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Baby Sparrow for Anna

Baby Sparrow for Anna
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-09-07 13:58
Viewed: 4074
Points: 46
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Baby Sparrow / Passer domesticus

Today's image of the baby Sparrow I dedicate to our 2nd grandchild, Anna (please see the workshop), a beautiful little girl who was born on the 26th August 2013, and as you can see is my namesake, which I am very proud of.

Anna, just as Nina is a precious little girl and a real blessing to all, but especially for us, Loot and me, the grandparents. She is so sweet and peaceful, extremely lovely and a real gift from God. The name Anna means: Favour and Grace.

Many stunning images and valuable information of sparrows have featured in the gallery on numerous occasions by well known members. However, I cannot recall that I have seen a baby sparrow featured in the gallery, other than the one I posted of the same sparrow way back in 2008.

I was very fortunate to have spotted this tiny, newly born sparrow on one of my daily trips around the garden.

I think it was instinct to let me look down to the grass and there right in front of my feet was this cutie pie looking straight up at me with this sweet and innocent expression on its face. I do not want to think what would have happened if I had taken one more step.

I just could not let this moment pass, and fell down on my stomach (grassroots level), coming eye-to-eye with the little one and captured this unique moment. It was such a special feeling coming so close to the bird's face and having the opportunity to photograph it.

As it seemed like the parents were busy teaching this little one to fly, I did not want to disturb them too much or delay the process and only took a few shots. It was very hot and humid, and I can imagine it being very tiring for the little one to have its first flying lessons in the scorching sun. It reached 39C on that day.

I moved away but must admit I was very curious to see how the flying process would develop and take place. I think the parents watched me, and were not happy with my presence because nothing happened except their loud voices that sounded like they were scolding and squealing at me. The little one stayed put. I decided to slowly walk around the house, and passing the spot, the youngster was not there anymore. My eye caught it sitting in the shadow of a shrub in one of the flower beds.

I felt sorry for it, because of the terrible heat, but did not want to touch it, as I have learnt that once a human touches a baby bird the parents may reject it and subsequently would not want anything to do with it. I just could not let that happen. Once again I strolled around the house, and on my return the little one was gone. Later on, I heard sounds coming from the nest and I knew the little chick succeeded with its first lesson in flight.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hallo Anna
A great dedication to your grandchild Anna. Congratulations for you and Loot as her grandparents.
I wish a happy life for lesser Anna.
All the best

Hallo Anna
照的清晰 這是特大號的特寫鏡頭
看的很清楚 小鳥可愛又很逗趣
構圖美麗 謝謝分享

I'm glad your baby grand-daughter has been named after you, granny Anna. :)
Being a grand-father myself, I can share your joy on the arrival of Anna. She's an angel, indeed. Looks so very cute in her sleep!
Congratulations to you and Loot!
The baby Sparrow you have captured so well and dedicated it to baby Anna speak volumes about your love for life.
May God bless both the babies with a long happy life!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-09-07 20:19]

Hello Anna, Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa...again!!!
Aren't babies of any species just soooo cute!! What a precious little sparrow you have posted in honor of your newest granddaughter Anna. I'm sure Nina is doing her best to be the big sister. Enjoy them both now, because as you know time flies quickly and you will never be able to get these special moments back once their gone.
Rosie and I have eight now and love every minute (to be truly honest, some minutes a little more then others:))that we share with them.
God Bless,

Ciao Anna, great capture of cute little sparrow, grat gift for lovely Anna, I see in WS, excellent sharpness, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Anna,
Congratulation for such nice day.Wish life will be full of happiness.
Like this picture.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful Angel in WS,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-09-07 23:35]

really beautiful chick. excellent closeup and nicely presented.

species very common in my country, congratulations Anna! Molt content de poder compartir aquest moments amb tu, d'agraďr. Una forta abraçada. Ferran

Hi Anna,
I like so much this amazing macro of a baby sparrow as well as your interesting story in the note. As I have two grandchildren myself, I can share the feelings with you and quite appreciate your affection towards your newly born granddaughter, who's so cute and lovely in sleep. Congratulations to you and Loot! Wish Baby Anna a happy long life!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-08 2:33]

Hello Anna,
perfect with amazing details of the growing feathers.It is nice feeling to have grandchildren, congratulations!Regards Siggi

Hi Anna,
nice portrait of this young sparrow. For me the colours are a bit too deep but this is a personal impression.
Well done

excellent close up with this little fellow!
regards Anna

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-09-09 1:24]

Shalom Anna,

Lovely picture accompanied by a lovely story! Little Anna must be delighted with this present!

All the best,


Great shot of this baby sparrow Anna!
Excellent sharpness and details. Thank you for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Anna,
A wonderful and adorable chick.
good capture with perfect clarity, colour and composition.
best wishes,

Ciao Anna. Just impressive this small guy! Razor details excellent sharp with Amazing playing of light. Perfect DOF too.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-13 12:36]

Hi Anna,a beautiful face to face whit this brand new sparrow,a lucky meeting and a top quality capture despite the difficult light and the ground location too,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

GREAT NEWS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BIRTH OF ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILD. What a neat thing to do Anna! ADORE this pic what a great close up, so raw and wonderful. I found some more good news; researching about your comment and the latest is its a fallacy; the parents will not reject their little one!! So I guess nature let you celebrate another birth of a precious ANNA by taking her picture!! http://www.livescience.com/33620-baby-bird-touch-mother-abandon.html

Hello Anna

WOW ! great close-up photo of this Baby Sparrow,
your fine POV obtained his lovely glance on you,
beautiful lateral light, great focus, sharpness,
and details, congratulations to Baby Anna's grandparents, TFS


Hello Anna,
Excellent sharp detailed and nice clarity.TFS.

Hello Anna,
This is very good picture. baby bird is very pretty.
Well done.

Hello Anna,
Congratulations and I hope she will always treasure this comical image as the special dedication that it is. You know, when I think of your photography three things about it stand out for me - sharpness, beautiful colours and composition, all working together to making excellent quality. This is no exception and, once again, a real pleasure to view.

Hi Anna,
Beautiful photo. This special beak of young passeriformes grabs all attention when looking at them, very suggestive! Very nice textures, you show gorgeous details of the plumage of the baby, who seems to stand as a real model. :-) Truly great shot. Bravo. And it's also very, very good to see there are still photographers on the site who are able to write a decent note from their minds, not just sharing a flat copy of a wikipedia article or such. Congratulations for the photo, and of course for your 2nd grandchild. May God help her in the whole of her life.
Best regards, László

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