Since my original post on wild birds of Bend, Oregon, more of my bird photos have been accepted on Dreamstime. For starters, this photo of a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus, actually a member of the Weaver Finch family) is one of many I took in a shopping center parking lot on January 2nd, 2009, in front of (what else) a wild bird supply store.
Other recently accepted bird photos include these shots of Gray Jays (Perisoreus canadensis) begging for food at Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, up Century Drive towards Mount Bachelor, on January 31st, 2009.
Meanwhile down by the river, a family of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) on the Deschutes River at First...
It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! Carrion birds, like this Common Raven (Corvus corax), might not be the most attractive creatures on God's green Earth, but they serve a valuable function for the environment, and their specialized features allow them to more efficiently perform their task. For instance, the oversized beak of the raven is a powerful tool for ripping flesh from bone, and the featherless head of the vulture helps maintain good hygiene while feeding on carrion.
Likewise, the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) is a smaller version of the raven, with a similarly large beak compared to its body size. Its function as a wilderness sanitation technician is the same.
Dogs make great models, but before submitting any dog photo to Dreamstime, consider obtaining a model release from the owner, particularly if it is pedigreed, and especially if it is a registered champion. I've had at least one dog photo refused for that very reason. In that case, it was a Boston Terrier participating in a Veteran's Day Parade.
On the other hand, rescued shelter dogs such as Jack, the cinnamon-colored cross-breed pictured here, are probably a safe bet for posting without a release. Nevertheless, when in doubt, get a model release. In the event I should need such a specialized form, I've modified the standard Dreamstime model release so that it applies to pets and minors, and includes parental/owner permission.
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