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Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow
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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 60D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-21 14:49
Viewed: 1860
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my childhood in Chennai, India, I used to see large number of house sparrows. Gradually, they started disappearing from the scene due to dwindling food sources, loss of nesting sites, indiscriminate use of agricultural chemicals and changing landscape of cities and villages. Such disappearances all over the world led many environmental organizations to protect the bird and the World Sparrow Day is celebrated on March 20 (http://www.thehindu.com/features/kids/save-our-sparrows/article4496787.ece) . There is a specific Facebook group called Save Our Sparrows (https://www.facebook.com/sossaveoursparrows/info ).

When I came to Vancouver, the first thing which impressed me was the song sparrows (Melospiza melodia ) in the Stanley Park. There are differences between the common house sparrow and the song sparrow. While the house sparrow utter husky calls, song sparrow , native of North America, sings and according to Wikipedia it resembles the opening four notes of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_sparrow .

I liked the intensity and the focus of these birds while singing. The songs have territory defense functions and considered to be the “one of the most complicated communication systems outside of human language,” ( http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/02/12/get-off-my-lawn-song-sparrows-escalate-territorial-threats-with-video/ ).

Unlike the common house sparrows, song sparrows are seen mostly in brushy areas and marshes. I found this singing bird inside a bush in the Lost Lagoon of Stanley Park. The branches of the bush were hampering my focus-still I managed to get the photo. Little bit of brightening and saturation helped to get a better image.

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Lovely image.
And you are right about the impressive melody within its throat. Please click here >>> to hear Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5
I enjoyed this image tremendously!!!
Best and most kind regards from Calgary in Alberta,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-21 16:33]

Hi Bala,beautiful capture in a very curious and nice pose,i like a lot the excellent quality despite the difficult location,very bright colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-08-21 18:46]

Hello Bala,
The House Sparrow is one of our most abundant birds here in Ohio. I can't imagine them dwindling in numbers, but your story proves it can happen under certain circumstances.
I love your cute little Song Sparrow who seems to be singing it's heart out at the moment. With head back and chest out it is giving it's best effort to fill the world with a beautiful melody. Nicely photographed and captured in an attractive pose.

Hello Bala,

Hope you are well and life is good down there. This is a marvellous shot of this lovely song sparrow and Ron has described it so wonderfully. Like your superb shot, your note is highly informative and touching one, thanks a lot for sharing both, take care,

warm regards/Abid

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