AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Beauty of a Sparrow

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A little sparrow on the Dromana beach walkway, Mornington Peninsula
World Bird Wednesday #6

A humble sparrow
Neglected feathered beauty
Tiny miracle

World Bird Wednesday is hosted by Springman


Gary said...

I really like sparrows and you've photographed one well. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

theconstantwalker said...

A beautiful little bird. Sparrows were so common when I was growing up(1960's)we never gave them a second glance.Now both the House Sparrow and Tree Sparrow in the UK are on the endangered species list.My best wishes for 2011.

EmptyNester said...

I think sparrows are so cute but difficult to identify! Your photo is lovely!

Springman said...

I startd to appreciate sparrows more this year when I spotted the White Crown, Tree, and White Throated varieties this year. Your picture is wonderful and shows the great beauty of these "small miracles." ;-)WBW

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a little sweetie! One of my New Year's Eve goals is to try to take better bird pictures.

Mike B. said...

Amazing to read @the constant walker's comments. Endangered in the UK? I knew they were declining, but wow. Here in the U.S., they are EVERYWHERE and expanding.

Becky and Gary said...

Sparrows are the forgotten bird for sure, but when you look close they really are beautiful. Great picture.

holdingmoments said...

I get a few of these in the garden through the year.
I love to hear their chirpy little calls.

Larry said...

Very nice shot of the male House Sparrow Gemma! I did not know they were endangered now in the UK either. You know, our House Sparrows here in the US came from the UK in 1840 and spread across North America.

House Sparrows are not protected here in the US because they are a non-native species. Maybe someone should initiate a relocation program, capturing the birds in the US and translocating them to the UK.



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