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Copyright: Tabatha Osborne (fototab) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 362] (2177)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400mm IS, Digital
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-05 6:33
Viewed: 3441
Points: 32
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Black - throated Sparrow

Here I am posting a new bird for me at the time. I had never seen this type of sparrow so as you can imagine I was thrilled to be able to photograph him.
Taken at the Bentsen Ranch.

Length: 4.5 inches
Dark, conical bill
Black throat and mask
White supercilium and malar streak
Gray crown, back and wings
White belly
Long, black tail with small amount of white on outer tail feathers and outer corner
Sexes similar
Juvenile (Spring to Fall) much browner, streaked below with faint adult face pattern, white throat

Similar species:
The Black-throated sparrow is very distinctive. Somewhat similar Sage and Five-striped Sparrows have white throats. Juveniles similar to juvenile Sage Sparrow but has brighter supercilium

Argus, lovenature, ramthakur, jaycee, jcoowanitwong, uleko, CeltickRanger, Luis52, SelenE has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-05 6:36]

Hello Tabatha,
An excellent capture of a Black-throated Sparrow. You must be pleased with this one: the sharpness, pose, composition, BG and colours are all first class. The features of this species of sparrow show clearly.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

Nice and clear, excellent exposure too.
Best regards,

Brilliant capture of this lovely bird, Tabatha.
I am amazed at the superb sharpness and exceptionally natural colors in this image.
Well done and TFS.


Black-throated Sparrow is seen up close, shapness, contrast and BG are vey good.



Hi Tabatha
Is this a color image? If so I think it's amazing how this Sparrow blends into his surrounding so well. Nicely captured in his natural habitat. Excellent detail, composition and lighting.
TFS Janice

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-05 7:37]

Hi Tab,

I have said many times that this is my favorite sparrow. This is an awesome shot of him. You captured him perfectly - even his perky personality shows through. Excellent pose, shadings and details.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-05 7:56]

Hello Tabatha,
A topper! Such a fine details and the whole photo in excellent harmonious natural colours. Great composition and POV.

Hello Tabatha,
Very nice picture of this Black - throated Sparrow. Lovely color tone. Sharp focus and perfect exposure. The background is beautifully blurred. TFS,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-05 9:00]

Hello Tabatha,
I bet you were thrilled as it is such a pretty bird too. Your capture is superb with the whole bird in focus and sharp details. I like its markings and colours and it stands out nicely against the smooth background. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

hello Tabatha

superb shot of the Black-throated Sparrow, excellent POV and framing,
excellent luminosity, wonderful background, excellent sharpness
and details of the background, lovely addition to your gallery, TFS


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-05 14:12]

Hi Tabatha,

Nice warm colours!
Good details in the plumage
Excellent catch light.
Well done!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-05 16:32]

Hola Tabatha.
Here is other great image from You. Nice colors and excellent sharpness and focus. The pose lovly. Great Pose and BG too.
Saludos Tab.

This shot is really nice Tabatha. It is sharpner than some of your other birds. What did you do differently? I have the same lens but have not tried shooting birds yet. Great focus on the eye and lovely out of focus background...

Evelynn : )

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-05 20:20]

Hello Tabatha,
Very nice capture, excellent details and sharpness


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-06 1:04]

Hi Tabatha,
Very nice photo of this black-throated sparrow. Good lighting, warm color tones, and good details. TFS
Best wishes,

nice and simple portrait, TFS Ori

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