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The Early Bird Gets... by DPasschier The Early Bird Gets... by DPasschier
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I watched these young birds from eggs to birth, as you can see, and was planning to keep a photographic record of there life. But unfortunately they were killed by another bird introduced to Australia in Victoria between 1863 and 1872 bird called the "Myna Bird". The common Myna is extremely aggressive, and breeding males will actively defend areas ranging up to 0.83 hectares in size. This aggressiveness has enabled the common myna to displace many breeding pairs of native hollow-nesters, thereby reducing their reproductive success.

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Given 2016-03-03
Though the story in this deviation's description ultimately tells us a sad ending, The Early Bird Gets... by DPasschier uses muted colors and shallow depth of field to highlight the fragility of new life. ( Suggested by Mrs-Durden and Featured by JenFruzz )
You have captured a very peaceful and natural moment in a more than beautiful manner. Your focus is great and the the tiny bird is in my point of view sleeping in the most natural and beautiful manner.

As is on the photograph I have no suggestions to make about the image or how it was taken. In any case its sad to know that the birds were killed by another one of their same species; and saying that I must say that this photograph acts as a very emotional piece of memory. The peacefulness of those closed eyes and beak speak for themselves.

Great Photography!
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oh my goodness I have never seen something with such texture it is actually amazing that you got this pic, and you are a very grate arts and all the rate you have got you will soon discoverer one day how amazing this really is. I feel that I am in the presents of some one that is wroth every moment and I believe that you are a work of art yourself not just every thing you do for art just every thing you do is art it is a never ending canvas that every thing you do is a lovey brush stork that makes the perfect line every time. I just can not describe how amazing this is, if you can not tell I am very poetic and I know when I see art but I must know dos this describe some felling, it is almost far to amazing for me to image this felling. it is a very peaceful place in this pic and no matter how hard it is for me to fell this felling I must no you have to tell me what felling this express. I just want you to no this it's self is amazing but you are at the same time.
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Elchanan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here ->…
Elchanan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!
AseerAlshoq Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Amazing Shot!!
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! amazing shot!
LaEnigmaDama Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Little Pixel Heart  Aww, they are so adorable!!! This is such a beautiful shot of new life, just so unfortunate it came to an end so short.Applause Clap Applause Clap Applause Clap  Splendid work!!!
CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
SpeedStingerDash Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
These are so cute!
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Flagged as Spam
sedruff Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Umm… not quite how it's spelled, but ok.
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
It is a beautiful picture with those fragile baby birds, that touches my heart. Very good photography. Congratulations on your DD!
LindArtz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your much deserved DD! :heart:
WinningDD by marphilhearts
EmSeeAre Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Every time I see a photo of a bird this young it makes me wonder if they're in pain. Maybe because I somehow see them and mentally compare them to a burn victim because of how they look?

Darn nature for not letting these birds live longer.
Talon-pb Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Probably our fault, not nature's.
Usagi-Atemu-Tom Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful moment captured here. It's sad to know that this story comes to such a sad ending. But in this capture there is still the beauty of life celebrated. Well done photo!

FaethS Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Beautiful photo. It reminds me of when robins would put nests in my mother's hanging flower pots. Every so often we'd find eggs and watch them turn into little babies.

Really sad these babies didn't make it. =(
MangoSundae Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
:( about what happened to them. We should learn to keep other species OUT of Australia and other places where they don't belong.

Congrats on the DD, though.

RIP poor little baby birds... :tears:
o0w0o Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Grats on the DD!!!! :hug:

This is so precious ;___;
Mewn-san Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
so cute and beautiful little babies *A* what kind of birds are they?
I hope they rest well Q_Q it's very sad that these precious birds were killed ;;
Lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
homicidal45 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful, nature at its most perfect..
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
 Poor wee birds - a wild life is often a cruel one, I fear.:( (Sad) 
Jud-W Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!  :)
charlee1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Precious! What kind of birds were these? 
deer-o Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Photographer
oh! sweet.
MeadowDelights Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing photo, you were lucky to get to see this in person :)
altergromit Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WildsidePhotos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Your picture has been featured here! :iconthe-bird-house:
harlia Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice shot
rospberry Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014   General Artist
Beautiful photograph but tragic to know the little ones didn't make it.
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional
so very cool
Aki-rain Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I imagine it was difficult to get a shot like this! The young birds are so clearly visible, and it drew me in how the one in focus is raising its head! What an interesting picture. :3 
PseudonymousBosch Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I could stare at this picture all day.
Nicky8 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
you are featured HERE
Solrac1993 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Really cute! I like the depth of field :)
Nicky8 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
beautiful capture!
Pamba Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a sharpness! Great photograph.
Riftress Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely precious, beautiful shot.
Coin-du-Feu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
The photograph is well executed. While it shows a perfect focus on the bird at the top, it draws the observer also to the place where the bird is presently. The contrast in colour really makes the top bird stand out, but not too much. The explanation written below the picture also offers an interesting glimpse into the life and dangers these birds face even at that age.
blanket86 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! composition and idea! Congratulations!
bossie-boots Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Wonderful capture :love:
Drfayed Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Photographer
Wow , nice shot :)
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, great capture. I love baby birds, they're so precious.
Soapets Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Morigalaxy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You've been featured!
JustLynnWeav Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work has Been Featured :) : [link]
SaloGuardione Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student General Artist
DD Suggested :)
DPasschier Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thank you very much :hug:
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Submitted on
March 20, 2009
Image Size
127 KB


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Camera Data

Shutter Speed
10/130 second
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Nov 13, 2008, 4:59:36 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows