E.J.Wilkins

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House sparrow

House sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Sitting right at the top of a tangle of clematis covering a tall tree stump, this chap was taking a short break from singing to mark his territory. He was probably also hoping to attract a female.

 

Picture taken from indoors, end of March 2010.

 

Male House Sparrows have a grey cap, brown below the grey, and grey/buff/white cheeks.

 

Male Tree Sparrows have a all-brown cap (no grey) and a dark patch marking within the lighter cheek area of the head.

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House sparrow

House sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Sitting right at the top of a tangle of clematis covering a tall tree stump, this chap was taking a short break from singing to mark his territory. He was probably also hoping to attract a female.

 

Picture taken from indoors, end of March 2010.

 

Male House Sparrows have a grey cap, brown below the grey, and grey/buff/white cheeks.

 

Male Tree Sparrows have a all-brown cap (no grey) and a dark patch marking within the lighter cheek area of the head.

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comments (22)

  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 1 Oct 2010, 01:31
A cute little fellow !
EJWilkins: He is, isn't he. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Oct 2010, 02:12
Common as anything, in many parts of the world, but I like watching them anywhere.
EJWilkins: In the last fifteen years we've only seen the occasional male Sparrow in our garden, no females - perhaps three all told, although we sometimes hear them in other people's gardens elsewhere in the town. So this was quite a special little bird.
  • Alan
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • 1 Oct 2010, 04:53
A cracking composition, Ellie. Another shot full of fine detail and the important catchlight in its eye; lovely!
EJWilkins: he catchlight was pure sunshine Alan, and luck!
  • Shaun
  • Turkey
  • 1 Oct 2010, 06:27
A very nice subject.
EJWilkins: He was a gorgeous little chap
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Oct 2010, 06:51
They really are little sweethearts, Ellie. It would be easy to watch them all day, this close up and personal!
EJWilkins: I'd love to be able to do that Ginnie, but they're such rare visitors to our garden - which is why this chap was so special
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Oct 2010, 07:00
Lovely detail here Ellie very cute.
EJWilkins: Thanks, and quite chatty too smile
  • Tracy
  • UK
  • 1 Oct 2010, 08:02
Dont see many of these anymore in our area..Lovely shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: We don't either Tracy, which is why this little chap was so special.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Oct 2010, 08:09
An endangered species now Ellie: they used to be as common as anything until the 1970s
EJWilkins: They are quite rare here Chris, which is why this little chap was so special. He was around for several weeks, then there were some youngsters, so we hope he was successful. Sadly we haven't seen any of them since early August although they might return as the weather gets colder.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 1 Oct 2010, 08:47
Great work
EJWilkins: Thanks
Aha!! That one loks familiar! smile
Nice shot! Again, well done in the use of negative space!
EJWilkins: Glad you recognised him smile

Yes, I think that that negative space is important for wildlife.
Love the composition, Ellie. Lovely details too. (:o)
EJWilkins: He was there just long enough for me Ros. I was lucky smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Oct 2010, 09:28
At least it is one of the few birds that looks the same and the same name as over here.

You think he is TRYING to attract a female? So who is holding the camera? grin
EJWilkins: Aha, yes, there seem to be sparrows of some sort on most continents, although I think there are variations. This was a very rare visitor to our garden.

And yes, I was holding the camera, but he wasn't singing for my benefit. wink
Very beautiful composition.
EJWilkins: The sparrow was in the perfect place to be seen and heard smile
What a wonderful capture Ellie!
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard
You have a menagerie (is that the right word?) Ellie.
EJWilkins: We have a large garden and we put out a lot of bird food in squirrel and cat-proofed feeders. It's taken a long time but we reckon that throughout the year we see about thirty different species. The latest treat was a Tawny Owl that landed at dusk. Perhaps menagerie might be a good word wink
Tey seem to be making a bit of a comeback. This is a lovely shot Ellie
EJWilkins: I hope so Bill, we'd love to see more of them in our garden. This is the first we've seen more than once in very many years.
Well captured, I notice the eye highlight, a little fin in flash perhaps?
EJWilkins: No, the catchlight was real sunshine, the bird was too far away to have used flash and I was indoors.
Lovely shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Brian smile
Wow! This one is my favourit. A+ VAL smile
EJWilkins: He's my favourite too smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Oct 2010, 20:44
A fine composition and a beautiful picture of the House sparrow (Spatz/Sperling)- sadly, it belongs to an endangered species of birds, formerly the most known and common bird in our country (we use the word 'Spatz'/'Spatzi' also as pet name for our sweethearts, there is also a phrase like "Armer, kleiner Spatz"/poor, little sparrow or " you are eating like a sparrow" for the sparrow was often the least valued bird by men, now it is a rarity! There are some references to the Bible. I really love the sparrow from childhood-days on!
EJWilkins: Yes, there are similar saying in English too ... eating like a sparrow, etc..

Where we live these birds are quite rare, and we've worked hard to try to attract them to our garden, but they've now disappeared. We hope they'll come back again.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 1 Oct 2010, 20:58
I loved your birds theme Ellie and this one is just fabulous....such detail....petersmile
EJWilkins: Pleased you've enjoyed seeing these rare-to-us visitors to our garden smile
A great serie about birds indeed !

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