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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-24 21:46
Viewed: 2877
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Junco (pronounced /ˈdʒʌŋkoʊ/), genus Junco, is a small North American bird. Junco systematics are still confusing after decades of research, with various authors accepting between three and twelve species. Despite having a name that appears to derive from the Spanish term for the plant genus Juncus (rushes), these birds are seldom found among rush plants, as these prefer wet ground, while junco like dry soil.

Their breeding habitat is coniferous or mixed forest areas throughout North America, ranging from subarctic taiga to high altitude mountain forests in Mexico and Central America south to Panama. Northern birds usually migrate farther south; southern populations are permanent residents or altitudinal migrants, moving only a short distance downslope to avoid severe winter weather in the mountains.

These birds forage on the ground. In winter, they often forage in flocks. They eat mainly insects and seeds. They usually nest in a well-hidden location on the ground or low in a shrub or tree.

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junco

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Wonderful bird portrait

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-04-25 7:13]

Bonjour Alain
Il est superbe ton Junco ardoisé dans cette belle lumière.Les détails du plumage sont merveilleux et nous laisse voir ce que l'oeil n'arrive pas toujours à distinguer . Les couleurs sont douces et naturelles et cette petite lueur tant recherchée du photographe est bien présente et ajoute de la vie à l'image.
Salutations de Trois-Rivières


Salut Alain,
Superbe capture de ce petit junco ardoisé avec une jolie pose de cet oiseau,
belles couleurs et netteté avec de beaux détails dans son plumage,
bon focus et belle lumière...
bravo et félicitations..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-25 8:53]

Salut Alain,une photo magnifique,quelles lumieres et quelle composition!! Mes plus gros compliments et belle semaine,Luciano

Hello Alain
Beautiful bird and beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness. The lighting is fantastic.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-25 11:21]

Bonjour Alain,
A fine portrait of the Slate-coloured Junco.
The lighting and what looks like reflection from the snow on the belly creates a fine effect and outlines the bird in an attractive way.
Fine sharpness, colours and composition too.
Thanks and klind regards,

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