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Female House Sparow

Female  House Sparow
Photo Information
Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 300 F4 IS USM.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-17 10:53
Viewed: 3743
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Many thanks to Ivan for the corect ID .This being a Female House Sparow and not a Dunnock.

This Female House Sparow was taken in the garden today. The birds have started to show up again after a very hot spell . This week we have had a lot of high winds and some much needed rain.

House Sparrow ( Passer domesticus )Length 14-15cm.

Although the House Sparrow population has dramtically declined in recent years it is still widespread in Britain and Ireland.

This is a common, noisy Sparrow which is one of the most familiar small Birds due to its habit of nesting in buildings.

The Male has grey crown, cheeks and rump, chestnut-brown nape, back and wings, pale underparts and a black throat.

The Female is rather nondescript with streaked buff and grey-brown plumage. The Female can often be confused with a Female Finch.

Small groups of these Birds are often seen sitting on roofs.
Frequnetly dust-bathes.

They usually nest in roof spaces or holes in walls but occasionally builds large and untidy nests in bush.
They usually have between 3-7 eggs, 1-4 broods in April-August.

They feed on seeds, nuts and berries mainly from the ground, plus Insects for their young.

When fed in urban parks they can become very tame often taking food from the hand.

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hello Nick
very nice composition with good light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-17 10:56]

Hello Nick,
Very beautiful photo of this Dunnock with pleasing eye-contact. Fantastic sharpness, details and natural colours. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. A beauty!

Hi Nick,

Nice to see another one of your pictures. This is a very nice shot of the dunnock in a good pose. The detail is very good and so is the composition with room in front of the bird.
Great capture and TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-17 12:00]

Hello Nick,
Nice to see you back!
A fine capture of a female House Sparrow taken in a nice pose from a great POV against a pleasing blurred BG.
You can see the similarity with a Dunnochk but her thicker light-coloured bill is one of the main differences.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Nick,
Excellent portrait of the female House Sparow. With great details and lovely natural colours. A very nice composition and POV.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-17 16:04]

Hi Nick,not only a bird pic but a beautifull composition inside a lot of leaves,great quality as usual whit best sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Ciao Nicholas. Very good natural capture in good detaisl and amazing light. Great compo MF!


Welcome back friend Nicholas!
Come back with one of your "very well-managed photos of birds!" Excellent! great color and light balance impeccable. Everything in this photo, talks about "nature." In addition, the pose of the bird is beautiful and dynamic! And what texture in the feathers! ... Congratulations and thank you!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-17 16:48]

Hi Nick,

It's very rare that you post a bird that is also found here in Tucson. She looks just like her American cousins. The female might be rather bland compared to the male but I think she is a pretty little bird. I love her pose on the leaves and the wistful look on her face. Perhaps she is dreaming of autumn. We are!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-17 23:07]

Hello Nicholas,
A superb shot on this House Sparrow. I love the quality light and composition. Beautiful saturated colors and sharp detail.Very high quality shot!Best regards Siggi

Hello Nick
Here is a new magnificence : the expression is formidable..
Thank you and best regards

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2010-07-18 0:57]

Merhaba Nick!

Among the green leaves of this very beautiful house sparrow. You've captured a very beautiful composition and fine youre taking.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-18 8:12]

Hello Nick,
A lovely capture of this female House Sparrow in a nice pose. I like your composition and the beautiful light. Great sharpness too and well framed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla


It's just a sparrow but it's very hard to catch them in the middle of summer when bush is full of green leafs. Well done!

Nice pose and great composition


Ciao Nick, lovely bird in a beautiful ambientation, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-19 1:30]

Hi Nick!

Very nice picture of common bird. Great pose and light, well composed picture with lots of green leaves. Sparrows are so common, that they became 'invisible' and I haven't got any good picture of them :-)

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