Song Sparrow – small in frame

Song Sparrow on frosty phragmitesSong Sparrow perched on frosty phragmites – 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.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. I really like this one.

  2. Gorgeous image! I like the colors and the textures too, and how the seedheads on the left appear to be pointing to the bird!

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