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Group Bath:)

Group Bath:)
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Copyright: Siarhei Biazberdy (biazberdy) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 6 N: 60] (386)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F828
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Europe II, sparrow, City Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-14 8:06
Viewed: 6275
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the third shot from the sparrow washing series. Looks like they were taking their last bath this year. Preparing for a long winter. Poor creatures. I think it is not an easy job to endure belarussian winter for such a small bird.

The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a member of the Old World sparrow family Passeridae. 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 and Australia as well as urban areas in other parts of the world. In the United States it is also known as the 'English Sparrow', to distinguish it from native species, as the large American population is descended from birds deliberately imported from Britain in the late 19th century. They were introduced independently in a number of American cities in the years between 1850 and 1875 as a means of pest control.

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.

The 14 to 16 centimetre long House Sparrow is abundant but not universally common; in many hilly districts it is scarce. In cities, towns and villages, even round 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.

So familiar a bird should need little description, yet it is often confused with the smaller and slimmer Tree Sparrow, which, however, has a chestnut and not grey crown, two distinct wing bars, and a black patch on the cheeks.

The House Sparrow is gregarious at all seasons in its nesting colonies, when feeding and in communal roosts.

Although the Sparrows' young are fed on larvae of insects, often destructive species, this species eats seeds, including grain where it is available.

In spring, flowers, especially those with yellow blossoms, are often attacked and torn to bits; crocuses, primroses and aconites seem to attract the House Sparrow most. The bird will also hunt butterflies.

The short and incessant chirp needs no description, and its double call note phillip which originated the now obsolete popular name of "Phillip Sparrow", is as familiar.

While the young are in their nests, the older birds utter a long churr. At least three broods are reared in the season.

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Beautiful little sparrows. Cute and obvious everyday sight. V.good sharpness.
Dzięki za zamieszczenie.
Pozdrowienia dla Białorusi!

So nice pic and good reflection.
You can crop abit on top of pic and use clone stamp to remove the car behind.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2006-10-14 8:54]

It is the kind of cliché that makes the difference. A subject commonplace but an eye which reveals a scene which can of people knows.

Well done

Soo cute... and I like the waterdrops hanging around in the picture. Well done!
Love the reflection in the water to!

TFS Greetz Kristy

Hi Siarhei,
that's sooooo lovely, I like this shot very much. The reflection in the water is beautiful and we can see so many cute details on every single bird. And all the drops flying around, a beautiful shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-14 9:45]

Hi Siarhei.
Very nice and lovely shot.Very good POV and sharpness.Perfect reflection!It car a little spoil scene,it is a pity.But also so like me.
Greetings Milos.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-14 10:03]

Hi Siarhei,
what a great moment you managed to capture,
love to see these sparrows enjoying a bath,
also love the dive pose of the one in the center,
very well done,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-14 10:24]

Hello Siarhei,
This one is the best one of your bathing sparrow series. It is sharp, well composed and I like the reflections in the puddle. Great capture!
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-14 12:09]

Hi Siarhei,

What a great shot, superb composition with a wonderful pose by all the sparrows, nice detail with the water splashing around and all the reflections are wonderful.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-14 17:07]

Lovely action shot, I love the different poses and all the flying water. Nice comical group



Hi Siarhei

I love your series of sparrows bathing shots. Here is another excellent, well timed shot. Just great! Thanks.

Hi Siarhei,
This is a wonderful capture with good details. I like the water splashing all around! They really seem to enjoy themselves and having a great time :)I really like their reflection in the water. It is just too bad that there was a car in BG but this is a very nice and pleasing picture anyway. Well done! Thanks,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-18 6:47]

Bella imagen Siarhei con excelente agudeza, atinado DOF y POV, con suaves y naturales colores y una reflexión maravillosa.
Lástima el fondo del automovil que no permite convertir a esta composición en perfecta.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful image Siarhei with excellent sharpness, accurate DOF and POV, with soft and natural colors and a wonderful reflection.
Pity the bottom of the automobile that doesn't allow to convert to this composition in perfect.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-10-30 14:55]

Looks like they are having great fun (i think it is funny). Nice reflection in the water and great natural colours.
tfs paula

tres jolie scene de rue,dommage que l'on voit les roues de la voiture derriere mais le reflet c'est sympa.

So sweet, they are full of life and joy!!!!! Anyone would have to love them!

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