Balance

This should have been a pic of the hawk I've been stalking. It was across the road on a power pole late this afternoon. I spotted it from my porch and went after pics coatless and in pajama pants. It flew from the pole to two different trees. I snapped about 15 shots. They weren't as clear as I would like for them to be, so you get a House Sparrow doing a balancing act. Maybe I'll see the hawk again tomorrow. :0)

I really appreciate the nice responses to my Eastern Towhee pic!!! :0)
hehe, super cute bird! ^_^
btw, how far the distance between you and this bird?
posted January 20th, 2012  
Wow! Your background is like Chinese calligraphy.
posted January 20th, 2012  
Kim
beautiful, I love everything about this shot +Fav!!!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Wow! Even your house sparrows are prettier in your area than mine! Beautiful shot!
posted January 20th, 2012  
My eye and my heart are on the sparrow! Beautiful photo. Know what you mean about the hawk. I'm stalking one too, however he's great at hiding and I'm always too slow on the draw!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Beautiful
posted January 20th, 2012  
Sparrows are sweet!!
posted January 20th, 2012  
@wahyusp I'm not sure. Why do you ask?
posted January 20th, 2012  
so jealous of your bird shots. I see you have a pretty high ISO...I need to try that on these partially cloudy days when all the birds seem to inhabit my trees. :) lovely focus here, as always.
posted January 20th, 2012  
@sdpace Thank you, Stacy. It was cloudy when I took this one. The sun didn't show up until late this afternoon, when it was time for me to go in. :0)
posted January 20th, 2012  
@cjwhite , it's nothing, i really want to shot like this... (birds).
but, in several trials, i think my tele-zoom (max 250mm) not enough to reach the subject. :)
posted January 20th, 2012  
The focus on the bird is great but I really like all the little abstract bits of the branches.
posted January 20th, 2012  
@wahyusp My zoom lens is 300mm max. I get as close as they'll let me get. This tree isn't very tall. I was maybe 10 or 12 feet away from the tree. :0)
posted January 20th, 2012  
This is just lovely!
posted January 20th, 2012  
@rach_who Thank you, Rachel! That's what I was going for today. :0)
posted January 20th, 2012  
beautiful!! and balance in those colours too!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Well this one's a cutie! And you're getting all these great winter birdies with fantastic props of branches and twigs with berries! I have Bird photo envy!! LOL!! Wishing you the best of luck on your hawk tomorrow!!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Carolyn, I LOVE your birds. Your colors and DOF are perfect. FAV
posted January 20th, 2012  
Very cute. I'm stalking a hawk as well
posted January 20th, 2012  
So light and beautiful!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Beautiful bird
posted January 20th, 2012  
Amazing!!!!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Awesome capture! Great composition and focus.
posted January 20th, 2012  
pretty little bird, you'll get the hawk another time, i'm sure.
posted January 20th, 2012  
I hate when you see the perfect shot and it doesn't work how you wanted it to! This is a very lovely wintery capture though:)
posted January 20th, 2012  
@pwallis Thanks, Paula! I thought about you night before last. I was in a bookstore and they had a board game of Awkward Family Portraits! LOL! :0)
posted January 20th, 2012  
@cjwhite OMG!! You didn't immediately purchase it and ship it to me??? lol, I'm looking for that now:)
posted January 20th, 2012  
@pwallis LOL! Amazon.com has it. :0)
posted January 20th, 2012  
You could publish a photobook of your bird pics!! Love this one!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Beautiful Carolyn - isn't it funny how the best laid plans for a photo, can give way to something quite different. This is lovely - as usual.
posted January 20th, 2012  
wonderful shot
posted January 20th, 2012  
Been there with the pyjamas and stalking - gonna get arrested one of these days ... lovely birdie as usual.
posted January 20th, 2012  
another beautiful shot of a gorgeous little bird, awesome DOF too:)
posted January 20th, 2012  
love this...my 9 year old son just came in and said "thats a house sparrow". i can't name any bird or flower..my memory doesnt hold that information!! he loves birds (the feathered variety). faving for him (and me!)..x you are so good at this..x
posted January 20th, 2012  
"not a hawk" made me laugh! pj stalker made me laugh even more. I'm sure you will eventually shoot him!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Very cute! Lovely focus and composition too!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Nice capture - I love this tree your birds are perching on!
Good luck with the hawk...!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Good job!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Gret capture, love that all the colours throughout the image are similar shades!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Perfect depth of field with nice composition.
posted January 20th, 2012  
I love how American Sparrows and English Sparrows look almost identical (that probably sounds stupid as they are the same species, but think you know what I mean).....I love Sparrows!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Oh what a cutie! Great composition too - I love those branches!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Awesome focus and capture!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Excellent focus and dof. He's a cutie. I really love the background on this.
posted January 20th, 2012  
Bright sparrow, with great focus! Like the DOF and earthy colors! Nicely done, Carolyn!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Great colors in this one - I really like the expression you've caught.
posted January 20th, 2012  
Beautifully composed and nice DOF!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Well, this little cute is a fine substitute for the day until you can get your hawk photo. Good luck.
posted January 20th, 2012  
oh this is pretty...i love the colors and the background
posted January 20th, 2012  
Cute capture!
posted January 20th, 2012  
stunning shot, great focus!
posted January 20th, 2012  
I wish someone would have taken a picture of you out there trying to capture a photo of the hawk in your PJ's! Still laughing! Doesn't matter...this is a FAV so perfect! What caught my eye at first was the twirly branch right under the bird that is in perfect focus! Love this!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Great composition!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Everything about this picture is perfect! Absolute FAV!!
posted January 20th, 2012  
very cute bird!!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Beautiful little sparrow!
posted January 20th, 2012  
Ok, it's a little hawk :) We can pretend
posted January 20th, 2012  
Pretty little sparrow! Beautiful composition and focus in your pic :)
posted January 21st, 2012  
hahaha....the bird must've been terrified by you chasing him in yr pyjamas!! he looks like he's frowning in disapproval...^_^
posted January 21st, 2012  
@tooki LOL! I didn't chase this one in my pajamas. It was a huge hawk, I chased in my pajamas. He just looked at me with a scornful look and flew away. :0)
posted January 21st, 2012  
Pretty capture of the sparrow. There is an elusive hawk (large one) in my neighborhood. The last time I saw him, I was so fascinated the beauty of his flight that I did not even think about picking up my nearby camera until he flew away. duh! Perhaps both of us will get our hawk picture yet.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Cool.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Fav! Love the balancing birdie! Very nice winter photo.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Love the description of you chasing the hawk, don't you hate birds that don't pose for a photo, especially when it's freezing outside x
posted January 21st, 2012  
these branches are very ornamental....another great portrait of a little guy :-)
posted January 21st, 2012  
Kaz
A beautiful capture Carolyn. Love the crispness of the bird and curly twigs against the softness of the background. A fave absolutely. Got your message :-) I'm back ;-)
posted January 21st, 2012  
Woah - I love this!! Fav for the focus as much as anything (though it's all beautiful) - I love how you've got quite a lot of the twiddly branches in focus but the DOF is shallow - brilliant.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Beautiful shot. Love the DOF.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Lovely .... you've captured its spirit beautifully. I love House Sparrows but they are becoming quite rare here in the UK.
posted January 21st, 2012  
Such a sweet shot and great dedication on your part going out in PJ pants:0)
posted January 21st, 2012  
So, so, so beautiful....and so glad you didn't capture the hawk... because this shot is a most wonderfully awesome treat!! A fav ♥
posted January 21st, 2012  
i just love this.
posted January 22nd, 2012  
I swear the hawks have been driving me nuts too, but this is a beautiful photo!!
posted January 23rd, 2012  
Nice composition and focus. I love how he is clinging to the branch.
posted February 13th, 2012  
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