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House Sparrow

House Sparrow (Image ID 43059)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Thu 22nd Oct, 2020 and uploaded on Sat 24th Oct, 2020 .
Resolution1033x1400
Viewed24
ID43059
CommentHere are two House Sparrows feeding on grass seeds in a grassland patch adjoining the Trin Warren Tam-boore wetkand in Royal Park, established in 2006. A small flock of the sparrows are nesting in dense shrubs surrounding the wetland. Like some other small birds, they have the ability to hover briefly as they pick off seeds. The photo shows one perched and one hovering. It also shows the distinct dimorphic contrast between females and males. The perched bird is a female with its brownish bill, buff eyebrows, pale throat, and white bars across its wing coverts. The hovering bird is a male with its blackish bill, chestnut sides of neck, and very black bib. Morning breakfast time for a House Sparrow couple. Not long after, I returned home for breakfast with my own partner. Each to their own. In my case, Bircher oats, not grass seeds.
EquipmentNikon Z7 with Nikon 300mm PF f/4 telephoto
ISO 640
1/8000th f4
LocationRoyal Park Wetlands, Parkville, Victoria
Keywordsmale, female, feeding/with prey, in flight
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