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The Sparrow Quartet

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Challenge: Every Picture Tells A Story (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Animals
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Home
Date: May 4, 2008
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 4, 2008

I have a Bluebird birdhouse in my backyard. Every year I watch the bluebirds prepare their nest for their new family. It is said that the same bluebirds will return to the same birdhouse every year. This year I noticed something different about the nest that was being built but did not see the bluebirds. When the eggs were laid it was obvious what had happened. Instead of light blue colored eggs there were 5 brown speckled eggs (one did not hatch). I identified the eggs as house sparrow eggs. I had heard that the sparrows were quite aggressive and would compete with the bluebirds for their nests. The sparrows won out. Although I would have preferred to have the bluebirds I did not have the heart to disrupt the eggs once they had been laid. These babies are about 2 days old waiting for some food. They will rise up to the occasion each time I open the door of the birdhouse. Its actually quite amusing. These 4 guys look like they have their arms around each other singing a song.

Place: 29 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.1554
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.8154
Avg (non-participants): 6.4217
Views since voting: 968
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 148
Comments: 8
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05/14/2008 02:19:59 AM
Well composed and good lighting. Great shot.
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05/12/2008 09:53:12 PM
29th place?! I expected to see this on the front page or at least in the Top 10. I gave this an eight. And I still love the title -- perfect!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/11/2008 11:12:08 PM
A lot is said in this amazing shot.
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05/11/2008 09:46:11 PM
Made me laugh out loud. The image alone is good; the title will bring home a ribbon (or close to it).
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05/11/2008 12:02:13 PM
Well done with great detail and composition. My first reaction before looking at the title was a little sad as I thought about the liklihood the runt will not survive, so I imagined the story/title would have something to do with the runt's plight. Hope I'm not raining on your optimistic title, just thought you might appreciate my alternate reaction. Powerful photo overall that tells an interesting story.
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05/05/2008 08:33:10 PM
Such little baldies. Hope mommy is coming back soon.
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05/05/2008 06:25:22 PM
I'm such a sucker for shots like these. I'm currently waiting for the ducks in my backyard to hatch, so this photo made me smile. It gets extra points for the aawww factor! :)
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05/05/2008 07:50:33 AM
Wonderful capture....
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