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Black-chinned Sparrow

Black-chinned 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: 2011-07-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-09-22 15:26
Viewed: 6740
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
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General description.
As its name would imply, the "Black-chinned Sparrow" is handsomely adorned with a black throat and chest, conspicuous against white underparts. 2 white stripes, above and below the eye, finish his striking appearance.

Female appearance.Female resembles her mate.
Juvenile appearance.White throat and gray streaked breast.

Breeding habits.
In March and April the "Black-chinned Sparrow" heads for northeastern California, Wyoming and Colorado to breed. This energetic sparrow will most likely produce two broods annually.

Calls or song.
A dramatic tenor, the "Black-chinned Sparrow" swells his breast while singing an aria of sweet and varied trills,"cheet, cheet, cheeeeeeee".

Population and distribution.
Because of his habitat in the Mojave and other arid regions, this bird is often called "Desert Sparrow". Aptly so, as it can go without water for long periods, getting sufficient moisture from insects and plants. The "Black-chinned Sparrow" may also be found on juniper-dotted slopes up to 7,000 feet. They return to desert regions of the southern United States to winter.

Nesting habits.
These birds make a loosely constructed cup of bark, grass and stems, which they line with any material available, such as feathers, wool, hair, etc. This is built in a clump of sage to house four white eggs.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-22 15:39]

Hi Luis,magnificent specie and great capture.A beautiful composition whit the best of sharpness and colors in a loveable soft background.I like it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hola Luis,
je...je... no quiero ser excesivamente lisonjero, pero hay que decir que tus fotos se reconocen facilmente apenas abrir la galería de TN... Todas tienen una luz excelente!... Aún en las miniaturas se percibe eso!... Buen trabjo, bella ave con gran pose y tirada en angulo perfecto.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-22 18:09]

Hola Luis,

Beautiful profile image of this Black-chinned Sparrow. How well it blends in with it's environment. Sharp focus, perfect point of view & a very overall pleasing composition of this very pretty bird.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-22 23:09]

Hello Luis.
Wonderful shot of this beauty. Colors, sharpness,lighting and composition are excellent. Thanks for sharing. Best regards Siggi

Hola Luis,
che fantastica cattura, straordinaria nitidezza e bellissimi colori.
Grazie e complimenti

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-09-22 23:22]

excellent framing of the species. good clarity and sharpness. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-23 1:52]

Hello Luis,
Fantastic photo of this immature Black-chinned Sparrow. Superb sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours against a nice blurred BG. Great POV and composition.

Another extraordinary capture with impeccable clarity Luis Leal...I...love it! Love the colors too, the way they are ...soft and gentle!Bravo! In my workshop I am presenting you an alternative, which does not necessarily pretend for accuracy of the white balance ...just a different view Luis! Your image can not be beaten !!!!
George Veltchev

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-23 6:44]

Very beautiful species, good lighting and pose, fine image. tfs.

Another great bird photo Luis. The composition and the framing are excellent. The soft lighting and the colors are fantastic. The sharpness is impressive.

hello Luis
this is a beauty
great details lovely pose and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Bonsoir Luis,
J'aime beaucoup cette image aux tons pastels. Bonne présentation de cet oiseau.

Hello Luis,
Wonderful photo of this Black-chinned Sparrow in beautiful colours and very good sharpness and details. This image was taken from a pleasing POV in a very nice composition. Well done!

Bonjour Luis,
Agréable valorisation du sujet sous un bon angle de prise de vue, dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-24 7:13]

Hello Luis,
this image is fantastic!!
Simply fantastic!

A perfect shot Luis. I love sparrows. They are plentiful in my area. Just not this type. Great DOF and focus. It's the perfect portrait for educational purpose. Well shot! TFS Trevor

Very crisp capture of this colorful sparrow.

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