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House Sparrow

House Sparrow
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM, Digital ISO-400, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-13 2:30
Viewed: 3529
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken at the same place as all the Barn Owls though this House Sparrow was wild!

I hope you like this one!

Latin name
Passer domesticus

Sparrows (Passeridae)

Noisy and gregarious, these cheerful exploiters of man's rubbish and wastefulness, have even managed to colonise most of the world. The ultimate opportunist perhaps, but now struggling to survive in the UK along with many other once common birds. They are clearly declining in both gardens and the wider countryside and their recent declines have earned them a place on the Red List.

Where to see them
Found from the centre of cities to the farmland of the countryside, it feeds and breeds near to people. Vanishing from the centre of many cities, but not uncommon in most towns and villages. It is absent from parts of the Scottish Highlands and is thinly distributed in most upland areas.

When to see them
All year round

What they eat
Seeds and scraps


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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-03-13 2:47]

Hi Joe,

LOVEly head/face shot of this very common House Sparrow. Very sharp, I can count all the feather.
Nice food too.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-13 2:53]

Hola amigo,
excelente aproximación,
bello retrato.
buenos detalles y colos,
saludos Joe.

Hej Joe
a nice close-up the house sparrow
You must have been close since the DO is shallow.
Pretty sharp with details and fine POV.
Well done, young friend.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-03-13 3:11]

Hi Joe,

Very good portret of the sparrow. It looks excelent with the seed in the beak. Nice light and good colors as well as good sharp image.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-13 3:13]

Hello Joe,
Great close portrait of a cock House Sparrow with fine sharpness of the beak and eye from a good POV. This is really a macro: you can't get any closer to a wild bird than this!
Thanks for sharing this fine original shot,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-13 3:27]

Hi Joe

A lovely shot - excellent POV with outstanding detail and exposure. A very skillful shot - well observed and captured.


Hi Joe,

Splendid portrait of this beautiful sparrow friend! I think missed your yesterday capture:-) for our joint friend Jane. I will return it soon my friend. TFS this beauty.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-13 4:48]

Hello Joe,
excellent portrait, with wonderful sharp detail

The POV and wonderful light bring out the details and colors very well.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-13 5:16]

Hi Joe,yours portraits are fantastic,you show perfectly the little details of the bird face,my best compliments for your preciuos work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hola Joe, mi fotografía la tome a unos 6 m. de distancia, desde mi vehículo y sin trípode. Está muy recortada.

Tu toma del gorrión , diferente a lo habitual por ese plano tan cercano, con un buen enfoque y colores y sorprendentes detalles en pico y plumas especialmente. Buen control de la iluminación.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-13 8:43]

Hi Joe,

How much closer can you get? Wonderful shot - I love the seed in his mouth. The eye is marvelous - every feather stands out. Beautiful colors - superb details - perfect background.


These little twits are all over my yard and it seems they follow me all around town..I see them by the hundreds during the day, but they do NOT let me close enough to get a shot as clear as this...I would need a blind to hide from them and I'll bet they would know I was there anyway...Good show and yes I do remember the bird now!:-) Thanks Joey!

hi joe!
A really sharp and fine portrait
on the sparrow!
good work!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-13 12:32]
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Hi Joe. A very close up of the sparrow. very good detail in the feathers and eye. with natural looking colours. this is as close as you can get. well doen TFS.

Have you got the new lens yet ??

Hello Joe,
This is a very fine and beautiful super macro!
good size posting with excellent sharpness, vivid colour and details in the shot
a pleasing one
best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-13 13:34]

Hello Joe,
Fantastic close portrait. Great sharp details and beautiful natural colours.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-13 16:24]

Joey, you have no non sense, this is the closest I have seen a bird! It is beautiful, so much details, I love the seed in its bill, this is a fantastic shot. House Sparrows are beautiful birds and you show it well. Keep your superb work! Thank you!


Hi Joe,
Excellent and superb shot..! all are perfect. TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-14 6:13]

Hello Joe,
Interesting close view of this Sparrow showing great details of its face and plumage.
Great sharpness and fine natural colours. Nice soft background too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Joe, an other great portrait with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-14 9:59]

Joe, very closeup view of this shot. Superb focus and great clarity. Nice details. Ganesh

Hello Joe great macro love the detail! Nice DOF. I'm pleased you got your new super lens they are expensive but worth it, I'm sure you will get great shots with it. Best rgds Necip.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-15 21:43]

Hello Joe

When I look at this shot ,I get the feeling the sparrow has stopped chewing as it notices you are so close,and the thought running through it's head is "what the heck is this guy up to?"
Wonderful POV and DOF.
This is a close up!


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