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Clay-colored Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-09 8:34
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Clay-colored Sparrow
Spizella pallida

Sexes similar: light brown cheek edged with darker brown; light brown, unstreaked breast; white eyebrow; light 'jaw' stripe; dark crown with a pale stripe through the center; pale bill; light-colored legs.

Size: L 5-51/2 in. (13-14 cm).

Range: common summer breeder and uncommon migrant in the Canadian and northern U.S. Rockies; uncommon to rare breeder and migrant in the central U.S. Rockies; rare elsewhere in the Rockies.

Habitat: forest edges, birch and willow shrubs, patches of rose bushes, semi-open areas and open deciduous forests in the lower montane.

Nesting: very low in a grassy tuft or small bush; cup nest is woven with grass and small roots and lined with fine materials, including fur; pair incubates 3-4 bluish-green, speckled eggs for 10-12 days.

Feeding: forages on the ground and gleans low vegetation for seeds; also eats grasshoppers and other insects.

Voice: call is a soft chip; song is an insect-like, repeated, flat buzz that usually skips between 2-3 pitches.

Similar Species: Brewer's Sparrow: less contrast in the face markings; faint eye ring; faint (if present) crown stripe.


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Hola Luis,
No hay dudas, esta foto posee "La composición del día en TN" Eso sin contar con que la nitidez y el POV son magistrales, me quito el sombrero!... Apludo esta foto!, hasta esa rama seca parece poder tocarse!

Hello Luis,
Congratulation for this splendid photo. It is the best image I have ever seen with this species. Very nice composition, POV, clarity and details. The background is absolutely stunning.

Another spectacular shot of the Clay-colored Sparrow friend Luis! Wonderful,simplicity brightness and clarity. Your sharpness settings are very refined! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Luis.
The advantage of being on TN is to enjoy photographs like this one. Beautiful composition and background with the little sparrow well exposed and pin sharp.
Superb image... well done

Clay is most def earth tone. Sharp is important but you give sharp a whole different meaning. Super shot and superior information. One can DREAM!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-09 9:01]

Hello Luis,
With a little bit of extra contrast this should be a masterpiece, but maybe I'm wrong, it is already a masterpiece. Excellent sharpness, details, pose, blurred BG, composition and eye-contact.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-09 9:27]

Hi Luis,
Excellent photo of this Clay-colored Sparrow, TFS!

Hi Luis
Fantastic photo with wonderful colours and great sharpness.
Regards, Christodoulos.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-09 11:06]

Hello Luis
Top quality image with a perfect wildlife capture
Excellent work!

Ciao Luis.
Ottima cattura molto buona la nitidezza con colori autunali bella anche la composizione. Molto bella.
Ciao Marco.

hello Luis
this is beautiful
great sharpness good details and super pose with very good BG
i like this shot
greeting lou
sorry i have no more smile,s

Hi Luis, my neighbour today.
First of all - great sharpness. Nice colours of this "portrait". Appropriate background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-09 13:26]

Hello Luis.
Wonderful looking Clay-colored Sparrow and you have shown him off well with the neutral BG and the great POV. Nice composition and good sharp details.Best regards Siggi

Hola Luis

Otra perfecta toma de este gorrión con lineas finas y muy nítidas, contrastes con ese fondo muy agradbles. Buen POV nuevamente.

Un saludo de Antonio

hello Luis

excellent and beautiful photo of this sparrow new
to me (or i don't remember have seen a photo),
fine POV and framing, superb focus excellent
sharpness and details, very beautiful light
and lovely eye-contact, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-10 3:09]

Hi Luis,beautiful and essential composition whit an impressive focus and sharpness,very perfect light and excellent contrast whit the background.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-12 21:58]

Beautiful species of sparrow, fine colors and pattern, captured well with fine composition and background. tfs.

PERFECT shot Luis
Excellent composition, pose, sharpness, details, colors, POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

Hello Luice,
A well composed, sharp and clear photo.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Luis,
Très bon angle de prise de vue restituant une belle attitude du sujet et le valorisant bien par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs avec une très bonne opposition sur l'arrière-plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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