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Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-08 10:01
Viewed: 3598
Points: 30
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General Description

North American RangeThe Black-throated Sparrow is a small, gray sparrow that has a distinctive black throat, with a bold white stripe above its eye and another down its cheek. Adults are not streaked. The black tail is outlined in white except at the tips of the middle tail feathers. Juveniles, who retain this plumage into October, lack the black throat of adults and are lightly streaked.

BehaviorIn winter, loose flocks feed on open ground. They walk or run, often with their tails cocked upward. Males sing from atop low bushes.

DietAdapted to dry habitats, Black-throated Sparrows can survive long periods of time without supplemental water, obtaining moisture from the seeds and insects that make up their diet. In the hottest part of the summer, however, supplemental water is necessary. In the winter, seeds make up the majority of their diet. During the breeding and nestling season, insects become more important. When available, berries and other fruits, as well as fresh green shoots, are also part of their diet.

NestingThe timing of the breeding season may vary depending on rainfall and available food. The male sings to defend its nesting territory and to attract a female, and they form a monogamous pair. The nest is located in a low shrub, well hidden and close to or on the ground. The nest is an open cup of grass, small twigs, and other plant fibers, lined with fine grass, plant down, and hair. The female incubates the 3-4 eggs for 12-15 days. The female broods, and both parents feed the young. They leave the nest at 10-11 days, and most pairs raise two broods each year.

Migration StatusBlack-throated Sparrows are migratory, and the northern limit of their breeding range may change from year to year, occasionally extending farther northward. They winter in the southwestern United States and Mexico.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-08 10:15]

Hello Luis,
Excellent photo of this Black-throated Sparrow. Fantastic sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours and a pleasing composition. Very good DOF and blurred BG.

hello Luis
this is a very nice picture with very good light and great sharpness
i like the colours of this bird very much
great shot Luis
greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-02-08 10:42]

Hola Luis,
Beautiful capture .!
Very nice soft colors. Excellent sharpness and nice composition.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-08 10:49]

Hello Luis.
A very nicely composed shot of this cute little sparrow.Excellent POV with outstanding colours and details.Best regards Siggi

Another impressive photo Luis. The composition is excellent, the colours are wonderful and the sharpness is great.

hello Luis

very beautiful photo of the Black-throated Sparrow,
with fine POV and framing, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
beautiful catch-light and 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)
  • [2011-02-08 11:20]

Hi Luis,a very beautiful portrait taken in an hard light.How you work well for the best result,impressive sharpness and light balance,perfects details too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Luis,
Another beautiful composition captured with great sharp details, lovely colours and excellent blurred BG. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-08 12:04]

Hola Sr Luis,
Though I have seen this species of sparrow several times before on TN, this is the best capture of the Black-throated Sparrow on TN!
Excellent sharpness and from a POV that shows its features with superb colours against a neutral clean BG.
Buen trabajo amigo,
Saludos de Ivan

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-02-08 13:13]

Caro amigo Luis,
Parabéns por essa linda foto.Você conseguiu uma captura perfeita de um pássaro tão comum e ( cá pra nós) tão feinho...
Um abraço !

Hi Luis

Excellent pose and composition of this cute-looking sparrow. Great sharpness and OOF background


Good day Luis,
Wonderful simple capture with brilliant simplicity once again! Bravo!
I tough that the HUE levels are a bit out of tune, but when I tried to
correct it, the change was not very far from your original, and then
I didn't post it to the Workshop because of that! Good image Luis, .. very good!
George Veltchev

Hi Luis - A great shot of the sparrow. one of the species which i like a lot. POV, color, sharpness are all perfect. TFS

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-09 5:41]

Cute little sparrow captured with good composition and lighting, fine colors, so simple. tfs.

Hello Luis,
What a splendid capture with fantastic sharpness and outstanding focus.
Splendid contrast against the blurred background.
Thanks for sharing!

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