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*Happy Dussehra*

*Happy Dussehra*
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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
Rodzaj: Animals
Medium: Kolorowe
Data wykonania: 2008-09-21
Kategorie: Birds
Naświetlenie: f/5.6, 1/30 sekund
More Photo Info: [view]
Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
Dodano: 2008-10-09 2:11
Oglądane: 5173
Punkty: 28
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I would like to convey Happy Dussehra to our all TN friends. From now on wards we have full of festivals and lighting season coming..

I have one more to share from my Singapore trip. I am back in India and it was such a lovely trip both personally as well as officially.

This seem to be a Tree sparrow shot in the Botanical garden.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Passer
Species: P. montanus

The Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, breeds over most of Europe and Siberia, and allied forms occur in other parts of Asia. It has been introduced to Australia, and the United States (where it is known as the Eurasian Tree Sparrow or German Sparrow to differentiate it from the native, unrelated American Tree Sparrow), where German immigrants introduced it to the area around St. Louis in the 1870s. From there, it has slowly expanded its range into Illinois and Missouri. Changes in farming methods have meant that this species is declining in some parts of western Europe.


The Tree Sparrow is approximately 12.5–14 cm long. The adult's crown and nape are rich chestnut, and on the white cheeks and ear-coverts there are a triangular black patch; the chin and throat are often stated to be black, but are in fact a much richer shade of dark grey. Two distinct though narrow white bars cross the brown wings. In summer the bill is lead-blue, and in winter almost black. The legs are pale brown and the irides hazel. The sexes are practically alike.

The young, even in the nest, closely resemble their parents. They are said to be duller, and the face pattern is less distinct. The breast and belly are browner than in the adult.

The Tree Sparrow's voice is more shrill than the House Sparrow's; the call is a shorter chip, and the song, consisting of modulated chirps, is more musical. Their songs are said to be consistently in the key of G Major.

This bird is often confused with the larger House Sparrow, but its rich brown, almost coppery head, the black patch on its white cheeks, and the double white wing bar, together with its slighter and more graceful build, are distinctive.


The Tree Sparrow is rural in Europe, but replaces its relative as a town bird in parts of Asia. In the Philippines, it can be located in both rural areas, cities, and towns, where they can be seen gathering and perching along electric wires, especially in twilight. In Australia, it is found in some rural and semi-rural districts, but not cities. The small American population is sometimes referred to as "German Sparrows", to distinguish it from the native species as well as the vast numbers of "English" House Sparrows.

Though occasionally nesting in isolated trees, it is a gregarious bird at all seasons, and a grove of old trees with a plentiful supply of hollows, or a disused quarry, are favourite sites for the colony; what it likes is a hole in which to put its untidy nest, composed of hay, grass, wool or other material and lined with feathers.

Some of the nests are not actually in holes in rock, but are built among roots of overhanging furze or other bushes. The haunts of man are not always shunned, for old thatch in a barn or cottage will shelter a colony. A domed nest, like that of the House Sparrow, is sometimes built in the old nest of a Magpie or other bird.

The four to six eggs, usually five, are smaller and, as a rule, browner than those of the House Sparrow. They vary considerably, and frequently the markings are massed at one end. In most clutches one egg is lighter and differs in markings from the others.

Exposure Time: 1/30
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 240/1 mm
Date Taken: 2008-09-21 11:57
Metering Mode: Partial
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 266 kb

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-09 2:22]

Hello Narayanan,
Lovely shot of the House Sparrow, nicely composed with a excellent POV and I love the pose, it looks like he is having a swing, excellent details and very nice colours.
Regards Siggi

First of all, Happy Dussera to you too, Ganesan.
The Sparrow you shot in Singapore is very good looking and your capture of it is par excellence.
The POV gives a fine view of its plumage and head shape. The eye is in sharp focus and that is the most significant part of a bird picture.
The subtle colours of the bird have also been recorded very well.
Finally, teach me how you made your note versatile with red letters and different font sizes.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Ganesh,
I wish you also you "Happy Dussehra". Also welcome back yor beautiful country from Singapore. Lovely and perfect shot of this three sparow from an nice unusual POV. TFS.


Hi Ganesh,
Very good shot of Tree Sparrow with nice POV and composition, sharp details and warm colours.

Happy Dussehra back to you and may good conquer evil as you celebrate.

This is a super clear/sharp image of a common bird, but given by you a creative touch which I cannot describe but only sense through looking. Very nice image!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-09 9:59]

Hi Ganesh,

This is a beautiful sparrow who looks quite different from the ones we see here. The face and wings are lovely. A nice pose, good details and fine colors. I wish you very happy holidays.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2008-10-09 10:23]

Hello Ganesh,
Superb close up of this Tree Sparrow. Very sharp and great natural colours. Excellent POV.
Wish you a "Happy Dussehra".

Happy Dussera to you Ganesan. Nice shot of Sparrow. Well composed and nice colors. Well done regards - Adil.

Hello Narayanan,
another great capture of lovely faced Passer montanus. It occurs here, nice to see it from Singapore. sharp focus and composition great. green BG and eyes contact also very nice. TFS, well done

Precioso gorrión ( así lo denominamos popularmente en Espańa ), con un buen enfoque y sobre todo con gran fidelidad en los colores.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6151 W: 89 N: 15272] (63922)
  • [2008-10-10 1:22]

Hi Nara,Happy Dussehra to you too! I don't know this fest until now..ehehe...and my best compliments fot this fanatstic close up of this little bird,colors and details at the top,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-10-10 3:32]

Happy Dussehra to you too Ganesh!
This close portrait of a Tree Sparrow is technically superb. The composition and POV are good too, but would be even better if there were a bit more space in front of the Tree Sparrow's head to the left.
TFS this fine image,
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-10-10 3:41]

Hello Ganesh,
Lovely capture of the Tree Sparrow in a fine pose showing its beautiful plumage. Beautiful colours and well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-13 7:32]

Hello Ganesh! Very nice sot of this Sparrow, great details in the feathers, good light and good composition, well done, thanks!


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