*Splish, splash, we´re taking a bath*
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|Young House Sparrows having fun in the water at the Berlin-Zoo.|
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.
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
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 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
While the young are in their nests, the older birds
utter a long churr. At least three broods are reared
in the season.
Bezeichnung des Kameramodells Canon EOS 20D
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 20.09.2006 12:51:23
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/1000
Av (Blendenzahl) 8.0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 400
Objektiv 90.0 - 300.0 mm
Brennweite 300.0 mm
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
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- [2006-09-29 14:09]
What a mad splash around they are having, love the expression on the face of the one in the middle, me thinks he is having way to much fun, its funny that there are three in a row, I guess Friday must be bath night.
TFS Hilary :o)
- [2006-09-29 14:12]
Excellent timing and composition.
das ist ja goldig, mindestens 4 Stück, oder?
Action pur, ganz süß - tschüssi
Sabine - wishnugaruda
Good shot,nice composition
- [2006-09-29 16:17]
Hola Thorsten, revolución en el agua, espléndida y original disparo. saludos
- [2006-09-29 17:04]
Lovely shot, all summer I had baby sparrows dust bathing in my garden and they look just like that. Lovely fun capture
- [2006-09-30 3:35]
Hi Thor, great timing, a funny capture of bird bathing, well done, Didier.
Wow, amazing shot. Great action taken for such an usual subject.
- [2006-09-30 9:25]
Very nice capture.I liked POV,timing,sharpness and composition are wonderful.House sparrows at zoo?:).Excellent work!
- [2006-09-30 22:26]
Amazing, this is a very cool picture! I can't believe you go to the zoo to take pictures of sparrows?! I can see why though they are very cute. Thanks for sharing.
il y a eu plusieurs photo d'oiseau en train de se baigner dernierement mais la c'est la cote d'azur en plein mois d'aout,surpeuplé.
Ha, ha..... love this action packed shot. Excellent work. Thank you!
I love this image. It's such a fun and active shot, so much to look at and enjoy.
They're having a great time!
Thank you for posting :-)
Nice timing and composition.