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Dead sea sparrow(baby and mother)

Dead sea sparrow(baby and mother)
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-16 13:56
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The Dead Sea Sparrow (Passer moabiticus), as its name suggests, is a breeding bird around the River Jordan, Dead Sea, and into Iraq, Iran and western Afghanistan. Breeding recorded in Cyprus (1981/1982) but is probably extinct there now. It is migratory or dispersive, although the regular wintering grounds of this nomadic species are largely unknown, except that the eastern race winters in Pakistan. Flocks of the nominate western race have been found in winter further south in the Middle East.

It is a small 12–13 cm long sparrow which breeds in dry lowlands with some shrubs, including tamarisk, and access to water. It builds a nest in a tree, and 4-7 eggs are laid.

The male Dead Sea Sparrow has a grey crown, rear neck and cheeks, and a small black bib. It has a pale supercilium shading to buff at the rear, and yellow neck sides. The upperparts are dark-streaked reddish brown, and the underparts are grey-white.

The female is like a small House Sparrow, with a streaked brown back, greyish head and buff-white underparts. She is paler and smaller billed than her relative, and sometimes shows yellow on the neck sides.

The eastern race P. m. yatii is sandier, and the male has a yellow wash to the underparts.

This species feeds principally on seeds, like other sparrows. The chirping song resembles those of House and Spanish Sparrows, but is weaker. The flight call is a high-pitched chi-wit. This species is often silent.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Suborder: Passeri

Infraorder: Passerida

Superfamily: Passeroidea

Family: Passeridae

Genus: Passer

Species: P. moabiticus

Binomial name
Passer moabiticus
(Tristram, 1864)

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  • Great 
  • izida Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 0] (1232)
  • [2010-07-16 13:59]

Merhabalar Durzan,
Cok guze bir an yakalamissiniz..ve gerekse canli rengi ile uzaktan kendisini baktiran bir kare..
Elinize saglik

Slav Durzan,
a very beauiful capture, lovely scene taken with great timing, superb sharpness and splendid warm colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-16 14:21]

Hello Durzan,
Great confrontation between the sparrows. Excellent sharpness, natural colours and OOF BG. Very good POV and DOF.
Have a good weekend,

Ciao Durzan. An outstanding dynamic capture. Impressive playing on warm light and perfect details. Very well done!


Ahhh dostum ben bunlara serçe der geçerdim valla:)
Demek bizde böyle başka bir serçe türü de var. Zamanlaman ve kompozisyon çok iyi olmuş dostum.
ellerine sağlık.
Bi slaven germ.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-17 1:37]

Hi Durzan
Fantastic shot of this two sparrows!
Details,colors,BG,POV, all are wonderful!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-17 3:30]

Slav Durzan,
excellent sharpness and a very beautiful pose. the moment is well captured in excellent lighting.
well presented in first class sharpness.
What a nice POV you managed to get.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-17 6:26]

Hello Durzan.
Nice moment captured. Lovely POV. The light is great and the details are nice and sharp. Good out of focus background too. Well done.
Best regards Siggi

hello Durzan
great picture
super sharpness and good details
very lovely shot
greeting lou

Selamlar durzan bey,
farklıbir açıyla net bir çalışma.
En güzel dileklerimle,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-17 16:33]

What a timing,what a colors so warm,what a compositon,what a sharpness...this is a top quality pic,a very professional work!!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Ciao Durzan, lovely family commposition, fine details, beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness great natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Durzan,

this too is a lovely capture of the sparrows! Very nicely catch the emotions! Very nice sharp image with great focus! Very well composed!


Hello Durzan
fanstatic shot !!! wonderful scene captured, with amazing sharpness and colors,
the composition is first class, thanka a lot for this beauty
Have a good night

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-20 4:15]

Hello Durzan,
Most beautiful and interesting bird-picture. The vertical composition is perfect. The evening light gives a auperb harmony to these fine picture. Intersting subject too. Excellent!!
Kind regards

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