Song Sparrow foraging on a cold winter morning
Song Sparrow foraging on a cold winter morning – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

While photographing Barn Owls last January I caught a small movement out of the corner of my eye and noticed a Song Sparrow foraging for seeds on the snow covered ground. The Barn Owl I was photographing wasn’t close by so I took one image of the tiny sparrow thinking that I wouldn’t like it because the bird would be small in the frame.

I was pleasantly surprised though when I viewed this image on my monitor because I like the long shadows on the snow, the bits of seed the Song Sparrow had knocked of the spindly plant and how the sparrow being small in the frame conveys the feeling of how harsh winter can be for these little birds. Perhaps there are times when “less is more”.