WORLD SPARROW DAY

I was looking through my ‘Favourite Quote‘ folder for something suitable to pair with my recent Sparrow photos and could find nothing.

It was then I did some Googling and discovered there was such a thing as World Sparrow Day – on the 20th March.   I’ve just missed it but decided to share the images (without a quote) anyway.

The male House Sparrow below seems to be staring straight at me.   Could it see me sitting at my desk, camera in hand?   Who knows.  Probably not as the exterior windows had been cleaned recently and it was probably looking at its own reflection?

Next up are a couple of images of the smallest/youngest sparrow I think I’ve ever seen.

Note: These images were made directly through the louvred windows located on the right-hand side of my lounge and computer screen.   It’s been raining for a couple of days and will continue for the next 3-4 days so I can’t open the louvres wide to get a clear shot without the glass edges showing in the photo. I watched it for quite some time and felt some sort of connection with its vulnerability.

Next, a male, just after the bird quenched its thirst.

Then a female (with another young female waiting its turn to drink and bathe in the lower left).

…..and another male.

I’ve never been able to get close enough to these flighty birds as I did the Spotted Turtle-doves in my previous apartment balcony on the north-east side of the city (below).   These doves became so tame that I could (slowly) step onto the balcony and edge up to the birds and photograph them from only  12-18 inches away.   There was one dove with a feather tuft over its right eye that became so friendly I could almost hand-feed it (but not quite).

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Here are some more sparrows taking a bath in April 2020.   They’re highly amusing to watch as they splash and roll their heads around trying to wash and dry themselves in sequence.   I rarely have time to alter camera settings or try for a well-balanced composition.   Its a matter of shoot with the camera on ‘general’ settings with a relatively high ISO in case they go to the shady side of the birdbath(s).  Sometimes the autofocus stops short of the birds in favour of dirty dust patterns, but move the camera slightly and the autofocus can latch onto the bird’s head or eye.

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I’m so lucky to have their company on rainy or housebound days.  But I tend to devote far too much of the morning to their antics.

I love watching the birds.   They’re wonderful company.   They sing joyfully as I wake in the morning and very companionable when singing for a mate.

Here’s another shot from back when I still had my balcony garden set up.  I’d emptied the plant trough and stirred up the soil surface with a fork so that they could rummage around for some tasty titbits to eat.

 

Commensal with humans, sparrows inhabit most continents throughout the world. They were introduced to Australia in the 1860s by acclimatisation societies and are now abundant in cities, towns, rural areas and around farm buildings, particularly in the south-east of Australia.

 

QUOTE – Nature

When you have all the time in the world you can spend it, not on going somewhere, but on being where you are. 

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus – female juvenile)

It seems like months since I’ve gone outdoors for a nature photography walk, but have been very busy (for a change) and only made images of the birds I can see from my desk chair.

I’ve found another ‘mouse’ hole in a spare plant pot that has the old soil still in it, but after my SIL telling me there’s a mouse plague in the country, it seems I should take the two ‘mouse’ homes out the back gate and re-settle the contents in the back paddock, not leave them on my balcony.

QUOTE – WAITING

If you learn to enjoy waiting you don’t have to wait to enjoy 

Kazuaki Tanahashi

I am lucky enough to live in an apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows in my loungeroom and look out onto a large balcony with beautiful trees and greenery as a backdrop.

I am also blessed with visits from the local birdlife as I sit at my desk in the mornings waiting to recover from my December hip replacement surgery.   I can walk around now,  although my hip and lower back get very sore by early afternoon.   I have not ventured outdoors to do any Bird or Nature photography as I don’t want to carry any weight as yet and to be honest, I’m still in a lot of pain from other chronic health issues which the recent surgery ignited.

Sometimes I wonder what I’d do without the birds that greet my day and bless me with their chirping and cheeping.   There are 2 regular Spotted Turtle-doves which coo loudly as though to announce their arrival morning and afternoon.   They’ve kept me sane in the last couple of years being mostly housebound, in Melbourne’s long months of lockdown and now, in ‘recovery’ mode.

When I eventually get outdoors and we get a cooler summer day for walking, I hope to have some new images to share.

In the meantime, I started this new blog and deleted my old nature blog and am choosing some of my favourite quotes to pair with archival images.   Today, I’m bringing you some bird photos I shot with a long lens from my desk chair over the last week or so.

Enjoy…….