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Clay-colored Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dainty birds 2, Alex99 favorite pics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-01 17:12
Viewed: 4560
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Clay-colored Sparrow, Spizella pallida, is a small sparrow of North America.

Adults have light brown upperparts and pale underparts, with darker streaks on the back. They have a pale crown stripe on a dark brown crown, a white line over the eyes, a dark line through the eyes, a light brown cheek patch and brown wings with wing bars. The short bill is pale with a dark tip and the back of the neck is grey; they have a long tail. Non-breeding adults and immature resemble Chipping Sparrows and Brewer's Sparrows; they often form flocks with these birds outside of the nesting season.

Their breeding habitat is shrubby open areas and Jack Pine woods across central Canada and central northern United States east to the Great Lakes, and is expanding further eastward. The nest is an open cup on the ground or low in a shrub.

These birds migrate in flocks to southern Texas and Mexico.

They forage on the ground, mainly eating seeds and insects. Outside of the nesting season, they often feed in small flocks. While nesting, these birds may feed far from the nest; feeding areas are not defended.

The male sings from an open perch to indicate his ownership of the nesting territory. The song is a "Bzzzz bzzzz za za".

This bird's nests are often parasitized by the Brown-headed Cowbird; the nest may be abandoned when this happens.

From Wikipedia.


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Hola Luis,
Beautiful pose of this cute little passerine and all with exceptional settings results. DOF pops this one right out at the viewer. Amigo de imagen excepcional! :)

Hi Luis
Beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.
Regards Christodoulos

Hello Luis,
First class capture with superb details and outstanding colours.
Amazing blurred background and very good focus.
Excellent composition. Congratulation!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-01 22:35]

Splendid photo, great lights and colors, fine details,TFS!

Hallo Luis
I must agree with Paul that you have captured this cute little Sparrow in a beautiful pose and it indeed looks as if wants to pop out of the screen. I very much like the soft colours, not only of the bird but also of the whole setting and background. A lovely little creature with delicate features. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-01 23:43]

Hello Luis
Perfect as usual!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Luis,
Very cute capture, taken with a very good management of light, great sharpness. Background is gorgious. Best regards,

Indeed very well captured and well presented. A superb photograph.

Hola Luis!
Amazing sparrow. Wonderful scene, excellent scenery and background.
Marvelous lightness and colours. Good contrast and sharpness.
Original take. Splendid effect.
Well done!

Amazingly clean and bright capture of a beautiful Clay-colored Sparrow with tons of detail and briliant warm colors indeed, friend Luis! Bravo! The 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko seems to work well together.
George Veltchev

hello Luis
super sharpness looks 3D picture
super good details and lovely naturel colours
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-02 5:45]

Hello Luis,
WHat a pretty little Sparrow posing very nicely against the beautiful pastel background. Excellent sharpness and lovely natural colours. Very well framed too!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Bonjour Luis,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle attitude par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Luis, lovely bird on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid lightBG, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-02 9:01]

Hi Luis,absolute perfection! What a portrait,what a sharpness and colors,impossible to make better,this little sparrow will be proud of your pic..ehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Luis

very beautiful photo of this cute little sparrow,
shot with very fine POV and appropriate framing,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
beautiful soft light, and the catch-light always
render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-02 10:20]

Hello Luis.
A beautiful capture of this Clay-colored Sparrow.The DOF and POV are excellent.The focus and detail is razor sharp.The lighting is very good,with wonderful rich colour.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-02 10:31]

Hello Luis,
Fantastic photo of this Clay-colored Sparrow in superb sharpness and details. Marvellous pose with eye-contact. Splendid natural colours, blurred BG and composition. A beauty!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-02 18:56]

Hola Luis,
First, Lucy says Hola as well, she and I both love you bird images a great deal. You possess a great talent my friend, thank you for sharing it.

Again you have good use of eye play with the earth tones. Unlike East India, where multiple colour rules, Mexico is a much more arid country overall and at times it shows in the photographers eye.

Hola Luis,
Obviamente, el ave está captada de manera portentosa, pero no se puede dejar de decir que ese trasfodno casi de marmos, es una maravilla visual!... excelente imagem, una pequeña ave con una pose elocuente y detalles correctos. Una postal!
Saludos, Gracias por compartir, Jesús

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-03 23:20]

Hola amigo,
A superb portait of the Clay-colored Sparrow, a species new to me.
The pose, POV and composition are enhanced by the high technical quality of this immage with the neutral BG emphasising the subject well.
Buen trabajo Sr. Luis!
Gracias y saludos de un país a cubierto de nieve espesa,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-04 0:03]

Hi Luis.
One more brilliant bird picture from you. I am impressed with beautifulness of the subject, precise details of the branch and bird, lovely colours palette and blameless composition of the picture. Well done and warm greetings.

Hola Luis

Bella image de este gorrión encima de esta rama. Una imagen muy bien definida, con una nitidez perfecta y contrastes estupendos. Gracias por compartir.

Un saludo de Antonio

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