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Rufous-collared Sparrow

Rufous-collared Sparrow
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM, + 2x TC II
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of NEOTROPIC (Central & South America) Reg., jacqueline's favourites, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-15 1:52
Viewed: 4856
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis captured in Cusco area on Huacarpay lake located on 3200 meter over sea level.
When I come back from Manu rain-forest to Cusco city I had few free days. Huacarpay lake was 50km from Cusco and well known as a birding place. It was just to find transportation to the lake which we find little bit different. One taxi driver was willing to help us but he only spoke Spanish :) I speak just enough Spanish to ask simple question... but in the end we find the way to communicate :) It was me, my partner end one friend from England willing to explore this lake...
We count more than 40 spices of birds in 3 hours on this lake. I made good shots of probably 15 spaces and this is the one of them. This beautiful sparrow was resting on this cactus and the reddish background is from the dirt which is red in colour.

1D Mark III @ 800mm, tripod, ISO-500 F/5,6 1/1300sec.

More info on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous-collared_Sparrow

CeltickRanger, jlinaresp, roges, horias, eng55, jaycee, Dis. Ac., Luis52, tuslaw, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-01-15 2:38]

Hi Ralf , wonderful image you have captured , great detail and color , with a perfect soft background. I really like the color of that background too , it makes for a nice standout image , thanks for sharing it

perfect, sharp portrait, TFS Ori

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-15 2:49]

Very poetic portrait of this beautiful sparrow, fine composition and colors. tfs.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-15 3:07]

Hello Ralf
Another excellent capture with vivid colors and sharp details
Thanks for sharing

hello Ralf

excellent and very beautiful photo of the Rufous-collared Sparrow
a lovely cute sparrow, very fine POV, DOF and the way it is
framed on the image, superb focus great sharpness details,


Hi Ralf,
Impeccable definition and light, excellent depth and a thoroughly professional composition. Even the framing is good! congratulations!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-15 9:22]

Hi Ralf,
åter ge oss en superb makro. Montera fågeln mycket bra, mina gratulationer.
Underbara färger med en storslagen kontrast.
Vill du ha en lugn helg,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-15 10:20]

Wonderful capture this lovely Zonotrichia capensis!
Great sharp details and colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-15 10:49]

Hello Ralf,
Superb photo in perfect sharpness an details. Very beautiful colours in the sparrow. Excellent composition, POV, pose and OOF BG.
Have a good weekend,

Ciao Ralf, lovely bird in nice pose against a beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, great details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-01-15 13:05]

hi Ralf,
splendide image c'est parfait. Sobriété dans la composition, couleur denses mais douces et lumičre diffuse ā souhait.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-15 13:45]

Hi Ralf,
Very beautiful capture.Sharpness,details,BG and eye contact are perfect.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-15 15:47]

Hi Ralf,

I can see how this sparrow got his name! A perfect pose to show off the rufous collar. I love how he is perched on the leaf. The colors and details of the face, wings and plumage are outstanding. Marvelous background and composition.


Hello Ralf
excellent beautiful model and excellent capture. bravo. I like it very much. this sparrow is some similar to male Rock Bunting here, with their plumages and colors. photographically wonderful with sharp focus, POV/OOF and exposure. vivid eyes contact and coloration splendid. thanks for sharing this beauty from Peru. have a nice weekend

Hej Ralf,
jag ser att du har varit i Peru och fotat.
Själv tillbringar jag vintern på Cypern, ska stanna här en månad till.
Fin bild av en mycket vacker fågel, härliga färger, fint ljus och mycket bra skärpa.
Ha de gott

Hi Ralf

Great shot of this lovely sparrow. Excellent composition, sharpness and details. Perfect background.


Hello Ralf,

an very good pic from this little beautiful bird witfh good pov and eye contact.
fine natural colours.


Hello Ralf
superb bird species, taken with amazing details and colors
great composition too
thanks or sharing this beauty

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-16 18:26]

Hola Ralf.
Nice and sharp photo Ralf. beautiful pose and BG. Like Your note too.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-16 21:02]

Hello Ralf,
First I would like to say that your gallery is awesome!! You have some incredibly beautiful images in it and this particular shot is no exception. The detail and color is stunning, as is the exposure and composition. Super work!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-18 6:36]

Hej Ralf,
Another great capture from your 'expedition'! A very beautiful Sparrow with lovely markings and colours. Great focus on the eye and a beautiful colour of the background too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-03-24 21:10]

Hello Ralf, fantastic shot of that nice bird, it's pin sharp with a perfect exposure and with a beautiful pose. Well done!


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