Bird photography isn’t easy and for smaller birds like this adult White-crowned Sparrow it can be challenging and require more patience than when photographing larger birds. I saw this Interior West White-crowned Sparrow fly in to a Western Serviceberry near Red Rock Creek where it was hidden behind the foliage and my hope was that it would pop up on top of the bush and eventually it did.
I was a bit frustrated that there were out of focus leaves on the sides of the White-crowned Sparrow that were in the foreground (note the larger size of the leaves) but after reviewing the images on my monitor I decided they added to the image and didn’t detract from the bird. I also liked and appreciated that the sparrow had one of the berries in its bill.
After eating the berry the White-crowned Sparrow flew to an old fence post near the Serviceberry bush and I was able to get a few images of it there with a dark background caused by the willows being in a shadow. I’m always delighted to photograph smaller birds such as this White-crowned Sparrow.
There are currently 5 subspecies of White-crowned Sparrows and this one is an Interior West White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys oriantha) which is also sometimes called the Mountain White-crowned Sparrow. We have them here in Utah where they breed in the mountains then they migrate south to winter in southern Arizona and northern Mexico.