A Cosmopolitan Bird by Wolf Read

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A female House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) scouts a retaining wall for food while a couple of male companions observe the human passers-by from nearby trees. These birds occupy one of the busiest areas of downtown Vancouver, BC, living in a tiny bit of green landscaping among an environment of steel, concrete and glass. Human crowds were especially dense in this location during the recent 2010 Winter Olympic Games. As throngs of people strolled by on their various destinations, conversing loudly among the din of wheeled traffic and the loud rush of a nearby water fountain, these birds’ songs carried above the din. The notes were a beautiful reminder of the persistence and amazing adaptability of these birds.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4 L USM
200mm, 1/400 sec, f / 4, -1/3 EV, ISO 160

Downtown Vancouver, BC
06 Mar 2010


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I am a natural historian and published author, illustrator and photographer. I also take photography commissions and have had a wonderful time with a recent project for the University of British Columbia Farm. Many thanks for visiting my little space here on RedBubble, and thank you also for your purchases—they are very much appreciated.

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  • redladyart
    redladyartover 4 years ago

    How sweet this bird is. :) Great capture!

  • Thank you, Sharon.

    – Wolf Read

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeover 4 years ago

    what a glorious “character” shot…… she is lovely!!!

  • Thank you, Wendy.

    – Wolf Read

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 4 years ago

    One of my most fav.birds! What a beautiful image!

  • Thank you, Ellen. I like these birds, too. They are a wonderful addition to the urban landscape.

    – Wolf Read

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