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House Sparrow Chick

House Sparrow Chick
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 0:38
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Points: 8
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The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a member of the Old World sparrow family Passeridae, considered by some to be a relative of the Weaver Finch Family. It occurs naturally in most of Europe and much of Asia. It has also followed humans all over the world and has been intentionally or accidentally introduced to most of the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, New Zealand and Australia as well as urban areas in other parts of the world. It is now the most widely distributed wild bird on the planet. In the United States it is also colloquially known as the English Sparrow to distinguish it from native species.

Wherever people build, House Sparrows sooner or later come to share their abodes. Though described as tame and semi-domestic, neither is strictly true; humans provide food and home, not companionship. The House Sparrow remains wary of man.

Description This 14 to 16 cm long bird is abundant in temperate climates, but not universally common, and is scarce in many hilly districts. In cities, towns and villages, even around isolated farms, it can be the most abundant bird.

The male House Sparrow has a grey crown, cheeks and underparts, black on the throat, upper breast and between the bill and eyes. The bill in summer is blue-black, and the legs are brown. In winter the plumage is dulled by pale edgings, and the bill is yellowish brown. The female has no black on head or throat, nor a grey crown; her upperparts are streaked with brown. The juveniles are deeper brown, and the white is replaced by buff; the beak is dull yellow. The House Sparrow is often confused with the smaller and more slender Tree Sparrow, which, however, has a chestnut and not grey crown, two distinct wing bars, and a black patch on each cheek.


Camera: Canon 1D Mk lll
Time of day: 07:02 a.m.
Date: 1st January 2009
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/300
F-Stop: F/6.3
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
External Flash: Canon 580EX ll Speedlite
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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HI Pam,
long time no see;-)
I hope you are doing well and enjoy your summer down under.
A very nice close portrait with a fine diagonal composition.
Lovely colours and good use of the fill-in flash.
Well done, my friend.


Very clear, sharp and detailed image. The composition is tight but allows for more detail of the subject. I also like your POV, lighting, DOF, OOF BG and the catchlight in the subject's eye.

Hi Pam,
it's so lovely, so fluffy and I like to see the special beak of the chicks here.
Excellent shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Pam
Beautiful, cute bird. i like tight crop here. Also good sharpness and nice OOF background
Good job

Hallo Pam
I also captured and placed a photo of a sparrow chick the other day and one can see the resemblance. I think yours is just a little older as the feathers are not as wet anymore. This is a great frontal viewpoint with sharp and prominent details. Splendid soft colours and a beautiful composition. The huge, but rather slender paws are very amusing. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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