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Canyon Towhee

Canyon Towhee
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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: 2008-02-29
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-07 7:27
Viewed: 2861
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Canyon Towhee or Brown Towhee, Pipilo fuscus, is a bird of the family Emberizidae. It is native to lower-lying areas from Arizona, southern Colorado, and western Texas south to northwestern Oaxaca, Mexico, mostly avoiding the coasts.

The Canyon Towhee's natural habitat is brush or chaparral. Its skulking habits and nondescript appearance mean that it is not one of the better known birds. It is around 2025 cm in length and plump, and has a noticeably long tail. It is earthy brown in color, with somewhat lighter underparts and a somewhat darker head with a rufous cap (except that birds in central Mexico have the cap the same color as the back); there is also a slightly reddish area beneath the tail. There is little sexual dimorphism.

The Canyon Towhee feeds on the ground or in low scrub rather than in the tree canopy. Near human habitation, it is often seen in parking lots, where it feeds on insects on the cars' grills and takes cover under the cars when disturbed.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-07 8:12]

Good afternoon Jane!
You show a very nice portrait of this Canyon Towhee.
The lighting is perfect!
Sharp with great detail.
Nice composition as well.
Great work!

Hi Jane,
this is a nice picture but think you had cropped it bit to much. I think it's your small S2 has a limit for cropping.
But the composition, and DOF are really good.
It's nice to see you have given the bird good space in-front.
Well done, my friend.

I am going to play with it just a bit. Considering how good an image it is, it is sure worth giving me a go at it...I'll be back with the image in a bit..**and I have returned...OK tis done....and thanks for shopping at Image-Mart:-) Just kidding. You do such fine work with the eye of an eagle for birds Jane!


Hello Jane,
Very good capture of Brown Towhee, hitherto unknown species to me.excellent POV, DOF, sharpness and details. Liked the pose of the bird.
Thanks for the share,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-07 9:24]

Hello Jane,
This is a fine little bird, very well captured in a fine pose. Great focus on the eye, sharp details and a fine background to make it stand out. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Jane,

Lovely detail in the plumage and you have captured a really nice pose. The perch is a littlee washed out, but I don't think you could have done much about it. You could probably tome it down in photshot, and it would be worth doing as this is a really strong image. I like Bob's workshop too.


Hello Jane,
Real well in capturing this beautiful Towhee!
the darker bg that makes it so outstanding with a balanced colouration!
total sharpness, good colour and details in the shot
very well done, Jane!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-07 10:16]

Hola Jane.
Nice pose, excellent image. I like this birds, and yes, we also have them here. They have a very nice brown colors.
Saludos Jane.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-07 10:25]

Hello Jane,
A Towhee in very beautiful light. Very nice pose and great sharpness, POV and composition.

Hello Jane
This Canyon Towhee is captured superbly as we have come to expect from you..the pose is just perfect showing the whole details of him (ahem or her!!)..Your pictures are always so well thought out.
his behaviour makes him similar to the Dunnock that we have in The UK and Europe..A very shy subject.
PS..Robin did actually take food from my hand today..It was a great moment..he flew down near me and then after a couple of minutes he plucked up the courage..I dont think I breathed for those 2 minutes for fear of scaring him!!
My Best Regards to you Jane

Hi my dear friend Jane,
What a nice shot of this beautiful Canyon Towhee.It has great details and nice sharpness. As always I love your bird captures because you cath them in their best pose:) BG is very nice too.
TFS and Regards,

hello Jane

lovely shot of the Canyon Towhee, i love your POV and on
the framing that the good space you keept in fron of the bird,
excellent luminosity of the image, excellent sharpness
and details of the plumage, and lovely catch-light at the eye, TFS


I knew there are a lot more different bird species in AZ than anyone could imagine. Your postings confirms that.

Well framed and the soft and dark BG highlights the bird nicely.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-07 12:03]

Hi jane. A fine close up from you of this litttle bird. good use of the bright sun light you have to gibve natural colours. fine detail .and a nice POV. well done TFS good notes too.
You have a good weekend.

Hola Jane.
Bella imagen con buenos detalles y gran nitidez.
Excelente nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Bellissima immagine, ottimi POV e DOF, mi piace molto questa composizione in perfetto "equilibrio" tra dietro e davanti alla scena: Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-07 13:26]

Hi Jane
Nice capture.Good POV and sharp image.Nice OOF BG .I also like the pose from your subject.
TFS Michel

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-07 14:57]

Hi Jane

Great shot of the Towhee. Excellent exposure with sharp detail and strong composition.



Hello Jane a fine shot good sharpness and nice light. I like the pose. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-07 18:48]

Hell Jane,
A very nice presentation, we can clearly see
the the feathers of his back.. great composition


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-07 20:20]

Hello Jane, Well this is a great image Jane, with spot on focus and exposure giving us this wonderful image, thanks.

Hi Jane, elegant bird in nice pose with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-08 5:53]

Hello Jane, very nice bird shot, it's clear and sharp and I like its proud pose, well done, thanks!


Hello Jane
Excellent shot of this Canyon Towhee,
Great focusing,exposure and BG,Welldone my friend.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-08 9:59]

Hi Jane,
Splendid shot of this cute looking Brown Towhee with amazing details on its plumage. Very impressive sharpness and colours and you have managed the harsh natural light pretty well. Great DOF and POV and the composition is superb. Kudos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-08 10:12]

Hello Jane,
I prefer this portrayal of the Canyon Towhee to your previous for its sharpness and details, great POV and the fine contrast against the dark neutral BG.
This is a very nice capture and thanks for sharing it,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-09 8:40]

Hello Jane,
Nice composition and colours and good details. Lovely pose. TFS.

Hi Jane. Another lovely and excelent capture. TFS. Regards, Nazım

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-09 21:24]

Hello Jane

Excellent POV,the eye and plumage detail is excellent.
Lovely warm lighting.
Nicely placed in the frame,the shot is pleasantly composed.
The DOF is well done,it looks very well focused against the OOF BG.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-03-10 3:43]

Hi Jane, this is a super sharp and well detailed shot of the Towhee. You made good use of light and got a perfect exposure. Great pov, wonderful all round.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-10 13:04]

Hi Jane

Lovely sharp shot and great POV. The DOF and the light are both very attractive.



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-12 7:55]

Hi Jane.
What an interesting by subject picture. The bird is presented perfectly. I like very impressive combination of the light FG and neutral damped up BG. Under strong sunlight all components of the image are looked greatly. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-27 7:59]

hello Jane
good capture and cute species
i like POV, BG, colours and details

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