House Sparrow on Hook

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this is a photo of a House Sparrow that I took on my deck. I had a bird feeder loaded with sunflower seeds below the hook. While the birds were feeding other birds would wait above until a bird would leave the feeder. I had my camera set on a tripod about 5 feet away from the feeder
photo was taken in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

featured in I Love Birds on Dec 9, 2009
featured in Backyard Macro and Closeups Dec 13, 2009
featured in Ontario, Jan 2, 2009
Songbirds of North America, Aug. 2011

100 views as of Dec 13, 2009

Nikon D80
-1/3 EV
ISO 100
105 Micro lens
1/250 at f/4.5
edits in Lightroom

from wikepedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Sparrow
Like most of the members of its genus, the House Sparrow is sexually dimorphic. The male’s mantle and upper back are a warm brown, broadly streaked with black, while the lower back, rump and uppertail coverts are a greyish-brown. The crown, cheeks and underparts are pale grey, with black on the throat, upper breast and between the bill and eyes. The bill in summer is blue-black, and the legs are brown. In winter the plumage is dulled by pale edgings, and the bill is yellowish brown.7 The black throat patch on the males is variable in size, and the size of that patch or badge is correlated with the aggressiveness, suggesting that it is a signal to show dominance in a social situation.8 The female has no black on head or throat, nor a grey crown; her upperparts are streaked with brown. The juveniles are deeper brown, and the white is replaced by buff; the beak is pink to dull yellow. The House Sparrow is often confused with the smaller and more slender Tree Sparrow, which, however, has a chestnut and not grey crown, two distinct wing bars, and a black patch on each cheek.

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