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White-Throated Sparrow

White-Throated Sparrow
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-13 16:15
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Here is a White-Throated Sparrow that I shot while I was looking for Warblers near Berthier.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

The White-throated Sparrow sings its breeding song of "Oh Sweet Canada Canada Canada" across the most of that country. Although its breeding range barely extends outside of Canada, it is common in fields and hedgerows throughout the eastern United States in winter. It is found in urban areas more frequently than most sparrows.

Large sparrow, small songbird.
Throat white.
White and black stripes on head.
Yellow in front of eyes.
Gray chest.
Back striped brown and black.

Size: 16-18 cm (6-7 in)
Wingspan: 20-23 cm (8-9 in)
Weight: 22-32 g (0.78-1.13 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes similar in plumage, males slightly larger.

Song a slow series of usually five clear whistles that changes pitch once, on either the second or third note, often described as "Old Sam Peabody" or "Oh Sweet Canada." Call note a distinctive "tseep."

Conservation Status
Abundant, but apparently declining over much of breeding range.

Other Names
Bruant à gorge blanche (French)

Cool Facts

The White-throated Sparrow comes in two color forms: white-crowned and tan-crowned. Tan-crowned birds have dull whitish or light tan head stripes, and more brownish chests that usually contain some streaking. In the spring when the sparrow is most brightly colored, most individuals are easily assigned to a color morph. In fall, the morphs are more similar and many birds appear intermediate between the two.

The two color forms of the White-throated Sparrow are determined by genetic differences, and are unique among birds. Oddly, individuals almost always mate with a bird of the opposite morph. Males of both color types prefer females with white stripes, but both kinds of females prefer tan-striped males. White-striped birds are more aggressive than tan-striped ones, and white-striped females may be able to outcompete their tan-striped sisters for tan-striped males.

Although they look nothing alike, the White-throated Sparrow and the Dark-eyed Junco occasionally mate and produce hybrids. The resulting offspring look like grayish, dully marked White-throated Sparrows with white outer tail feathers.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-13 16:28]

Hola Mario,
calidad magnífica,
buen foco y detalles...
saludos amigo

Bonjour Mario !

Magnifique cette photo de notre ami "Frédéric" ! Critiquer tes photos n'est pas un exercice très difficile puisqu'elles sont toujours "en plein dans le mille". Tu es vraiment un excellent photographe animalier ; la longue suite de tes superbes photo en est le témoin. Que dire de plus ?

Merci de partager et, surtout, continue de nous ravir encore pendant très longtemps !


Fine image of the Sparrow Mario.
Very good feather color detail.
Fine POV and composition

Re-salut Mario,
Je ne peux passer sous silence cette super photo de ce bruant. Je ne sait pas si tu aimes la pêche? Qu'importe, il n'y a qu'un chant d'oiseau qui évoque les grands espaces et la nature sauvage : Le chat du bruant à gorge blanche... Superbe netteté. J'aime les couleurs naturelles que tu as su capter.


Il est très beau, la composition est magnifique, les couleurs et le cadre aussi, qui le met en valeur.

Salut Mario,
Tu es pas mal chanceux! Je les entends souvent mais je ne les vois jamais sauf en photo! C'est une superbe prise super détaillée, exposée et composée. Bravo!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-09-13 20:26]

Mario, perfect sharpness, exposure, pov and composition. I do enjoy contrast and saturation too.


Oh, Mario,
très belle prise de ce bruant, couleurs et contrastes exceptionels, focus impeccable avec de jolis détails, jolie pose de l'oiseau
très bonne composition digne de rejoindre les plus beaux livres animaliers,
***je reviens avec un joli smiley tout vert***

Salut Mario
Encore une superbe photo.
Belle netteté belle couleur, tout y est.
C'est du superbe travail.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-14 2:45]

Hi Mario,
Colors, focus, sharpness, POV, composition and details look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Bonjour Mario,

Une belle image de ce bruant à gorge blanche, la photo a une bonne compositionm, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-14 6:37]

Salut Mario
Excellente prise.Tres belle image d'une espece que je n'ai jamais vue.L'image est nette avec de beau details et de de belle couleurs.Belle lumiere dans l'oeil.
Salut de Calgary Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-14 9:00]

Hi Mario,

This looks like a photograph from a book - just beautiful. I love the pose of the sparrow with the serious expression. Fine details and wonderful colors. Fantastic composition.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-14 10:59]

Hello Mario,
Brilliant photo of this Sparrow. Details, light, contrasting clear colours and environment are excellent. Great focus. Good composition, DOF and POV.

salut Mario

très belle composition aux couleurs chaudes
et excellent cadrage, j'aime ce petit spot jaune sur son front



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-14 21:38]

Hello Mario

Excellent clarity!

The plumage detail is outstanding.The focus and details are excellent.the colours are well saturated.The POV and dOF are excellent.I like seeing these lesser seen sparrows on TN.TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-15 3:52]

Hello Mario,
I have yet to see a better shot of the White-throated Sparrow with its sharpness, color, composition well composed in a natural environment. Though the BG is busy the sharpness of the sparrow helps to make it stand out.
Well done and TFS!

Bonjour mario,

Encore une photo d'exception, ca devient une habitude chez toi, superbe composition, merci de la partager

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