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White-throated Sparrow

May-Day

The garden, and all the neighbours’ gardens judging by the singing, was full of many White-throated Sparrows pausing for a snack before continuing north to their nesting territories.

You can never have too many sparrows.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-05-01T12:55:25-04:00May 3rd, 2020|birds, garden|0 Comments

Euro-Robin


From the Archives – 2018

A Bird with Attitude

Starting to think it’s time for spring to arrive (6 weeks at least, but you can hope) and serendipitously happened upon this European Robin that was digitally collected two years ago in England … I like his facial expression. Very positive, as one needs to be at this time of a Quebec year.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 30 April, 2018
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-02-18T15:08:45-05:00February 18th, 2020|birds, England|0 Comments

Pretty Silly Bird

Mourning Dove

Not for nothing are Mourning Doves commonly known as “Dopes” … they are certainly very attractive birds in a muted sort of way but they are quite ridiculously silly birds. As a species their survival tactics seem to be fly very, very fast and if that doesn’t work try to ensure that you have laid and hatched a suitably huge numbers of eggs so that at least one or two from a clutch make it through to the next breeding season.

We often get groups of up to ten or more at dusk sitting around the rim of the heated water bath we keep – all facing out, tails in the water and mutually pooping to add “body” to the water. Silly birds.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 2 February, 2020
  • Focal length: 132.24mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-02-02T11:46:17-05:00February 2nd, 2020|birds, garden|1 Comment

Winter Bluebird

Unexpected Visitors

A small flock of eight Eastern Bluebirds spent 20 miniutes feeding on rowan berries in the garden on a clear, sunny January afternoon with temperatures of -16C (-27C with windchill). They are “supposed” to be far away to the south in warmer places than this. Gorgeous little birds.

More pictures on our other website at sparroworks.ca


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 17 January, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-01-17T15:38:25-05:00January 19th, 2020|birds, garden|1 Comment
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