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Song Sparrow Aleutians Sanaka

Song Sparrow Aleutians Sanaka
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-11 21:18
Viewed: 3417
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was one of my first birds which I found in my recent Kodiak adventure vacation.
First time when I heard this bird singing on the fence I knew it might be a sparrow but the bird's unusual beak made me hesitate. I never saw a sparrow with this kind of beak before. I started searching on the Internet and talked with a local birder and I found:

It is the Aleutians Sanaka Subspecies Song Sparrow.

Only a few passerines are hardy enough to be year-round residents in the Aleutians. The sanaka race of Song Sparrow is resident from the central Aleutians to the Alaska Peninsula. The two races of Song Sparrows from the Aleutians, maxima and sanaka, are large when compared to other races. Sanaka is lighter colored than the very dark maxima (Gibson and Kessel 1997.) Note the long slender bill.

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  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-12 0:58]

Hello Peter,
Excellent photo of this Melospiza melodia sanaka or Aleutian Song Sparrow. Good sharpness, details, natural colours and a pleasing pose with eye contact. A very good DOF and composition.

  • Good 
  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-03-12 4:45]

Good picture Peter, pretty good focos on the head of the bird. saludos. Jose

Hi Peter,

Fabulous plumage with great detail and sharpness, good composition and well presented, TFS,


PS Good informative foot note,

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