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sparrows in bath

sparrows in bath
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-02 16:47
Viewed: 3453
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In last morning, I visit some places in suburban of Niğde Province. It was sunny but cold since continental climate here.
So, I saw only one Motacilla flava and several Pica pica. When I was coming back to house, I saw a group of Passer domesticus – Serçe House Sparrow. Some of them roosted on Eleagnus cf. angustifolia (Kuş İğdesi [TR], Russian Olive [EN]) trees in our garden, when some others bathed in small pond along main road. I took many photographs, but I prefer this shot for today’s post.

The species is very common in settlements, especially city centres. It is the most common species of the genus, which repsesented four species in Turkiye.
** Passer domesticus – Serçe [TR], House Sparrow [EN],
** Passer hispaniolensis – Söğüt Serçesi [TR], Spanish Sparrow [EN],
** Passer moabiticus – Küçük serçe [TR], Dead Sea Sparrow [EN],
** Passer montanus – Ağaç Serçesi [TR], Tree Sparrow [EN].

Dedicated to my teacher, emeritus Professor Mehmet Kutsay Atatur (matatur). When I was a university student in Department of Zoology of Ege University, I learnt many things from him and I continue with new ones.

My last post of yesterday is a scorpion under UV light. I received some message and I can say that this not normal colors of scorpions. They can visible in night without light by UV and their color similar a lemon's yellow color. Scorpion's skin has a special feature and absorb UV light. For comporison You should look at other scorpion photos.

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Hello Ahmet,
Very nice action shot. Good composition and details.

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  • lutya Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
  • [2007-12-02 22:16]


renkler,detaylar ve netlik çok iyi. Serçelerin duş anında etrafa saçtığı damlalar fotoğrafı süslemiş diye düşünüyorum..

iyi günler...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-02 22:41]

Hi Ahmet

Great shot - lovely frozen action. Well timed.


Oh maşallah kış günü demeyip dalmışlar suya. Çok sevimliler. Eline sağlık Dr. Selamlar. Mustafa

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-02 23:23]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Guzel zamanlama, ve iyi bir poz. Elinize saglik
Iyi haftalar

Ahmet merhaba , ilginç ve aksiyon dolu olmuş , eline sağlık .

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-03 2:07]

Ha Ha! These birds look like they're having a great time :)
Excellent action shot that shows great movement.
Sharp with good clarity.
Nice composition and POV.
Good lighting.
Well done Ahmet,

A very funny shot,nicely captured Ahmet.
Quite bright,but good detail visible.
Thorough notes as usual.

Thanks for your kind dedication Ahmet, your "bathing sparrows" are a feast for my eyes! I wonder whether you took some lower exposure (around 1/100 sec.) shots of these lovely sparrows, it would be interesting to "feel" their (also the droplets) movements!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-03 7:32]

Hi Ahmet.
What a funny guy and nice picture of it. You have captured a very cute moment. Excellent lighting and details of the bird. Perfect sharpness and natural colours. My best wishes and thanks a lot. Well done.

Merhaba my dear friend Ahmet!
This is trully a cute captured of the Sparrows in bath!
I loved this photo very much and thank you for that!
very good moment to catch the water splash!
a very good composition with a useful notes always
my compliment and best regards!
friend Tony

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-03 11:51]

Hi Ahmet. great timing to get the two little sparrows enjoying a bath. great detail in the wet feathers. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Ahmet..So where's the birdbath? Your bird's obviously prefer au-natural ;}
Cute capture.

Hi Ahmet,
A beautiful capture of these sparrows having bath. Nicely composed with excellent details and a very good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-12-04 10:04]

Hello Ahmet,
Great amusing capture of a pair of bathing House Sparrows, the water droplets adding life to this fine composition. I don't think I have ever seen birds getting so wet before!
Well done and thanks, my friend,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-05 21:35]

Hello Ahmet,
Something that I don't have today is time,
but I could not resist to stop by and congratulate
you on this wonderful capture.. Congratulations my friend
I'll be back tomorrow..


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-12-07 6:08]

Hello Ahmet,
Lovely capture of this pair having a bath in the water puddle. They look quite pathetic in their soaking wet plumage but your capture is great with sharp focus on the eyes and I like the colours in this fine composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-07 12:05]

Hello Ahmet,
Good action photo. Well detailed and clarity.
Very good composition.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-12-07 16:12]
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İşte bu ! Hakettigi degeri fazlası ile almış tebrik ederim ...

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-01-18 0:03]

hi Ahmet,
great shot of these sparrows taking a bath. nice composition and superbly focused.. the detail is great. fantastic capture. very cute

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