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Four Sparrers !

By Niknut
My wife called me to see this female sparrow feeding it's fledgling youngsters.....they were on the garden fence about 20 feet away, & we could see them through
the kitchen window 45 degrees to our right !

I grabbed my Panasonic FZ45, as it's got the only long lens I own.....set everything (quickly) to full auto, & took a few shots leaning full stretch over the kitchen sink,
& through two layers of double-glazing, with my elbows on the window-sill.

The lens was wound out to full optical zoom plus digital zoom, which I think is in excess of 1000mm (35mm terms), & the image-stabiliser working overtime, I got 6 shots
off before the birds fled off.........3 shots successful, & 3 rejects.........the best one gave me the shot as you see it !

Cropped a wee bit off the sides, & trimmed to a 'letter-box' shape to get rid of the fence panel, & next-doors create a nice little family group during
their feeding activities..........has a touch of 'ahh' & cuteness about it I think, so under the circumstances I'm well pleased with the result, especially as I don't do
bird photography, as I haven't got the equipment or patience for it (a quality I admire in anyone who shoots this stuff !).

So. feel free to be critical, I know the quality isn't 100% (it's a bit 'grainy' full-screen ! ) but there we go !........

Finally a massive thankyou to all you good folk for your comments & votes on 'Light Reading 2' my first 'ton-up' with this shot, so I'm one chuffed old 'bunny' !!!!!

Tags: Sparrows Wildlife and nature

Voters: pamelajean, Len1950, FeatherFriend and 62 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes



pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2281 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 4:18PM
It's quite charming, Keith, a little queue of youngsters waiting to see what's on the menu. Well worth the effort.
10 Aug 2011 4:33PM
Lovely capture of nature when at it's best.

FeatherFriend 15 38 217 England
10 Aug 2011 4:38PM
Hi Keith, I doubt if you would have got them all so well in focus with a prime due to the very small dof and this is where the advantage of having a camera such as this comes in handy with a shot like this. A good catchlight in the eye and the detail is quite good too, well done all round Wink
10 Aug 2011 5:19PM
Best kitchen sink drama I can imagine. Great result too, these wee Sparrows zoom around at great speed. Well done to the lady of the house too, for the shout.

10 Aug 2011 5:31PM
First aww! I think this is adorable, sometimes it doesn't always have to be for perfection, just getting a message across, and personally I think you did a great job!!...Kathy
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
10 Aug 2011 5:42PM
I think there is a future for you with bird images-- well done, an enjoyable image!
achieverswales 12 8 101 Wales
10 Aug 2011 6:00PM
Keith a first class image mate I love it, seeing them all in line for dinner is so cute.


CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 6:02PM
Delightful capture. Carole
BarbaraR 16 1.3k 1 England
10 Aug 2011 6:02PM
A lovely little sparrow family.
You did well.

10 Aug 2011 6:25PM
Wonderful capture - well done !

pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 7:37PM
great family shot and beautifully taken, think you should try bird photography more oftenWink
Growmore 14 4 3 England
10 Aug 2011 7:50PM
It's a wonderful capture Keith, stand in line please.

Louise_Morris 12 2.5k England
10 Aug 2011 8:18PM
Well I think this is a great capture Keith - and well done for getting it under such awful conditions & circumstances!! Grin lol. A lovely family group well captured. Lou
annettep38 11 221 43 Luxembourg
10 Aug 2011 8:36PM
what a cute family scene, dinner table photography at it's best! I simply love it
helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 9:13PM
What a delightful capture Smile
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
10 Aug 2011 10:32PM
The sparrows seem to have done well this year, we've had them in our garden as well........Tried to count them the other day, but lost it completely at about 50, reckon there must be close on 70 plus of the little beggars!......Trouble is they're keeping everything else out, apart from the Starlings......grrrrrr.....Never mind that's nature.

Considering the conditions I've seen a lot worse.....

Daisymaye Plus
14 26 24 Canada
11 Aug 2011 1:01AM
A lovely capture of these cute little sparrows.............Sandy
Devon_Wild 12 8 1 England
11 Aug 2011 7:45AM
Nice one, they even look quite orderly !! ................Rob
Anna62 11 1 Australia
11 Aug 2011 9:57AM
such a heartwarming image Keith. Under the conditions you have described..its beautifully shot and portrays nurturing very well Smile
MartPics 16 7 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2011 8:39AM
Wonderful image, nice work.

12 Aug 2011 3:23PM
A lovely bird image and so well captured.

EAS 14 1 13 Scotland
12 Aug 2011 5:02PM

User_Removed 13 48 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2011 5:14PM
Super capture.
HobbitDave Plus
14 10 10 England
12 Aug 2011 5:19PM
Very well captured, really endearing image!
12 Aug 2011 7:01PM
A really well captured image under the circumstances, nice one !
19 Aug 2011 6:16PM
Soooooooooooo sweet
31 Dec 2015 2:18AM
nice shot! You made it Keith!!! GrinGrinGrin

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