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Fighting Sparrows

Fighting Sparrows
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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: 2008-08-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-08 6:50
Viewed: 8934
Points: 66
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A photo of these fighting Sparrows on the airport of Lalibela, Ethiopia. It is the third photo of these fighting birds I post here. After a while they flew away and continue their fight on another place of the airport out of reach of my camera.

These are Swainson’s Sparrows, passer swainsonii, ENDEMIC to the highlands of Ethiopia, Eritrea and N. Somalia.

It is often considered a race of Grey-headed Sparrow. This sparrow was named after the English ornithologist William Swainson.

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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A well-timed great action capture showing a intraspecific behavior of these Ethiopian Swainson’s Sparrows taken fron a nice PV with wonderful details.
TFS and have a nice evening Peter!


Hello Peter,
Well, this is really different! ... Good work, it must be hard to take a picture! THANKS! ... these little birds seems judo wrestlers! :)
Regards, TFS

Hello Peter,
What an unusual moment. For you it was the right moment and the right place to capture this very interesting image. Excellent focus,sharpness and details as usual. Perfect exposure and superb composition.

hallo Peter
Super moment om vast te leggen
goede details en super scherp genomen
mooie kleuren
wel apart om ze te zien vechten
groetjes lou

Hola Peter

Vaya me ha costado ver exactamente como estaba cada uno de los pájaros. Preciosa composición y contrastes, y un Punto de vista excelente.

Un saludo de Antonio

Ciao Peter, great action scene, splenddi timing, fine details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter
Beautiful action photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.
Regards, Christodoulos

Hi Peter,
incredible photo concerning fight. Great capture, amazing sharpness. It shows true life,
thanks for sharing,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-08 9:52]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this fighting Sparrows , TFS!

Great moment you've captured! Beautiful natural colours. Well done dear Peter.


You captured the interaction well Peter. Looks like a serious fight.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-08 11:26]

Hello Peter.
Very good capture.Excellent action shot showing sharp details and interesting behaviour. Outstanding colors and sharpness, very well composed with good exposure and nice DOF.Best regards Siggi

Wow Peter, you now I love this kind of captures and you did a remarkable work here I think! Bravo, at first is quite difficult to understand what is going on, and then you are witness to a real fight between two Sparrows! Congratulations for that spectacular achievement!
George Veltchev

hello Peter

as we say in French »»»» photo prise sur le vif,
great close-up shot of these Sparrows in action,
superbly focused with great sharpness details, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-08 12:27]

Hello Peter,
A brilliant action shot showing this on-going fight. Really fine details, wonderful colours and a fine composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-08 12:55]

Hi Peter,very impressive moment,remember me the battles between the roosters,very good timing and excellent quality,and a very different situation too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Peter

Awesome shot, we don't often see such agressive behaviour. Good composition and sharpness.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-08 14:43]

Hi Peter,

You never know what you will see at an airport! Great timing to get this wonderful action shot of the fighting sparrows. You have frozen the moment perfectly with sharp details and amazing colors.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-08 15:16]

Hello Peter,
An excellent action photo with very good timing and wonderful composition.TFS.

hello Peter,
I remember a previous shot with similar scene. I think this is another capture from same fight. great action shot, with excellent timing. this is not ordinary. it is a different and successfully capture. thanks for sharing.
best wishes

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-08 20:37]

Hello Peter,
I must admit when I first looked at the thumbnail image I thought it was a bird that had been hit on the road. What a surprise to see that it is actually two birds entangled in a fight.
You captured this unique image at just the right moment and have frozen it for all to enjoy viewing. Great stop action showing excellent detail and beautiful natural coloration. well done!!

great scene and moment Peter!
TFS Nasos

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-09 2:56]

Hello Peter,
never know that these sparrows sparring too. They look very fierce in the fight and you have captured the moment very well.
Exciting presentation that I have never witness before.


Hallo Peter,
another very interesting picture of this pair Swainson’s Sparrow, good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours
Best regards

Bonjour Peter,
Très belle mais dure publication restituant fidèlement et finement une scène de la vie sauvage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-09 9:45]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of an even more twisted fighting position than your previous postings of Swainson's Sparrows. The POV shows the tangle well with good clarity and natural colours against a neutral BG in a balanced composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Peter.
It is really hard for me to figure out the feature of the sparrow because the fighting must be intense.
The capture is well timed and you have done it with beautiful sharp details.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-09 19:49]

Hello Peter,
I thought cat fights got ugly they have nothing on this scrap. The beak toe hold is being applied. Great action shot Peter, an excellent wildlife image.
PS. Is that his penis he has in his beak?

Hello Peter,
well captured in a beautiful pose,
Regards, Murat

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-13 4:08]

Hello Peter,
I well remember your former pictures on this subject! Amazing how intricate the two sparrows are on this shot. Amazing mix of feathers!
Excellent sharpness and good framing.
Original shot.
Kind regards

Hallo Peter,

goed dat ik het eerst lees.
Dacht dat het een dode vogel betrof maaer nee vechtend.
Goede timing en composite.
Scherpte is altijd goed bij jouw.
Prachtige kleuren.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-12-13 17:11]

Hi Peter
I agreed that this is a different presentation but it does reflect the bad side of natural life that exist.In regard of the thecnichal aspect this image is excellent.
TFS Michel

Hi Peter,
Amazing action shot, something rarely seen (at least on photos). Simplistic yet quite unique image concentrating on the fight. Remarkable image with greatly done technical aspects. Congrats and tfs.
Friendly regards, László

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