Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow – Very Small in the Frame

Very small in the frame juvenile White-crowned SparrowVery small in the frame juvenile White-crowned Sparrow – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 800, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Normally I wouldn’t take or present an image where the subject is as small in the frame as this juvenile White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) is but I couldn’t resist because I like this image a lot.

I like seeing the  sun-bleached “bones” of last years Phragmites along with the tassels of those from this season plus the dried tan color from the playa and some green growth from recent rains in the background. I enjoy the pastel bands of colors, the graphical lines of the old Phragmites stalks and even though the juvenile White-crowned is very small in the frame it still draws my attention.

A small bird in a large world.


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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’ve been meaning to post on this photo: It’s a piece of art. The colors, the patterns throughout it and then this gorgeous little bird. Absolutely love it!

  2. Personally, I love it. I agree with Carol. A beautiful composition.

  3. It has an artistic effect, and the pastel colours are very nice. I have a sparrow that I simply cannot identify, there is such a confusing variety.

  4. Fantastic image Mia. I don’t care how large or how small. If there is composition you have to shoot it. Carol

  5. Beautifully done Mia:)

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