1205_0351 Vesper Sparrow

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    Yesterday morning I took a very early drive along some back roads near my home in southwestern Saskatchewan, looking for songbirds. Nine of ten will fly off the fence post at the approach of a vehicle. Then there's the tenth...

    As Trevor Herriot points out in his wonderful book Grass, Sky, Song, it's difficult to get people to care about nondescript little brown grassland birds. They will not attract busloads of tourists. To lovers of wild prairie, though, they are one of the essential ingredients of these intensely beautiful and increasingly rare ecosystems, their song and their presence a good indication of biodiversity persisting in the face of the immense forces of industrial agriculture. Essential like the sky, like the clouds, like the wind.

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    © James R. Page - all rights reserved.

    Let there be light (Andy), and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. johnshlau 36 months ago | reply

      This is a wonderful shot...........congratulations on today's Explore, my friend!

    2. Sebastian.Schneider 36 months ago | reply

      Excellent capture! Congrats on explore!
      Have a nice weekend!

    3. Kris Kros 36 months ago | reply

      This is truly one of the best.

    4. Ben124. 36 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous photo!

    5. Stefano Tassano 36 months ago | reply

      very beautiful image ,good work ,congrats !!

      Via Today's Explore at #25 on Fluidr

    6. Monica de Moss photography 36 months ago | reply

      Super sharp shot! Wonderful isolation

    7. msonflk(off) 36 months ago | reply

      Awesome, nice shot

    8. bob pruner 36 months ago | reply

      Thank you for posting this. Was having trouble identifying a sparrow I had photographed but this picture clinches it as a Vesper Sparrow. Much better detail then anything in my bird books.

    9. Navaneeth K N 36 months ago | reply

      Love your pictures. Happy to see this photo in explore. Congratulations

    10. nedlugr 36 months ago | reply

      "Then there's the tenth..."
      I like reading your descriptions and comments.
      Of course I also like your images too, nice one James.

    11. Johannes D. Mayer 36 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Well done. Congrats on Explore!

    12. pam's pics- 36 months ago | reply

      Really moved by your description.
      I am a lover of grasslands and prairie an anytime I can take a trip by myself into this landscape it moves me. To be alone with the wind and the songs of the birds is an intensely wonderful experience.

      Nice to see this make Explore.

    13. Chrissie*B* 36 months ago | reply

      great image - wonderful!
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    14. cjc4454 36 months ago | reply

      I love sparrows :)
      they are the majority of birds we have here in the city and as you say they are nondescript little tan and gray city birds... but they are so full of action and so fun to watch when you take the time

      Thanks for adding your amazing photo to **E-Ticket** Invited-Only Photos.

    15. klaus53 36 months ago | reply

      Seen in **E-Ticket** Best of the Best Photos (invitation only)

    16. blue foot 36 months ago | reply

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    17. Hammonton Photography 36 months ago | reply

      gorgeous capture.. perfection! also.. wonderful words to go along with your image, well done

    18. Hammonton Photography 36 months ago | reply

      ps; congrats on explore

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