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Young Female House Sparrow

Young Female House Sparrow
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, canon tc-dc52b 1.6x
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): sparrow [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-27 8:02
Viewed: 3372
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
House Sparrow (young female)

When I started in the marvellous world of ornithology, there was... already more than thirty years ago, one of the birds which had been most difficult for me to identify was this one: the house sparrow youthful female. No distinctive character and behavior. Thereafter it was easier for me to identify the others species.

Moineau Domestique (french): mogneu, mogniot, moigneu frankly, House Sparrow (Eng), Italiensperling (Alle), Gorrión moruno (Espa), Will pass from Italia (Ital), Italiaanse Mus (Neerl), Gråsparv (Sued), Wrobel Domowy (Polish: thanks to Grzegorz)

Cut: 15 cm
Scale: 25 cm
Weight: 30 G

Gray face and cap, broad black flap for the males, brownish plumage for the female, thus present the House sparrow, the bird more adapted to living in the vicinity immediate of the man. Known of all, the sparrow is so common that the passer by does not condescend any more to look at it, although this small hopping, robust and squat ball of feathers, deserves all our attention.

Longévité (maxi): 13 years

The House sparrow chuchete, whispers, pépie. From the very start January, the bird delimits its territory top of a roof or a gutter by its song. Of this not very 'mélodieuse' sentence, one retains the characteristic cry more easily tchip tchip which is worth its slang name of sparrow to it.

Habitat: This sparrow attends the vicinity of the man.

Often the species lives in many colonies. The House sparrow is the species most spread, not only in Europe and Asia, but even on the other continents, where it was imported by the man. The House sparrow does not migrate; in autumn, it wanders in bands in the area. Commensal of the man, it depends closely on its presence.

Omnivore and opportunist, it nourishes essentially seeds, insects, but also of buds, fruits, which makes it unpopular to the gardeners.

Camera Settings:
1/400 sec., F/3,1, without flash,
squatted, handled.

In Photoshop CS: levels, cloning, framing, USM: 0,2 to 400%, save for TN.

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To Steffleu: Oh!Luc 1 10-28 17:20
To gerhardt: Yes: remnantsLuc 1 10-27 15:20
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C'est Edith Piaf,n'est ce pas?
Just practising my French.
Good shot. Steve.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-10-27 8:55]
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I like this birds very much and I like your picture. Very good pose. In Polish we call this specie Wrobel Domowy.

Luc, Great detail & pose - bad table manners! ;-) I got some close-ups of this same bird awhile back when it flew into my picture window & knocked itself silly!! My picture window - the "poor man's" telephoto lens!!! Worked Great!!

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  • apache (9)
  • [2004-10-27 9:22]

Love these sparrows. Pity it is not seen around for a couple of years where I stay at Chennai. I was reading somewhere that the pollution of the city maybe taking a toll on these cute little birdies. Have also heard that the sparrow pairs remain together for life. Nice shot.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-27 10:35]

Fantastic Luc, the details are super. I also love the debris around her beak it adds life. Thanks for writing such a good note too.

fantastic shot - every aspect of the picture is just great.

thanks for posting

tres belle photo,
simple, naturelle, pour le plus grand plaisir de nos yeux..
le brossissement est ideal, la photo est nette, les couleurs naturelles....
en bref c'est du bon travail ;)

Luc, you bring back memories. When I caught a house sparrow I photographed it. It was very difficult to ID. Very nice and soft. Details very well. Is that remnants of food in the mouth?

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-27 17:33]

I like the image a lot. The image is sharp and the DOF excellent.

Thanks for posting

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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2004-10-27 19:05]
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Great capture with good details of a little bird we see plenty of around here. Possibly a slightly higher F-stop would have kept the foot totally within DOF range, too, but that's a minor.
Your problems with identification may be down to the fact that this bird is not native to North America, it's a Eurasian bird. I've heard American bird enthusiasts decry this bird because it will squeeze out native species in some parts of the USA, but around here it's one of the regulars ;-))

What a superb photo. I love how you have captured the texture of the feathers. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

Très jolies posture de cette jeune fille , bien vu ! l'image est bien nette et les couleurs très naturelles , j'aurai juste préférer un format d'image plus large pour libérer un peu son regard...

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