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Knock out !

Knock out !
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-10 5:12
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While we were waiting on a plane at the airport of Lalibela, this two were fighting for a long time. We waited from 8 o’clock in the morning till 7 o’clock in the evening before we decided to go back to the hotel. No plane that day. So I had enough time to make several photos of these hotheads.
In this pose you can see all sides of this bird. After a short time they flew away to go on with the fight 20 m. further away.

These are Swainson’s Sparrows, passer swainsonii, ENDEMIC to the highlands of Ethiopia, Eritrea and N. Somalia. Also new to TN.

This Sparrow is 14 – 16 cm. Darker than Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, especially on head and throat; pale chestnut tail and rump contrast more strongly with back. Smaller and more compact than Parrot-billed Sparrow and much smaller bill. Range does not overlap with the former Sparrows and Swahili Sparrow.
Habitat: Dry wooded grasslands, farmlands and villages; the common Sparrow in Ethiopian towns.
Status: Common to abundant in some areas.
Voice: Typical chips, cheroops and chissiks.

(Source: ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’, by I Sinclair and P. Ryan)

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Hi Peter
Fantastic moment, great wildlife observation. Nice sharp documentary shot and good note
Best wisehs

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-10 5:52]

Ha Peter,

Ik dacht dat de olympische spelen over waren,fraaie opname van deze worstelparty,groetjes


Hi Peter,
So good to have a first ever here!
And good to know they were alive after this scene, in which one of them don't seems to go winning precisely.
Certainly we can appreciate very well all the details from every angle.
Great work and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi Peter,

Nice to observe nature like this. Good timing, exposure and storyteling.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-10 6:39]

Hello Peter,
This is a dramatic capture of two battling Swainson's Sparrows, another new one for TN!
Great that you took the opportunity to capture them while waiting for the plane and took this sharp image from a fine POV.
TFS this unique image,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-10 7:51]

Hello Peter! great shot of these sparrows. TFS.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-10 8:32]

Hi Peter. A bit of a fight . the two sparrows not to happy with some thing. You captured a good moment . The one on top looks a bit wild. TFS intresting notes too.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-10 8:58]

merhaba peter
wonderful action photo
i like composition, POV, DOF and sharpness

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-10 9:59]

Merhaba Peter,
Yazdığın notları okumadan önce gerçekten şüpheye düştüm. Yerde hareketsiz gibi yatan kuş beni endişelendirdi önce. Neyse ki uçup gitmişler. Kuşların ve hayvanların kavgası da oynaşması da gerçekten dürüstçe oluyor. Biz insanlarınki gibi hileli ve kalleşçe değil.
Bu anlattığın güzel bir hikaye idi. Eline sağlık.


Hello Peter, funny shot of these sparrows! Perfect focus and details! TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-10 11:46]

Hi Peter.
Fantastic scene and so fantastic timing. Great action shot with brilliant reproduction of all details of the characters and surroundings. Bravo. Extra-class work. My compliments.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-10 13:07]

Hi Peter,

Amazing shot of these Sparrows - glad to hear that they got to fly away even if you didn't. Wonderful timing to capture the action with such sharpness and clarity. Colors and details are excellent. At least this picture saved your day!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-09-10 16:50]

Hi Peter.
Did You count until 10! Poor guy. Great moment, exellent photo.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-10 23:16]

Hi Peter,
Great 'Knock Out' image and you must have enjoyed this little fight and the ultimate end. You really have freezed this action moment very well. Very neat and sharp image with perfect lighting. Excellent POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of these beautiful sparrows. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-09-11 4:59]

Hi Peter
exellent composition
very good sharp and detail

Hi My friend Peter, what a funny and perfect shot of these boxer sparrows:) lovely and timely shot with great details.
Many thanks for sharig this beautiful setting:)


Hello Peter,
you have good moment for photography even if when you long wait. Fight not good of course, but this documents nicely captured. Fight looks very dramatic, but results good after your notes. They flew away.
Congratulations for this new species on TN and for great shot. TFS, have a nice trip

Hallo Peter,

Prachtige foto van deze 2 mussen, het lijkt of het om leven en dood gaat en dat de onderste bijna het loodje legt.
Goed van scherpte en details.


Hi Peter,
What a great action shot.Great moment.TFS.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-11 21:45]

Peter WoW a very nice shot and a good one. Timely one taken on a lovely composition. ganesh

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-11 21:57]

Hi Peter,

You have captured these birds in a very good position. Despite the very fast action you have got a very sharp image with excelent details of the plumage. Also bird's expresion is interesting and seems to me showing the anger of the fight.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-11 23:03]

Hi Peter

Ethiopian airports - I remember them so well - and not fondly! Great action shot with nice detail.


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-09-12 2:02]

Hi Peter,
I've never seen this kind of bird's wrestling before :-).
Wonderful capture of decisive moment. Composition and POV are superb. You've made use of your 'waiting' very useful.
Thanks a lot for sharing

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-12 9:39]

Hello Peter! What a moment! You've captured these pgilist very well with great sharpness and a good exposure, well done, thanks!


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-12 9:56]

Well Peter, One n'ver knows when a good click can click.....superb timing, i like the attitude oozing expression on the bird.Boy! WHat a performance they are at.....very well captured...
TFS & Cheers

Ahhhhh dog fighting aviary style but just in jest...great time to capture...when you are awaiting something else but have your eyes wide open. I know how that works...and so do you!

Hello Peter
What an extrodinary capture..Was there a Referee at hand to count the loser out!
Best Regards

Hy Peter
Very Baleful

Hello Peter

You froze superbly the fight action of these sparrows,
with fine POV and DOF, and the way with each
sparrow and the stones and ground are framed,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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