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Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow
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Copyright: Leisa Hennessy (Snoops) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 170] (555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z5
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-22 7:41
Viewed: 3284
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yes not a very Unique bird but i love these guys a great source of amusement.. and they are getting quiet game around me now...lol

Im sure this is a Chipping Sparrow.. tho lacking the white streak for an eyebrow is throwing me...
so could be a female.. or out of breeding plumage or a youngster...lol Gawd knows..

Spizella passerina

* Size: 12-14 cm (5-6 in)
* Wingspan: 19-21 cm (7-8 in)
* Weight: 11-15 g (0.39-0.53 ounces)

Sexes appear similar; female averages duller, often with crown flecked with dark brown.

Instead of having simple molts like most birds and changing its body feathers once or twice a year, the Chipping Sparrow may change the feathers of its face and throat up to six times in one year. The rest of the body feathers are only replaced once or twice in the same period.

The Chipping Sparrow's habit of lining its nest with hair has earned it the name "Hairbird." Formerly, it utilized horsehair, but with the decline in the use of horses it takes any hair available and will even pluck strands from the coat of a sleeping dog. Originally inhabitants of natural clearings and brushy forest borders, these sparrows are now found in gardens and suburban areas and have become familiar songbirds. During most of the year they feed on the ground, but in the breeding season males always sing from an elevated perch. Their food consists mainly of seeds, but in summer the adults and the young feed on insects.

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Hi Leisa,
A very nice shot on this Chipping Sparrow. Nice quality light here. Beautiful subtle color and nice sharp detail. Great notes. Very well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-22 8:17]

Bonjour Leisa!

Félicitations pour cette belle composition. La pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et les couleurs sont justes. Bravo pour la netteté.

Merci pour l'envoie.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-05-22 9:55]

Beautiful shot.Nice details,good compo&POV.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-05-22 11:25]

It might not be unique for you, but you have just added another sparrow to the long list of sparrows I have never seen or heard of before...

I like the line throught photo caused by the fence, and the DOF os spot on.



Hi Leisa, what a great shot!!
Everything is good here, colors, details, sharpness and composition overall.

Hi Leisa

Short on time today, but from what I see you deserve this big smiley. Thanks.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-23 0:06]
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Hi Leisa
Very cute... It is a great capture of this little bird. I just love the composition and everything else about it.
The colours are very natural, the details are very sharp, the BG is complimentary and it enhances the sparrow very well, and the exposure was spot-on.
Very well done and TFS.

Hi Leisa,
Great light and color, good detail and POV.
I like the composition, with the fence top winding through the frame :)
Well done and TFS!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-23 14:27]

Hello Leisa,
wonderful shot of this Sparrow. Excellent colors and great POV. Composition is great .

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