Song Sparrow perched on frosty phragmites
Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Davis County, UT
D200, f6.3, 1/400, ISO 400, 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light
I enjoy images where the bird itself is small in the frame, particularly when the image shows interesting habitat. What I like about this image is the pose of the Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia), the warm tones of the background, the detail and colors of the phragmites and how well the Song Sparrow stands out from it all. Even though the sparrow is small in the frame there are still plenty of details evident in its plumage.
The sun was just starting to melt the frost off of the phragmites when this photo was taken, small droplets of water were forming on the tips of the seedheads that caught the morning light.