Song Sparrow foraging on a cold winter morning

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”.


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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 quite like this. I think that it would be interesting without the shadows but they seem to add something. Also like the bird and plant to one side.Sweet bird.

  2. Less is rather a lot here. Beautiful. Thank you.

  3. Just looking at this image, again….almost oriental in its simplicity. You have a natural sense of composition. Lovely!

  4. I agree, there are times when “less is more” and this shot is one of them. The phrase was adopted by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a precept for minimalist design — Wikipedia.

  5. Love this image, Mia…and your sensitivity to small things. I respect the information you so often share in regard to conservation and common sense protection of the environment. You’re a true champion of both. Thank you for it.

  6. This is a beautiful photograph, Mia! The Song Sparrow is such a lovely little bird and its hardiness is amazing considering how tiny this bird is.

  7. Awwww the little sweetie!!!! Beautiful composition, Mia!!!!!

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