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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Marumi UV 58mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-17 2:47
Viewed: 5079
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little juvenile House Sparrow is looking at it's parent and longing for more food. Just after this shot the parent flew away so I dropped a few bread crumbs from my sandwich onto the wall for this cute little babe.

House Sparrow

The song of the House Sparrow consists of cheep or chirrup notes repeated over and over. The birds sing year-round, although less frequently in August and on cold and rainy days.

Males in breeding plumage have a gray crown, with chestnut bordering the crown and extending down the back of the neck. The cheek and side of the neck is white. A black bib extends to the throat and meets the black stripe in front of the eye. The bill is dark gray black, and the legs are pale brown. The rump is gray, the shoulders are chestnut, and the wings are brownish with a white wing bar. The tail is gray brown. Winter males may lack the bright colors and black bib.

Females have a grayish brown crown and a grayish buff superciliary stripe. They lack the chestnut and black colors of the male, and their upperparts and wings are much grayer than the male. The back is light brown with black streaks; the rest of the head, breast, and sides are grayish brown. The belly is dull white. The bill and legs are pale brown. Immature males resemble females, except for the darker crown and a faint grayish bib.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 2:23 p.m.
Date: 17th January 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Filter: Marumi 58mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/13
Focal Length: 300mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Belle scène familiale.
Bonne journée.

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  • borka (0)
  • [2007-01-17 2:54]

Hi Pam,
Great shot you got there.. The 'little one's' "expression" is priceless.
It's amazing how many people overlook sparrows, yet they are one of the most lively birds around, they are everywhere, and they tend to get into humorous situations!
Just wondering, is this the same kind of sparrow we get in Canada?
Regards, and TFS,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-17 2:59]

Hi Pam.
Splendid capture those action two sparrows.I like composition,nice details and beautiful natural colours.Very good separate from OOF background.This was at our place very broad type,but now I him in nature see little.
Great work,TFS.
Greetings Milos

Hi Pam ,
excellent composition and very nice colors.
great sharpness and BG.
well exposed.
thanks for sharing
best wishes

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-17 3:25]

Hi Pam!

More please! I mean no worms, but pictures like this one. Very cute birds and touching scene. Maternity :-) Quality as always excellent.

Lovely pic of this juv. calling for food.
Everithing is ok.

Hello Pam,
A good shot. You have obtained a very likeable photo, jejeje, and very representative of this species so extended everywhere. A good composition.
Una salutació molt cordial.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-17 4:18]

Hi Pam

What a superb moment you captured here!
I thought it looks a bit funny the little one's attention to the other one, but after reading the first lines from your note, it all became clear :)
...So dady didn't give him anything? :( Good thing you were there :)

Excellent POV here, prefect focus and DOF, charming colors and impeccable sharpness.

Very well done!
Bravo and TFS

PS: you really wanted to contradict my reply from the forum with this one, didn'y you? :)) (because it's taken with the 10D) :))

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-17 5:20]

Bonita escena y original, buen encuadre y agradable detalles y bg. saludos Pam

a cute shot lovely expression caght from the chick nice detail on the chick good background blur TFS rgds Necip.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2007-01-17 5:55]

hello Pam,
A lovely scene you've captured.
A cute juvenile in a cute pose.
Good clarity and detail,great background.
Excellent work,TFS

Hallo Pam,

I like this picture of the sparrow begging and the interaction between the birds. FANTASTIC work to get such a good DOF so that both birds are in focus, and that simultaneously the BG is also so well blurred. Well done! For that you have F13 to thank. You have a very steady hand to have gotten the picture so clear without any movement blur at a shutter speed of only 1/60. Very well done on the way you used your camera.


hi pam,
well captured shot,
nice pov, good dof,
well saturated colours,
tfs & regards

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-17 8:18]

Hi Pam,
The interaction here is sweet.the image is great technically.
Badruddin Ali

Hi Pam
Excellent point de vue et bonne netteté de l'image.
Un bel ouvrage: image et note.On dirait que ces oiseaux sont en pleine discution.
Bravo et merci

i like it!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-17 11:11]

Hi Pam,

That is precious. I love the expression on the young one's face. Nice capture!


hello pam
these sparrow are very well emphasized they are the annimeaux ones which one sees the every day and of share this made difficult A emphasize you you made a success of cheer well there


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-17 14:17]

Hi Pam,
Well captured these nice sparrows. Very good composition and pose you caught here. Very good focus and nice details. Loveley colours and great framing.
TFS Paula

hi pam!
A little funny and nice situation
sharp with good compo and fine
dof and pov
nice bg to
well done!

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-17 15:45]

excellent composition and great sharpness

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-17 16:30]

Wonderfull pair Pam. Great composition and nice background.TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-17 17:03]

Adorable escena Pam de estas conocidas aves tan bien retratadas aquí.
Me gusta el ángulo del punto de vista captado con excelente encuadre.
El foco apropiado permite nitidez sobre las aves y buen OOF sobre el fondo.
Apropiado control de la luz con buena presentación general.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Adorable scene these familiar birds Pam so well depicted here.
I like the angle of the point of view captured with excellent framing.
The appropriate focus allows clarity on the birds and good OOF on the bottom.
Appropriate control of the light with good general presentation.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-17 20:34]

Hola Pam.- Foto muy interesante. Creo que la conversacion de estos pequeños "Chileros" debe se tambien muy amena. Luz, contraste, nitidez y fondo Exelentes. Luis52.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-17 22:19]

Bel expression de l'oiseau et bonne scène de famille.

Beautifully detailed image. Nice shot...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-18 2:02]

Hello Pam,
This is a real cutie! You capture a scene close to our hearts, no matter if the subject is a common sparrow or a rarity,
The yellow corners of the mouth showing this is a fledgeling show well.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Pam.
Great this scene of this couple buddies!
I like so much the sharpen details you got on the capture, the poses and actions happening between them.
Very good POV, focus, colors, and composition.
Congratulations, thanks for share and warm regards,

Hello Pam,
I really like the expression on this little's face. He is very cute. He looks like saying to his mom or dad: "please, I want some food too, I'm so hungry" lol. This is a nice capture of an interesting moment. Thanks,

Hi Pam,
Superbly capturing this family affair...
Great DoF, superb sharpness, very neat blurry BG.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Pam,
What a wonderful moment. The juvenile knowing its place within the family. I like the human kind of expression in this photo. Great work on the composition with sharp details and a perfect OOF BG.

:) tomorrow

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-20 5:03]

Hi Pam

The title is perfect as there really is a pleading look and posture here. Cracking shot. Perfect POV and sharp details. Excellent DOF and the dark green BG really sets them off



Hi Pam, great couple, wonderful pose, delicate colors, great sharpness, very well done, have a nice sunday, ciao Silvio

It's an extremely common bird, but the momment you've captured here is wonderful! Great photograph.

Hi Pam,
Cute shot with the two and the focused sparrows pose is great :)

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