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House Sparrow (female)

House Sparrow (female)
Photo Information
Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): sparrow [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-30 3:32
Viewed: 3121
Points: 20
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House Sparrow (female)
Passer domesticus
Identification Tips:
- Length: 4.25 inches
- Small, seed-eating bird
- Thick, conical bill
- Pink legs
- Extremely common in urban and agricultural areas

Adult male:
- Gray crown
- Black throat, upper breast, and small mask; less black on throat in winter
- Grayish side of neck and underparts
- Rusty-brown nape and upperparts
- Black streaks on back
- White patch in wing
- Gray rump
- Black bill in summer; yellowish in winter

Female and immature:
- Gray-brown crown
- Buffy line extends rearward from eye bordered below by gray-brown line
- Grayish-white underparts
- Black and tawny streaks on back
- Black wing feathers with wide tawny edges
- White patch on wing
- Yellow bill
- Immature males lack full throat patch of adults

Similar species:
The adult male House Sparrow is quite distinctive but might be confused with the very local Eurasian Tree Sparrow (St. Louis, Missouri). The Eurasian Tree Sparrow has a black spot on the ear coverts and an entirely brown crown. The female House Sparrow looks somewhat similar to a number of species of sparrows but has unstreaked underparts, tawny streaks on the back, and a large yellowish bill. The female Dickcissel also has a large bill but it is gray, not yellow, and usually has some yellow in the face and a rusty patch in the wing.

I hope you like her.

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A great shot even if the focus is a bit soft. Very nice pose of the House Sparrow.
Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-30 4:34]

Very good composition, nice blue BG and details.

Good picture Luc.
Very nice composition ,pose and colours.
It'a a bit soft but it's very good.
Great and informative note.
Very well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-30 5:30]

Bella imagen Luc, a partir de un excelente POV con una suave inclinacion de la rama y un maravilloso fondo azul.
Excelente encuadre con buena agudeza y DOF.
Has visto mi Cicada tan especial?... creo que será de tu agrado.

Beautiful image Luc, from an excellent POV with a smooth inclination of the branch and a wonderful blue bottom.
Excellent frame with good sharpness and DOF.
Do you have seen my so special Cicada?... I believe that it will be of your pleasantness.

Luc, the shot is very good. Detail, pose and colours are good also. Did you maybe use neat image a bit that gives it that very smooth texture

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-30 14:36]

And you brought her flowers, how nice of you:) I like this shot a lot. Very well done.

Thanks for posting

Luc, nice folow up to yesterdays post. It shows the difference well. Great shot.

A very nice monographic you are making from this bird to inform us. I admire very much the work made by the wild bird photographers like you, Luc. I had a try last weekend and found it very difficult. Nice detail of the bird collecting the seeds, and this time no tricking, thay are "natural seeds" :DDD
Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Super comment. Wonderful shot. So sharp !
Well done !

Now, here's one which might have been taken in my back yard, house sparrows are plentiful here ;-)). She stands out nicely against the sky, but it looks a little as if you've placed the main focus on the plant and left her slightly soft.

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