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Canyon Towhee

Canyon Towhee
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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: 2008-04-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-18 8:22
Viewed: 3004
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Canyon Towhee or Brown Towhee, Pipilo fuscus, is a bird of the family Emberizidae. It is native to lower-lying areas from Arizona, southern Colorado, and western Texas south to northwestern Oaxaca, Mexico, mostly avoiding the coasts.

The Canyon Towhee's natural habitat is brush or chaparral. Its skulking habits and nondescript appearance mean that it is not one of the better known birds. It is around 20–25 cm in length and plump, and has a noticeably long tail. It is earthy brown in color, with somewhat lighter underparts and a somewhat darker head with a rufous cap (except that birds in central Mexico have the cap the same color as the back); there is also a slightly reddish area beneath the tail. There is little sexual dimorphism.

The Canyon Towhee feeds on the ground or in low scrub rather than in the tree canopy. Near human habitation, it is often seen in parking lots, where it feeds on insects on the cars' grills and takes cover under the cars when disturbed.


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Hola Jane,
Muy bonita y elegante composición contrastada con el azul celeste, buena nitidez y magnífica luz. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-18 9:39]

Hello Jane,
Lovely capture of this pretty bird with a strange name! :-) Excellent focus and sharp details. A very fine composition too. Do you never get any clouds in Arizona?? We only get the odd day here with blue skies, although now that we're going away it's going to be lovely here! Typical!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-18 9:55]

Hi Jane

Great shot with great detail, lovely eye contact ....and that wonderful Tucson sky.


Hello Jane
This is a lovely capture of the Towhee...A lovely pov looking up from below showing splendid details.
Have a good weekend.

Hi my friend Jane,
Another lovely capture of a nice bird, Canyon Towhee on the branch.
All are perfect as usual. I am very dirty today because we climbed to mountain:).
All the best by beloved friend!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-18 11:14]

Hi Jane. You seem to have so many birds out there. This is one you dont see to often. You have captured a good POV from under the bird. natural colours . well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-04-18 12:47]

Ola Jane
Belissimo passaro, as cores de fundo são encantadoras, a nitidez é muito boa e a luminosidade esta perfeita. A s cores me agradam muito.

Hello Jane,
Wonderful capture of a nice bird! TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-18 13:14]

Hello Jane,
Another splendid capture of a beautifull bird!

We certainly don't have these here in my part of Washington...or maybe I spend too much time inside...I have seen many starlings teh past few days...but they are timid as anything..You must have a blind...nice image Jane!

Don't like the OOF foregound parts, but otherwise this is a good picture with good color and detail.

Hi Jane,
Good exposure, love the blue BG.
Good detail and POV, thanx for showing us this new species...
New to me anyway :)
Well done & have a nice weekend,

Hello Jane,

You've done it again showing me and image of a bird I've never heard of before.
Although it has dull feather color tones, it is a lovely one.
Excellent work on sharpness and exposure wich does result in most wonderful details and contrast.
Love the steal blue sky in the BG against which the bird does stand out perfectly.
Very well done. TFS!!!

Have a great weekend, Harry

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-18 17:00]

Hola Prima.
Thie bird is very hard to cath in a good photo, but You did here an excellent work. Great image and beautiful blue sky.
Saludos Cousin.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-18 18:22]

Hello Jane,
Plumage detail spot on, great natural colors in a beautiful composition. Great work my friend.

hello Jane

beautiful image of the Canyon Towhee, i love your POVs
from down to up, excellent framing, always the Arizonian
blue sky, wonderful catch-light at the eye, excellent sharpness
and details of the plumage, TFS


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-18 20:55]

Hello Jane

This is a lovely capture of this Canyon towhee.
The clarity is very good,with good detail and sharpness.
Well composed in the natural setting.
The POV and DOF are well done.


Hello Jane,
Beautifully captured on the Towhee too that against the wonderful blue sky!
the subject is sharp with good colour and details
well done

Hello jane,

what a exellent picture from you.
Beautifu; colors with lots of details.
Razor sharp and nice pov and dof with the blue sky as BG.

Regards Gert

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-19 4:53]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful photo of this Towhee. Great sharpness and natural colours. Nice pose and POV. Beautiful blue BG.

Very nice pov again. You always have that magnificent sky. Great clarity and sharpness. Well done!
I must start looking for various species around here. We are being inundated with birds this year and I'm not paying nearly enough attention. :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-19 15:23]

Hello Jane,
lovely image of this cute little bird.
Nice detail in the feathers and good sharpness.
Superb BG once again that contrasts perfectly with the subject.
Nice light and colours.
Great work!
Well done,


Hi Jane,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Towhee bird. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-20 19:13]

Hi Jane,
Wonderful shot of this not-so-colourful but elegant looking Canyon Towhee. Very impressive sharpness and colours on its plumage and you have captured a fine pose against the blue sky. Superb light and exposure management and I like the glint on its eye. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Your shots have this beautiful blue sky in them...I do not know if you achieve them by PP or if its natural...
But the effect is awesome...
Very finely detailed shot...

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-21 17:45]

Hello Jaycee
Very nice closeup shot and eye view. The composition is perfect and lovely. Ganesh smiley tmrw

Hi Jane, splendid bird with fantastic details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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