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Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Rufous-crowned 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: 2011-04-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-07 9:42
Viewed: 3828
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To Ana E. Rivero (ana974)
Ana Gracias. Aqui esta la foto para Ti.

The Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Aimophila ruficeps, is a smallish American sparrow. This passerine is primarily found across the Southwestern United States and much of the interior of Mexico, south to the transverse mountain range, and to the Pacific coast to the southwest of the transverse range. It distribution is patchy, with populations often being isolated from each other. Twelve subspecies are generally recognized, though up to eighteen have been suggested. This bird has a brown back with darker streaks and gray underparts. The crown is rufous, and the face and supercilium are gray with a brown or rufous streak extending from each eye and a thick black malar streak.

These sparrows feed primarily on seeds in the winter and insects in the spring and summer. The birds are often territorial, with males guarding their territory through song and displays. Flight is awkward for this species, which prefers to hop along the ground for locomotion. They are monogamous and breed during spring. Two to five eggs are laid in the bird's nest, which is cup-shaped and well hidden. Adult sparrows are preyed upon by house cats and small raptors, while young may be taken by a range of mammals and reptiles. They have been known to live for up to three years, two months. Although the species has been classified as Least Concern, or unthreatened with extinction, some subspecies are threatened by habitat destruction and one may be extinct.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-06-07 9:51]

Hi Luis,
Splendid sharp and colorful details on this photo of this Rufous-crowned Sparrow, TFS!

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-07 9:53]

Hi luis,

Nice portrait of this bird. Soft colors and a great pose of the bird.


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-07 10:52]

Hola caro Luis!
Que lindo regalo ! Muchíssimas gracias, caro amigo Luis ! Como siempre, uma linda foto con belos colores naturales y una nitideza explêndida.La composición está preciosa. Gracias una ves mas por regalarnos a todos del site ( y a mí , en particular !).Que sea my exitosa tu exposición de fotos de aves en México.
Un abrazo con mi cariño,

Hello Luis,
Excellent image captured with great details and sharpness. Also lovely colours and perfect POV. The diagonal composition gives some dynamism to the image. Well done!

Hello Luis

Excellent photo of the Rufous-crowned Sparrow with
very fine POV and framing, great focus sharpness details,
beautiful eye-contact, very beautiful soft light and
color tones, very beautiful bokeh of the background,



Hola Luis
Mira, aquí veo a cada instante fotos de aves, pero nada tan nitido como esto!... Es como una "macro" hecha a una ave por Dios!... Felicitaciones, no me extrañaría que este cante y se salga volando de la foto! :)

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-06-07 21:11]

Hi Luis,
Beautiful photo of this Sparrow.
Lovely natural colours excellent composition and sharpness details.
Good pose and the eye's contact.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-08 1:26]

Hello Luis,
Excellent photo of this Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Very beautiful soft colours and superb sharpness and details. Great blurred BG, pose and composition.

GREAT photo Luis!! The POV, the composition and the BG are excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic. The focus is perfect.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-08 5:54]

Hi Luis.
Excellent capture with great crisp details on plumage. Very well composed with diagonal branch, simply and impressive. Precise fine blurred BG too. I really like amazing soft tones of colors. Great work! Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Milos

Hello Luis,
Splendid sharp details and amazing colors. It is a lovely image with outstanding clarity and good focus.
Thanks for sharing!

Bonjour Luis,
Excellente valorisation du sujet sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la délicatesse des couleurs et la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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