White-Crowned Sparrow, Gilbert AZ

You put your left wing out, and you shake it all about.

Sparrow with left wing stretched out.

Do the Hokey-Pokey!

If I had not been trying to freeze wing action on other birds (using a fast shutter speed), I might have got a better shot of this one (with a lower ISO). There you go. A year ago, I wouldn’t have known what was wrong with this – or how it could have been better.

So, maybe a year from now I’ll be doing better, not just knowing better after the fact. Or maybe not.

But I still like the shot. It’s not perfect, but it’s fun.


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6 Responses to White-Crowned Sparrow, Gilbert AZ

  1. Jim Taylor says:

    He or she also seems to be shaking his/her right leg. When we were younger, we used to go from Vancouver down to Point Roberts so we could drink American beer at a dance hall there. They had an MC cum organ player who always had us sing — and move to — the Hokey Pokey. It was a highlight of the evening. Now, I fear, my grandchildren have no idea of it. Hmm … I must do something about that.
    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim T – Come to think of it, it might be a hip flexor stretch, working that diagonal line. Had you heard that the writer of the Hokey Pokey died at 93 a few weeks ago? They were getting him into the coffin, ready for the visitation. They put his left leg in, and that’s when the trouble started.

  2. Laurna Tallman says:

    Smiles, laughs, and guffaws to end the day. Thanks so much. I am enjoying your pithy observations and fabulous photos even when too tired to say anything intelligent about them except “thank you” again and again!

  3. Mary Elford says:

    Isabel, you were in the right place at the right time, with camera in hand!
    Thank you for your photos and captions!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Mary – Happy to oblige! I’ll try not to whine about the great things I’ve seen when I didn’t have my camera in hand.

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