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Tough-Guy by Lois  Bryan

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Featured in Images of Endearment May 29, 2011.
Featured in Songbirds of North America June 27, 2009.
Featured in The Birds February 25, 2009.

This little White Throated Sparrow looks very unhappy about the cold temperatures … I can’t imagine how hard winter must be on our featured friends. Image taken on January 26, 2008 with the Nikon D40x and the 55-200mm VR Nikon lens. Shutter speed 1/160, aperture f7.1, exposure -.33, and iso 400. Cropped. Texture from Ghostbones on Flickr added in Photoshop CS4.

Texture from Ghostbones on Flickr added in Photoshop CS4.

“The White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, is a passerine bird of the American sparrow family Emberizidae. The White-throated Sparrow is 17 cm (6.75 inches) in length with a wingspan of 23 cm (9 inches) Typical weight is 26 grams (0.91 oz).
There are two adult plumage variations known as the tan-striped and white-striped forms. On the white-striped form the crown is black with a white central stripe. The supercilium is white as well. The auriculars are gray with the upper edge forming a black eye line.
On the tan form, the crown is dark brown with a tan central stripe. The supercilium is tan as well. The auriculars are gray/light brown with the upper edge forming a brown eye line. Both variations feature dark eyes, a white throat, yellow lores and gray bill. There is variation and some individuals may show dark lateral stripes of each side of the throat.
The breast has gray/tan streaks and the streaks continue down the flanks but the belly is generally light gray. The wings are rufus with two distinct white wing bars. Sexes are morphologically similar.”
info courtesy of Wikipedia

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  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 6 years ago

    Uh oh – someone’s had a bad day!!!!!LOL What a great expression on this little guy’s face!!!!!! A wonderful capture!!!!!!!

  • Thanks, Lori … he does, doesn’t he??? This one makes me laugh every time i see it!!! so gla dyou got a kick out of it, too!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxalmost 6 years ago

    Ohhhh.. What a cutie. Chubby little winterized guy.. Sweet Sparrow shot Lois..

  • yep .. he does look winterized .. I think they fluff up like that to keep warm??? Bless his heart!!!

    – Lois Bryan

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSalmost 6 years ago
    Well, he definately looks like he’s ready to beat the hell out of ME !! Very nice capture, Lois. Well done.
  • Oh Mick!!!! You have me busting out laughing!!! Woke up the dogs!!!! Sooo glad you enjoyed it!!!! … still laughing …

    – Lois Bryan

  • lynncb7
    lynncb7almost 6 years ago


  • Hiiii Sweetie!!!! Thank you!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 6 years ago

    Well he does have the stance of a pugilist and definitely the air of someone that is cross. Incredible capture Lois. Love the colored stripes on his little head!

  • Hi Joanne!!!! So glad you got a kick out of this one … he makes me laugh whenever I see him, so thought it was time to upload him here!!! So glad you got the feeling of the “tough guy” too!!!!! Hugzz!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Patricia Montgomery
    Patricia Montg...almost 6 years ago

    He’s a cutie, but a cutie with attitude. LOL! Great capture, Lois!

  • Hiiii Patricia!!!!! I see you laughing at him too, bless his heart!!!!! Thanks for stopping by, hon!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • jeffrae
    jeffraealmost 6 years ago

    All puffed up…that is funny. I think he is trying to stay warm? Great capture!

  • Thanks so much!!! Yes, I think they trap air in their feathers which their body heat warms and which in turn warms them. Or not??? rofl … but yes, i think that’s what he’s actually doing.

    – Lois Bryan

  • andreisky
    andreiskyalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture

  • Hello dear Andrei!!!!! Thank you, sweetie!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Colleen Farrell
    Colleen Farrellalmost 6 years ago

    He’s so cute! Awesome capture!!

  • Hi dear Colleen!!!! Thank you … so glad you like him, too!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkalmost 6 years ago

    OMG…look at his beautiful colors…and all fluffed…wonderful capture…I do hope you gave him a nice treat for this shot! :^)

  • BEVIE-KINZZZ!!! Hello darling girl!!!!!! Well, he’s not an eagle or an osprey, but he does have a certain charm, yes??? LOL!!! And don’t worry, to his immediate right, the left as we’re looking at him, is a HUGE bird food feeder that’s always full of yummy snacks!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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