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Visiting or Renting?

Visiting or Renting?
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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: 2009-01-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 7:17
Viewed: 3262
Points: 68
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I watched two little Rufous-winged Sparrows going in an out of a deserted Cactus Wren nest. I'm not sure if they were just exploring or if they are using it as shelter for the winter. The workshop shows one as he was going into the nest.

Rufous-winged Sparrow
(Aimophila carpalis)

This small sparrow is found on flat, dry grasslands that are host to thorn-scrub habitats from southern Arizona to northwestern Mexico. The species is shy and elusive and is difficult to see except when the male is singing from exposed perches.

A slender sparrow with a gray face, rufous crown, and brown streak behind the eye. Fairly large-billed. Both sexes are brownish above with dark streaks; underparts are offwhite, unstreaked. Rusty patch on wings. Tail is relatively long and rounded.

Breeds in flat, dessert grasslands scattered with thorn-scrub including bunch grasses, mesquite, or cholla. This species is also found along washes with sandy bottoms and vegetated slopes. It is a year-round resident of south-central through southeastern Arizona south to the southeastern Sonora and central Sinaloa regions of Mexico. Although it continues to be fairly common, the species' limited geographic range puts it at risk.

Nest is built low in a tree or bush and is cup-shaped, made of grasses and twigs and lined with finer grasses. Nests from April through September, sometimes in pairs or small groups year-round. Diet consists of seeds and insects.

This species is considered at-risk due to the limited geographic range. Within this limited range its grassland and shrubland habitat has been rapidly lost to development and agriculture.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-19 7:29]

Hello Jane,
A nice capture of a Rufous-winged Sparrow posing outside a Cactus Wren's nest: I guess it wants to rent it! The sharpness, lighting and composition all contribute to a fine image. The string in the nest construction is fascinating!

Hello Jane
Really cool shot of this little guy on way to rent this (as Ivan said) Cactus Wren's nest.

hello Jane
beautiful picture
good sharpness and good details of the bird with nest
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Jane,
Another excellent capture of a Rufous-winged Sparrow in a Cactus Wren nest: Very natural composition and good POV.
TFS, and Best regards. Ferran

Hi Jane,
Very beautiful capture of this Rufous-winged Sparrow looking for accommodation. Good low POV and great composition, sharp fine details and good eye contact.

Hello Jane,
This is a nice capture of a little Rufous-winged Sparrow with his nest.
Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-19 9:53]
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Hi Jane,
Lovely capture.I think he is visiting for womanizing and looks like frightened from your camera:)It's well exposed and composed.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-19 9:54]

Hi Jane. This is a good picture of the Sparrow looking at the nest. With your fine detail i can see some string as part of the nest. Good use of the light giving natural colours. as always good notes to go with the shot. well done TFS.
I will go and have a look at the workshop.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-19 10:11]

Hello Jane,
Very good shot of this Sparrow.
I like very much this subtle light, colours of background matching well the plumage, and nice details.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Jane,

another great shotf a bird.
Very good pov and composition.
Beautiful colours.


hello Jane

beautiful photo of the Rufous-winged Sparrow coming to rent a nest,
shot with fine POV, DOF and appropriate vertical framing,
excellent sharpness and details, in the WS i had to search him (or her)
because of the perfect camouflage, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-19 12:20]

Hello Jane,
I'd guess this is a prospective buyer of this very attractive home! Very nice capture of the little Sparrow outside the door. Great details and beautiful light and colours. Welld one!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Jane,
It sounds as though these Sparrows are just opportunists, taking advantage of a ready made nest.
Well caught considering the bright patchy sunlight.
Cheers and TFS

Hi Jane, beautiful capture of little bird and nest, perfect focus, wonderful light and colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

wonderful capture with perfect sharp and good light , clear details and nice colours , great background ,
beautiful composition !

Hi Jane,
So cute the expression and pose got on this little one.
I like the framing you've chose, to present the bird in the nest entrance, and also with the support of the cactus underneath.
Nice lighting and excellent composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-19 16:18]

Hi Jane,today a different point of view but alwyas the same top quality pic,i like a lot this scene,it seem a bodyguard of the little home! My best compliments,i wish to say other but my english is very bad....ehehe..have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Jane.

Looks like she is guarding her nest here. Nice framing in keeping the bird and the nest in tact sharp focus. Excellent nature setting in perfect exposure and details. I like it and well done indeed.


Hi Sis,
What a lovely capture of this pretty beauty in front of the nest entrance from a nice POV. Great details, colours and composition.
TFS this fine image and cheers,

Ps. In these days i am so bussy since we entered the exam period. Thus i could be late for commenting. Sorry for this.

A wonderful capture of the bird, the nest, and it's "rope" ladder... :)
The cactus is an additional bonus and also enhances the image. Very well done Jane... I love it... TFS


Hi Jane,
very beautiful picture of this Sparrow outside a nest; excellent POV and lovely composition, great focus with fine detail, very good exposure and natural colours.
TFS. Best regards.

Hello Janes,
Looks like a visitor. I like the POV, sharpness & details of the subject. The lighting & composition are superb. TFS.

Hi Jane,
A nice capture of this beautiful sparrow and its nest. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Jane
A lovely capture. Fine composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Jane , great shot of this beauty. Wonderful composition and details. TFS.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-20 15:23]

Hello Jane
Nice picture with good details, the composition is clean and natural. I liked the title.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-20 15:33]

Hello Jane, a perfect shot of this beauty with wonderful details and composition.
TFS and G's,

Among your best photos..and you knew it.....I would never have come across this image and thought of Jane.....I am happy for your superb photo and your lengthy but interesting notes.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-20 21:25]

Hi Jane,
Wonderful shot of this cute little Sparrow and its house on the cactus looks so special. I wish I was so small in size to rent it from him. Very neat and sharp image and this a superb documentary picture. Very nice composition.

Hello Jane

A lovely capture of this cute bird welcoming you to her home.
She is probably a renter for the winter,maybe from the north.
The natural setting is beautiful.
Excellent timing with sharp detail.
Great job.


Hello Jane,
Great shot, beautiful colors, lovely catchlight, excellent sharpness and nice natural surroundings.
well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-23 18:37]

Hello Jane,
I here the desert is cool at night so a wrm little house like this would be perfect, just as this image is, thank you my friend.

Lovely shot and great capture of the Cactus Wren nest. Pulling the details of the sparrow out so sharply and vividly while it is positioned in front the nest so close in color isn't easy. Great!

Dear Jane,

I paged through your gallery and found this a very interesting nest - and I wonder, how babies avoid getting entangled in the bits of rope!

Cactuses provide cool nest chambers and are frequently a "living" Water Storage Tank. Considerably softer than a tree it is relatively easy to turn the interior of a cactus into a living space, studded with spikes to deter snakes...

You are obviously VERY observant to notice the new Dweller.

I am just reading a book about Animal Behavior at present - and it is a fact - that after a season in one hole, the birds find the accumulation of nest parasites, feathers and food scraps too much for comfort and move to new premises, which means vacancies for other hole-dwelling birds.

When sanitary conditions force the next bird out, new tenants follow - starlings, the slum dwellers of the bird world are usually the final occupants of a nest.

Ergo, I can look forward to see in your portfolio the photo of a different, new tenant.

I like very much the way you have filled the entire frame with THE nest, the bit of cactus a very relevant part of THE STORY.

The natural colours add to the charm of your story.

Enjoy your brother's celebration,
Kind regards

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