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Lens: Sigma 135-400mm APO Camera: K10D Photo Location: Northern Manitoba ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: Pauld, 10-29-2010, 11:36 AM

I was just about to take my dog out this morning when I noticed this fat little chipping sparrow foraging about in my front yard. I haven't seen one of these for months and considering where I live in Northern Manitoba I thought they were long gone for the winter, which started about a month ago here.

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At first glance I thought that bird had more than its share of insects (high in fat) to prepare for winter but then I saw the SNOW! OMG, it was 87 degrees here a day ago, an all time record but still, far from snow. Now I think it just fluffed it feathers for that Northern Manitoba Autumn.
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looks ready for your canadian winter. nice shot
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Nice sparrows there. Ours do not have that nice red crown.

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Thanks for the comments guys. I live in a small rural community in Northern Manitoba and winter starts here around the first of October and goes until mid May. We don't get a lot of snow here, maybe a foot or a bit more, but we do get frigid frigid cold. We've had windchills this week around -15C and last winter we had temps in the -50C's so I'm sure this little guy has bulked up for the cold winter ahead.
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nice capture with that bigma paul....... i guess i can't complain about our winters here.... looking forward to more from your neck of the woods... dave m
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Very good shot! Beautifull bird
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