Immature White-crowned Sparrow Close Up

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Immature White-crowned Sparrow Close UpImmature White-crowned Sparrow Close Up – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Getting close up images of wild birds is always a thrill for me and having this immature White-crowned Sparrow come in close enough for portrait was a pleasure on the last day of November on Antelope Island State Park.

I was photographing other sparrows that were further away using a vehicle as a mobile blind when I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye and when I turned my head towards the movement I could see that this first winter White-crowned Sparrow had flown in and was feeding on the fluffy seeds of the snow-topped rabbitbrush. The young sparrow was so close that I quickly reach the button on my lens to turn off the limiter so that I could focus on the bird. I was able to take three images of this young bird before it flew off, two that were sharp portraits and one was a blur taken just as the sparrow lifted off. I really like how the fluffy seed of the rabbitbrush is on the bill of this young sparrow, it almost looks like a snow-white mustache!

I always feel a sense of awe when I can see and photograph a wild bird up close and I also feel honored that just for a moment they allow me to be a part of their world.

Life is good.



  1. Joan Carey December 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I love this photo, such an exquisite little guy. Love the detail around the eyes & the fluff from the seed in his beak. Beautiful, thank you for sharing your wonderful work, I always look forward to each days email with photo.

  2. Bill Richmond December 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Another beauty! Keep up the good work Mia, I am enjoying your images immensely!

  3. Elephant's Child December 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing the privilege.

  4. Larry Muench December 3, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Love it! The catch-light, pose, and sharpness of details is amazing.

  5. Liz Cormack December 3, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Oh, my…..just beautiful.

  6. Patty Chadwick December 3, 2015 at 7:32 am

    I love these portraits…always see details I didn’t know existed. I would not have recognized it as a white-crowned without that bright, white stripe this one has yet to aquire…I find identifying sparrows tricky at the best of times.

  7. Bob Mcpherson December 3, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Beautiful photo Mia.

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