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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)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

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

Let’s have a bath

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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  • Smaragd
    Smaragdabout 5 years ago

    How nice, I think he likes it too…..

  • yup, I think so too! LOL – thank you! ;)

    – steppeland

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 5 years ago

    awww!! Zo schattig!!!

  • Ja, hé… hij had er lol in :D

    – steppeland

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 5 years ago

    Excellent work!!!

  • Thank you, Vitta! :)

    – steppeland

  • swaby
    swabyabout 5 years ago

    So awesome! Nice catch!

  • Thank you for your visit and nice cmment, swaby :)

    – steppeland

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Wonderfully fun!!! :D

  • yes, isn’t it! :D – thank you so much for your kind comments, Cee! :)

    – steppeland

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    Excellent work

  • Thank you, Joy, could use some improvements, but thought it was fun enough to still upload :)

    – steppeland

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...about 5 years ago

    Dont you love them . I have to fill my bird bath up every day . The splash so much that in the end there is no water left. Such a lovely site , fantastic image and capture !!!

  • oh, yes, it’s always so much fun to see birds taking their bath… and I do have something ‘special’ with house sparrows… they are so common and ‘onopvallend’ in a way, still so beautiful :)

    – steppeland

  • Aimelle
    Aimelleabout 5 years ago

    ohh I like the splashing ;-) great capture and timing !

  • w00t!! Yeah, like it too! LOL – thank you, my friend!

    – steppeland

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 5 years ago

    Such a cute capture……great immage and timing !!

  • Thank you so much Sean! I really appreciate your kind comment! :)

    – steppeland

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...about 5 years ago

    he looks like he is having a wonderfull time, like this one

  • Thank you, Louise! Yes, I really think he did! :D

    – steppeland

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