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Sly Look

Sly Look
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/90 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-21 12:17
Viewed: 2706
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was a tough bird to shoot because I had to deal with snowflakes. I couldn't get any closer because he'd fly away and land just out of my camera's reach for a good close up.

It was as if he knew it, too. If I'm not mistaken, this is a White-crowned Sparrow (zonotrichia leucophrys) and like other sparrows, they are a song bird.

The lighting was difficult to say the least and I went through at least nine photos to find one I liked. I increased the levels and contrast so he'd stand out a bit more. What captured my attention on this particular photo was that look. It was sly, coniving, and seemed to say 'catch me if you can'.

Just about the time I snapped the shutter, the sun peeked out for just a moment and was able to get a little of that - but not nearly enough! In this case, I made do with what nature gave me. Unlike a few of my other bird photos, this was taken in my backyard as he flew from tree to tree.

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what a cute sparrow! :-) nice capture despite the bad weather, i guess therefore the focus seems a little soft and there is some
slight noise visible in the dark areas, but the pose and the details are really great. good job & best wishes, thor.

Hi Kathy,
This is a superb specie of Sparrow that I often hear but never had the chance to see in real, except for the first time this week... I saw him in an apple tree in my backyard and the time I entered home to take my camera, he was gone... :( I like this composition and natural exposure. By looking at your settings, I guess that (if I would have had the time) I would have chosen a bigger aperture and faster shutter speed as 1/90 sec is a bit slow for a bird :) Anyway, I like this picture of a beautiful bird. Thanks,
PS, and you are right, this is a White-crowned Sparrow who has a very particular and typical sound...

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