Among the brambles

Beside the harbour edge, atop a small grassy mound is a dense patch of brambles and bushes, home to a small flock of house sparrows. They can often be heard chirping noisily from within and emerge frequently to forage among the branches and to bathe in the water below.

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I have tried and failed to get a decent shot of the sparrows bathing many times before but have never been able to get close enough to the action. Today by sitting and waiting patiently a couple of meters from the waters edge, I was finally somewhat successful.

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I am particularly pleased with this shot. Although it could be a little sharper I like the feel of movement here.

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Their feathers now waterlogged, the sparrows fluttered back up to the safety of the brambles to preen their feathers dry under the warmth of the sun.

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Back up high and in safety, the sparrows gradually let me sneak closer, no easy task through the tangle of vegetation. The lighting was somewhat tricky, with a drab grey wall somewhat ruining the background, however I am quite happy with these shots.

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Often dismissed as a boring brown bird, the male sparrows in particular are actually rather striking. When viewed up close their feathers are far from uniform, instead a mix of reddish browns, steely grey, buff and black are revealed.

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Want to know more about the location where these photos were taken? Read here.

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