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Cold feet?

Cold feet?
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Three of A Kind [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-08 8:09
Viewed: 3209
Points: 82
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Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus

It is still very cold here and there are few people out and about. I captured these three poor fellows through the triple glazed window the other day.

Even though we have plenty of food for the birds in the garden there are few here. In the past we’ve had greater numbers as the weather up north has forced them down south. We have several excellent bird feeders and one made of metal that’s filled mainly with sunflower seeds that are very popular. However I’ve noticed that the birds don’t stay for long on it at the moment as it is below -10oC here at present. They tend to stop quickly or alternate their feet on the peg. Now I wonder if their feet can be injured by standing on the metal parts?? If you’ve ever tried to open a door with a metal handle you know that your fingers almost stick and it is most unpleasant. I’d be grateful if any other ‘northerners’ have any information on this?

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-01-08 8:18]

Hi Ulla,
Very cold ...
Sparrows, close stops, to warm up ...:)
Very nice composition of a winter bird.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-08 8:22]

Hello Ulla,
Fin bild. Intressant sammansättning.
Ja jag såg på TV som är kall för dig. -44 Grader .. brrrrr
En trevlig dag,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-08 8:56]

Hello Ulla
Nice winter scene

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-08 9:03]
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Hello Ulla,
In house where I have my flat Sparrows live from over 20 years. In this time we had sometimes below -30 degrees and these birds survived without our aid. i like look every day look on them through my window in the kitchen. In winter often sparrows are hunted by kestrel.regards, Pawel

hello Ulla,
the cold brings to us, beautiful winter scene to and nice photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

nice triplet, TFS and greetings Ori

Ciao Ulla, lovely trio in the snnow, beautiful composition with wonderful light, great capture, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla,

A great capture with beautiful colors, details & setting. Its amazing how birds can cope with when it comes to freezing weather.Well taken & presented. TFS & best wishes.


Hi Ulla,
It is like a Dutch song about three tottlers on a fence and one fell. I am not going to write the entire text of the song, but that is what came to mind when I saw your wonderful photo. I like the overal brown composition with the dots of snow scattered across the composition. The three are posing wonderful and you´ve captured them beautifully. I guess the birds cannot move any further south because we got loads of snow and ice cold temperatures as well.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-08 10:36]

Hi Ulla

A lovely group - well composed and executed - great cool light too. Quite different to the sun dipping low over the Upper Gambia River here in W Mali.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-08 10:46]

Hello Ulla,
Wonderful photo in a great atmosphere. Although it is snowing, the light is very clear. Good sharpness and details in an excellent composition. Wonderful poses. Nice to see that we both got three birds in one photo.
Good weekend,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-08 11:42]
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Hi Ulla. Firstly you could put some black electical tape around the pegs to see if this helps. It looks as if the sparrows are all talking about the cold weather as well. You seem to get fine pictures throught the windows. Good detail and natural colours. TFS.

A good weekend to you and Ivan . I hope you can get out some time to take a few pictures.

Hello Ulla,
Great capture with the sparrows sitting together.
I love this image. Superb sharp details and exceptional natural colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-08 12:36]

Hi Ulla,wonderful composition from your frozen country,you was lucky to meet 3 sparrows toghether....and the result is a beautiful pic whit all the winter atmosphere inside...perfect quality also in these difficult light's moment...thanks for share,have a good night,Luciano

hello Ulla
Beautiful picture of this trio
great composition and beautiful colours with great sharpness
greeting lou

hello Ulla
the winter is late for us. In this winter, no snow with a bit exception. But I heard from TV news, European countries under zero and life stopped in many place. your title and notes show that news true. but photographically very nice shot of cute tree sparrows. nicely composed with snow. thanks for sharing. have a nice weekend

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-08 13:28]

Hello Ulla.
Great candid shot. Very good composition and POV. Colors are very natural and the composition this family is very good.Well seen and Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

hello Ulla

beautiful photography of these 3 Eurasian Tree Sparrows,
fine POV, fine focus sharpness and details, i love to see
all that branches on the photo to show their environment,



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-08 15:49]

Hi Ulla,

Brrrrr - it really looks cold there. These are very pretty little sparrows. Two are smart enough not to stand in the snow. I bet they are discussing what they can do about the weather. A beautiful wintry setting. I love seeing it in pictures but am so happy we are one of those places without any snow right now.


Esta fotografía "respira" naturalidad por los cuatro costados Ulla. Destacaría la gama de colores del conjunto y ese trenzado de ramitas.
Precioso trabajo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-08 22:08]

Hi, it is a very good photo with great details, nice winter moment!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-09 0:03]

Hi Ulla,
Very beautiful capture of this trio.Yes,may be they need soaks against the cold weather:)Lovely winter composition.Have a nice weekend!
Thanks for posting..

Hallo Ulla
Very interesting question you raised and I am sure it could be a very fascinating topic to debate on; as I am sure different people will have different opinions about the matter. I have also wandered about issues like these, or how animals survive in extreme weather conditions, no matter what the answer, I just know that they survive, no matter what.

Coming back to your image of the threesome that you have captured through the window; It is such a lovely sight and difficult to believe that the temperatures are so low, as these birds do not at all look as if they are bothered by the cold at all. Lovely to see the front and back sides of these little Eurasian Tree Sparrow's, showing us the beautiful back feathers as well as the fluffy chest feathers. I have said it many times, and know I am repeating myself, but sparrows are the birds I consider to have the neatest feathers that I can think of and in your image it is seen so well. Although cold and freezing the feathers are still prim and proper and tidy. It was a great pleasure looking at these birdies. The snow creates a wonderful frame around the three and the composition is pleasing. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Ulla,
a fantastic capture of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow taken from an excellent POV in a wonderful winter atmosphere, a very nice composition with three sparrows on the same branch, the different poses of the birds show very well the peculiarities of the plumage of this species, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours.
Have a good weekend

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-01-09 1:18]
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Hi Ulla,

What you describe is a simple heat conduction problem.The heat conductivity of the metal is much higher than that of wood, thus heat flows faster from the bird's feet onto the metall. Any insulation (rubber, styrofoam, etc,) you can put on the metal surfaces of the feeder will help your avian visitors.

Keep well and warm,


P.S. it's really a lovely picture conveying well the feel of winter. I also liked your previous posting of the single sparrow in the cold, but had no time to reply earlier.

P.P.S. It's + 24 °C here in Haifa today: much too warm for January, causing to an explosion of premature bloom.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-01-09 2:39]

Merhaba Ulla, soğuk havayı çok iyi hissettiren çok güzel bir fotoğraf olmuş.

Hi Ulla,
Wonderful pose of the sparrow trio and a great photo technically. Pleasant to my eyes - and pleasant to Yours, too, when "someone" like them visit Your garden. Anyway, You're lucky to have real winter now - here in Hungary it's snowing (even 20 centimeters per day) one day and raining on the next, so everything's melting within a week and the whole country's a dirty sea of mud nowadays. :(
I wish You, Ivan and all Your loved ones a peaceful and productive new year. Friendly regards from Hungary, László

Ciao Ulla. Fine sharpened tris of sparrow. Funny "cold" compo. Well done.


Hello again Ulla, superb shot of these tree sparrow in snowy air.
Great details, beautiful colours and nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ulla,
Excellent capture throught the window, with fine colors and great composition. We have also a lot of snow here and cold temperature (-5 >-10°C), which is unusual for Belgium! Thanks for your care for the birds! I do my best too! Best regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-09 16:20]

Hello Ulla,
Wonderful shot of these pretty and poor sparrows.
Colours, details and composition are wonderful.
TFS ang G's,

Hi Ulla

Great capture of these poor sparrows from very nice vantage point with perfect focus, excellent DOF, great clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day!

Ps. Sorry for late commenting. I had some internet connection problems to TN.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-10 5:00]

Hello Ulla,
It's funny ,I can see almost the same scene from my kitchen-window too!
But the distance is just too far to make a good picture, like yours here. It so vivid and cute. And the snowy surroundings make the picture more special. The question you pose is interesting, I would be pleased to know what is about it. I also have thought about it.
Thanks a lot.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-11 7:12]

Hi Ulla,
wow not bad for through a triple glazed window! These poor little chaps seem to braving the weather though. Nicely framed shot, well done!

Not only cold feet - as I think ...
Hi Ulla, I had to smile - I have a similar view when I look outside, there's a bush and my sparrows are living there, many of them sitting together like here.
Thanks, I like it very much, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

They do look cold! very nice composition, you are lucky to have such a scene outside your window.

Hello Ulla,

Not so spectaculair as shot from Ivan but this one are also good one.
Very nice wintershot with the 3 sparrows.
fine colours.


Hi Ulla,
After a while, I'm glad to catch another post of you again.
This little buddies seems to be enduring the rough cold there!
I like a lot all the info displayed on the photo, the falling snow, that shows the windy conditions, the snow itself gathered on the tiny branches, and the close presence of the birds, like trying to get warmer.
You've done a great job through the triple glazed window!
Great picture and thanks for share it.

Simple subject yet presented soooo elegantly.
I do have feeders.... the whole thing are made of wood.
It is much more comfortable for the creatures.
Friendly greetings from COLD COLD Canada.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-15 7:54]

Hi Ulla

There is nothing like it to keep one warm and comfortable as the companionship, the
closeness of, and conversation with friends, no matter how cold. These 3 sparrows
seems to be happily observing the snow. Not that I think it is a walk in the park for the
poor creatures. Although they can tolerate far worse conditions than what we can, but
they also have their limits and eventually the cold gets to every living thing. About the
cold metal peg, perhaps you should as Ivan to get you some plastic shrink sleaving or
tube that you can fit over the metal peg. I am sure that aught to have the desired effect.

Well done and TFS.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-05 9:33]

Hello Ulla,

So simple and so poetic! What a wonderful atmosphere emanates from this photo. Bravo for the emotion.



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