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Sparrows outside me inside
Posted By: R.Miller, 02-07-2007, 08:33 PM

It's been so darned cold lately I haven't been out shooting for a while, So while I was working from the kitchen table I noticed the sparrows were hanging out around the feeder we have in the back yard. A few got close to the window (the windows are a bit dusty) so I tried taking a few shots saving in RAW for the first time. I used the Pentax Photo Laboratory to open the files then converted to JPG after playing a bit.

These were the best from a bunch that I took. Not great, but it was fun.
Edit: 1/60, F9, ISO200, 200mm (Pentax DA 50-200)

1/125, F9, ISO200, 200mm (Pentax DA 50-200)

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02-07-2007, 09:33 PM   #2
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Good captures. Would recommend you cut back a hair on your exposure as the highlights would still be there and the colors would be a little richer.
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That are nice photos, but I don't think that they are sparrows. They look like finches (Common Redpoll) to me. Maybe some one knows for sure?

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So cute. Nice and brown colour with white chest

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Nice close-ups. From what I can see in The Sibley Guide to Birds, it looks like a Chipping Sparrow.

Just my take.

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02-08-2007, 05:43 AM   #6
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Nice shots. Welcome to the forum and congrats on your first raw conversions.

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Don't[ have a clue what they are but the images are excellent - I've got to shoot some at the wife's feeders outside. Thanks

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Thanks for looking and the comments, and I agree they are a bit over exposed. I went back and toned them down a bit and they look much better.
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Based on the two-toned beak (black on top, yellow on the bottom), I'd wager my 400mm on them being American Tree Sparrows - Very similar to Chipping Sparrows.

Nicely shot, by the way. You got some great detail in the feathers and focus is perfect.
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Thanks Andrew,

I say you get to keep your lens , I also think it's the American Tree Sparrow. They are very common around here.

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