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Thorny Situation

Thorny Situation
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-28 10:37
Viewed: 2965
Points: 26
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From my archives...

Passer domesticus

Physical Description
House sparrows have a wingspan of 6 inches. They have a body length of 5-6 inches. Male house sparrows have streaked brown plumage with pale cheeks, a grey crown and black bib. The females are paler and without the patterned head.

House sparrows are distributed across Europe, Africa and Asia. They have been introduced to North and South America, South Africa and parts of Australia.

They are typically found near human habituation, including city centers, parks, gardens, farms and fields.

House sparrows feed mainly on seeds, but will also eat other vegetable matter and insects.

Sparrows are social and gregarious, and are often found in small flocks. Communal roosts are important for them. They feed on the ground and in vegetation, but will also chase flying insects in flight.

House sparrows breed in spring and summer and the untidy nest of grass and straw is generally built inside buildings or other holes, and sometimes free-standing in bushes. The clutch of 3-5 eggs are incubated by both parents for 12-14 days and the chicks fledge after 15 days.

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Ciao Bob, lovely sparrow on a nude tree, beautiful composition, wonderful natural colors, I like a lot, my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-28 11:50]

Hi Bob,what a sharpness!!!And what a composition too,it seems a peinture! You work very well in this cloudy day and difficult light,an artistic way to show us the sparrow.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

You say from your archives Bob

Surely a picture is an archive as its not a living entity just a capture of a moment in time.

That said this is a fantastic capture of the Sparrow in a very cold and barren scene with some fantastic berries lightening the image and giving great colours.

My Best Regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-11-28 12:34]

Hello My friend,
Great to hear from you, sorry that we were out. This is a fine shot of the common sparrow on his thorny perch, thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-28 12:57]

This January shot reflects the winter we are having here now Bob.
The male house sparrow is well seen in a pleasing composition with the berries and thorny branches against the snow.
Thanks and have a good week,

Your house sparrow looks a lot like ours even though we don't have winter here friend Bob. The capture is good and the tree is really interesting with all the thorns and leafless. Have a wonderful week ahead and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

Hi Bob, awesome composition with this thorny hause sparrow with the winter conditions. Perfectly captured MF!
TFS and have a nice night/new week!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-28 19:54]

Hello Bob,
A nice shot of this male House Sparrow who seems to be cold and lonely at the moment. This is much like the weather was today here in your old home state of Ohio. Nice to hear from you again and keep up the good fight. TFS.
PS. How about those Buckeyes against Mich.!! Go Bucks!!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-29 1:44]

Hello Bob,
Very nice capture, excellent composition and nice pov, very good sharpness and depth of field, beautiful natural colors and nice details.Best regards Siggi

Bonjour Bob,
Le cadrage est un peu trop large mais le sujet est relativement bien valorisé dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-29 12:07]

Hello Bob,
Beautiful winter photo from your archive.
Most of all I like the composition with the sparrow between the thorny branches looking in the open space. Good sharpness and natural colours.

hello Bob

i love the fact that the bird it is small
on the image and the POV & the way it is framed,
beautiful and excellent composition, TFS


Hi Bob,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the House Sparrow. The cloudy sly does not hurt the output of the colors. Have a nice day.


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