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Bathing time for the House Sparrows.

Mr. House Sparrow ready for his bath

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) (Wikipedia )

Photo’s of this in the wild living bird made in Planckendael zoo – Mechelen, Belgium
(yes, also the ‘ordinary’ local birds find the zoo an ideal territory, because of the availability of food! :) )

Photo made in uncomfortable squatted position, with hand held camera :roll:

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.
Category & Criteria: Least Concern
In Flanders/Belgium where I took the photo, the species is on the red list as ‘declining’.
Main threats are the modern building styles (disappearance of nesting places under the roof-tiles), use of insecticides and agricultural developments (food crops like wheat and oats are less often cultivated, and the harvest methods have improved, so less is left for the birds…)
Efforts are being done to provide more nesting places (nest boxes)

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera.

Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)


Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 5 years ago

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Excellent composition and capture!! :D

  • Thank you so much, Cee, I really appreciate your support! :)

    – steppeland

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Great capture

  • Thanks, my friend! :)

    – steppeland

  • fezoj64
    fezoj64over 5 years ago

    Very pretty birdie (Sparrow ) ,beautiful shot. ..Jozef

  • Thank you so much, Jozef, for your visit and kind comment! :)

    – steppeland

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 5 years ago

    so sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. beautiful capture, Steppe!

  • Aww, thanks Isa! Glad you like it :)

    – steppeland

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudover 5 years ago

    This very sweet, I wish I had a longer lens to take shots of all the Sparrows that live in our yard and house! Hundreds of them! I can’t see how they are endangered!

  • Ah, Jeff, well, you don’t have the long lens then (yet ;) ) – but you are lucky to have lots of sparrows in your yard LOL – here in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Belgium, my country of origin, we definitely do see sparrows much less now, then let’s say 40 years ago, when I was a child. So, even though there are still many, the being endangered is probably locally, and because of their declining numbers. Here, sad to say but true : my heart always jumps with joy when I see a sparrow, since I so seldom get to see them :/ !

    – steppeland

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudover 5 years ago

    Yes, I don’t have the long lens yet. I do have fairly friendly sparrows singing and flying back and forth to feeder and bush… I will have to set in the yard… and try to catch what I can…

  • Well, for sure there is the fun of trying… and who knows, what marvellous shots you can get! I do wish you good luck! :)

    – steppeland

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotover 5 years ago

    Love the little ‘flashes of sun’ in the frame. A great 3D scene.
    How many shades of feathers does he have ??? LOADS :D
    Great focus on the eye, detail in the feathers. A sweet photo.

  • LOL – thanks a lot, Paul!

    – steppeland

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotabout 5 years ago

    He’s gone for ‘too many shades of brown’ when he went into make-up for his photo shoot LOL

  • Let’s hope the make-up is waterproof then, otherwise, it will fade away! haha

    – steppeland

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you! ;)

    – steppeland

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