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House Sparrow - a loner

House Sparrow  - a loner
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Copyright: MY Wong (Seabird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-07 0:37
Viewed: 3602
Points: 12
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Dear all,

this photo of the house sparrows was taken during a rainy day in my school campus.

though there are 4 house sparrows in this photo, interestingly, this photo, with the focus of the front bird, gives me a feeling of solitude.

Occasional solitude, to me, isn't a bad thing at all. It gives us some room to think, mediate, and stay away from the hustle and bustle of the complicated world.

I hope you'd like this photo : ) I look forward to your comments and pointers for improvement.

have a great and fun Sunday!

Man Yee

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Sparrow

The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a member of the Old World sparrow family Passeridae, considered by some to be a relative of the Weaver Finch Family. It occurs naturally in most of Europe and much of Asia. It has also followed humans all over the world and has been intentionally or accidentally introduced to most of the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, New Zealand and Australia as well as urban areas in other parts of the world. It is now the most widely distributed wild bird on the planet. In the United States it is also colloquially known as the English Sparrow to distinguish it from native species.

Wherever people build, House Sparrows sooner or later come to share their abodes. Though described as tame and semi-domestic, neither is strictly true; humans provide food and home, not companionship. The House Sparrow remains wary of man.

This 14 to 16 centimetre long bird is abundant in temperate climates, but not universally common, and is scarce in many hilly districts. In cities, towns and villages, even around isolated farms, it can be the most abundant bird.

The male House Sparrow has a grey crown, cheeks and underparts, 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. 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 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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Merhaba Man Yee,konu kontrastı olan güzel bir fotoğraf.İki teleşlı minik serçecik renk karmış fotoğrafa,ellerine sağlık :)

There is a mixed feeling here as you project onto the image...one bird alone and with no apparent look in its eyes...yet they do change their minds quickly and will tend to file off with the others in a nanosecond. This is a good example of taking a not perfect image and creating around it to make it a whole...it works..I do it all the time:-)

Hi Man Yee,
A nice capture of these beautiful house sparrows. Very well composed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2008-09-08 7:02]

Hello Man Yee,
The sparrow, the most common little bird in our cities ( I think of course about Europe). Anything that not to speak hereof the bird I attend that is attractive. Perhaps just because that is so near the man keeping simultaneously the independence. Good picture with the clearly dealt out, nicely fuzzy background.
Best regards from autumnal Poznan,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-08 8:51]

Hello Man Yee,
thanks for sharing this. I somehow stopped sending my comments on this shot as I looked at the Sparrow I got hooked by the expression of the lonely sparrow. May be it was just envying by looking at the other two flying. Its all about composition and you have done it better here. Keep shooting and all the best. See you sometime in India. Where are you at present. Ganesh

hello Man Yee

beautiful image with fine POV, DOf and framing,
of a sparrow looking at his friends living him alone,
i love the galnce of this cute bird on his friends, TFS


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