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Swainson's Sparrow

Swainson's Sparrow
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-03 8:37
Viewed: 6684
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Two weeks after the fight between the Sparrows on the airfield of Lalibela (previous posting), I saw a Swainson's Sparrow again and I made this photo.

The Swainson’s Sparrow, passer swainsonii, is ENDEMIC to the highlands of Ethiopia, Eritrea and N. Somalia.
Outside my 'fighting' photos of them, this is the first 'normal' photo of this species on TN.

This Sparrow is 14 – 16 cm. Darker than Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, especially on head and throat; pale chestnut tail and rump contrast more strongly with back. Smaller and more compact than Parrot-billed Sparrow and much smaller bill. Range does not overlap with the former Sparrows and Swahili Sparrow.
Habitat: Dry wooded grasslands, farmlands and villages; the common Sparrow in Ethiopian towns.
Status: Common to abundant in some areas.
Voice: Typical chips, cheroops and chissiks.

(Source: ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’, by I Sinclair and P. Ryan)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-03 8:46]

Hi Peter,not only a very nice passer,but a great composition too.I like a lot the behavior and its colors,the sharpness too right on the bird is fantastic.Thanks to show us this beautiful pic,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful capture of this Sparrow, i like the nice pose in this splendid natural environment, superb sharpness and marvellous light, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Best regards

hello Peter
beautiful composition and presentation the subject with very good output,very fine photo

Hello Peter!
Nice to see so interesting picture from your archieve. Low POV allows to present this species from nice perspective. This one looks totaly different to European sparrows, is much more colourful :>
Greetings from Lodz,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-03 9:31]

Hi Peter. The man next door. The Swainson’s Sparrow is a bird i have not seen in the wild so thanks for posting this little one. I like its grey feathers with the light brown wings. You have taken this with sharp focusing and fine detail. i like the natural suroundings. well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-03 9:38]

Hello Peter,
Fine capture to portray Swainson's Sparrow, the lateral POV being taken with excellent sharpness and colours against a busy but OOF natural BG. Nice eye contact and composition too.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Peter,

A beautiful capture of this Swainson's Sparrow with lovely natural coloration, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.



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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-03 10:26]

Very good photo of this Sparrow!

hallo Peter
super compositie van deze BOOS kijkende vogel
mooi van scherpte en goed licht
aparte vogel ik ken deze niet
bedankt nog voor je comments
groetjes lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-09-03 11:22]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of this interesting Sparrow in beautiful colours! Great focus on the eye and sharp details. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hallo Peter,

alweer een mooie foto van deze vogel met mooi laag standpunt.
Goed van detailering , ook in de donkere gedeeltes met een prachtige natuurlijke kleur.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-09-03 14:12]

Hi Peter

Sorry I missed this earlier - the hotel system keeps crashing. A very good shot of this species - it demonstrates the main features very well.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-09-03 14:35]

Hello Peter, nice shot of this beautiful sparrow species with nice composition and details.
TFS and R's,

hello Peter

an excellent and very beautiful photo of the Swainson's Sparrow,
very fine POV, DOF and framing, fine focus excellent
sharpness and details, it is the kind of bird photo that i love,



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-03 16:52]

Hi Peter,

Quite a different scene than the dueling Sparrows! Congratulations on being the first to post the Swainson on TN. A very pretty sparrow with a lovely face and nicely colored wings and plumage. The pose is superb and as always, the details are superfine. A lovely setting and composition.


Hi and Good moerning Peter,

An awesome capture of this Swainson’s Sparrow from fine POV with excellent details on its plummages in its wonderful natural environment. Excellent composition too.
TFS and have a nice WE!


Ciao Peter. Great light and stunning focused eye. Perfect my friend! Beautiful natural colours.


Hello Peter,
A good composition with sharp details and natural colours.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-09-04 13:54]

Hello Peter,

Wow, excellent details of the bird.
Great composition and presentation.
Well done.
have a good week end.

Hello Peter
this is a very beautiful Shot, the pose of this Swainson's Sparrow is superb
great colors and lighting and wonderful sharp details on the bird
Have a great WE

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-05 3:05]

Hi Pete,
this sparrow is vwery lonesome , it seems. Looking handsomely with a good pose. The details are well presented and the environment is also very well kept.
The eyes are lively and you have used the light very well.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-05 3:15]

Hallo Peter,

Uitstekend beeld! Zeer succesvol met een aantal mooie kleuren.
Een prachtige macro.
Een leuke dag,

Ciao Peter, lovely sparrow in nice pose, beautiful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Delicadeza en la luz y los colores, pero sobre todo, un ojo muy bien captado !
Saludos Peter: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Peter, lovely shot of this Swainson's Sparrow.
Wonderful details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Pëter
Very good capture with good POV

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-09-06 5:46]

Hello Peter,

Beautiful and sharp shot of this endemic sparrow from ethiopia!



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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-09-07 3:51]

Hi Peter,
A beautiful composition, Swainson's Sparrow ...
Very good sharpnes and beautiful naturel colors.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter
what a nice shot for this endemic and very beautiful sparrow species. its rufous should and vivid eye iris look very beautiful. you greatly captured it with sharp focus, POV, composition and eyes contact. good informative notes. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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