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.



  1. Jim Taylor

    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

    1. Isabel Gibson

      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

    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!

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