Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

February 15, 2010

Another White-crowned Sparrow Sequence

Filed under: Birds, comparisons, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch — richditch @ 1:41 pm
White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow #431

At the risk of revealing that I’m stuck in a photographic rut here’s another sequence of shots of a cooperative White-crowned Sparrow from the Gilbert Water Ranch. As I’ve noted a few times before I enjoy this common western winter species that was rather hard to find when I lived in New Jersey, and they make a good backup subject when I can’t find other species to work.

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow #434

These shots were taken on the same visit and same spot as this recent post as I sat on the ground hoping to see a Rufous-crowned Sparrow known to be in the area, so the shooting parameters are essentially the same: Nikon D200, AF-S 300/2.8 with TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/250th second at f/8.

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow #436

My favorite of this series is the lead image with the bird scratching, but I like all three variations. The setting may be a bit on the busy side for many people, but I like birds in habitat and as long as I have a clean view of the bird I’m usually happy with the results.

Finally, if anyone is wondering why the “white-crowned” bird has a tannish brown crown: it is an immature bird. The head will show the diagnostic black and white stripes in a couple of months when they move north to higher elevations.

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