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Old Apr 2, 2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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in his knot hole. The birds are starting their homemaking getting ready to raise their three families.
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Old Apr 2, 2007, 10:31 PM   #2
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Really nice capture and a beautiful composition. The bird is framed perfectly. That bark is very reflective making for a tough shot.
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Old Apr 3, 2007, 2:16 AM   #3
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Nicely done shot. He looks rather comfy. I never saw one in a tree hole before. Around here they find openings in garage eaves or old houses.
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Lovely sharp shot Tcook.Like Happy, our sparrows tend to nest under roof eaves around here. I think theyre a very neglected bird as far as photography goes....probably because theyre so common in a lot of places.

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Old Apr 3, 2007, 8:01 AM   #5
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Thanks all for looking and the nice comments.
This is a House Sparrow (Old World family of weaver-finches) and is not a native species of the US. They were introduced into the US in the 1850s to help control insect crop pests but instead became a pest themselves by ousting some native species from their habitat.

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Old Apr 3, 2007, 5:27 PM   #6
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Great shot T.C.

Thats my favorite bird :-):-):lol::lol::G:Ganyone that can beat their head on a wall without getting a headache gets my vote!

When I go for walks on a big round track .85 miles at a local parkthat abounds with oak trees (I think, the ones with tons of acorns) I enjoy the challange of "seeing with your ears" to find the source of the knocking sound.

I see a catch light in the birds eyes so I assume you used a flash. Birds us high up holes for security so where were you for this picture.

Not to rain on your parade but.............on my adobe elements 4 you can darken high lights (the tree bark looks a bit too hot).
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Old Apr 3, 2007, 5:47 PM   #7
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Thanks Bill. No flash used just sunlight. The House Sparrow (not a woodpecker) was about 20 feet up in a maple tree in my front yard and I was standing about 25 feet away from the tree. Feel free to darken away if you want.
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I was trying to get through 2007 without a mistake :Oand I made 2, drats!

I still like te picture

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I try to get through the day without a mistake and I thought I did once but I was mistaken.

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Old Apr 3, 2007, 8:51 PM   #10
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Ted, that is an excellent close up. Surprised you were able to get that close.


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