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House Sparrow on Mesquite Tree

House Sparrow on Mesquite Tree
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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: 2007-05-14
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-15 10:04
Viewed: 2250
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The entire North American population of the House Sparrow is descended from a few birds released in New York City's Central Park in 1850. These birds found an unoccupied niche-the many towns and farms of the settled parts of the country-and quickly multiplied. As so often happens, introduced species can become a problem, and the House Sparrow is no exception. Because they compete for food and nest sites, some native species have suffered. Within a short time after their introduction, these sparrows adapted to the local environment. Thus the sparrows of the rainy climate of Vancouver, British Columbia, are plump, dark birds, whereas those inhabiting Death Valley, California, are slim, pale, sand-colored birds. These changes took less than 60 years, and influence our ideas about the speed of evolutionary change in birds.

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en voici encore un super joli, dans ce ciel bleu
bonne réussite, parfaite netteté
bien vu, merci amitičs

Hi Jane,

this is a nice image. Fairly clandestine.

You seem to pick approaches were the exposure must be very hard to set against such bright skies, yet it's well presented.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-15 10:39]

Hello Jane
Nice capture.The colors are nice and your POV is fine.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-15 11:17]

Hello Jane,
This male house Sparrow has ousted the thrasher and you've captured him very nicely!
Nice sharp acpture with good POV and compo.
Thanks for telling us that this tree featuring in your posts is a Mesquite.
TFS ans best wishes, Ivan

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-15 11:18]

Hi Jane. What a nice shot of the Sparrow, Good compostion and POV. with good detail and colour.He stands out well against the blue background.
Well done TFS.

  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-15 11:48]

HI Jane, nice shot of the House Sparrow, this variation looks just like ours here in the UK. Your note is v interesting. I particularly like the POV showing the underside of the chest and view of the markings on the head. You managed good light on the eye of the Sparrow and the markings are v clear and sharp. Colours lok natural. Very nice composition in the tree Jane.
sorry out of :) 2mro

All the special features of this male Sparrow are very well captured in this image, Jane.
The branches of the tree add a nice touch to the composition.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-15 12:48]

Alo Jane, Impressive capture of this sparrow, what a beauty, fantastic collors and details, the BG is explendid! As always blue skys..not a single cloud..Ah! Arizona....
The bird's expression is priceless...well done..

Nice shot Jane lobely composition I would like it if more if you would maybe reduce the amount of highlights and shadow usage a touch very nice though good detail and focus, good colours and light tfs rgds Necip

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-15 13:25]

Hello Jane,
Very nice shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-15 13:38]

Hello JAne,
Very fine shot of this House Sparrow up in a beautiful tree. Good focus, very sharp details and nice colours. I like the composition too! (I wish you'd also show us some more of the trees and plants that grow around your place as it is so different from here.)
TFS and all the best, Ulla

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-15 15:13]

hi : nice capture of this lovely sparrow beautiful colours with nice Bg
good composition TFS well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-15 23:36]

Hello Jane

Very nice lighting,the colours are very good.The composition is well thought out.Good details.The blue sky is wonderful.TFS


Hi Jane,
Nice shot against blue sky. I like your pov and composition. Beautiful bright sunny day. Interesting note about how this house sparrow evolve in such a short period of time.

Hola Jane,
Hermosa composición, bonita pose con luz y fondo muy agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

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