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House Sparrow

House Sparrow
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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: 2008-10-04
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, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-05 7:54
Viewed: 3023
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus, 15 cm) caught in my garden.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

The Sparrow to many, the House Sparrow was introduced into North America from its native Europe in the 1850s. It successfully spread across the continent, and is abundant in urban and agricultural habitats. Although it is found in many remote places, it nearly always stays near people and their buildings.
Small, stocky songbird.
Bill thick.
Legs short.
Chest unstreaked.
Male with black throat and white cheeks.
Size: 14-16 cm (6-6 in)
Wingspan: 19-25 cm (7-10 in)
Weight: 26-32 g (0.92-1.13 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male with reddish back and black bib, female brown with eyestripe.
Calls a slightly metallic "cheep, chirrup." Song a series of cheeps.
Conservation Status
Competition from the House Sparrow for cavity nests can cause decline of some native species. House Sparrow populations declining across most of range. You can help scientists learn more about this species by participating in the Celebrate Urban Birds! project.
Other Names
Moineau domestique (French)
Gorrión domestico, Gorrión común (Spanish)
Cool Facts
The House Sparrow was introduced into Brooklyn, New York, in 1851. By 1900 it had spread to the Rocky Mountains. Its spread throughout the West was aided by additional introductions in San Francisco, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah.
The House Sparrow has been present in North America long enough for evolution to have influenced their morphology. Populations in the north are larger than those in the south, as is generally true for native species (a relationship known as Bergman's Rule).
Although not a water bird, the House Sparrow can swim if it needs to, such as to escape a predator. Sparrows caught in a trap over a water dish tried to escape by diving into the water and swimming underwater from one part of the trap to another.
The House Sparrow is a frequent dust bather. It throws soil and dust over its body feathers, just as if it were bathing with water.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-05 8:03]

Hello Mario,
What a perfection! Extremely sharp-detailed photo in splendid natural colours. Very beautiful OOF BG and DOF. Perfect eye-contact and POV. Good composition. High quality!!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-05 8:21]

Hello Mario,
The composition, POV, sharpness, detail and clarity of the subject, DOF , OOF BG and the lighting are all excellent. A great pic that you have posted.
Regards Siggi

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-05 8:28]

Hello mario,

This is an excelent portret of the bird with sharp image and excelent colors. Composition is very fine having few elements in the photo so that viewer can concentrate on the main subject. Very fine contrast between bird's colors and background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-10-05 9:57]

Hi Mario,

A well known bird in our garden as well,you captured it very well with excellent colors and detail,tfs


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-05 10:52]

Hi Mario,

A very beautiful capture of this male House Sparrow. This bird is extrememely abundant here. It looks like he has a feather in his beak. The face, eye, wings, plummage, and even the feet are wonderfully colored and the details could not be sharper. This one looks very clean and well groomed. Your always marvelous setting, background and composition.


Hi dear Mario ,
So nice shot with excellent details.
Great compo and nice sharpness.
A perfect work.

Kind regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-05 11:03]

Hi mario. It may only be a Sparrow as some people say but its a first class close up of this cute bird. we dont seem to have so many around as we use to. You have fine detail and colours in the feathers. Interesting notes too.
well done TFS.

You have taken a simple sparrow and given it a crown...such a Regal shot Mario...I would really like to meet you some day..I would like to pick your brain or watch you work...I think it would be equivalent to being with a master!

Hello Mario,
maybe this is not a very special bird but for sure it is a special photo. Excellent sharpness and details of the bird in great contrast to the blurry BG. Beautiful and natural colors. Very, very well done.
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece

salut Mario

comme d'habitude superbe image, avec un superbe focus
sur le sujet, belle pose de l'oiseau, excellente netteté et détails
de son plumage, TFS


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-06 2:23]

Hello Mario, This is beautiful. Nice shot of this sparrow. Well done. Ganesh smiley tomorrow

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-06 3:44]

Hello Mario,
A really great capture of the House Sparrow showing what beautiful little bird it is! Excellent composition showing great focus on the bird, sharp details, beautiful light and natural colours. A very fine dark green background too that makes it stand out.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Gorgeous capture Mario... superbly lit and composed... detail is magnificient. Very well done... a favorite for sure... :)



hello mario,
you make even a house sparrow look like a very beautiful bird, lovely colors and excellent details of the plumage, i liked the direct eye contact, the composition and the colors very much,
well done as usual,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-06 8:52]

Hello Mario,
A superb portrait of a House Sparrow taken from a great POV with technical excellence. The colours and lighting are wonderful.
TFS this beauty,

Ciao Mario
stupendo momento di cattura di passero domestico, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione per la bellissima posa, straordinaria la definizione dei dettagli del piumaggio, magnifici i colori e BG.

Bonjour Mario,
Tout simplement MAGNIFIQUE , composition, netteté, couleurs et détails,,,Fantastique et de toute beauté.

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