White-crowned Sparrow Juvenile Feeding On Wild Sunflower Seeds

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Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow flying up a sunflower stalkJuvenile White-crowned Sparrow flying up a sunflower stalk – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’ve been seeing plenty of White-crowned Sparrows on Antelope Island State Park of late and yesterday they were busy feeding on the wild sunflowers that grow there. The sunflowers looked gorgeous on the island when they were in full bloom but now most of them have set seeds and the sparrows were taking advantage of the plentiful food supply.

I saw a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow land at the bottom of a sunflower stalk and aimed my lens at it and within a second photographed it as it flew up the sunflower stalk. The setting is a bit cluttered but I do like the pose, the great eye contact and the fluttering wings.

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow feeding on wild sunflower seedsJuvenile White-crowned Sparrow feeding on wild sunflower seeds – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

When the juvenile White-crowned Sparrow reached the top of the sunflower it perched on a spindly stem and tore the seeds from one of the sunflower seedheads for a few seconds before it flew away.

It was fun watching and photographing the blackbirds, magpies and the sparrows feeding of the sunflower seeds yesterday.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Patty Chadwick October 18, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Love these LBJ’s…

  2. Rosemary Harris October 18, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Beautiful images.

  3. Laura Culley October 18, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Outstanding shots! I love white-crowned sparrows. Their song will take your breath away with its clarity and beauty!

  4. Grace Dunklee Cohen October 18, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Love your photo of the juvenile white-crowned sparrow flying up the sunflower stalk! Right place + right subject + right moment + right photographer = great capture!

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