Song Sparrow foraging on a cold winter morning

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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”.



  1. Stu December 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Delightful !

  2. Jane Chesebrough December 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    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.

  3. Elephant's Child December 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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

  4. Patty Chadwick December 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

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

  5. Utahbooklover December 30, 2013 at 9:06 am

    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.

  6. Patty Chadwick December 30, 2013 at 8:24 am

    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.

  7. Lynn Koch December 30, 2013 at 8:19 am

    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.

  8. Lois Bryan December 30, 2013 at 7:26 am

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

  9. Dave Skinner December 30, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Such a nice photo.

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