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So fresh & so clean

So fresh & so clean
著作権: Alex Strugariu (Alex_Strugariu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 173] (649)
ジャンル: Animals
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2006-10-18
カテゴリー: Birds
カメラ: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2007-07-13 16:11
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Hi guys,

I thought I'd try something a little bit different this time. A picture taken from a pretty long distance of a not so dangerous species of animal.

I took this picture last fall, at the beggining of college, on a warm october day. It would apear that the day was too warm for these sparows and they decided to take a bath in front of my faculty, in the fountain... I saw that they were having fun and decided to photograph the little guys. I hope you enjoy the result.

Here's a little info about the species Passer domesticus taken from wikipedia:

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, New Zealand 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 North 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 of man. A more proper term is 'synanthropic'.

This 14 to 16 centimetre long bird is abundant in temperate climates, but not universally common; in many hilly districts it is scarce. In cities, towns and villages, even around 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. The House Sparrow 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 each cheek.

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 the larvae of insects, often destructive species, this species eats seeds, including grain where it is available.

In spring, flowers especially those with yellow colours are often eaten; crocuses, primroses and aconites seem to attract the house sparrow most. The bird will also hunt butterflies.

The Sparrow's most common call is a short and incessant chirp. It also has a double call note phillip which originated the now obsolete name of "phillip sparrow". While the young are in their nests, the older birds utter a long churr. At least three broods are reared in the season.

Best regards,

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Hello Alex,
Wonderful capture, these bading birds.
Love the water drops all over the place due to there fast moving bodies.
Low viewing/shooting angle is beautiful, but it seems like sunlight is a it harsh.
I personally would like to have seen a little less contrast because details are not that well visible as they should be.
Wonderful shot anyway.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.
Kindest regards, Harry

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-13 22:39]

Hi Alex,
I like the actions caught in your photo, the excellent light, the color reflections in the water, but most of all the nice low POV. Good Work!

foarte nostim momentul, hihi,
ce bine pica o baie pe caldurile astea...


foarte fain momentul

Dear Alex!
What a funny photo! A group of sparrows in the water. It had to be a very hot day ;>
Nice and interesting composition and a very interesting effect. And even if the species is very well known, common and very abundant, the picture is really nice :)
TFS and best greetings from Poland,

Hi Alex,
So cute birds... I love their expressions, specially the one isolated, in full bath activity... They had real fun!
Sharp shot and nice colors for an everyday scene...

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