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Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-28 11:32
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Here is another picture of a Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis 14-16 cm) that I shot in a park in Laval while with felow Trekers and friends Michel (MMM) and Roger (RP1).

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

A widespread and common small sparrow, the Dark-eyed Junco is most familiar as a winter visitor to bird feeders. It comes in several distinctly different looking forms, but all are readily identified as "juncos" by their plain patterning, dark hood, and white outer tail feathers.

Medium-sized sparrow.
Unstreaked gray or brown, no wingbars (usually).
Gray to black hood.
Belly white.
White outer tail feathers.
Eyes dark. Legs pink.

Size: 14-16 cm (6-6 in)
Wingspan: 18-25 cm (7-10 in)
Weight: 18-30 g (0.64-1.06 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes similar, but females average paler and browner.

Song is a musical trill. Calls a hard "tick," "smack," and a short twittering trill.

»listen to songs of this species
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Other Names
Junco ardois� (French)
Junco ojo oscuro (Spanish)

Cool Facts

Juncos are the "snowbirds" of the middle latitudes. In the eastern United States, they appear in all but the most northern states only in the winter, and then retreat each spring. Some juncos in the Appalachian Mountains remain there all year round, breeding at the higher elevations. These residents have shorter wings than the migrants that join them each winter. Longer wings help the migrants fly long distances.

The Dark-eyed Junco includes five forms that were once considered separate species. The "slate-colored junco" is the grayest, found from Alaska to Texas and eastward. The "Oregon junco" is boldly marked blackish and brown, with a distinct dark hood, and is found in the western half of the continent. The "gray-headed junco" has a brown back and gray sides and lives in the central Rocky Mountains. The "white-winged junco" is all gray with white wingbars, and breeds only near the Black Hills of South Dakota. The "Guadalupe junco" of Baja California is dull and brownish. Two other forms may be distinguishable: the "pink-sided junco," a pale version of the Oregon junco, living in the northern Rocky Mountains, and the "red-backed junco," a gray-headed junco with a dark upper bill, found in mountains near the Mexican border.

The Dark-eyed Junco is a common bird at winter bird feeders across North America. Data from Project FeederWatch show that it is often the most common feeder bird in an area, and it is on the top-ten lists of all regions except the Southeast and South-Central (where it is 11th and 12th, respectively). To view the top-25 lists of feeder birds from across the continent, go to the Project FeederWatch

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Beautifully sharp details and a gorgeous pov! Love the texture of the wood with the softness of the bird wonderful capture. TFs

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-28 11:42]

Salut Mario
Tres belle présentation.Excellent POV et image tres nette et claire.Le détails est fabuleux.La PDC et les couleurs sont également tres bonne.
Merci pour la belle image et également pour l'avant-midi.

...as usual...
an excellent shot with a great blurred BG and good use of the fill-flasf.
...as usual...


Bonjour Mario,
Excellente capture de ce Junco, jolies couleurs et point de vue, Très jolie photo avec une superbe nettetée.. Bravo..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-28 12:46]

Hello Mario,
Daily a good photo. Also today. Again a high quality-one. Great sharpness and details. Fabulous BG and POV. Beautiful natural colours. The old trunk is a very nice bonus. I'm looking out for tomorrow.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-28 14:28]

Hola amigo,
magnífica captura,
color,nitidez y perfecto plumaje,
saludos Mario

Another superlative upload, great detail and lighting with perfect DoF! Nice background!

Hi Mario,
Oh this is so very nice, pretty bird on the old tree stump is a nice shot , nice oof background works well to make him stand out. Love it. TFS


I love this,
What a wonderful image of this junco,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-28 16:58]

Hi Mario,

Picture perfect! A beautiful Junco in a wonderful pose. Colors and details are excellent. The beak, eye, wings, and plummage are superb. Amazing how well he shows off against the dark background. I love it!!!


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-10-28 17:42]

Salut Mario,
Ca fait longtemps que j'essai de photographier ce Junko avec un beau BG comme celui-ci.
Très belle photo.
Merci , Roger

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-28 17:54]

Hola Mario. Muy hermosa la foto de hoy. Exelente la calidad en la fotografia en todos los niveles. Saludos Luis52.

You managed perfect exposure and focus on this one Mario. It is wonderful. I love the simplicity of it.

Evelynn ; )

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-28 19:17]

Hello Mario,
sharpness is magnificent, beautiful colors...
I could only say perfect!!!

salut Mario

belle luminosité sur le sujet avec un excellent profondeur de champs
et j'aime le cadrage vertical qui ai approprié à cette image, TFS


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-10-28 21:36]

Hello Mario,
Very beautiful capture, he's very stunning
great pov and composition


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-10-28 23:01]

What a beauty, Mario.
The light is simply wonderful, just enough to bring out crisply clear details and natural colors in just the perfect dosage.
DOF is perfect, and the pose is excellent.
A superb image.
TFS. : )

Alors ici, nous avons un magnifique "ton sur ton" avec une mise en page ..parfaite!
Dis,Mario, tu le sors quand ton livre ?



Bonjour Mario,
You done it again with another excellent composition of junco!
the exposure and focus is so perfect that brings superb sharpness, natural colour and details on this cuttie
the DOF is another big bonus
well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-29 1:26]

Hi Mario

Another wonderful picture of this dark-eyed Junco, my friend!
Again the details here are simply outstanding. I really like the textures you managed to get in its plumage and the way they sort of contrast with the textures from the dry wood.
The flash work is also very good here and brings with it a charming little catchlight in the little bird's eye. Very well done.
All that aside, as usual, the DOF is well chosen, the side POV is great and the natural colors are lovely.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Mario,
Another fabulous photo from you! Fantastic sharpness, exposure well managed, good use of DOF, nice catch light in eye. Just exceptional!


Excellent photograph with exceptionall sharpness. TFS.

Hi Mario

Great shot, excellent sharpness and plumage detail
Well composed and the darkish background works well here in highlighting the birds sooty plumage.


Bonjour Mario,

Une belle image de ce junco ardois, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


Salut Mario,
Come toutes tes autres photos, celle-ci est impressionnante de clarté! Les détails sont parfaits dans une superbe prise de vue, exposition et composition. Il faudrait bien que je me joigne à vous un de ces 4, ça fait longtemps que je n'ai pas vu Michel et Roger et toi, je ne t'ai jamais rencontré à part en photo :) À plus,

One more to the list of aviary companions. Very well done Mario. A swell image...in your own way I almost look forward to snow..I did say almost..in order that I can see and focus on birds a bit more clearer.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-29 9:50]

Hello Mario

Another beautiful avian shot.
Excellent use of lighting.
The colours are rich and natural.
The focus is spot on with sharp details.
The plumage is well detailed with natural colouration.
Nicely composed in a natural appearing setting.TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-29 10:57]
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Hi Mario. Not to much to say only fantastic. a little cute one this is. and once again captured with your sharp focusing and fine detail giving good natural colours. I like the pose on the old looking post with the plain BG.
i am looking to change my camera soon and have been looking at the 40d how do you like it.?

Bonjour Mario,
Superbes détails et belles couleurs naturelles qui sont très difficiles à bien rendre, très beau BG qui met le tout en valeur.

Bonjour Mario,

Très jolie photo et composition de ce Junco ardoisé! Personnellement j'aurais tenté de cloner la branche pâle floue au-dessus de l'oiseau... Les détails du plumage sont renversants et le PDV formidable (enfin un Junco qui n'est pas au sol!)... Avais-tu utilisé une perche???

Bravo et merci!


Salut Mario,
Une autre SUPERBE photo! Pas facile à prendre ces Junco! Le piqué est comme toujours parfait! Belles couleurs. Le piquet (ou tronc d'arbre ajoute un petit quelque chose de champêtre!
Bravo et merci!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-03 1:54]

Hello Mario,
I love this little bird and in your capture it really stands out so nicely against the fine brown background. Beautiful old trunk too! Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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