Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow on a wild Rose

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow on a wild RoseJuvenile White-crowned Sparrow on a wild Rose – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Simple things in nature delight me so being able to photograph this juvenile White-crowned Sparrow on a wild rose did just that, it delighted me. This juvenile and an adult White-crowned were perching on the wild Rose in the early morning to warm up, there was still some frost on the leaf by the sparrow’s tail and on the west side of the stem. I really enjoy the over the shoulder look the young sparrow gave me.

In the interest of full disclosure I did clone out a branch tip on the left side of the frame above where my copyright watermark is. I don’t normally remove or add things to my image but that branch tip just looked out of place.


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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. Boy! Is he a cutie!

  2. It’s like a Japanese painting – with those limited tones – simple and very effective.

  3. Lovely photo! I’ve been known to crop out unwanted objects as well.

  4. Sweet pose in sweet light, Mia. Simple always works for me too. How many times can you enjoy looking at a sparrow-infinitely!

  5. A wonderful ‘little brown job’. I do love the often neglected lbj’s. Thanks Mia

  6. Beautiful, Mia!

  7. I love the colors in this one and the over-the-shoulder look that reveals so much of the plumage.

  8. Lovely tones, Mia. “Simply” beautiful!!

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