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"Bathing sparrow"

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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma APO 100-300 f/4 EX IF HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grooming, 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-25 4:15
Viewed: 9365
Points: 152
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken four month ago in Heybeliada during my visit to Cem(comandante) and my mother.
Have a great week and hope you'll like it:)

İnfos from wikipedia:

The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) occurs naturally in most of Europe and Asia, though it is replaced by allied forms in some areas. It has also followed humans all over the world and has been intentionally or accidentally introduced to most of North America and Australia as well as urban areas in other parts of the World. 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, in the Sparrow's eye, provide food and home, not companionship. The House Sparrow remains suspicious and resents familiarity.
The 14-16cm 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. In parking lots, it is ubiquitous.
So familiar a bird needs little description, yet it is often confused with the smaller and slimmer Tree Sparrow, which, however, has a coppery and not grey crown, two distinct wing bars, and a black patch on the cheeks.
The House Sparrow's bill in summer is blue-black, and the legs are brown. When clean, the cock Sparrow is an exceedingly handsome bird. In winter the plumage is dulled by pale edgings, and the bill is yellowish brown. The female has no black on head nor throat, nor a grey crown; her upper parts are streaked with brown.
The juveniles are deeper brown, and the white is replaced by buff; the beak is dull yellow.
It is gregarious at all seasons in its nesting colonies, autumnal raids and communal roosts.
Although its young are fed on larvae of insects --
In spring flowers, especially yellow blossoms, are attacked and torn to bits; crocuses, primroses and aconites seem to attract the House Sparrow most. The bird will also hunt butterflies.
While the young are in their nests, the older birds utter a long parental "churr". At least three broods are reared in the season
The House Sparrow is quite aggressive in usurping the nesting sites of other birds, often forcibly evicting the previous occupants, and sometimes even building a new nest directly on top of another active nest with live nestlings
Five to six eggs, profusely dusted, speckled or blotched with black, brown or ash-grey on a blue-tinted or creamy white ground, are usual types of the very variable eggs. They are variable in size and shape as well as markings. Eggs are incubated by the female.

Nikon D200
2006/05/06 15:08:05.5
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Lens: 100-300mm F/4 D
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Spot
1/1500 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-09-25 4:27]

Cute shot Sebnem!!Nice moment to capture,details are sharp,excellent POV.!tfs!

Great catch.. ! Very cute this wet bird!

Youre picture is well composed and sharp, very well done

TFS Greetz kristy

Hello Sebnem, nice action in this shot!
The sparrow wet is lovely!
Good notes.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-25 5:31]

Hi Sebnem

What a splendid action shot! :)) I couldn't stop smiling when i saw the expression on the little lird's face :)
Excellently caucht, with super sharp details and lovely colors and a very good light. Those small drops of water sprinkeling look great, too.

Bravo and TSF

What a fun and cute shot. Lovely sense of action captured, the water drops lashing out are great.
Nicely composed but I probably would have cloned the two dark 'spots' out.
Thank you for posting :-)

Hello Sebnem !
This is so cute, and you have captured him at the perfect moment ! I love all these little droplets of water flying all around the bird. Wonderful composition, beautiful natural colors, excellent details and POV. Very well done !

Hi Sebnem,
Great timing to get the water drops flying here. Looks like he is having a grand old time with the bath all to himself. Good exposure has everything looking great. One of those shots that just make you smile.

Hi Sebnem,
Really cute shot. You have captured the moment just right. The water movement coming off the bird and just the birds wet and shaken appearence is entertaining to the eye.
great shot,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-09-25 8:02]
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:o)) Very cute catch! He looks really funny. Very well done Sebnem. Eline sağlık.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-09-25 9:01]

selam sebnem
oldukca sevimli bir modeli gundelik hayatinda net bir sekilde kadrajlamissin. bakis noktasi, renkler, fokus ve detaylar harika
iyi calismalar

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-09-25 9:22]

Hi Sebnem, well caught this littel bathing Sparrow. Perfect timing and great sharpness with a lot of water drops jumping out!! I caught a similar action with bathing Blue Tit. It will be for a next time on TN! Best regards, Didier.

Nice and funy picture. Perfect contrast

Cute action shot Sebnem,
Everything looks very good...and this little bird says so too :)
Very well done.

Hello Sebnem,
This little fellow put a smile on my face!
Great capture of the moment, superb details and colours...
Presentation is well composed, good action photograph!
Pablo -

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-25 9:57]

Hola Sebnem,
Momento hermoso de disfrute para esta ave, simpática acción, saludos

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım.
"O an"ı çok iyi yakalamışsınız. Elinize sağlık. Selamlar

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-09-25 10:11]

Hi Sebnem,
Your sparrow is too cute.Just touches your heart,gives motherly feelings
Great shot.

Hermosa y tierna imagen plagada de detalles.
Perfecto el contraste y el color que has sabido captar.
Felicidades Sebnem.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-09-25 12:28]

hi Sebnem, I give you a big smile for this excelent shot. good timing and excelent moment for it. TFS

HI Sebnem,
sooooooo cute, what a lovely moment, I love it!
He has so much fun in the water, a wonderful shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-25 13:35]

Hi Sebnem

What a great shot and lovely moment that you have captured, the detail is nice and sharp with good colours too, it really made me smile.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hello Sebnem,
oh this one looks cute and refreshing! Crisp and clear shot, and the droplets of water all around in the air make this shot look very charming and outstandingly lively. Excellent, and funny, too. Thank you!
Best regards,

My, this sparrow looks really wet, Sebnem! Must be feeling hot.
Very cute posture, and those water drops flying around it after a vigorous shake look fantastic. A wonderful capture, indeed.

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Müthiş bir zamanlama, harika bir kare. Serçenin banyo keyfini çok iyi yansıtmışsınız.
Asıl güzel olan da böyle bir kareyi bir başkasının çekemeyecek olması.Tebrikler, teşekkürler.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-09-25 14:44]

Hello Sebnem , A Lovely photo from the sparrow , i like it ,tfs ,nice evening ,Teunie .

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-25 14:57]

So cute, beautiful details and composition. Just a very lovely capture


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-09-25 15:48]

Hi Sebnem,
This is a very cute photo with great timing.
I like your pov,dof,colors,action and note.TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-09-25 18:40]
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Hi Sebnem
Wow, this guy sure enjoyed his bird bath. It almost looks like he rigged himself a shower while doing the Pavarotti.
You have done some excellent camera work here to freeze-frame the shaking bird and imagine having the shutter speed spot-on for the right moment to capture this amazing action shot. The narrow vertical composition accentuate the flying water droplets, the colours are rich, the detail are brilliantly sharp considering the movement, the DOF is fine rendering the BG well OOF, and the exposure was spot-on.
First class work and TFS.

Hello Sebnem,

excellent colors, Bg, POV DOF Perfect details, excellent us of light perfect composed and capture photo, Great work,

TFS Kyle

Love your notes & your frame & the bathing sparrow.
Your hands have some sort of magic: very sharp details,
even the little drops of water are alive. Well presented & composed.
A big thank you for sharing.

Hi Sebnum

Great shot. Love the action and the untidy little fella. It reminded my i have some good ones too of a sparrow bathing. Will upload one tonight. Very nice work. TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-26 3:30]

Hi Sebnem,
What a cute little sparrow you have captured.
I love the expression, and all the splashing water.
An excellent composition.
TFS. : )

bonjour sebnem
ce petit moineau tout ebouriffé me plait bien,vous avez choisit la bonne vitesse pour figer son mouvement et celui des gouttes d'eau qu'il a projeté en se secouant.bravo

Hi Sebnem,
Wow! What a great action catch :) I like it, this is funny and you froze the subject very well! I like those little water drops all around this Sparrow. You had a very good timing here. Thanks!

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  • Aliza Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 3] (98)
  • [2006-09-26 5:29]

Cok sevimli, cok sirin bir kare:)
Müthis yakalamissiniz, tebrikler!
Piril piril, mükemmel bir fotograf.
Ellerinize saglik.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-26 9:38]

Hi Sebnem,
Lovely shot with an excellent timing. I like the water drops send out in all directions. Composition, colors, details, moment,... lovely Sebnem.
Thank you for this post.
José M.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-26 9:55]

Hermosa imagen Sebnem que al verla, me recordó una secuencia de fotos con versión Panorama que presenté hace casi 2 años de una de nuestras aves tomando su baño matutino y que puedes ver Aquí.
Me agrada mucho el POV, el encuadre elegido, brindando la visión de las salpicaduras de las gotas bien altas y el atinado DOF.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful image Sebnem that when I seeing it, I reminded me a sequence of pictures with version Panorama that I presented almost 2 years ago of one of our birds taking their morning bathroom and that you can to see Here.
I like POV a lot, the elected framing, offering the vision of the splashes of the very high drops and accurate DOF.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

ha ha what a cute little guy..wow when he takes a bath he doesn't fool around!! Hes drenched! What a great shot! love how you captured the water droplets and hes bathes...TFS
Donna :o)

Selamlar Sebnem Hanım,
Gerçekten çok tatlı ve komik:)Ellerinize sağlık.Çok iyi yakalamışsınız.Tebrikler.

What an amazing capture, Sebnem! I can't believe how mangy looking the sparrow is, I suppose he has just shaken himself and that's why the feathers are in disarray. Fantastic!

Tell Cem hello from America!



Hi Sebnem, this is a picture with cute factor!
I like it very much. Great sharpness, details, natural colours and great POV. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2006-09-28 5:02]

He is soo cute and the look on his face, one of surprize at being caught in the bath ;-)
I love the water dropplets and his very wet looking feathers.
Nice composition.

Hi Sebnem,
Going through your gallery I noticed that most photos have some touch of happiness/funnyness over it. This photo also makes me feel kinda happy. The joy the bird has getting a bath is beautifully captured. The waterdrops give this great sence of motion. I like the overal color, composition and DOF. The sharpness is superb.

Hi Sebnem
What a great action catch.
I like it.

Well done

That looks like fun! ;) Love the detail and how well you caught the water being flung, nice camera work!


Hola Sebnem,
Funny posting, I like the POV and moment capture. I see sparrows bathing in water but more usual is to see them taking a dust bath.
I hope to post one in the future.

Hi, Sebnem.
Nice action shot. Funny and lovely.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-01 19:11]

Selam sebnem
Great details, sharpnes, light, colours, light, POV and DOF.
Well done mf


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-02 1:54]

Great action shot ! This little fellow is cute and funny in his bath. Nice to see the droplets and his feathers rufled. Well seen and well done my friend !!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-04 6:45]

Hi Sebnem.
What a nice shot was taken by you. The captured scene is amazing. You have selected shutter speed excellently. Water drops and pose (state) of the bird are expressive and funny. TFS and my regards,

Hello Sebnem,
A wonderful moment captured on 'flash card' (is this a correct way to say?). Actually we can not see this action with our naked eyes. Thanks for your sharing.

Hi friend I like the litle's drops of water great moment! The bird is so cute:)
Nice colours and details!
Take care Ana:)

Hello Sebnem,
Lovely shot! This little fellow looks amazingly cute and the picture despite of the clearly not the most easy subject, is very sharp.
Great job!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-10-05 15:49]

Cześć Sebnem. Fantastyczny ten kąpiący się ptaszek. Bardzo dobra robota. Pozdrawiam Robert.

Hi Sebnem,
Nice picture. A bit funny.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-06 6:32]

Hello Sebnem,

Excellent frozen action! Well composed and good exposure. Good note too. TFS!


Hello Sebnem
Your sparrow is so cute as he's shaking of the water. Nice capture of the water droplets. He almost looks like a little penquin with his little tummy. I like the detail of his wet feathers and the lighting is nice and soft.
TFS Janice

So precious, so cute!!!! The sweet little baby even water drops spraying everywhere! You take beautiful photographs!

Salut Sebnem
Félicitation pour cette belle prise de vue avec ce petit sparrow prenant son bain ,les détails et les couleurs sont très beauxainsi que la composition.
Bravo et merci pour l'envoie....JP

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-10-08 20:56]

Sebnem, what a cute and great image.

I do enjoy this.

A great moment deserves a great image - and you did it.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-09 9:41]

Hello Sebnem,
what a lovely shot, the lighting and the colors set a wonderful ambiance. The details are great I love the waterdropletts that surround the little bather.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-10-12 10:09]

cool action-shot of the cute bathing sparrow, sebnem! :-)
perfectly frozen details showing the drops of water flying around.
terrific job & best wishes, thorsten.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-10-12 13:47]

sweet sebnem,
a very good capture of this little one, very good point of view, fine details and yes it's very nice, well done.
gr. jaap

şahane yakalanmış ve süper kompoze edilmiş , çok güzel, eline sağlık...

what a great action shot. the detail and sharpness is excellent. and those drops of water are wonderful. you have caught the essence of the bathe really well.


Hi Sebnem,
You've been busy, I've missed a few of your posts....but I will catch up with them this weekend.
This is a well timed capture of this little sparrow. Nicely composed and what a cute moment to get.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Hello Sebnem,
this sparrow had me much more and I had envis to make the same thing. I it much made a success of bus here the details are very good. The image is very clear.
It is a great catch!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-10-31 12:28]

Very cute shot. Little bird looks so Macho lol. I don't know what you do to process your images but your colors and contrast just pop in your photos. Very good colors.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-11-09 2:36]

Hello Sebnem,
A great shot of this bathing bird.
Nice detail and the water droplets look great also.
Excellent timing and very well captured!


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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-12-20 4:36]

hehe! This is a very nice picture! The look in the birds face is just great! I like it very much! Nicely captured :)


Hi Sebnem,

Great actionshot of this bird taking a bath. No nits here. Very well done.


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-12 11:12]

şebnem hanım: şu bir gerçek ki bana göre tabi...bundan iyisi olamaz yani ..tebrikler selamlar

Hi Sebnem, lovely bathing sparrow, great moment and splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Sebnem!
Very cute picture of the sparrow! Perfect timing, good DOF and POV. Details are so good that I can see even the drops of water! Really splendid picture!
Best greetings from Lodz,

Çok hoş.

:))))))))) buna koptum Şebnem hanım. Bir kuş bu kadar güzel banyo yapabilir. Çok sevimlii çooooook....
Teşekkürler ver iyi pazarlar.

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