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Dark eyed "Slate-colored" Junco

Dark eyed
Photo Information
Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-01-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-01-08 17:00
Viewed: 1164
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I got home from work this evening I noticed a small group of Juncos in the back yard. These feisty little birds are always on the ground searching for seeds.

I hurriedly grabbed my camera hoping to capture a few images before the light completely faded into darkness. This curious little male came hopping towards me in the newly fallen snow, giving me just enough time for a quick shot.

I look forward every winter for these beautiful birds to visit our backyard. Juncos seem to prefer feeding from the ground, picking up what other birds spill from the feeders.

I love their pretty pink beaks and dark eyes. The males have a snow white belly and underside of tail with a rich dark slate gray head and chest. The females looks similar but have shades of brown mixed into their plumage.

For more info on the Dark-eyed Junco click here

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Very cute bird on snow, looking back at you without fear, Ron.
Lovely capture despite restricted light conditions.

Hello Ron -"Juncos"! New species to me. Very well captured this little curious one. Good details on 'alula', 'breast', as well as 'forehead', '"ores' and 'Chin'. Nice light on eye to. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-01-08 23:14]

Hello Ron

Great capture of "Juncos" searching for food on snow, excellent clarity, very beautiful colors, very nice composition.



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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2015-01-09 4:14]

A beautiful specimen expertly captured. It shows very well all the characteristics of this lovely bird, even some white under the tail..

Well done, Ron!

Have a pleasant weekend,


hallo Ron
this is a beauty of a bird in the snow
great sharpness and good details
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-01-09 12:33]

Hi Ron,great use of flash and exposure to take this junco with the best details on this difficult white carpet,great capture made with in a very professional way,very nice pose and fine details too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ron

With my DSLR (that I have since boxing day of Christmas 2011)
I did not have the chance yet to take in photo the Dark eyed Junco,
with my bridge and compact cameras I have done and never could
obtain great details of its dark coloured plumage as you photo here,
here I think you Flash helped to obtain that great exposure and details,
the little catch-light render always the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2015-01-13 19:26]

Friend Ron, your work sincerely are getting better ... This photograph, this rapid-fire as you say, is perfect. The use of flash, so hard always, was masterful. What a great portrait, which faithfulness, great details of plumage, beak and legs, wonderful eye contact. Great, great, great job!

Hernán Bortondello

Excellent job capturing the detail and color of this small, dark species. You know its mid-winter in our area when the juncos are back!

Hello Ron! Fine minimalistic take. Good natural lightness and colours. Superb contrast and sharpness. Marvelous texture. Good effect. Interesting note. Well done!

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