and sharpness.
Good composition.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-26 14:17]

Hi Nick,
another great shot of a new species for you on TN :-)
Great detail and sharpness.
Well composed.
Nice warm lighting.

Well done,

p.s I probably can come on Sunday... I'll email you tomorrow!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-26 16:12]

It is beautiful, Nick, with the great saturated colours, the beautiful light and yes, the pavement is often the environment of House Sparrows, so the background is perfect to me. The more I look at sparrows, the more I realize how beautiful they are. Thank you, another beautiful bird well shown by your eyes,


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-27 1:16]

Hi Nick,
Light is beautiful. Very well composed and exposed image taken with a good low pov. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-27 7:07]

Hi Nicholas
very good sharp and detail
very nice image
well done

Hello Nicholas,
Very nice capture of this house sparrow, good sharpness and details, lovely colors and nice catchlight.

Hello Nick,

This is a lovely shot of the bird, clearly showing the range of brown tones in its quite intricate plummage. I like the way it is showing its tongue ... it appears to be begging! Good eye reflection.

These birds are still very prevelant in my garden and outnumber any other species.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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