Sunday, May 17, 2009

365 Theme 193: Musically Inclined


A grasshopper sparrow at Duke Farms. Duke farms has some of the largest remaining grassland tracts in New Jersey. And this fellow is singing with joy about that. Or he's looking for a date. This species is threatened [pdf] in NJ, as much of the grassland in the state has been turned into farmland, which is some cases can be managed to support grassland birds, or into buildings, which cannot. 

I stole the idea for this theme from another 365 Challenger, but I cannot find my note with that person's name. If anyone knows who it was please leave a comment. Thanks. 

Update: In the comments Ellen pointed out that it was coffeemonkey from whom I stole the idea.

7 comments:

K said...

Wow, he really is singing, isn't he? I really like the depth of field in this photo, it's so soft. Almost, velvety!

Chesney said...

This almost looks like a painting! So pretty!!

Anonymous said...

He's really singing his heart out - and I love the blue-purple shades of the background.

Anonymous said...

Lovely background of blues and greens and I really like the way you captured him perched on that thin branch - so delicate.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful DOF and the tones are lovely. That sparrow does seem to be singing with joy.
I think Ted R. (coffemonkey) used a sparrow for this theme. You know what they say about great minds...

MevetS said...

@ Ellen. Thanks that was it. I had even left a comment stating that I would swipe it.

@ Everyone. Thanks for the comments. I'm glad yo like it.

Anonymous said...

That one needs to be viewed in it's large version to fully appreciate the detail. Lovely shot, the background is dreamy...