Bathing time for the House Sparrows.
Mr. House Sparrow having 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! :) )
House sparrows were so numerous in my youth – now, one hardly sees them – But I always rejoice when I have the scarce occasion to observe these little birds… Just love them!
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.
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300
exposure 1/125, Focal Length 240, ISO 100
287 views on Sept. 20, 2011
Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Just pure nature (Sept. 21, 2011)
Top10 in Brown – Nature photography challenge (Oct. 6, 2011)
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