Kung Fu Sparrows : News Photo

Kung Fu Sparrows

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SCHERZ, SWITZERLAND - MAY 2010: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Two Sparrows fight for food in Urs Schmidli's garden in May 2010, in Scherz, Switzerland. Explosive pictures show the dramatic and comic moment a male sparrow decided he'd heard enough squawking from a nearby female - and rudely closed her beak with his tiny talons. The unbelievable scene is reminiscent of 70s slap-stick comedy where the husband has taken more hen-pecking than he can handle. Hobby photographer Urs Schmidli, a 55-year-old postman from Sherz, Switzerland, caught the moment on camera in his garden. He spends several hours poised with his camera waiting to witness chance moments between visiting sprrows like this. Other magic moments of sparrows frozen in time by quick-fingered Urs and his camera are piggy-backs, beak tug-o-war and perfectly synchronised threat-displays between birds using their wings to see each other off. (Photo by Urs Schmidli / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
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SCHERZ, SWITZERLAND - MAY 2010: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Two Sparrows fight for food in Urs Schmidli's garden in May 2010, in Scherz, Switzerland. Explosive pictures show the dramatic and comic moment a male sparrow decided he'd heard enough squawking from a nearby female - and rudely closed her beak with his tiny talons. The unbelievable scene is reminiscent of 70s slap-stick comedy where the husband has taken more hen-pecking than he can handle. Hobby photographer Urs Schmidli, a 55-year-old postman from Sherz, Switzerland, caught the moment on camera in his garden. He spends several hours poised with his camera waiting to witness chance moments between visiting sprrows like this. Other magic moments of sparrows frozen in time by quick-fingered Urs and his camera are piggy-backs, beak tug-o-war and perfectly synchronised threat-displays between birds using their wings to see each other off. (Photo by Urs Schmidli / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
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July 27, 2010
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Two Sparrows fight for food in Urs Schmidli's garden in May 2010 in... News Photo 103110056Beak,Exclusive,Fighting,Flying,Food,Garden,Horizontal,Human Interest,Nature,Sparrow,SwitzerlandPhotographer Collection: Barcroft Media SCHERZ, SWITZERLAND - MAY 2010: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Two Sparrows fight for food in Urs Schmidli's garden in May 2010, in Scherz, Switzerland. Explosive pictures show the dramatic and comic moment a male sparrow decided he'd heard enough squawking from a nearby female - and rudely closed her beak with his tiny talons. The unbelievable scene is reminiscent of 70s slap-stick comedy where the husband has taken more hen-pecking than he can handle. Hobby photographer Urs Schmidli, a 55-year-old postman from Sherz, Switzerland, caught the moment on camera in his garden. He spends several hours poised with his camera waiting to witness chance moments between visiting sprrows like this. Other magic moments of sparrows frozen in time by quick-fingered Urs and his camera are piggy-backs, beak tug-o-war and perfectly synchronised threat-displays between birds using their wings to see each other off. (Photo by Urs Schmidli / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)