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At Watering: Thirst III

At Watering: Thirst III
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-24 10:58
Viewed: 5195
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a last shot from my Thirst series which I wished to share with you despite the fact I have many shots with attractive scenes near my garden Watering taken that hottest day.

Sparrows are the most common visitors of the garden and I should show how they stand the heat too.

I dare to assure you, that all visitors had been given a drink and every of them had found a shadow in my garden. However, there was no the cool there.

I hope all these birds had born that hot summer and now their children are frequent guests in the garden.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-24 11:35]

Hi Alexei . I have enjoyed you pictures of the thirsty birds. This one shows theSparrow so clearly. with good detail in the feathers. and bright colours. Dont get your tap fixed otherwise the birds will have no water. Well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-24 11:42]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice shot with wonderful detail in the feathers
Well composed with lovely natural color,sparrow stands out really well against this BG
Regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-24 11:43]

Hello Alexei,
It is interesting to see that the thirsty birds that you photograph are juveniles, like here a juvenile Tree Sparrow. I can't explain this: maybe a leaking tap is the easiest source of water for them, I don't know.
But I do know that once again you present a fine shot with superb technical qualities.
Thanks and have a good week,

Wonderful capture.

Hello Alexei,

Excellent shot.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

Ciao Alex, lovely bird in nice pose with fine details and splendid sharpness, beautiful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Another superb shot at this watering hole, my friend Alexei.
As a matter of fact, the bird seems to be calling to its friends to join it..
Very well done!

hello Alexei
great sharpness and good details of the bird
beautiful colours
greeting lou

ciao Alexei!
excellent details and posture for the last visitor thirsty....good compo and definition

greetings sERGIO

Tienes un buen reclamo con esa pequeña fuga de agua para atraer a toso tipo de pequeñas aves !!
Además, si Alexei está ahí con su cámara preparada, el resultado de la captura ha de ser excelente 100% como estás demostrando.
Buen trabajo.

Buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-24 16:19]

Hi Alexei,

I'm so sorry this is the last of the mini-series! I'm so glad to hear that all these birds were able to relieve their thirst. This sparrow is magnificent with fantastic details and colors. Perhaps he is singing his thanks to you!


I have heard it said that the very last and biggest war will be over water...I wonder if that comes to mind when you shoot this.it does to me..good lesson plan!

hello Alexei

a very cute bird this sparrow on your photo,
fine POV and framing, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, you clicked
the camera at the best moment when his singing,



hello Alexei
another excellent capture,of this beautiful watering scene,
and this is wonderful photo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-25 3:27]

Hello Alexei,
What a thin little sparrow, happily it found some water in your garden.
Very touching picture! Like always well composed, with fine colors and excellent sharpness.
I hope that you actually have normal temperatures and not like here too hot.
Kind regards

Hi Nikos. Great sharpness more amd good light managemet.


Excellent portrait. Great focusing, background and lighting,
Best wishes,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-25 7:32]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful capture of lovely female sparrow with good sharp and details.Excellent colors and composition.
Regards from Mesopotamia.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-25 10:36]

Hello Alexei,
Another beauty of this sparrow in a perfect pose. The sharp details are really perfect. Very beautiful natural colours. Great close composition and POV.

Helo Alexei
another great shot of a thirsty bird from your garden
i like the pose of this Sparrow with beak open
colors, sharpness and lighting are excellent
have a good night

Hello Alexei,
another splendid picture of the thirsty birds, very good sharpness and brigt colours, i like the lovely pose of the Sparrow in a nice composition.
Best regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-05-26 4:55]

Hello Alexei,
Looking at your sparrow I'm convinced that our sparrow differ a little. Your series like me. All photos are done very well.
Best regards, Pawel

Excellent detail, well taken I especially like the pose on the faucet which for Sparrows is quite natural. Nice work.


Witaj Alex!
Pretty series. Very pretty conception. Good colours and sharpness. It is possible him to look to beak. It presents on blurred background great.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie - Roma

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-05-27 11:42]

Hi Alexei,
as always the character of your subject shines through in your shot. Super sharp details and excellent DOF, very well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-27 14:52]

Hi Alex,you was very intelligent to wait birds in this lucky corner. And what a beautifuls species,the sharpness and colors are at the top of quality,my best compliments for this little different serie,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-28 1:36]

Hi my friend

We, too, had a little period of drought here, but nowadays the clouds finally came and hopefully there won't be any more thirst for the animals.
Your series is quite interesting and even though you have some man-made elements in the photos, they still show a natural behavior of some birds these days.
The details on your subject here are excellent and thanks to your great exposure, you managed to get everything - from teh darker to the brighter areas.
On top of all, the timing - catching it while singing - is just superb.

Bravo and TFS

Selam Alexei,
mükemmel bir çalışma olmuş.
elinize sağlık.
en güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

Hello Alexei !
Another amazing shot from you ! Absolutely perfect on all points - sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, pose of the bird, BG... A true pleasure for the eye. You really had a lucky day during that summer, even if hot was hard to stand. Very well done !

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-29 7:09]

Hi Alex,
this shot in series are real treasure to have a few birds taken in excellent sharpness and clarity.
well presented and superbly managed, as to retain its beauty and surroundings.
well presented.


Hi Alexei,

an good composition and with lots of details and sharpness.
Fine colours.


Hi Alexei,

Very cute and funny picture. Excellent DOF.


Hello Alexei,

Excellent details in the plumage!
A funny posture by your feathered friend, is he uttering something or just thirsty hehehe...
A fine composition with a good feeling of depth, colours are nicely reproduced!

Pablo -

Privet Alexei,
Gorgeous shot of the thirsty sparrow with opened bills. Absolutely fantastic details and sharpness, nice summer colors, beautiful composition. Congrats and tfs. I truly hope all visitors of Your garden were able to survive the drought.
Friendly regards, László

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-04-17 15:45]

Very well taken and presented photography.
Great timing, pose, luminosity, focus and composition.
Greetings and TFS.

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