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First of the Season

First of the Season
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-16 8:16
Viewed: 2731
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia leucophrys

The white-crowned sparrow is 6-7 inches in length with a wingspan of 8-9 inches. It has two black stripes black stripes that run along the crown of its head and behind its eyes and a white stripe on its forehead that runs between the two black stripes. It has a pearly gray breast and belly and brown streaked upper parts. It has thin white bands its wings, a long tail, yellowish legs and a small pinkish-orange bill .

The white-crowned sparrow breeds from Alaska eastward across northern Canada and south along the Pacific coast and into the western mountains to northern New Mexico and southern California. It winters from southern British Columbia, Canada east to Michigan and New York and southward to the Gulf Coast and Mexico.

The white-crowned sparrow eats seeds, buds, grass and fruit. It mainly feeds on the ground in areas with some cover. It scratches the ground with its feet to uncover food. It may also eat some insects.

Different groups of white-crowned sparrows have different "dialects!" When a male white-crowned sparrow is young, it learns the song of its region from listening to the birds around it. A bird that lives at the edge of two areas may even learn the song of both regions! In fact, scientists frequently study the white-crowned sparrow to learn more about how birds learn songs and how songs may vary depending on where a bird lives.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-16 8:24]

Hello Jane,
A wonderful capture of the White-crowned Sparrow sharply taken in a fine composition in the upper branches of this leguminous tree. The lighting is great and the blue sky is a treat to see now that we in Sweden are starting the dark time of the year.
TFS this beauty,

Hi neighbor... :)

Wonderfully composed and detailed capture Jane. The darker bright blue sky is fantastic here. Even the tree branches are perfectly presented here adding just the right props for your main subject. Very well done... and TFS.


Ciao Jane,
bellissima cattura che annuncia il cambio di stagione, eccellenti POV e composizione ambientata con lo splendido sfondo del cielo, ottimi la nitidezza e il riflesso nell'occhio, bellissimi e naturali i colori.

Hello Jane,
a fine capture the white crowned sparrow, the composition very nice.
Beautiful colours, fine exposure and good sharpness.
The bird standout well from the BG.
Well done.

hello jane,
nice capture of the white crowned sparrow, the image is with your hidden signature, your style is visible and without looking at name i could tell that its you,
tfs & regards

Hello Jane, wonderful shot of a White-crowned Sparrow. Composition and sharpness are perfect. TFS.
Regards, Deniz

Hi Jane,

Good pov and you've got there great light.
Nicely framed in the picture.
It looks he or she has make up above the eyes.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-16 10:33]

Hello Jane,
Great capture of this white crowned sparrow, Superb sharpness,depth of field and details
beautiful vivid colors,
nice clarity and great pose, nice soft background.
Regards Siggi

Hi Sis,
Excellent capture of an white-crowned sparrow from a nice POV with wonderful details, DOF and composition. I love its facial expression. Lovely indeed.
TFS & Cheers,


Hello Jane,
Une bonne prise de vue, le bon ensoleillement crée un bel éclat sur le plumage.Bien vu le cadrage avec les feuilles qui forment un joli graphisme.
Bonne soirée

Hi Jane,
Excellent capture of this White-crowned Sparrow. Great pose and composition, sharp details, nice blue sky as BG.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-16 15:13]

Dear Jane,

Your blue skies call out to me ...even as i look at the thumbnail of the upload, iknow this is Jane's:)....

A wonderful capture...the bird is produced with fine clarity and sharpness. For a sparrow, this one has a more leaner frame and length.I have n'vr seen this sparrows before.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

P.S:When you say first of the season, do you mean they stay around in winters?

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-16 15:18]

Hi Jane,the point of view make a difference,i like a lot the sky as backgrouns and the perfect details and colors of this little bird,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Jane

beautiful shot of the White-crowned Sparrow,
with a fine POV that i love, also fine framing,
beautiful luminosity and Arizonian blue sky,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-16 19:46]
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You sure know how to compose your bird shots Jane,
Another beauty, captured on what looks like a lovely sunny day.
What type of tree is it perched in? It reminds me of some type of Locust. Very informative notes!! TFS...

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-16 21:23]

Hi Jane,
Wonderful shot of this tiny birdie perched so elegantly up there. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and natural lighting. The blue sky as usual looks splendid as a backdrop and the green leaves sprinkle a bit of colour. Great composition.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-10-17 2:23]

Hello Jane, nice composition of this litle and cute bird with fine details. TFS and regards,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-17 4:57]

Hi Jane
very nice composition
very good sharp
well done.

Ciao Jane, lovely composition with beautiful bird, good colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-17 7:01]

Hello Jane,
Superb view of this beautiful Sparrow up among the pretty leaves. Great focus and fine sharp details. It looks lovely against the blue sky. Nice blue sky here too today but the days are getting soooo short!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-17 7:59]

Hello Jane,
Very beautiful photo in wonderful colours and excellent sharpness. Great composition. Splendid blue BG.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-17 10:02]

Jane, Great work and lovely shot showing the mood of the bird. Well done Ganesh

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-17 11:18]

Hi Jane. Missed this one yesterday. Good detail and natural colours. I like the pose with the bird looking out . well done TFS. good notes too.

Have a nice weekend.

Hello Jane, gerat shot of this beauty. Nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Hi Jane
what a nice capture for this lovely sparrow. Nice to see again it for you. Green branches and blue sky nicely contrasted it and each other. Sharp focus, colors, POV and lighting wonderful. Thanks for sharing this beauty. well done.
Have a nice weekend

Hello Jane,
Sorry for my delay!
nicely captured on this beautiful White-Crowned Sparrow with great sharpness, nice colour and details
well done

October 18, 2008

Hello Jane. Always so beautiful to see with the leaves and the branch and signatory blue sky. Flawless sharp details composed like a Chinese painting. Well done and have a wonderful weekend. Jusni

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-18 4:06]

Hello Jane,
I am sure glad they know were to go for the winter. Great image of this sparrow in a different habitat than I'm used to seeing them in. Maybe next winter I will follow them down.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-18 10:56]

Great shot of the White-crowned, Jane! I see them only in the Spring. You've done a great job apturing it. Well composed shot and very good exposure, well done, thanks!


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