Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow – Very Small in the Frame

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Very small in the frame juvenile White-crowned SparrowVery small in the frame juvenile White-crowned Sparrow – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 800, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Normally I wouldn’t take or present an image where the subject is as small in the frame as this juvenile White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) is but I couldn’t resist because I like this image a lot.

I like seeing the  sun-bleached “bones” of last years Phragmites along with the tassels of those from this season plus the dried tan color from the playa and some green growth from recent rains in the background. I enjoy the pastel bands of colors, the graphical lines of the old Phragmites stalks and even though the juvenile White-crowned is very small in the frame it still draws my attention.

A small bird in a large world.



  1. Tami Vogel October 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I’ve been meaning to post on this photo: It’s a piece of art. The colors, the patterns throughout it and then this gorgeous little bird. Absolutely love it!

  2. Bob Zeller September 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Personally, I love it. I agree with Carol. A beautiful composition.

  3. Azstu September 29, 2012 at 11:37 am

    The Sparrow Forest 😉

  4. M. Firpi September 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    It has an artistic effect, and the pastel colours are very nice. I have a sparrow that I simply cannot identify, there is such a confusing variety.

  5. Carol Mattingly September 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Fantastic image Mia. I don’t care how large or how small. If there is composition you have to shoot it. Carol

  6. Susan September 28, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Beautifully done Mia:)

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