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Dark-eyed Junco, female

Dark-eyed Junco,  female
Photo Information
Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-28 8:21
Viewed: 3475
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was pleased to see this soft, light colored BG in my viewfinder as I shot this Junco image. The distant sunlit fallen leaves are what worked to a acheive this. Won't be long and this BG will be white to bluegray from snow.

A widespread and common small sparrow, the Dark-eyed Junco is most familiar as a winter visitor to bird feeders. It comes in several distinctly different looking forms, but all are readily identified as "juncos" by their plain patterning, dark hood, and white outer tail feathers.

• medium-sized sparrow.
• Gray to black hood.
• Belly white.
• White outer tail feathers.
• Eyes dark. Legs pink.
• Size: 14-16 cm (6-6 in)
• Wingspan: 18-25 cm (7-10 in)
• Weight: 18-30 g (0.64-1.06 ounces)

Sex Differences
Sexes similar, but females average paler and browner.

Song is a musical trill. Calls a hard "tick," "smack," and a short twittering trill.

Other Names
Junco ardois� (French)
Junco ojo oscuro (Spanish)

Cool Facts
• Juncos are the "snowbirds" of the middle latitudes. In the eastern United States, they appear in all but the most northern states only in the winter, and then retreat each spring. Some juncos in the Appalachian Mountains remain there all year round, breeding at the higher elevations. These residents have shorter wings than the migrants that join them each winter. Longer wings help the migrants fly long distances.

Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
All About Birds website

Aperture Priority
ISO 400
F-Stop 4.
Exp. 1/125 sec.
Tripod set up in my kitchen and image shot through the window opening. :-)

Thanks for taking a look.
I appreciate all your past comments and anything you care to share about this image, please do.

pankajbajpai, Jamesp, MMM, gracious, Argus, ridvan, tiklod, jaycee has marked this note useful
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hello richard,
fine capture of the red eyed junco, liked the way you have composed this shot, nice pov, lovely natural colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-28 10:21]

Hi Richard

A great POV (diagonal branch esp) - excellent isolation of the subject from the BG - plus great BG colours.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-28 14:36]

Salut Richard
Tres bonne présentation.Bon POV et image bien en focus.Beau détails et jolie lumiere dans l'oeil de ton sujet.Je suis d'accord avec toi excellent choix de couleurs pour l'arriere plan.
Merci Michel

Hello Richard,
very good and pleasant photo to enjoy!
good pose with excellent sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
a very good notes
best wishes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-29 4:49]

Hi Richard,
Wonderful shot with the soft lighting and dreamy ambience making the image look majestic. Very neat and sharp details on the plumage and you have captured a fabulous pose here. Great lighting and exposure with the Bg being so special. Excellent POV and the diagonal composition is superbly done. Kudos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-29 22:30]

Hello Richard,
I agree, this is a very pleasing BG to this fine shot of a female Dark-eyed Junco. Great composition and nice sharpness too, all of which make this a fine capture.
Well done!
TFS and for your kind comments on my 300th!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-30 5:04]

Hello Richard, very nice picture of the Junco, good pose, sharp image and nice background. Well done, thanks !


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-12-01 10:52]

selam richard; Excellent shot of this lovely bird.Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.splendid Colors. well done.
TFS ridvan

The softness of the warm light is really lovely Richard. The angled word and subject is very effective.

Evelynn : )

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-13 10:06]

Hi Richard,

A lovely shot of this Junco. The colors are soft and beautiful and blend so well - love the touch of the green leaves. Nice details of the bird showing off his plummage very well. You caught him in a cute pose.


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