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White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrow
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Copyright: angela LL (angela926) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 470 W: 19 N: 798] (3083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-25 19:53
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White throated sparrow taken at the Marshlands conservancy in Rye New York.

The White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, is a passerine bird of the American sparrow family Emberizidae.

It is a 17 cm long North American species, breeding in central Canada and New England. It nests either on the ground under shrubs or low in trees in deciduous or mixed forest areas and lays 3-5 brown-marked blue or green-white eggs. In winter, it migrates to the southern and eastern USA. This bird is a rare vagrant to western Europe.

The rufous wings and white throat make this an easy species to identify. Some birds have a tan supercilium and browner head than the more common white-striped form.

These birds forage on the ground under or near thickets or in low vegetation. They mainly eat seeds, insects and berries.

The White-throated Sparrow's song is a high whistle with the cadence of "Po-or Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody" (or "O-oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada") The rhythm is very regular, and the timbre could be described as pinched.

There are at least two distinct songs sung by this species. One consists of an initial note, followed by three or so repeated notes at an interval of about a major third above. The second song consists of an initial note, a second a whole step lower, and a third note, repeated 2-3 times, about a minor third below that. These musical intervals are only approximate; to a human ear the song often sounds out of tune. The repeated note will often change in pitch very slightly, contributing to this effect.

The White-throated Sparrow also has at least two other calls, in addition to its song.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-02-25 20:08]

Beautiful composition, Good sharpness and nice background. Very informative note. tfs

Hello Angela
Many thanks for the feedback, this is a little stunner, love the POV and framing, beautiful eye catch, excellent detail, and the b/ground is the perfect colour to enhance this little Sparrow, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Angela,
a nice picture even if it's a bit soft, the colours
and compostion are nice. I like the POV but I'm not sure about
the frame with 3 different colours.
Well done.

Hi Angela
Picture perfect
tfs jon

Interesting POV, light angle was nice.
Best regards,

Hi Angela,

Lovely light on the sparrow, we can appreciate good colours and a beautiful well lid eye. Well done!


Very well composed!Nice POV and very sharp!!
I love the way you've presented it, too!!
TFS & regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-26 19:04]

Hello Angela,
Spot on focus and exposure results in an excellent image with which to view this lovely species. Thanks for the great work.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-26 20:22]

Hello Angela

Excellent POV and DOF.
The focus is sharp and well defined.
The OOF BG is wonderful.
Lovely plumage detail and markings.
You have captured this bird in a natural setting.


Superbe, détails extraordinaires, couleurs exquises et compositionfantastique.

Hi Angela, it's the eye that grabs you in this one. Very nice positioning in the frame and great colour found on the bird. Was the shot taken close to a house. There seem to be branch shadows on a wall behind it. No problem with that, just curious.

Thanks, John

Hi Angela,
Lightning is beautiful here! You captured a superb pose in excellent composition. You are lucky to have this beautiful one in your gallery, I have often heard them but I have never seen one in real! Catch-light in its eye is wonderful! Thanks,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-28 1:53]

Hello Angela

A very beautiful close-up on this cute White throated sparrow.
You took really good advantage of the excellent frontal light that falls on your subject and managed a great shot, with sharp details and wonderful natural colors.
The DOF is very good, too, isolating the subject very well from the blurry BG.
Well composed and exposed, as well.
The frame is a bit too striking for me...bit it's just one man's opinion :)
Anyway, nicely done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-28 4:32]

Hello Angela, I love the song of this bird! Great image of the Sparrow, well composed, good exposure and great pose. The details are fine and the background is very good. Thanks!


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-28 12:06]

hello Angela
good capture of this cute sparrow
i like composition, point of view, blurry background, lighting, colours, contrast, sharpness,framing and note
thanks for sharing

nice composition.beautiful colors and great sharpness and detail

Hi Angela,

This is a truely stunning shot. Fantastic colours and lige, perfect pov and dov and a great pose from the bird. The background is stunning. The kind a shot I would have to have taken. Nice weekend.


Hello Angela. Your shot at birds are all wonderful to see. I can see top quality images all over your gallery. This one is nicely perched on that diagonal branch creating good perspective. The sparrow is in excellent sharpness and details throughout the body. The lighting is pleasant with soft blurry background. Beautiful work and very well done. Regards. Jusni

Hello Angela,
je vois que tes photos sont meilleures de jour en jour,
j'aime beaucoup la composition , le background et la lumière de celle ci,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-02 11:40]

Hi Angela
This is very nice composition
well done.

Hello Angela excellent shot nice light and great pose. Beautifully composed tfs rgds Necip.

I have never seen one of these guys before. What a cool looking sparrow! I like how you have maintained detail despite whites and blacks in the bird. The DOF is great too. Good job

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  • sray Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (242)
  • [2008-03-12 17:51]

Hi Angela
this shot is excellent . The bg is fantastic . Very well done . Thanks

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