Shutter Story (#13) - Satellite Sparrow

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Do you ever stop and think that even "common" things are truly amazing? I often watch the sparrows around our house and think what handsome little birds they are. I appreciate all God's creations and I love photos to capture moments and study the details that you don't often see as they are flittering around. My camera is not anywhere near top of line, but it does a great job on the zooms. It has a 10x optical and here in this shot I'm capturing him from the ground up to a second story roof -as you can see by the satellite dish. I left the dish in the shot because I thought it was an interesting composition.


I am calling this series Shutter Story Sundays (that link will show you my previous posts). I have been pulling out of my photo archive to share both old and new shots on Sundays. They aren't strictly "Speechless Sundays", but I'm hoping that group won't mind ;) and I'll also post to the photo blogger group. Each photo will have a very short narrative and then I'll let the photo tell the remaining 1000 words of the story. hope you enjoy! craig

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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Good shot, Craig.  I'm fascinated with the quality of the smaller digial cameras on the market today.  My little Nikon is far more powerful than my nice digital SLR.  It's so good that I seldom carry the SLR out of the house.  Keep shooting! 

Jun 12, 2011 04:00 AM #1
Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

Craig, I recently purchased a new camera and I have gone a little crazy with it. I was taking pictures while my husband was driving. Just randomly clicking, and got some surprisingly good results.

Jun 12, 2011 04:15 AM #2
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Craig - Hmmmm, I wonder what that little birdie is contemplating watching on satellite t.v.  Perhaps a rerun of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds...

Love the photo's subject - great juxtaposition between nature and technology.

Jun 12, 2011 06:23 AM #3
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Craig~ I finally got my new camera and I'm excited to use it.  Just haven't had the time to get out to do so!  Maybe this week.  Love the idea of the series.  I'll have to take a look at the other photos.

Jun 12, 2011 06:55 AM #4
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Looks like he's got good reception, no doubt he's focused on or tuned into the bug/worm channel.

Jun 12, 2011 10:25 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That little bird has no idea how complex what he is perched near truly is.  His life is so simple by comparison.

Jun 12, 2011 11:00 AM #6
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

Craig, that's a male House Sparrow, brought over from the "Old World" (Europe).  Not native here, but VERY common across the whole continent, and most common in cities and urban areas.  I call them junk birds, because they aren't native, they are where there is junk (i.e. WalMart parking lot, under cars at McDonald's, etc.), and because they can kill other birds in their nests.

These guys are the reason that bluebird nest boxes have holes of a certain size in the east (Starlings, another bird from Europe, are responsible for the debated hole sizes in the west).  So, they are really pretty, and not good for our native birds.  Killers!  :P

But a nice shot, nonetheless!

Jun 12, 2011 12:51 PM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nice shot. Nature and technology. And, you are so right Craig about celebrating all the creatures, big and small. Blue jays and crows used to drive me bonkers until someone referred to them (Jays) "as little punk rockers" and (Crows) as the "Hells Angels" of the bird world. Now i smile everytime I see one of either.

Jun 12, 2011 12:57 PM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Great shot--old or new, it's definitely a good one to share!  I love this Shutter Series Sundays thing you're doing too!

Jun 12, 2011 01:35 PM #9
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Great shot - the sparrow is a very handsome bird. I've never paid much attention to these birds before - you made me pay attention.

Jun 12, 2011 01:49 PM #10
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

I agree with you, Craig.  It make a really nice composition!!!

Jun 12, 2011 06:34 PM #11
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Craig..the Little guy is probably tuned in..haa

Jun 12, 2011 08:00 PM #12
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant


Mike - one of the things I really like about my Canon SX110 is that it has super compact form for a 10x. I carry it around in my front pocket so it is easy to have with me often.

Donna - ooh, new camera, nice :) watch out hard drive, you're going to fill up fast

Sally - good one, I was wonder what he was watching

Donna - glad you like my series idea, let's see what come up with

Robert - bug and worm channel, i think that's channel 1044, maybe he puts it into the DVR so not to miss an episode :)

Chris Ann - yes we worry about lots of things, he worries about food and shelter (and which channel to watch :)

Jeremy - of course you would be up on these things (I'm now thinking of your collage pic). I spent some time last night browsing the pages of the link. Some interesting (and not so nice problems) with habitat. Leave it to mankind to interfere (and get things messy) ... I didn't realize they were brought over here. Looks like your namesake bird is also in 'trouble' at times in the same way. I have a fondness for all birds since we rescued one once and saved his life... but that's another story

Debb - the bird we rescued was a 'Grackle' and until that day I had never even heard of it - since then I am finely tuned to that specific bird call

Debe - thanks, I'm glad you like my series. I'm enjoying it to. It 'forces' me to go back and enjoy my archives

Elizabeth - I've learned to tune into the birds all around us and take none for granted

DeeDee - it is an interesting combo, kind of fun

Fred - yeah, he probably got really mad at me when I switched over to FIOS and disconnected the dish :)


Jun 13, 2011 02:20 AM #13
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I love watching the birds in our backyard. Now there are days when a hawk swoops in and takes on of the smaller birds that it isn't so good, but overall, beautiful sight.

Jun 13, 2011 04:48 AM #14
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

Craig, indeed I have been found out.  I'm really a birder that does handyman work to pay for my birdseed fix.  :)

Yeah, pretty much a lot of N. American songbirds (there are several species of wrens around the US and Mexico) have declined significantly in recent decades.  House Sparrows and Starlings are just two of the problems for our local migratory birds.

Jun 13, 2011 04:57 AM #15
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Craig - like the shot!  Maybe you could sell that picture to Direct TV?  Or run a contest on what the bird is thinking?  you are right - great contrast!

Jun 13, 2011 02:55 PM #16
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Craig, I wonder how many stations he gets??? Actually, I personally think that this would be a terrific ad piece for DirectTV, doncha think??? 

Jun 14, 2011 12:49 PM #17
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

The robins love to come out and hunt worms right after I mow our lawn. They scamper a few inches, cock their head like they're listening for them, then dive in. Very cool.

Jun 14, 2011 01:31 PM #18
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I love the birds too.  Great capture!

Jun 19, 2011 06:21 AM #19
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Craig, I, too, enjoy watching the little birds such as the spaarrows and the wrens. It is an interesting composition - nature and technology.

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