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Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM+1.4X Canon
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-04 15:27
Viewed: 2221
Points: 18
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Done at Rattray Marsh Conservation - Mississauga

The Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) is a medium-sized sparrow related to the Song Sparrow.

Adults have streaked rusty, buff and black upperparts with an unstreaked gray breast, light belly and a white throat. The wings are strikingly rusty. Most males and a few females have a rust-colored caps. Their face is gray with a dark line through the eye. They have a short bill and fairly long legs. Immature birds and winter adults usually have two brown crown stripes and much of the gray is replaced with buff.

Swamp Sparrows breed across the Northern United States and boreal Canada. The southern edge of their breeding range coincides largely with the Line of Maximum Glaciation. A small number of morphologically distinct birds inhabit tidal marshes from northern Virginia to the Hudson River Estuary. This subspecies (Melospiza georgiana nigrescens) winters in coastal marshes of the Carolinas and differs from the two inland Swamp Sparrow subspecies in having more black in a grayer overall plumage, larger bill, different songs, and a smaller average clutch size.

Their breeding habitat is marshes, including brackish marshes, across eastern North America and central Canada. The bulky nest is attached to marsh vegetation, often just above the ground or surface of the water with leaves or grass arching over the top. The female builds a new nest each year and lays an average of 4 eggs per clutch. Females give a series of chips as they leave the nest, probably to ward off attacks by their mate or neighboring males.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2013-05-04 16:05]

Excelenta captura ...detalii si culori atat de clare...felicitari!



Really lovely species, POV, and focus. Very natural ... I like.


Exceptionally sharp and crisp picture of this special Sparrow, Mario.
I love the rich colours on its plumage.
Thanks for sharing this image.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-05 1:31]

Hi Mario,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful sparrow.
Excellent detail and focus. Nice natural colours
with very good composition and gorgeous blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Mario,
Excellent photograph of The Swamp Sparrow, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.

Hi Mario,
A very fine composition with a classic cross, really nice. ;-)
The bird is really sharp with tons of details, nothing else to expect frm you.
The colours are nice and natural.
Well done.


Bonjour Mario,
Très belle lumière et excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Magistralmente captado el sobrio pero rico plumaje del gorrión, bella luz.

Saludos para tí, Mario
Hernán Bortondello

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