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Sing you a love song...

Sing you a love song...
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 400, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, Interacting birds, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-11 11:07
Viewed: 9575
Favorites: 17 [view]
Points: 108
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cape Sparrow
Passer melanurus

Also known as: Afrikaans: Gewone Mossie, German: Kapsperling, French: Moineau mélanure.

Passer: Derives from Latin meaning a sparrow.
melanurus Derives from the Greek word “melas” meaning black and “oura” meaning the tail.

Medium sized bird. The Male’s head and breast is black with broad semicircles of white from behind eyes to sides of throat, not quite meeting in centre. The mantle is greyish while the back, rump and upperwing coverts bright rufous. The Female is somewhat like male, but duller; head and breast dark grey with paler semicircles from behind eyes to throat.

Widespread birds in South Africa found as far as SW Angola. They are very common residents; nomadic in arid regions. They frequent arid and semi-arid savanna, thornbush along watercourses, farmland in highveld, exotic plantations, gardens, parks, towns, cities; usually near water.

Found in pairs or family groups when breeding; otherwise more or less gregarious, sometimes in flocks of hundreds of birds. Forages by hopping on ground, often in company off other sparrows, weavers and doves. They adapt well to human settlement, becoming fairly tame.

Mainly seed feeders but also feeds on insects (adults and larvae -- mainly small caterpillars), ovaries of deciduous fruit blossom, buds, scraps from feeding tray.

I found the pose of these two absolutely adorable and hope you do too.

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Ag dis mooi... This is too cute man. The details are fantastic, nice and sharp, and you caught him mid-sentence ;) The green background is great too..


Oh, Gerhard, you are a romantic aren't you?
This one goes beyond adorable, it is the kind of picture which poets and painters dream of.
You will make a lot of people happy with this beautiful image, thank you for sharing it with me. Congratulations!

Hello Gerhard, Wonderful shot! Really like your title and the male female pair together with the male singing is grand..Great details, colors and the dark BG contrasts their light colors very well..Excellent work!

Gerhardt, I love the picture, he really looks like he's singing to her and she's taking it all in. Great details and focus. Good effect in using the flash, it not only brought out details in the birds but also helped eliminating the background. This is not just a picture, it's a portrait.

Great work Gerhardt.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-11 11:34]

Belle et romantique composition photo pour ce couple d'oiseaux en pleine discusion ! Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well done !

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-11 11:35]

This is an amazing capture. A beautiful composition and details. The background sets this apart. Well done.


Absolutely precious!

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  • Helios (37)
  • [2005-04-11 12:22]

Fabulous composition. I love this photo that makes me think of some kind of serenade. it is extremely sharp, which I appreciate. The black background is specially appropriate to make the birds stand out.
bravo !

Wonderful shot Gerhard,
Nice title, Fantastic capture.
What a great couple. Excellent composition, details and sharpness.
Superb job, thanks for posting

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-04-11 13:38]

A lovely composition Gerhard, excellent pose, perfect background.
Great note.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-04-11 15:09]

Bardzo dobre zdjêcie, ¶wietny kadr

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-04-11 15:18]

Oh Gerhard, this is so beautiful, I agree with you, they are adorable, is the male singing to the female? :P what a wonderful scence. What a cute couple. Great shot of them, well composed, great DOF, sharpness and details. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-11 16:34]

Ah Gerhard, love blossoming on the branch. He's singing to her. Wonderful pose and composition. Colours and details great. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-11 16:59]

OK, Mossies can ook pragtig wees :) Hierdie is 'n wenner.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-11 17:18]

HI Gerhard, lovely capture of these two lovers singing. The composition is very good and the details in both the birds is really nice. Very well done.

What a wonderful composition! Great detail, lovely poses, this photo has everything! Awe inspiring!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-11 20:10]

Excellent capture!
Very good composition,nice and sharp.Great DOF.
Great oof background colour.

Excellent work,well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-11 22:07]

Une excellente prise de vue , avec un éclairage et un B.G parfait.
J'aime bien, tous l'espace laissé à gauche, ceci rehause la composition.

Félicitation !!!

Great picture Gerhard.
It's a lovely POV. Great composition, perfect against the dark BG. Very good details and colours.
It's only on e thing, it's not mine;-)
Excellent work as usual.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-12 2:33]

Beautiful, beautiful composition, Gerhard ! What a capture. What can I say? It is superb in every way. Thanks for another fantastic photo. : )

Stunning capture. The dark BG is a real enhancement to the two birds. Shows them off perfectly. She is obviously captivated by her 'man' who is singing her a sweet love song. Very cute shot. Excellent composition. Nice one. TFS

Some subjects are just too common too be too catchy anymore , that until a photo like this with a unusual ,,scene du vie,, becomes the exception that strenghtens the rule...

Again a brilliant shot - no comments from me boss! Cheers Tim

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-12 6:30]

Lovely sparrows! This is really beautiful. Very well composed, excellent DOF, POV & exposure. Details and colors are superb. Very well done & TFS!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-12 8:18]

Cape or not Cape, looks like our Sparrow. Cute and small. Excellent scene, looks like serious talk between those two. Great quality!

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2005-04-12 8:26]

Fabulous composition. It is so simple yet very compeling in all respects. Thanks for sharing this.

Very impressive capture Gerhard, excellent composition and details. Congratulations!

Amazing detail on both birds. Well spotted, a superb image.
Brilliant composition. She doesn't look too impressed with his voice!!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Gerhard,

Very nice composition. I like a lot the like on the birds and the darkness of backgroud.

Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-12 20:44]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent, in particular the composition.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks, Gerhard.

Superb sharpness, only with the birds and the branches, excellent !

Isn't it nice when you manage to capture a bird doing something. Sometimes in flight, and sometimes with it's mouth open singing a beautiful song like this one. Great work.

que dire ???
c'est absolument magnifique comme image !
Bravo et merci !

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-04-17 15:00]

Pragtige twee Kapenaars, lovely pov , pose, Bg everything, a really great shot, well done, Gerhard.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-04-18 4:41]

very well viewed subject! you bring us a little piece of his life with love, fear, passion ... in fond, the same feelings like in our life! thanks, very artistic.

These birds are so charming, the love song works on me too! The dark background really highlights their pose. Super clear and sharp, the branches are lovely too. Well done,.

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  • anoop Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 1 N: 14] (106)
  • [2005-04-24 23:34]

Great photo! wonderful compositon. She definitly looks taken in by the song. Who said the age of romance is dead!!!

It must be just me! I think she looks completely unimpressed by the brave singing of Mr. Romeo. Unlike me - I am very impressed! What a *lovely* image. Somebody said it is not not just a picture but a portrait and I agree. The composition is outstanding. I think you should have 3 points for this one :)

Sorry I missed that one Gerhard. Wow. One could not dream of a better scenario for a picture. Absolutely perfect. Composition, pose, background, light and sharpness. That one should go over 100pts. ;-)

I love it...I love it...I love it...
Perfect! No Comment!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-28 21:01]

Gerhard, I love it, you love it, TN members love it, the birds above love it.


Wonderful shot!Great details and focus.bravo !

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-25 20:35]

Hi Gerhard, you did a great photo i like the composition & colours, Fantastic sharpness & dof.
very well composed i added in my favorites.

Thanks for sharing

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-06-01 23:23]

Am sure they love birds will wondering there luck too!!bcas "Gerhard" captured them in there best Portrait !!!!.
Lovely compostion&both birds with sharp details.As usual very useful note.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-17 9:37]

la composition est superbe.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-05 21:41]

Bonjour Gerhard, I do'nt know this picture. It's a wonderfull shot, light and composition are amazing!! Congratulations Didier.

Another perfect one ! Very nice DOF, sharpness is perfect, so is the light too ...

Thanx for sharing !

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-28 14:46]

B E A T I F U L _ R O M A N C E _ P I C T U R E !

Well you did it again Gerhard.
Technically sharp focus and perfect exposure (of course).
Artistically a beautiful composition, and traces of light in the BG so it's completely black (I am an Ansel Adams admirer).
Best of all, you caught the peak of the action where MONSIEUR is performing for MADAME.

Slendid and TFS

Great pose and capture. Excellent DOF and composition. Very nice natural colours and the background works very well.

Nicely done Gerhard

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-02-01 19:39]

Great love-story!
It would be interesting to hear the words from this song :-)
Very expressive photo, thanx and best regards,

wow, mal hieroor - briljant

greatiful picture!!!

What a lovely picture!

And it's so well composed..
I love it!


Excellent shot with good details and sharpness.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-09-06 22:22]

Hello Gerhard,
I wonder why i havent yet added you to my favourite members list.

And what a wondrful capture you have shared with us here. The pair looks so beautiful with this aesthetic composition presented sharpness,clarity and natural colours.I love the way this picture has been frozen with the singing male.

Thanks a lot for sharing

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