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Chipping sparrow

Chipping sparrow
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-26 10:46
Viewed: 3708
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spizella passerine

Bird Spotting:
This small sparrow is mostly brown with streaks of black. The chest, sides of the face and rump are gray. A distinctive black line runs through the eye, which is set off by a white line above the eye. Males and females look very similar although the female is somewhat duller.

Chipping sparrows spend winters and summers in grassy woodlands, along rivers and lakes, and even in city parks.

Grass and plant stems make up the nest of the chipping sparrow. The completed construction is usually placed in a small tree or shrub. Three to five pale blue eggs spotted with brown form a clutch.

Bird Bite:
To create a comfortable bed for their offspring chipping sparrows at one time lined their nests with horsehair. As the horse population dwindled in the sparrow’s habitat, this bird had to become inventive. Plucking strands of hair from sleeping dogs has become one new source.

Backyard Tip:
Nests of the chipping sparrow can frequently be found in the dense branches of the eastern red cedar.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-26 10:51]

Hi Luis. This is a cute looking Chipping sparrow which you have taken with a nice pose of the bird with its head to one side. All taken with sharp focusing and such fine detail. I like the warm colours. Looks good against he BG. well taken TFS.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-26 10:58]

Hello Luis,

Lovely pose and good sharpness on the plumage.
Also the beak and eye are very well to see.
Nice the blurred background.
Very well done, TFS.

Nice weekend,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-26 11:10]

Hi Luis
Wonderful capture this lovely little bird!
Details and colors are beautiful.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-26 11:16]

Hello Luis,
Very nice photo of this Chipping Sparrow taken from this frontal POV with eye-contact. Beautiful soft warm colours. Great sharpness, details, OOF BG and composition. A beauty!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-26 11:26]

Hello Luis
Excellent capture taken with perfect focus, light and natural colors

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-26 11:37]

Hola Luis,
una macro magnífica y gran obra.
Punto de vista excelente, felicitaciones. Hermosos detalles.
Una noche hermosa,

Hola Luis,
che fantastica cattura, ottima definizione ed eccellnti i dettagli del piumaggio, bellissima luce e magnifici colori delicati, meraviglioso l'occhio che catalizza l'attenzione in questa armoniosa composizione.
Grazie e complimenti
Buen fin de semana
Ciao Maurizio

hello Luis
great sharpness pose with great details and good light
beautiful colours
super shot
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-26 12:47]

Hello Luis,
A beautiful capture of this cute little Sparrow in a lovely pose. Fine sharp details and I like the light and the pastel colours in the background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

hello Luis

very beautiful photo of the Chipping sparrow, with fine POV
and framing, superb focus sharpness and details of the foreground,
beautifully blurred background, beautiful catch-light, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-26 13:34]

Hello Luis,
Beautiful shot of the sparrow. The colors, pose, and details are all wonderful. He really stands out against the BG.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-26 17:50]

Hola Luis,
Finely detailed and wonderful composition with splendid natural colours. The sparrow is well isolate with the great out of focus background. Great work my friend, thank you.

Hello Luis,
Great shot. Very nice colours and excellent background. Superb composition and amazing details.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-27 0:07]

Hi Luis,
Very beautiful capture of this cute sparrow.I liked
pose of bird,BG,clarity,details and composition a lot.
Have a nice weekend!
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Luis, lovely bird in nice pose against a splendid blurry BG, beautiful soft colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hola Luis,
its a while since I last visited TN, and I sure missed lots of interesting things. Your Chipping sparrow is an example: all those fine colors, the diffuse winter light and the neutral background make for a real fine portrait of this bird.
My best regards to you,

... no ceas Luis, había una buena barandilla, a mí también me dan miedo las alturas. Fueron unos dias preciosos en Madeira de cuatro parejas que fuimos en un viaje promocional que organizó mi empresa. Es una isla que combina muchos hábitats y famosa porque conserva su bosque de Laurisilva.

Tu toma rebosante de naturalidad; tienes tomas más bellas pero el punto de realismo de esta lo tinen pocas. Paleta de colores y fondo maravillosos.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-03 13:35]

Hi Luis
Beautiful presentation.Excellent POV and razor sharp image.Good detail and beautiful colors.I also like the color of the OOF BG
TFS Michel

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