Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

March 13, 2012

More White-crowns

Filed under: Birds, comparisons, composition, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch — richditch @ 6:38 pm
White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Looking at my recent images not yet posted in this blog the White-crowned Sparrow stands out for its abundance. They are an abundant species here in winter in central AZ, and I like their varying shades of brown and tan and how they fit into the environment. And I suppose there is still a bit of eastern birder perspective involved – this common western species only occurs in small numbers back in NJ where I “learned my birds” many years ago.

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Having so many of these birds wintering around Phoenix gives me lots of opportunities to take photos. When I do I try to get as much variety in my shots as possible.  There’s the obvious differences of immatures (top image) from adults (second image): the immatures have tan stripes on the head while the adults have the bold black-and-white markings that give the species its name.

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Another variable is how tight I frame the bird: very tight to show maximum detail (third image), or smalll in frame to play with the setting (Second image).

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

It is also possible to get variety from a single bird just by sticking with it as it changes position (compare the third and fourth images).

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Spend enough time with common birds and you might just get an uncommon image!

All images taken at the Gilbert Water Ranch with a Nikon D300, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S lens and TC20E iii (2x) mounted on a Gitzo tripod with ball head and gimbal mount. The first two images were taken on February 2, 2012 using ISO 400; the other three images were taken on December 27, 2011 at ISO 800.

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