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Young Black-throated Sparrow

Young Black-throated 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: 2009-07-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-13 8:20
Viewed: 3318
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult has been coming to my feeder several times a day to get seeds to feed her two babies. I managed a poor shot of her with one of them and posted it in the workshop so you can see the differences between adult and juvenile. Eventually the youngsters will have the black throats and markings.

Black Throated Sparrow

This handsome sparrow of the arid Southwest is well named. Its alternate name, "Desert Sparrow," is also apt, for despite its vivid markings, it is often difficult to detect among the rocks and scrub, especially when not moving about. However, it may be observed when it mounts a bush or rock to sing its pleasant song. The Black-throated Sparrow is well adapted to the extremes of its habitat. Studies have shown that it has a great tolerance for heat and drought. During the hot months of late summer and early fall it maintains itself on dry seeds and drinks regularly at water holes. After the rains, these sparrows scatter into small flocks and feed on vegetation and insects, from which they derive all the moisture they need. They raise their young in the dry upland desert.

5 1/4" (13 cm). Gray above, white below, with striking black throat and breast; 2 conspicuous white stripes on sides of head, 1 above and 1 below the eye. Sexes alike.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-13 8:26]

Hello Jane,
This is a delightful capture of a young Black-throated sparrow!
I like the pose taken from a great POV with fine sharpness and colors and nicely framed with the foliage of the oak tree.
Thanks and all the best,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-13 8:30]

Hello Jane,
Wonderful photo in a perfect pose and composition. Excellent sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours. Very good POV, DOF and OOF BG.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-13 8:48]

Hola Jane,
estupenda captura
pov y encuadre magníficos...

Hello Jane, very beautiful shot of this Black Throated Sparrow with lovely pose.
Regards, Deniz

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-13 9:29]

Hello Jane,
Fantastic capture of this very lovely little bird, excellent sharpness and depth of field, beautiful vivid colors, good clarity nice catchlight and great pose.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Jane,
Beautiful shot of the Black Throated Sparrow. I like its POV, luminosity, details, color tones & sharpness. Thanks for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-13 11:10]

Hi Jane. It sounds as if things are not getting any cooler yet for you. This has not stopped you taking this fine picture of the Young Black-throated Sparrow. I like the pose you have captured up in the tree. Which you have taken with fine detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

A nice capture. I am very much fond of sparrows. They are my favourite.

hello Jane
nice potret of this bird
great composition in the green leaves
great shot
greeting lou

hello Jane
another fine POV and the result is very good,beautiful capture
TFS thanks for sharing

Hi Jane,

A beautiful capture of this young Black-throated sparrow with nice colors & rich natural details. TFS.



An amazingly beautiful capture of this pretty bird between the green leafs from nice POV with excellent clarity and fine composition.
TFS and Have a nice time while i am not available here! Goodbye Sis!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-14 0:27]

Hello Jane
Nice bird and you capture with sharp details and natural colors.

Hello Jane!

Another very successful picture!
Excellent work to convey the natural settings in the colors of the foliage and the bird.

Very good detail in the texture of the feathers.

Regards & TFS!


Hi Jane,
A nice capture of this beautiful Black throated sparrow. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Sister
Very pretty sparrow with nice pose...The pose taken from very green leaves its give your picture life..
Sharpness and details perfect...Information is useful....Well done and TFS..

hello Jane

i don't remember if i already have written
the following to you : in last spring one day
i was with an excellent photographer (fron another forum)
and we where talking, i was telling him that
to show that the bird is perchead high
i love to have the POVs from under to up
and i thinked to you with your POVs,

that guy tolme yes but the POV is always better
when we are at the level of the subject,
i told him even with the birds pearched high
in the trees ? the answer was YES,
since that day Jane i start to think
yes even the birds pearched high
it is better to have a POV at the level of them

and here Jane, your photo is shwoing that
in a excellent way, we know the bird is
pearched high and in the same time we are
at his level, one of your 10 best shots Jane,



Hi Jane,

What a great capture of this stunning Young Black-throated Sparrow, the detail is superb. Excellent seperation from the OPF background, great eye catch. Really nice work t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-07-14 19:04]
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Another beautiful bird from you Jane!!
Your tree is like a bird magnet, it really seems to draw them in. I also love the workshop versions, these are really pretty birds and you did a fine job of capturing them for all to enjoy viewing!! TFS.
I told Rosie the other night that I will never complain about our weather again since experiencing what truly hot weather is like.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-15 4:38]

Hi Jane,
another lovely presentation of the sparrow. the colours are so fine and pretty. I like the leaves too, it adds some beauty to overall composition.
Sharpness is brilliant here,as you have silenced the background very well.


Ciao Jane, lovely bird in nice pose in the leves of oak tree, good natural colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Jayne,
a splendid capture of the Black Throated Sparrow taken in a great pose with good sharpness and marvellous colours, well composed.
Best regards

Hello Jane,

Great capture of this beautiful bird.
Natural colours with fantastic details.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good note.

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