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olive sparrow


olive sparrow
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Copyright: Tabatha Osborne (fototab) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 362] (2177)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400mm IS, Digital
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-08 7:18
Viewed: 3824
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Olive Sparrow

This is what I was told this birds is, although it doesn't look much like the pictures I have researched.
If I am wrong, let me know. I will update immediately.

I took this at the Bentsen Ranch in south Texas also,
it was a beautiful little bird and I was only able to get a few images.

Thanks for any help.
Tab

Length: 5.75 inches
Conical bill
Brown stripes on olive crown
Gray supercilium
Dark eyeline
Plain olive upperparts
Grayish-white underparts
Sexes similar
Juvenile (Summer) buffier than adult with some streaking below

United States range restricted to southern Texas

Similar species:
The Olive Sparrow is the only sparrow with plain olive upperparts. It might be confused with the Green-tailed Towhee but lacks a rusty cap and is much smaller.
t a few images.

Thanks for any help.
Tab

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-08 7:25]

Hi Tabatha. I like the light in this one and the pose you have captured. the light has given a golden glow to the shot. good detail in the feathers with a nice POv?DOF. well doen tFS.
Nick..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-08 8:05]

Hi Tab,

I've never seen this bird before so can't help with the ID. But it's a cute bird who seems to like wading in water. An adorable pose. good details and nice natural colors.

Jane

  • Good 
  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-03-08 9:01]

hi tabatha,
nice picture,the details(sharpness) could have been better.Composition is not bad..The POV is excellent,
TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-08 9:58]

Hello Tabatha,
Pretty sharp capture of a species of bird that is not at all a sparrow. Though the frontal POV makes the ID more difficult I would say that this is a Bell's Vireo. You can tell by the eye ring and the faint yellowish tinge to the plumage.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Ivan

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-08 12:15]

Hello Tabatha,
nice composition, looks like it's ready to take a bath.
Very nice POV and a lovely pose the bird is giving you. Good sharpness and details are lovely.
Very well done.
TFS..Sky

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-08 14:48]

Hola Tabatha.
Una fina foto, de exelente pose y bella mirada de este Gorrion. Sus colores suaves ne el plumaje lucen por la calidad de la foto.
Saludos Tabatha.
Luis52.

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-08 16:33]

Hi Tabitha

Beautiful shot - good low POV, clear colours and excellent exposure and detail.

TFS

James

Nice capture, good DOF. good piture all the way around. :)

  • Great 
  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-03-12 13:14]

Tabatha,

I find the composition, POV, Lighting and the DOF great. A touch soft is my only crit. Good pic nevertheless.
TFS,
Sheriff

  • Great 
  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-29 16:25]

Hello Tabatha,
Very beautiful capture, I have seem this little bird quite a
few times.. Great POV and wonderful composition... Well done

Everton

Hello Tabatha,
What a cute looking bird. I would believe that Ivan is right. I'm really not sure but from my bird book he could look like a Yellow-Green Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis) a rare bird from South of Texas but they are some differences in the face markings... Low POV and tones of colors are impressive. As some have mentioned before, there is a little lack in sharpness (probably due to the relatively slow shutter speed) but the picture remains beautiful and very interesting. I hope that you’ll have formal confirmation of his ID soon ;)! Greetings,
Claudine

FYI -- this is an Orange-crowned Warbler. Hope the ID helps!

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