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