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Many Birds - One Bush

Many Birds - One Bush
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-18 7:42
Viewed: 2380
Points: 36
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I felt a Rockwell-esque quality after staring at this for a bit. Norman Rockwell that is...for many who do not know of him, he was an American Painter who had a particular style which in the eyes of common Americans, portrayed those things so true in real life that hey could see it right away....If by chance anyone is interested...there are many sites on Norman Rockwell..

My only problem posting this and one which I could not overcome, was the size of the picture required for TN. If you were to see this picture in large format...you could see much better all of the birds and all of their activities. But confined to 800 wide I was still able to get as much action and closeness as I needed for a small work. I can imagine this as a jigsaw puzzle...something hard for and on the eyes. The only way one can appreciate is to see in person.

These are common sparrows in a bush about 4 feet tall. They are on the outside and can be seen. They are also on the inside which cannot be seen. Jane and I estimated the number of birds at about 50, no less but maybe more. They all seem to sync up in common. When I went close to the bush they all instantly went inside the bush. As soon as I turned and walked away they came back out. To them perhaps it was a game. I have to admit, it put a smile on my face as well...until the owner of the residence came out to see why the heck I was looking so hard and taking pictures of his bush. As he exited the home the birds all flew off...and I was standing in front of an empty bush with a camera. I felt a bit strange...this man was going to think I was either a nut case (which I am anyway) or some kind of bush terrorist. Life in America can be very strange...

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-18 7:48]
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They almost look like leaves here Bob, like the last ones clinging on at the end of Autumn. It would be nice to see each one a bit clearer, like you say, but i still like it as a whole very much.
Some interesting shapes and textures created by the bare twigs and stems with effective goldish sepia hue. Well done and have a good weekend.

Hi Bob,
Norman Rockwell has been one of my reference's ever!
So funny the situation described here, when the bird's flown away. It happens!
I have the same issue about the 800 px wide when posting here...that's why always tend to make a square like framing to get more visual info into...cause and effect.
I like the hues of the image, and all that birds that were attracted to the tree, like a big community.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-18 8:27]

Hi Bob,

I see this same scene every day only on a Mexican Palm. I call it the sparrow bush. Nice shot with the birds in so many different positions. I like the two flying to join the group.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-18 9:03]

Hi Bob. Now you are trying to see how many birds you can get at once. good timing and detail . still a little colour in the trees. a nice POV. well done TFS.
Good notes too.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-18 9:43]

Hello My Friend,
Your capture and story to go with it are both excellent and humorous, like the child caught with its' hand in the cookie jar. I have always wondered how flocks of birds are so synchronized as these ones were. Thanks for another great posting Bob.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-18 9:45]

Another shot of a bush with lots of birds in it! :)
This could almost be sepia!
A photo which is full of interest. You could look at it for hours and then still be spotting more birds flitting about :)
Great image quality.
Well framed.
Thanks for sharing this Bob!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-18 10:13]

Hi Bob,i wish be there whit you and walking on the snow whit this fantastic birds,very good work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Bob, how much birds in different position, excellent composition with great warm colors, good focus and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

To the Mad Bush Stalker Bob,
Great story!!!
I find the low setting on the site also demeaning to the actual beauty of several images that I have seen posted on the site since the time I have been on this site, however, we can catch a sense of what it must have appeared, or felt like when one was standing there with their camera in hand, capturing an image of a flock of sparrows, in front of Someone Else's House, and in their bush. Sparrows are busy and cheerful birds, nonstop from the time the sun rises to the hour of the sunset.
"Like leaves on a tree, these sparrows form. May they never drop."

hello Bob

superb shot with excellent warm colours and details of the image,
viewing (looking) at your image i am learning on nature
photography, because if i was there i would zoom and focus
only one bird forgeting all the others of the bush,

now looking at your image with all the birds on the bush
i see how the image could be as beautiful as if it was zoomed
at only one bird, and all the birds on the bush
i am realizing that it bring an artistique effect to the image

TFS for the image and for the notes


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-18 17:20]

Funny story Bob, this man having seen you get close to the bush and go away from it... for nothing ;-) I like that picture a lot, instead of being pine cones today, they might look like apples at fall from the thumbnail. It's incredible how many birds can stand on just one bush. Where I lived, in Montreal, I could see some cedars at the neighbour's background. Just before the sun rose of set, hundreds of sparrows would either leave or get inside, within the branches of the cedars... getting inside is the funniest to watch as you see the branches move without seeing anyone, hear some calls and pitpits and then see one bird coming out suddenly to go back in from another place. I am telling you all this because I think this picture shows exactly that kind of phenomenon which is so nice and fun to watch. You captured a moment with all those sparrows moving around or in the bush, it is alive and well! Thanks a lot for sharing,


Now I would not want to park my car under that bush!!!
Very cool popv Great capture!!! TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-18 18:52]

Hi Bob,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

It's a birdie tree...that where birds come from..and when they're ripe, they fly away. ha ha

Lovely shot!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-19 10:27]

Hello Bob,
When I was a teenager I remember a song called 'Sparrow in the treetop' that was in the early fifties, before R and R came along. That's what came to my mind when I saw this. I don't think I've seen an image with so many House Sparrows together: the whole bush is alive with them and I can almost hear their chirping and chatting: the bush is alive!
The scene is full of action and that's what I like about this shot, Bob and I guess that's why you posted it. Thanks,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-19 11:02]

Now you have too much of it ! :-) Great shot Bob, great details and colors,well done with the exposure too, have a great day !


Hi Bob,

A good capture of the bush and of the birds which are playing hide an seek with you. May be they were scared. The subjet is well framed. It is difficult to get nearer because they may have flown away. have a nice day.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-20 17:28]

Hello Bob

I love the sound the birds make in a bush like this.They do look a bit like leaves I suppose.
Well focused with very good detail.
I can imagine the sounds of the twittering.
Lovely natural colours.

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