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Longing for Summer

Longing for Summer
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Copyright: Siarhei Biazberdy (biazberdy) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 6 N: 60] (386)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, Tiffen 58mm UV
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 5:43
Viewed: 4062
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It's rather cold now;) About -10 degrees.
This sparrow is all ruffled up to get a little bit warmer:)

P.S. Exposure:
Shutter speed: 1/3200
Apperture: 5.6
Focus length 484 mm ( 35 mm eq.)
ISO 640 to get a better timing


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 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 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.

The 14 to 16 centimetre 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.

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.

So familiar a bird should need little description, yet it 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 the cheeks.

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

In spring, flowers, especially those with yellow blossoms, are often attacked and torn to bits; crocuses, primroses and aconites seem to attract the House Sparrow most. The bird will also hunt butterflies.

The short and incessant chirp needs no description, and its double call note phillip which originated the now obsolete popular name of "Phillip Sparrow", is as familiar.

While the young are in their nests, the older birds utter a long churr. At least three broods are reared in the season.

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Hello Siarhei! Winter has caught up with us too here in Southern Ontario Canada, and our birds are all "fluffed up" to keep warm as well! Very good POV, much better than straight on, and look at the twinkle in his eye! Very informative note. Was interested in your biography to see you have a Zenit camera--it was my first 35 mm and I loved it--thus my nickname. Now we've gone to digitals, with very good results, but there is something to be said for a fully manual old camera as well.
Thank you, Linda

Hello Siarhei,
This is a very good POV and composition. I love those bright colors, details and exposure. This blue sky makes a perfect BG. This is a beautiful picture with nice light in the bird's eye. I don't understand that it had so few reactions but anyway, this is very well done! Thanks,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-08 11:24]

Hi Siarhei.
Do you speak Russian? (: ))
Спасибо за интерес к моим снимкам.
Я так и не понял транслитерацию Вашего имени. Но это не главное. Очень симпатичный снимок воробья с отличным кадрированием, точными естественными цветами и отличной глубиной резкости.

Мне кажется неудобным давать фокусное расстояние объектива в 35-мм эквиваленте. Нам полезно ориентироваться по фокусному расстоянию именно данного объектива. Ведь их характеристики плавают от широкого угла к длинному концу. А так приходится пересчитывать.
TFS and my best wishes.

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