Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow

Yesterday while I was out photographing on Antelope Island State Park I came across a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows right next to the road.

Juvenile White-crowned SparrowJuvenile White-crowned Sparrow – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Until I viewed this image on my monitor I hadn’t noticed that the Sagebrush has started to green up, another sign of spring.

I like how the juvenile White-crowned Sparrow stands out from the sagebrush in the background.

My EV; or exposure compensation, shouldn’t have been at +0.7, it should have been lower. I had been photographing a Rough-legged Hawk in flight against a blue sky before I took this image and had forgotten to reset my EV to 0.0 but I was able to bring the global exposure level down a smidge in post processing to correct that.

White-crowned Sparrows have a clear whistling call followed by a series of trills or buzzes that I can easily pick up on but normally I see this species before I hear them.




  1. Julie Brown March 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I really like these handsome birds. The juries are so cute with their brown crowns!

    • Mia McPherson March 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Julie, they are cuties!

  2. Bob Zeller March 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Now there is a bird that I am very familiar with. We have them in huge numbers down here right now. Great shot, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson March 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks Bob, great to see you back!

  3. Tammy Karr March 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Beautiful capture of a great looking juvenile!

    • Mia McPherson March 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Tammy, thanks so much for your kind comment, much appreciated!

  4. Dave Sparks March 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Like Dan, I have trouble with ID on the juveniles. I think your terrific image is now burned in my memory and, hopefully, will help me with ID in the future.

    • Mia McPherson March 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks for commenting Dave. I still get sparrows confused at times.

  5. ingrid March 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Mia, do I ever relate to the EV situation … although this image looks fantastic. Last year I blew out a few Osprey shots for the same reason. Thank goodness for RAW and PP (although those particular shots were too blown out to salvage). I sometimes turn them into B&W and use the “art” excuse (hehe).

    • Mia McPherson March 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Ingrid, you made me giggle with the “art” comment. Hey, B & W images are beautiful! Thanks so much for your kind comment.

  6. Prairie Birder March 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Very beautiful!

    • Mia McPherson March 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks you much PrairieBirder!

  7. judy watson March 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Great eyes to spot it!

  8. Dan Huber March 3, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Very nice photo Mia. I always find the juveniles hard to figure out ID at first

    • Mia McPherson March 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Dan, I often have trouble with juvenile sparrow ID, I see these quite often so I get the ID on them right … most of the time! Thanks for your comment.

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