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Let's decide on a proper disposal


Let's decide on a proper disposal
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa, Things in and around my house. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-03 4:08
Viewed: 4629
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Female House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

I considered myself lucky this morning when a sparrow flew into the house. I cornered it in a small room and caught it with a towel. Bird in the left hand camera in the other, I took this shot.

When sitting down to decide on the angle for my note I thought that sparrows are common birds and could be a pest somewhere…

The following was taken of a website as is.


English (house) sparrows are the bluebirds worst avian enemy! It will kill adult bluebirds and nestlings. The following can help you identify if the house sparrow was the reason for the problem:

Nest Problems - Debris, paper, weeds along with grass nest, often circled high over hole.

Egg Problems - Bluebird eggs suddenly disappear, nest undisturbed. Bluebird eggs shattered on ground or in nest.

Nestling Problems - Nestlings gone, nest intact, parents still around. Nestlings found dead outside the box. Female bluebird dead in box, head feathers and/or eyes pecked out.

House sparrows must be eliminated. Let sparrows start to nest then use trap with sparrow trap. Destroy nest & eggs. Where feasible, use baited ground trap. Once house sparrows are caught, decisions must be made on disposal.

Another trivial incident was…

On 31st August, 1999. In the village Dakatia of Jessore, a district on the western border areas in Bangladesh, people watched the mass death of sparrows in the vegetable fields. A preliminary estimate of the villagers say that bodies of about 5,000 sparrows could be counted. There were more. In the early morning, a farmer named Kabirul first saw that in the eggplant field, several hundreds of sparrows were lying in a restless condition, flickering wings with no strength. It was a painful process of death that brought tears in the eyes of Kabirul. He also found many dead little poor sparrows spread like cold sponge balls in the field. Those who were still alive were bleeding; bloodstains could be spotted on their beads. According to Kabirul, he could smell pesticide in the bodies of the little slowly decaying birds. He brought home those who were still alive to offer some care. But nothing could be done. These half-dead birds died in front of these farmers.

Luckily there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

A British company makes “Bird scarers”. (I’ve never heard of this) These highly effective scarers can protect an area up to 40 acres They have no moving parts, and is totally waterproof, with both sound (Audible or ultra sound) & light deterrent onboard. Actual digital recordings of Hawks, Buzzard, many predators and distress calls all combine to make this unit the "most effective" scarer available.

The house sparrow, friend or foe? You decide…

ps. I decided how to dispose of my specimen… I set it free!

RAP, ellis49, Callie, letr, PDP, japie, AndyB, nwoehnl has marked this note useful
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Damm close and sharp macro ! Magic. Still the pupil is visible. Like this ...
And your note is great . A very good job.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-03 6:00]

Wow... gran detalle de las plumas has logrado en esta imagen Gerhard.
Excelente captura con una bello colorido, nitidez y una profundidad que, con el azul del cielo y el verde desenfocado de los árboles, componen una maravillosa imagen.

Wow... great detail of the pens you have obtained in this image Gerhard.
Excellent capture with a beautiful colorful , clearness and a depth that, with blue of the sky and the green defocused one of the trees, compose a wonderful image.

Great Gerhard
Great sharpness with very good details, bnice colours and good composition.
Good note.
Great job.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-03 13:21]

Hi Gerhard
Nice, in your face, great texture, bil detail, die hele lot, and the compo too.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-09-03 13:40]

Great details on this sparrow, excellent shot with amazing dof and sharpnes, very well done gerhard !

Excellent close-up, Gerhard. Very nice note you made.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-03 14:59]

Now that's what I call a close - up. I couldd look at that for a good long while. The detail is terrific. Beautiful shot Gerhard. The note is exceptional as ever.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-03 15:20]
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I like the technique of catching the subject and then taking a closeup. Know I know how you got your closeups of the lions! This shot is wonderful and the sharpness is perfect. Very good work

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-03 15:31]

A lovely shot.
Nice and sharp detail and a great background.
Very good composition.
Its the closest shot of a sparrow I've ever seen!
Excellent work and a great note too.

Wow Gerhard, what a closeup with crisp sharpness and definition, just brilliant. Excellent portrait shot with great colors and DOF. Another great note - a few more of those and you'll be up for the Pulitzer prize :-)

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-04 6:23]

Very good details and close up!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-04 14:44]

Wat een perfectie,
Very good capture of this little bird, what a fine detils , yes jullie sud afrikaner zijn erg goed in vogelties, very good job, Gerhard

Wow, this is a really great shot of a sparrow. As common as they are, they are not easy to catch on film/sensor. You have done very, very well here.

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