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House Sparrow II

House Sparrow II
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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: 2006-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): sparrow [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-11 4:18
Viewed: 3523
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a member of the Old World sparrow family Passeridae. It occurs naturally in most of Europe and much of Asia. It has also followed humans all over the world and has been intentionally or accidentally introduced to most of the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa and Australia as well as urban areas in other parts of the world.
In the United States it is also known as the English Sparrow, to distinguish it from native species, as the large North American population is descended from birds deliberately imported from Britain in the late 19th century. They were introduced independently in a number of American cities in the years between 1850 and 1875 as a means of pest control.
Wherever people build, House Sparrows sooner or later come to share their abodes. Though described as tame and semi-domestic, neither is strictly true; humans provide food and home, not companionship. The House Sparrow remains wary of man.
This 14 to 16 centimeters long bird is abundant in temperate climates, but not universally common; in many hilly districts it is scarce. In cities, towns and villages, even around isolated farms, it can be the most abundant bird.
The male House Sparrow has a grey crown, cheeks and underparts, black on the throat, upper breast and between the bill and eyes. The bill in summer is blue-black, and the legs are brown. In winter the plumage is dulled by pale edgings, and the bill is yellowish brown. The female has no black on head or throat, nor a grey crown; her upperparts are streaked with brown. The juveniles are deeper brown, and the white is replaced by buff; the beak is dull yellow. The House Sparrow is often confused with the smaller and slimmer Tree Sparrow, which, however, has a chestnut and not grey crown, two distinct wing bars, and a black patch on each cheek.
The House Sparrow is gregarious at all seasons in its nesting colonies, when feeding and in communal roosts.
Although the Sparrows' young are fed on the larvae of insects, often destructive species, this species eats seeds, including grain where it is available.
In spring, flowers — especially those with yellow colours — are often eaten; crocuses, primroses and aconites seem to attract the house sparrow most. The bird will also hunt butterflies.

Exif Data:
Nikon D200
2007/02/06 14:34:48.3
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
1/250 sec - F/6.3
Sensitivity: ISO 100
White Balance: Auto


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  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-11 5:13]

Hola Ram,
me gusta esta captura, bellas sombras y luces, y efectos soft, de la imagen. buen pov

Hello Ram,
Great composition and pov. I like the way sunlight casted on this house sparrow. The blurry background also isolated the main subject nicely. Very well done and tfs.

hello mr thakur,
the house sparrows must be wondering about their new admirer but they will be used to your presence soon & will start striking a pose for you,
the composition is nice with good natural shades, the blurred bg adds to the look of the shot,
a bit of the oe is visible on the neck, looking for to more shots soon,
tfs & regrads

Hola Ram,
La composición y la pose es muy bonita, quizás le falte algo de nitidez para mi gusto, la luz y el fondo son muy agradables. Un saludo

Hi Ram,
Nice capture of this cute house sparrrow.
I like the stand and the clarity a lot.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-11 10:12]

Hi Ram

Another lovely photo of you and your new gear ;)
Again here the "game" of lights and shadowa is great!
I actually like it a bit better than the other one.
The turnes head work terrific and giving you that great eye-contact and the fact that it is the only part of the bird that's highlighted is excellent.
Very beatuiful composition and presentation.

Bravo and TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-11 11:30]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful capture of house sparrow.I liked POV,eye contact,framing and composition a lot.

Hello ram,

well done, I really like this POV, It shows diffent views, colors Bg POv DOF spot well done

TFS Kyle

Hello Sir,
A very nice shot.The lighting on the bird looks very good. Also the blurred background complements the bird. looking forward to more pics of your sparrow.

Hello Ram,
Nice close-up work, resulting in attractive details in your feathered friend!
Nice pose where he's looking over the shoulder, DOF spot on...
Well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Hi Ram
C'est une tres belle photo,simple, naturelle, pour le plus grand plaisir de nos yeux..
La photo est nette, les couleurs naturelles....
en bref c'est du bon travail .
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Ram,
I missed many of posts recently. I have been busier these times. As I see you do very good with birds pictures, this is great! I really like the pose of the bird, this composition, lightning, exposure and details. The contrast between the light and shadow is beautiful and the important parts of the bird are very well lightened. This brilliance in its eye is superb! TFS,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-18 15:59]

Hi Ram
Excellent shot with a lovely point of view and composition!
Sparrows are very common here too, but I have observed they are becoming more bold and they don't fly away as soon as usual, many times they stay on ground when you pass by them. I think they are becoming more confident. I love to give them bits of bread and observe how they feed their breed.
Best regards

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