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White-throated Sparrow in a Tree

White-throated Sparrow in a Tree
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Copyright: angela LL (angela926) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 383 W: 5 N: 484] (2574)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 75-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-24 14:26
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Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A beautiful White-throated sparrow in a tree near the feeders at the Read Sanctuary in Rye New York.

It is a 17 cm long North American species, breeding in central Canada and New England. It nests either on the ground under shrubs or low in trees in deciduous or mixed forest areas and lays 3-5 brown-marked blue or green-white eggs. In winter, it migrates to the southern USA. This bird is a rare vagrant to western Europe.

The rufous wings and white throat make this an easy species to identify. Some birds have a tan supercilium and browner head than the more common white-striped form.

These birds forage on the ground under or near thickets or in low vegetation. They mainly eat seeds, insects and berries.

Song and calls
The White-throated Sparrow's song is a high monotone whistle with the cadence of oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada. (Also where are you Frederick, Frederick, Frederick.). The rhythm is very regular, and the timbre could be described as pinched.

There are at least two distinct songs sung by this species. One consists of an initial note, followed by three or so repeated notes at an interval of about a major third above. The second song consists of an initial note, a second a whole step lower, and a third note, repeated 2-3 times, about a minor third below that. These musical intervals are only approximate; to a human ear the song often sounds out of tune. The repeated note will often change in pitch very slightly, contributing to this effect.

The White-throated Sparrow also has at least two other calls, in addition to its song.

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Itīs so cute, Angela! I like it :o)
Great focus, good light and POV.
Colors and sharpness are nice too.
Great job, dear Angela. Congratulations!


Great colours, sharp details and a good composition. A really nice capture of a beautiful little bird.
Thanks for sharing

Lovely little bird and setting. Good job.
Warm regards

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  • isa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 62 N: 139] (1593)
  • [2009-01-24 14:53]

Hi Angel!
Great shot, excelent focus and definition.
Congratulations for the job,

Best Regards,

Hello Angela!
Another lovely little bird in your gallery!
Wonderful colours and good focus!
Best regards!

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  • Gasleb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 32 N: 152] (2219)
  • [2009-01-24 18:38]

Nice capture,good close up and color,good focus and with catch light in the eye.I like it.Well done

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-01-24 20:57]

Hi Angela,
You did a very good work with your lens!
The shallow DOF make this bird so clear and sharp against the blurred BG!
Very natural colors and fine sharpnes!
Beautifully done! Annie

Hi Angela,
Beautiful White-throated sparrow with great colors,
Excellent POV. and details, He is so lovely,
Very well taken and done.
My compliments

Hi Angela,

I like it when the bird does this in the morning. Well framed in such excellent sharp details. You are truly amazing when registering birds images. Well done and have a great weekend.


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-01-25 2:01]

merhaba dear Angela...
verynice shot and pov...a superb colors and focus..bravo...selamlar

Hello Angela,

Your series of bird shots is excellent.
This is well focussed and shows good details especially around the head.

A well composed shot.
Keep them coming!!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-05-04 15:01]

Hello Angela, that's a beautiful shot of that nice bird, well composed and shot with a very good technique!


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