Feathered Colonist

Wolf Read

Vancouver, Canada

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Buildings can provide for some interesting background colors. And the urban landscape is full of birds. Here a male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) surveys the cityscape from a tree branch as people eat their lunch in an office-building courtyard. This bird carefully watched for crumbs that might be dropped.

A denizen of the urban landscape, the House Sparrow has accompanied travelers and settlers from its home region of Europe over the centuries. Today, the little bird is perhaps the most widespread avian in the world and can be found on every continent save Antarctica. This sparrow, so commonly encountered in cities and suburbs, is considered a pest in many circles. However, maybe such accusers should pause and consider the gift of companionship. Not every species closely associates with humankind. Furthermore, for those living outside the bird’s native region, keep in mind how the bird colonized the location: with the aid of humans. If the bird creates problems in these regions, it is a problem that humans brought upon themselves. Do not blame the bird.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4 L USM
200mm, 1/200 sec, f / 5.6, -1/3 EV, ISO 200
Hand-held

South Downtown, Seattle, WA
28 Feb 2010

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