White-crowned Sparrow on a rusty wire fence

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Adult White-crowned Sparrow on a wire fenceAdult White-crowned Sparrow on a wire fence – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

In the Centennial Valley of Montana at this time of the year I see plenty of White-crowned Sparrows of the interior west sub-species and although most of them that I see are juveniles there are also adults hanging around foraging too. This adult White-crowned Sparrow was perched on a rusty wire fence along the road and caught my eye as I had my lens aimed high at a Red-tailed Hawk perched on a power pole. The angle was steep for the hawk so I decided to take images of the White-crowned while waiting for the Red-tailed to lift off. I was so focused on the sparrow that I didn’t even see the hawk take off from the pole but I don’t regret taking the images of this lovely adult White-crowned Sparrow.



  1. jafabrit September 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Your photographs are amazing.

  2. Julie Brown September 15, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I always enjoy seeing this species, especially in western habitat. You had a lovely background to show of this good-looking bird.

  3. Jim Braswell September 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Great shot, Mia!

  4. Elephant's Child September 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Sparrows are (yet) another of the birds I have a soft spot for. And they improve a rusty wire fence immensely.

  5. Gary DeFeyter September 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Nice. Have you been to Escalante? We are thinking about spending a day down there in a couple weeks. We have a couple extra days at the end of our Yellowstone trip. Two days for Antelope Island and two free days for Escalante. Looks cool and my Wife’s maiden name is Escalante.

  6. Merrill Ann Gonzales September 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Why is it I just melt when I see sparrows? There is something so deeply felt that it lends me vitality in my daily life. Your great photo of this white-crowned sparrow is such a treat. Many thanks.

  7. Omnitrigger September 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Excellent photo. Very beautiful. Been missing your posts and comments on NatureShare.

  8. patty chadwick September 14, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Great shot…interesting how the twists in the wire look like bird feet…

  9. Hummingbirdlover September 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Hi! love the little bird! I love all the Sparrows! Have a great day!

  10. Kim September 14, 2013 at 6:57 am

    What a pretty little sparrow set in the perfect colours to show off its colours. Really gorgeous image.

  11. Eileen September 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Pretty shot of the sparrow, Mia! Wishing you a happy weekend!

  12. Montanagirl September 14, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I wouldn’t regret it either! LOL. It’s beautifully composed, and perfect lighting. Very beautiful photo.

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