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Dark Eyed Junco

Dark Eyed Junco
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 8:12
Viewed: 3466
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
They're back! So here's one of the first Dark-eyed Juncos of the season (Junco hyemalis 14-16 cm) near the feeders of the garden.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
A widespread and common small sparrow, the Dark-eyed Junco is most familiar as a winter visitor to bird feeders. It comes in several distinctly different looking forms, but all are readily identified as "juncos" by their plain patterning, dark hood, and white outer tail feathers.
Medium-sized sparrow.
Unstreaked gray or brown, no wingbars (usually).
Gray to black hood.
Belly white.
White outer tail feathers.
Eyes dark. Legs pink.
Size: 14-16 cm (6-6 in)
Wingspan: 18-25 cm (7-10 in)
Weight: 18-30 g (0.64-1.06 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes similar, but females average paler and browner.
Song is a musical trill. Calls a hard "tick," "smack," and a short twittering trill.
Conservation Status
Other Names
Junco ardoisé (French)
Junco ojo oscuro (Spanish)
Cool Facts
Juncos are the "snowbirds" of the middle latitudes. In the eastern United States, they appear in all but the most northern states only in the winter, and then retreat each spring. Some juncos in the Appalachian Mountains remain there all year round, breeding at the higher elevations. These residents have shorter wings than the migrants that join them each winter. Longer wings help the migrants fly long distances.
The Dark-eyed Junco includes five forms that were once considered separate species. The "slate-colored junco" is the grayest, found from Alaska to Texas and eastward. The "Oregon junco" is boldly marked blackish and brown, with a distinct dark hood, and is found in the western half of the continent. The "gray-headed junco" has a brown back and gray sides and lives in the central Rocky Mountains. The "white-winged junco" is all gray with white wingbars, and breeds only near the Black Hills of South Dakota. The "Guadalupe junco" of Baja California is dull and brownish. Two other forms may be distinguishable: the "pink-sided junco," a pale version of the Oregon junco, living in the northern Rocky Mountains, and the "red-backed junco," a gray-headed junco with a dark upper bill, found in mountains near the Mexican border.
The Dark-eyed Junco is a common bird at winter bird feeders across North America. Data from Project FeederWatch show that it is often the most common feeder bird in an area, and it is on the top-ten lists of all regions except the Southeast and South-Central (where it is 11th and 12th, respectively). To view the top-25 lists of feeder birds from across the continent, go to the Project FeederWatch

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-21 8:15]

Hello Mario
beautifull shot excellent detail and grat exposure. nice close up wonderfull work tfs Best regards Siggi

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-21 8:16]

Oui, ils sont de retour et en grande quantité! J'adore leur petit cri. Belle photo, Mario, j'aime toujours regarder ces beaux oiseaux. Merci!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-21 8:48]

Hello neighbour Mario,
What a fantastic photo of this Dark-eyed Junco. Excellent sharp details and wonderful natural colours against a very beautiful OOF BG.
The pose and POV are perfect, evenso the composition.

Hi Mariol,
high quality picture ae usual. Well composed with good POV and a very nice pose. The DOF is maybe a bit short but sharpness and details are very good.
Well done.

A fine capture from a pleasingly low viewpoint Mario, good focus under favourable illumination and good definition. BG is exceptional. TFS.

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-21 9:47]

hi mario,
beautiful portrait of this cute little bird, good composition and colors, fine image.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-21 10:23]

Hi Mario,

This picture of the Dark-eyed Junco is absolutely beautiful. The face, plummage and wings have perfect details and colors. I love the sparkling eye and the shiny beak. Background is superb. Fantastic setting, frame, and composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-21 10:30]

Hi Mario. I good to see them again its great when birds return after the summer or winter. You have taken this one so well with fine detail and colours. wel ldone TFS.

Hello Mario,
Beautiful bird.
You captured it very well; a lot of details and good focus.
Wonderful catch light in its eye...

Merhaba Mario,netliği ve kompozisyonu ile çok güzel bir fotoğraf.Işık ve duruş çok iyi,ellerine sağlık :)

Hi Mario!
Sharp, colourful and with amazing DOF - this is your picture. Object is perfectly presented among delicate BG. Nothing more to add, I just like it a lot :)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-10-21 13:57]

Hi Mario,

Great shot of the Dark-eyed Junco.
Very nicely composed with a excellent POV & a lovely pose.
beautifully sharp details and excellent colours.
I really like the BG colour too.


Hello Mario,

Fantastic picture.
Beautiful colours with good definition and focus.
Excellent light.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-21 22:08]

Merhaba Mario,
Mükemmel denen kuş fotoğraflarındaki tüm öğeleri kusursuz içeren örnek bie kare sunmuşsun. Çok başarılı bir çalışma. Elinize sağlık.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-21 23:01]

Hi Mario.
What a nice scene at whole and great quality of the image. I like wonderful colourful absolutely smooth BG, terrific details of the charming bird. All its features are reproduced fantastically. Well done and best wishes.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-21 23:30]

Hi Mario,
Outstanding shot of this Dark Eyed Junco with immaculate sharpness, colours and details on its plumage. Great pose captured and the reddish BG works wonders here. Superb lighting and DOF. Very nicely composed.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-22 0:40]

Hello Mario,

I can not stop wondering how you can photograph so many qinds of birds with the same high quality of the image. It looks like birds are coming to you for a foto sesion and not that you are going after them. This photo is no exception and have an excelent image.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-22 2:09]

Salut Mario,encore une fois je suis en difficulte' pour commenter une beaute' de photo comme ca! Tu sais parfaictaiment que ta photo est de tres haute qualite'..je te laisse mes plus gros compliments et bonne journee',merci de partager,Luciano

salut Mario

très belle image de ce Junco avec un excellent POV et cadrage,
excellente netteté et détails du plumage, un catch-light au point,
et tu es passé maître pour présenter à chaque fois
un superbe background, ici au couleurs automnales, TFS


Hi Mario, elegant little bird with fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Mario,
Belle capture, j'aime le petit reflet dans l'oeil ,la netteté et la couleur du BG

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-22 7:31]

Hi Mario,
Lovely capture :o) Focus, sharpness, lighting, clarity, pose you caught, eye contact, color tones in the background and POV look very good. TFS
Best wishes,

and I for one am glad they are back. Your Quebec bird images are a huge marker point on TN...Whenever I get the blues...(seriously) I sometimes come to your gallery to remember back while I read some of my grandmothers fancy written poetry on nature..You are an inspiration Mario!


I love the warm glow of the background in this shot Mario. There must be a steady parade of birds inear your garden feeders. Lucky for them and lucky for you and lucky for us.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-22 9:32]

Hello Mario,
A wonderful portrait of a Dark-eyed Junco taken from a fine half-frontal POV with excellent sharpness and lighting.
The lead grey colour of the bird contrasts well with the OOF autumnal BG and the composition is great.
Well done my friend and TFS this beauty,

Ciao Mario,
come sempre un'immagine di altissima qualità, bellissima composizione con uno stupendo BG dalle tonalità calde che esalta le sfumature grige di questo fringillide, fantastica la definizione dei dettagli, perfetta l'esposizione e bellissima luminosità.

Hi Mario
Sharp and perfectly isolated from background. Great grey on brown. Perfect homogenous background
As always very good job

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-22 11:57]

Hi Mario
Very nice image.
Excellent sharp details and wonderful natural colours.Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

Bonsoir Mario,

Une photo très bien composée avec une très bonne netteté. Superbes couleurs et un très bon contraste aver l'arrière plan. Ils sont tôt cette année ? Cela ne fait qu'un an que je fais des photos, mais maintenant j'ai des repères par rapport à l'année dernière et c'est tellement étonnant la diffèrence; on a vraiment eu un mauvais mois de septembre et les insectes actuellement sont vraiment peu nombreux. Je m e demande ce que nous réserve le printemps prochain.
Bonne soirée,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-22 14:06]

Hi Mario

Nice to hear the Juncos are back and nice to see you already managed such a great shot of one!
I should really start using my flash more...it keep telling you i love it's fill-in work in your photos but then never use it it mine...
Anyway, this is a lovely work with it and with the DOF, too - focusing on that beautiful and delicate black eye of his.
The details are also terrific and the BG is equally gorgeous.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Mario

I am very impressed with the sharpness and detail in this capture.
The focus is tack sharp.Exquisite detail in the eye and plumage.
Wonderful colours and lighting.
The DOF and POV is terrific.
A superb addition to an already terrific gallery of birds.


Bonsoir Mario,

Le jundo ardoisé sur la branche est impressionnant. La prise de vue permet d'admirer les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. L'image est claire et nette. Les couleurs sont rehaussées par la qualité de la lumière. Bonne soirée.


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