Stretching Exercise

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© Andrea Petersen
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Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty:neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me...Psalm 131: 1

Who does more exercise
Than birds in motion?
Diminutive in size,
The female purple Finch
Raises high her promotion
Advancing to great rank...
By stretching every inch,
She is long, lean and lank!!!
.Poetry by me, AJP

Camera Model Nikon D7000
98 focal length
F-Number F/5.6
Exposure time 1/250 sec.
ISO Speed ISO 200
Exposure Program Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation + 1.3 Step
Date picture taken 1/17/2013

12 responses

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (17 Jan 2013):

    Exceptional tight close up!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (17 Jan 2013):

    I love the V balance

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (17 Jan 2013):

    Those finches do have a strangely-shaped body compared to the other birds, like God forgot to put in a neck! ☺ Great shot anyway!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (17 Jan 2013):

    Skinny lil' guy! Nice!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (17 Jan 2013):

    It`s such a sweet and unusual pose for a bird.. and a great shot of her slender silhouette!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    very unusual stance, like he's walking a tightrope. love it.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    fabulous capture!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    So cute, I have never seen this bird before, it does have a very slender body that makes it look like it is stretching doing some exercises : )

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (18 Jan 2013):

    Thank you everyone for the comments and faves...Actually the purple finches are really not that tall and thin, but this particular one started stretching big time right in front of my eyes. They are only 5 -1/4 to 6 inches long. I have seen the bigger Blue Jays also do the stretching exercise until they appear skinny ..not sure why they do that but most likely it is to relieve tension in their muscles from all the flying around ...It only makes sense.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    We all know stretching is good for us......looks like the birds know it, too! Great shot!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (20 Jan 2013):

    Stretching captured perfectly, my morning doves do this...excellent!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (25 Jan 2013):

    Really nice this bird stretches its neck with great curiosity

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