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Rufous-Winged Sparrow

Rufous-Winged Sparrow
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-08
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-14 7:32
Viewed: 3125
Points: 66
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Rufous-winged Sparrow
(Aimophila carpalis)

This small sparrow is found on flat, dry grasslands that are host to thorn-scrub habitats from southern Arizona to northwestern Mexico. The species is shy and elusive and is difficult to see except when the male is singing from exposed perches.

slender sparrow with a gray face, rufous crown, and brown streak behind the eye. Fairly large-billed. Both sexes are brownish above with dark streaks; underparts are offwhite, unstreaked. Rusty patch on wings. Tail is relatively long and rounded.

Breeds in flat, dessert grasslands scattered with thorn-scrub including bunch grasses, mesquite, or cholla. This species is also found along washes with sandy bottoms and vegetated slopes. It is a year-round resident of south-central through southeastern Arizona south to the southeastern Sonora and central Sinaloa regions of Mexico. Although it continues to be fairly common, the species' limited geographic range puts it at risk.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-14 7:39]
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Hello Jane,
Great capture of this little Sparrow in a fine plumage and from a nice POV. Fine details and beautiful colours. I'm sure you've told us before what kind of tree this is? It seems to be a favourite perch for the birds around you. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Jane,
This is a good shot with a good pose of the Sparrow!
the exposure and focus is spot on with total sharpness, real colour and details in it
well done, Jane!

Hello Jane
Cripes!!..Again you present to me another new bird!!
And this sparrow is beautiful..The pose you have captured displays the whole bird in perfect sharpness and clarity..the light is superb and even across the whole frame without a shadow obscuring Rufus.
Top Work as ever Jane
Tfs and Best regards

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-14 8:31]

Hi Jane,

Well camouflaged in the BG,but you captured this sparrow with a nice pose,the colors and details are good,the sharpness is prety good,tfs


This is very nice Jane. Fine POV/pose, focus detail, and comp.
Well done, TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-14 8:37]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful photo with great camouflaged and clear colours in the Sparrow. Excellent sharpness and details. Very nice eye-contact and POV.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-01-14 8:58]

Hi Jane,

This sparrow is watching you. I really like this bird that is underestamated by many people. TFS.


It is sparrow day on TN!!! A nice capture of this bird wrapped entirely in his protective perch. Good image in lower contrast. I have said before that sometimes less sun is a boon to a photographer...it does work in most instances such as here...well done Jane.

Hello Jane, this is a very detailed shot of the sparrow. Quite different from the sparrows in my garden. You have some amazing birds in the States, I like the pose you caught and the dof looks very good. tfs Rgds, Necip

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-14 10:39]

Hola Jane.
Nice photo Jane. Looks like we both have similar spices of birds. This one has an excellent sharpnes and great pose too.
I also have one similar here, but it is a "Chipping sparrow" Spizella passerina.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-14 11:14]

Hi Jane

Lovely bird, I love the direct eye contact here. Lovely setting and nicely composed. Nicely sharp and great POV



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-14 11:17]

Hello Jane, we don't even have this one here in the east. Great shot, well composed, very good pose and very sharp details ! Very well done, thanks !


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-14 11:54]

Hi Jane.A nice close up ofthe little sparrow in the tree. you have captured good detail and colours. a nice pose with the bird loking at you .well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-14 12:23]

Hi Jane,
superb shot of this pretty bird.
Excellent eye-contact and a good POV.
Well composed also.
Nice dappled colours and even lighting.
Well done,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-14 12:34]

Hi Jane.
Amazing of quality and subject picture. POV is great, composition is outstanding as well as the light, crisp sharpness and fantastic details. Exposure is precise, DOF is excellent too. In a word. Bravo. Perfect job.

Hello Jane,
I dont know this sparrow specie, he is splendid and very well captured with fine composition and a very nice pose with his head lokk back,
Beautifull natural colours very well satured and excellent focus,

Another sweet bird - great expression - the bird sees you and is unaffected. Lovely!
Very sharp and clean.

Hello Jane,
You have beautiful collection of inspiring pictures but I was rather curious about the person behind the lens. :-)
This bird is captured in good details considering the difficulties to get a good shot from that tree full of leaves. Excellent perched and with eyes looking at you. Well managed exposure and depth - I like it.
Best regards,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-14 20:23]

Hello Jane,
Great POV and composition, the colors are very well
saturated and the details are excellent.. Well done


Hi Jane,
A lovely capture of this beautiful sparrow. Excellent composition and details and a lovely BG. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Jane,
Nice details and natural looking color, great exposure. Very good DOF, POV, and well composed.
I think that about covers it :)
Well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-15 5:19]

Hi Jane,
Wonderful shot with such lovely colours and sharp details. Great eye contact and pose and I like the subdued lighting and natural colourful surrounding. Somehow seems so dreamy. Excellent POV to portray this beautiful Sparrow and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Jane, elegant bird with beautiful colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hi jane,
nice capture of the Rufous-winged Sparrow,liked the pov and the composition, the plumage looks beautiful,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-15 9:24]

Hello Jane,
I missed this fine image of a Rufous-winged Sparrow, all the features showing well in this pose and from this POV. This is nice and sharp and I like the composition among the leaves of your oak tree.
Thanks for sharing this,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-15 9:59]

Hello Jane

A beautiful image of this rufous winged sparrow.The natural setting is lovely.
Very good focus and details.Your POV is very good and you have managed very good eye contact.
The plumage shows well,and the markings and colours are well seen.


Hi Jane,
Superbe, les couleurs sont magnifiques, une trčs belle composition.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-15 15:49]

Hello Jane,
Very nice capture,beautiful picture with very good POV and composition.TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-15 18:56]

Hello Jane,
Superb image with fantastic details and great colors in a lovely composition. Great work Jane, thanks for sharing.

Hello Jane,
Very nice shot of this small bird. A perfect moment with the sparrow turned your way. Very well done and TFS.

Hola Jane,
Siempre me pareció difícil fotografiar las aves, tienes una bella y bien surtida galería de pájaros a cada cual mas precioso, con gran definición y detalle, además de una bonita composición, enhorabuena. Saludos

Hello Jane,
Thanks for your kind critique on my flower picture. Actually, I am now without fresh images and have to dig into my old pictures to continue with whatever little interaction I can indulge in on TN.
You have captured the Sparrow in a lovely pose.
The bird seems to be very happy in the natural surroundings.
Thanks for sharing and warm regards.

Hi Jane,
Splendid capture of this beautiful bird in a lovely posture. Your capture is excellent in all respects. TFS.
Greetings from N Cyprus,

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