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Dark Eyed Junco


Dark Eyed Junco
Photo Information
Copyright: Robert Daveant (bobdaveant) (302)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-27
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-02 8:36
Viewed: 3110
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Once considered five separate species, the five races of Juncos are now grouped into one species. The five races tend to summer in different locations, but multiple races can be found together in winter. The photo on the right is of the white-winged race. The white-winged race is a South Dakota specialty, nesting only in the Black Hills. They are similar to the slate-colored junco, except have white wing bars, more extensive white on the tail, and average 10-15% larger than other junco races.

Habitat: Conifer and mixed woods in breeding, Open woods, brush, undergrowth, and residential areas in winter.
Diet: Mostly seeds and insects. Summer diet is evenly split between insects and seeds, while winter diets are primarily seeds of weeds and grasses.
Behavior: Primarily forages hopping or walking along the ground. Even when they come to feeders, they typically will feed on fallen seed below a feeder, or on tray feeders set on the ground.
Nesting: White-Winged race nests in the Black Hills, other races only winter in the state.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-02 10:01]

Hello Robert
Nice capture of this little bird in snow
Excellent work!
Razvan

Hello Bob,
Very well done to solve the difficult exposure problem with the snowy backdrop. Excellent detail as a result. Thanks.
Alan

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-02 18:53]

Hello Robert,
A beautiful image of this tiny Junco sitting in a blanket of snow. The detail is excellent and the exposure is great, especially considering you had to deal with all that white snow. Very informative notes. Well done!!

These little birds visit our feeder every winter and are a special treat to watch as they feed from the dropped seeds of other birds.
Ron

Hello Robert,
Excellent photo, great sharpness and POV. Very beautiful this bird in the snow.
Well done for sharing and Merry New Year.
Hello Vanni

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