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Sparrow in the Snow

Sparrow in the Snow
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Copyright: angela LL (angela926) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 470 W: 19 N: 798] (3083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-27 17:15
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This lovely little sparrow is an American Tree Sparrow. This was taken at the Read Sanctuary in Rye New York.

American Tree Sparrow: Medium, gray-brown sparrow, black and rufous-brown streaks on back, wings. Crown, eyestripes, flanks are rufous-brown, contrasting with gray face. Pale gray breast with dark central spot, rufous-brown sides. Upper mandible is dark gray, lower mandible is yellow.

Range and Habitat
American Tree Sparrow: More common in the western U.S. Preferred habitat includes moist deciduous woodlands and willow thickets along streams.
INTERESTING FACTSDespite their name, female American Tree Sparrows build their nests on the ground.
When the ground is covered with snow, they will beat tall weeds with their wings and then eat the seeds that have fallen on the snow.
One study shows that they watch for predators out of their left eyes.
A group of American Tree Sparrows are collectively known as a "grove" of sparrows.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-27 17:22]

Hi Angela,

I'm glad this lovely sparrow found a seed in the snow! A beautiful pose on the frosty ground. Colors and details are spot on. Nice catchlight in his eye. Very simple and pleasing composition.


hello Angela

beautiful close-up image of the lovely little American Tree Sparrow,
fine POV, beautiful luminosity of the image and colour tones
of the bird's plumage, excellent sharpness and details,
and a catch-light that render the image more beautiful, TFS


Hi Angela
it is very lovely sparrow. I think I see it firstly. This species is very different from Eurasian tree sparrow here. You captured it with a great shot on snow. Great focus, eyes contact and colors. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

A+ on this one for extra credit in all ways. I can see how far you are progressing! Wow!

Hello Angela

Excellent focus and detail.
You have used the light well,the exposure is very good.
Lovely natural colours.
Great job.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-27 22:41]

Hello Angela,
A nice one of an American Tree Sparrow taken from a fine POV with excellent sharpness and lighting, including the catchlight in the eye.
You got him in a nice pose while feeding in the snow, while the snow makes a superb BG.
A fine portrait and thanks for sharing it!

Hi Angela,
a very nice picture, well exposed with fine natural colours.
Sharp with fine details and good DO`F.
Well done.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-28 2:44]

Hi Angela,
Excellent capture of this sparrow.Details are crisp clear and tack sharp.Exposure,DOF and composition are also perfect.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-28 10:29]

Hi Angela. This is a fine close up of the litle Sparrow. You have used the sun light to make it stand out. Rich colours and fine detail in the featehrs. The snow has a sparkle.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)
  • [2008-12-28 11:40]

Hello Angela,
Beautiful hoto of this Sparrow. Great saturated colours and sharp details. Nice pose and composition.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-28 17:08]

Hi Angela,
What a lovely image with great camera work throughout. The details and colors in the plumage are spot on and you have even captured the sparkles in the snow. Great work Angela and seasons greetings to you and yours.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-12-28 19:53]

Incredible image Angela,
This is one of the sharpest I've seen with wonderful detail and color. The exposure is perfect and the pose allows you to see how beautiful this tiny bird really is!! TFS.

Hello Angela,

Splendid capture.
Wonderful colours with fantastic definition.
Lighting and composition are excellent.
Good notes.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-29 13:14]

merhaba angela
wonderful capture of this cute sparrow
composition, POV, DOF, sharpness and details are great

Ciao Angela,
meravigliosa immagine di passero catturato con straordinaria definizione e con splendidi colori, eccellenti POV basso e composizione con la bellissima postura del passero. TFS.
All the best to you and your family for a Happy New Year.

Well done, Angela.
Well composed. Very good light. Snow or ice texture is okay. Good use of the available light. Beautiful little bird.
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Angela
You have captured this beauty with great clarity and detail. Focus, sharpness and overall presentation is super and there are plenty of unmentioned details to appreciate and admire. The colour of the plumage is rich and warm is displayed well. The eaten seed shells in the snow rounds of this exquisite image to its fullest. I cannot but be mad about it.
Best regards.

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