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Black Throated Sparrow

Black Throated Sparrow
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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: 2011-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7-, Masterpieces with Bridge or Compact cameras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-16 7:21
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Points: 42
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Black Throated Sparrow

This handsome sparrow of the arid Southwest is well named. Its alternate name, "Desert Sparrow," is also apt, for despite its vivid markings, it is often difficult to detect among the rocks and scrub, especially when not moving about. However, it may be observed when it mounts a bush or rock to sing its pleasant song. The Black-throated Sparrow is well adapted to the extremes of its habitat. Studies have shown that it has a great tolerance for heat and drought. During the hot months of late summer and early fall it maintains itself on dry seeds and drinks regularly at water holes. After the rains, these sparrows scatter into small flocks and feed on vegetation and insects, from which they derive all the moisture they need. They raise their young in the dry upland desert.

5 1/4" (13 cm). Gray above, white below, with striking black throat and breast; 2 conspicuous white stripes on sides of head, 1 above and 1 below the eye. Sexes alike.


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hallo Jane
nice to see you back with a very good sharpness picture
great details of the bird and lovely naturel colours
greeting lou

Hallo Jane,
what a beautiful capture of the Black Throated Sparrow in-flight taken from an excellent POV with great timing and very good sharpness, splendid colour tones, a very good visual impact
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-16 8:00]

Hello Jane,
What perfect timing!
A superb capture of a Black-throated Sparrow taking off.
Superb sharpness ans colours with the blue sky making a perfect BG in this pleasing composition.
Thanks and kind regards from the wintery North,

Hi Jane my neighbour today,
nice photo of this sparrow. Natural colours and nice composition,
thanks for sharing.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-01-16 8:52]

Hi Jane,
Very nice timing.!
Lovely capture of this Black Throated Sparrow with a very good focus, sharpness, colors, details, POV and composition.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-16 9:03]

Hello Jane,
Very pleased to see you back. Fantastic timing and a perfect composition in this photo. The colours and sharpness are splendid. And of course this intens blue sky.
A beauty!

Hi Jane
Interesting species and beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-16 9:53]

Hi Jane
Excellent capture and perfect timing.Nice pose and great colors.Also sharp image and beautiful sky as a BG.
TFS Michel

Ciao Jane, lovely bird against a splendid blue sky, wonderful take off action, fine details, beautiful natural colors and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Well timed, Well exposed, Well captured and well presented Jane.
Good composition and a pin sharp image with vibrant colors
Well done and TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-16 10:58]

Hello Jane.
Very good capture . Colours are very good and shows off very well against the blue sky. Very good sharpness/dof and the movement is well frozen.Best regards Siggi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-16 12:21]

Hello Jane,
I see you still have those beautiful blue skies even though it is mid winter. The tiny sparrow must love to be able to sit up high in your tree and absorb the warm rays from the sun during such times.
You captured very good detail of him with his wings outstreatched for take-off. His black beard and chin feathers show off nicely along with his white pin striping across his forehead. Well done!!

I listen to public radio from your home town every day. And here you are, plugging away at what makes you as well as I happy. I hope all find lessons in what you do in age and in goodness to nature.

Hello Jane friend!
Simply wonderful photo! ... Glad to see you and your SX30IS ready make a wonderful team !.... Good job! ... You caught a very dynamic moment! ... I think I had not seen pictures of you this year, so take this opportunity to wish you a 2011 filled with good things and blessings! ... I hope to see many photos of birds with those wonderful blue skies of Arizona!
Regards, TFS, and have a good week!

hello Jane

WOW ! you shot this photo at the best moment,
excellent and very very beautiful photo with
the fine POV and great framing with leaving
that good free space in front, very beautiful light,
superb focus great sharpness and details,
there is even that beautiful catch-light
that render the photo more beautiful,

you should do more this kind of photos Jane

in the dpreview forum in Canon forum there
is a person that is posting stunning bird
photos shot like you with a Canon SX30IS,



Great capture Jane... just beautiful... congratulations!

Hi Jane
nice to see your post again. this is a great capture of handsmoe sparrow during taking off time. great captured against BG of plain blue sky. great sharp focus and light using. coloration also superb. nicely composed and presented.
thanks for sharing. all the best

Hello Jane,

an ice image from you with good pov, sharpness and details.
Fine colors.
Thats a long time ago since you where here.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-17 15:07]

Hi Jane,
great capture;, clarity, color and composition super.
Congratulations and best regards ..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-18 12:27]

Hello Jane,
A great action capture with your new camera! Excellent timing with great focus on the face in profile. Lovely light and colours and beautifully composed too!
Thanks for popping in to my gallery - I wish you a happy year ahead too!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

An awesome shot, Sis!
Very well timed!
I love the action you've captured, which is rare, even from you!
I wish I could get my action shots right!
Hope allz well with you and the family!

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