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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L IS USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-30 4:52
Viewed: 3431
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now I have no idea if these two are actually related, however this photo does show an adult and juvenile White-crowned Sparrow. There were hundreds of these guys around the area on this day, but this is the only shot I got that showed a good comparison between the adult and Juvenile birds. The adult is on the left, Juvenile on the right.

White-crowned Sparrow
Zonotrichia leucophrys

Elegantly marked in gray, brown, black, and white, the White-crowned Sparrow is one of the best-studied songbirds in North America. Much of our knowledge of bird song and development is based on studies of this species.

Cool Facts
Four of the five subspecies of White-crowned Sparrows are migratory. The sedentary race lives in a very narrow band along the California coast. The most widespread race, breeding across northern Canada and wintering in the eastern United States, is the least-studied and least well known of all the races.

A young male White-crowned Sparrow learns the basics of the song it will sing as an adult during the first two or three months of its life. It does not learn directly from its father, but rather from the generalized song environment of its natal neighborhood.

Because male White-crowned Sparrows learn the songs they grew up with and do not travel far from where they were raised, song dialects frequently form. Males on the edge of two dialects may be bilingual and able to sing both dialects.

Sex Differences
Sexes alike in plumage, males slightly larger.

Juvenile with crown stripes brown and buff, breast and belly buff streaked with black. First winter like adult except crown stripes brown and buff, not black and white.


Camera Model Name Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time 1/28/2008 05:32:55
Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/15Sec.
Av(Aperture Value) F5.6
Metering Modes Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x
Focal Length 400.0 mm
Image size 4368 x 2912
Image Quality Fine
Flash Off
White Balance Auto
AF mode AI focus AF
Picture Style Standard
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 3
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0

marhowie, albert, earthtraveler, dejo, Adanac, Luis52, rcrick, angybone, uleko, NinaM, warnzy, jpdenk has marked this note useful
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Nice shot Billy, and a twofer as well :)
Great color and exposure, and both birds are posed well.
Well done,

Hi Billy
Good compo, and very nice winter color
and interesting note
Thanks for sharing

Hi Billy
Nice family shot of this two sparrows :)
Well done and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-30 7:05]

Hello Billy,
Beautiful photo with clear colours and light. Good composition.

Hi Billy,
You taught me something with this image. The color changes here of the two are quite interesting. Nicely composed and two great poses. TFS

Hello Billy,
Outstanding capture of these two Sparows! The background gray allows the slightest details to pop out from the slightest feathers of their wing. Very crisp and balanced,
Well seen, and captured...

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-30 15:18]

Hello Billy,
What a interesting sparrow, beautiful stripes!
nice to see both on the same photo,
great capture of these beautiful birds!
best regards, Dejan

Hi Billy,
Nice capture of these two White-crowned Sparrow, the darkish background really makes the colours of these two come though, look pretty cold and damp? Cheers Rick :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-31 6:36]

Hola Billy.
Very nice photo of this family of birds. I like the sharpness and great focus. BG is also very nice and well framed too.
Saludos Billy.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-01 3:08]

Hello Billy,
These Sparrows are real beauties and you've captured these two very nicely. Good focus on both and fine colours. I like the natural background very much and the composition is beautiful.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 18:55]

Hello Billy,
Very pleasant composition with excellent colors and details.
This species is one of my favorite sparrows, thanks for sharing.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-02 6:39]

Hi Billy, I love to see what those migrators do while in the south! It's kind of reassuring me, I couldn't tell why... and this is a lovely picture, I love the composition and the colours, the two birds making spots of life and colour in the frame. The background is very smooth. It's nice to see those two birds at different age! Thank you,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-02 10:01]

Hello Billy, I really like this picture of the young and the adult White-crowned Sparrow, the composition is very well done and the sharpness is fine, great colors and beautiful background, thanks !


Hi Billy,

I love the fact that this picture could be monotone, if it wasn't for the very colourful sparrows. You have captured them perfectly. A very, very efffective shot.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 21:01]

Hello Billy

A wonderful example of adult and immature sparrows here.The plumage detail is excellent.
Well focused with very good sharpness.
The shot has a very pleasant OOF BG.


I say it's a girl and a boy talking about bird prom. He's asking her out but she's not quite sure yet. He is awfully cute and he sure did go out on the limb asking. ha ha

Great shot!
WOnderful how you captured them both so well. The front bird's little claws are particularly well defined.

Hi Billy,

Very nice shot! Caught those two in nice poses, nice composition, exposed and focused just right. I like the relatively gray background, accents the colors on the birds really well.



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