Kerry McFarlane  

Thirsty Sparrow by Kerry McFarlane

January 2020 - Thirsty Sparrow

January 2020 - Kerry McFarlane


About the Image(s)

As temperatures soared here in Australia’s summer period this little sparrow dropped into our backyard for a cool drink from a leaking garden tap. Although sparrows are characters unfortunately for my image, they do not the sensational colourful feathers of several other birds common in this area.

My vision for this image was to capture not only the little bird but also the water leaking from the tap.

Camera Details

Nikon D7200

Lens Sigma 50 - 500 f4.5 “ 6.3

Image Details

1/250sec f6.3

Focal Length 460mm

ISO 320

Hand Held

Lightroom Processing

Image was lightening and shadows opened

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I like the idea of this leaky faucet and the bird finding relief in the summer. The most distracting issue for me is that the subjects, water and bird, are out of focus.   Posted: 01/16/2020 17:22:22

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
This image tells a nice story, hot summer, thirsty bird, leaky faucet. In my opinion, the main subjects appear soft. I think the composition could be strengthened by using a vertical vs horizontal crop. I cropped a version as an example of what I mean.   Posted: 01/19/2020 09:54:03
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Thomas Bell   Thomas Bell
My opinion follows Walter's. Finer focus and vertical crop would have improved the image. I do understand the problem with shooting this image. The bird never is completely still so a faster shutter speed is needed.   Posted: 01/26/2020 22:14:03

Kerry McFarlane
Thank you all for your comments, I agree with all of them. I find birds extremely hard to get right, don't think I have enough patience!!! Back to big subjects next month   Posted: 01/27/2020 00:48:57

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
(Group 45)
nice try, good subject and good capture. Crop tighter as Walter suggested, stronger image.
Yes, with wildlife, like birds, I'd recommend much faster shuttle speed, like 1/2000s. Then gradually adjust that until you find the right shuttle speed for you and for different kinds of birds. You're right, smaller one tends to be more erratic. :)   Posted: 01/27/2020 10:10:57