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Dark Eyed Junco

Dark Eyed Junco
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 11:39
Viewed: 3015
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Another picture of a male Dark-eyed Junco of my garden.(Junco hyemalis 14-16 cm)

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
A widespread and common small sparrow, the Dark-eyed Junco is most familiar as a winter visitor to bird feeders. It comes in several distinctly different looking forms, but all are readily identified as "juncos" by their plain patterning, dark hood, and white outer tail feathers.
Medium-sized sparrow.
Unstreaked gray or brown, no wingbars (usually).
Gray to black hood.
Belly white.
White outer tail feathers.
Eyes dark. Legs pink.
Size: 14-16 cm (6-6 in)
Wingspan: 18-25 cm (7-10 in)
Weight: 18-30 g (0.64-1.06 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes similar, but females average paler and browner.
Song is a musical trill. Calls a hard "tick," "smack," and a short twittering trill.
Conservation Status
Other Names
Junco ardoisé (French)
Junco ojo oscuro (Spanish)
Cool Facts
Juncos are the "snowbirds" of the middle latitudes. In the eastern United States, they appear in all but the most northern states only in the winter, and then retreat each spring. Some juncos in the Appalachian Mountains remain there all year round, breeding at the higher elevations. These residents have shorter wings than the migrants that join them each winter. Longer wings help the migrants fly long distances.
The Dark-eyed Junco includes five forms that were once considered separate species. The "slate-colored junco" is the grayest, found from Alaska to Texas and eastward. The "Oregon junco" is boldly marked blackish and brown, with a distinct dark hood, and is found in the western half of the continent. The "gray-headed junco" has a brown back and gray sides and lives in the central Rocky Mountains. The "white-winged junco" is all gray with white wingbars, and breeds only near the Black Hills of South Dakota. The "Guadalupe junco" of Baja California is dull and brownish. Two other forms may be distinguishable: the "pink-sided junco," a pale version of the Oregon junco, living in the northern Rocky Mountains, and the "red-backed junco," a gray-headed junco with a dark upper bill, found in mountains near the Mexican border.
The Dark-eyed Junco is a common bird at winter bird feeders across North America. Data from Project FeederWatch show that it is often the most common feeder bird in an area, and it is on the top-ten lists of all regions except the Southeast and South-Central (where it is 11th and 12th, respectively). To view the top-25 lists of feeder birds from across the continent, go to the Project FeederWatch.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-27 11:45]

Hello Mario,

An other excelent photo of the bird. There is a very good light in your image showing in fine color tones bird's plumage. The excelent sharpness allows viewer observ even finest details of the feathers. Ther is a very subtile match between the colors of the bird and the background.


Hi Mario
It is beautiful. I think that I like this version with black buckground even more than the previous one. Perfect sharpness and exposure. Very good composition Nothing to critique ;-)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-27 12:00]

Hello Mario,
An excellent shot on this Dark-eyed Junco.Nice colors and detail in the plumage. Well compose and framed scene.
Regards Siggi

Hi Mario,
I'm back again - for almost 11 months I haven't been here. Now I'm happy to meet you all again and see those beautiful shots.
I never saw such a bird before, it's pretty - and with perfect sharpness, as usual.
Thanks and many greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-27 12:29]

Hi Mario. This is such a cute looking bird which you have taken with your usual high standard. good use of the light which has given fine detail. well done TFS. with interesting notes too.


Hello Mario,

Fantastic capture in your garden.
Excellent composition and detail.
Good focus and good colours.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-27 13:39]

Merhaba Mario,
Koyu bir artalan ve harika bir çekimle kaydedilmiş olan enfes bir kuş karesini paylaşmışsınız. Netlik detaylar ve kompozisyon çok hoş. Eline sağlık.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-27 13:49]

Hello Mario,
Another beauty of this bird. This time with a very beautiful black BG. Sharpness, POV, colours and composition are all excellent. Nice eye-contact.

Wonderful capture Mario... :) Pose, composition, lighting, and detail all well done against an uncluttered BG. Very nice... TFS


A fine fronto-lateral portrait of black and white perfection Mario, the curious look and posture of the cute little bird is so typical, the exposure perfect without any overexposed whitish areas. TFS this fine image my friend.

Hello Mario,
Good portrait of this Dark eyed junco. Very beautiful bird with these delicate blacks and whites.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Mario,
Another great shot of a pretty bird from frontal POV in a fine composition with excellent details, lighting and framing my friend!
TFS and cheers,


Hello Mario,
great capture of this dark eyed junco, superb sharpness and depth of field, beautiful natural colors, excellent catchlight and fantastic details in the plummage.

Hello Mario

A wonderful tack sharp image of this cute junco.
They have returned to my backyard.
The plumage detail is excellent,and the eye contact and catch light is superb.
Wonderful lighting and contrast.
A beautiful composition.

Hello Mario,
Very sharp excellent photograph of this beautiful Junco has been captured by you. TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-27 22:31]

hi mario,
the bird is so cute and captured beautifuly in soft light but the background is not helping as its not complementing the bird. tfs.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-27 23:44]

Hi Mario

A great shot with very good pose, colour and detail.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-28 2:28]

Hello Mario,
Another fine portrait of the Dark-eyed Junco, the use of flash causing a dark BG without a 'night-time' effect. The technical qualities, POV, and composition are all excellent.
TFS this fine image,

Ciao Mario, dark on dark, very difficult and very well realized, splendid diagonal composition with felegant bird, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-10-28 3:53]

Hi Mario,
This is Very well exposed, with excellent sharpness, detail. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-28 7:17]

Hello Mario,
Beautiful capture of this little Junco very sharply in focus and against a dark background that makes it stand out very nicely. Great sharpness and beautiful colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-28 8:40]

Hi Mario

Another beautiful shot from you, my friend!
This junco seems to be quite a nice subject for your shootings and a rather photogenic one, too :)
I really like the details here, one more, but also that terrific double-catchlight from its eye...that a nice bonus there!
Wonderful BG and DOF, too!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Mario
Excellent presentation of this beautiful bird.

salut Mario

superbe image du Junco, avec une belle pose de l'oiseau,
un excellent POV et cadrage, l'avant-plan luminneux
et le background sombre mettent en valeur l'oiseau,
jolis double catch-light à l'oeil, TFS


  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-10-29 13:39]
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Hi Mario.

Alls is excellent, the clarity, details sharpness colors and contrast is wonderful,beautiful light and exposure,great pint of view,good note.WHAT LENS USE IN THIS CAPTURE?


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