A Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow Photobombing an Adult

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Adult White-crowned Sparrow perchedAdult White-crowned Sparrow perched – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I was going through older photos I took last February and came across some White-crowned Sparrow images I had taken on Antelope Island State Park in the White Rock Bay area that I hadn’t edited or posted before. Among those files was this adult White-Crowned Sparrow perched on a bare branch of a greasewood that I liked because of the sparrow’s head turn, the light in its eye, the smooth, creamy background and how the sparrow was framed by the bare branches. I locked my focus on the sparrow and took a nice series of this adult in a burst…

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow Photobombing an adultJuvenile White-crowned Sparrow Photobombing an adult – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

And I ended up capturing an image of a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow photobombing the adult just a few frames later. I was so focused on the adult I didn’t even see the juvenile flying in. Normally I would have deleted this image but over the past couple of years I have begun to keep images of photobombs.

noun: photobomb; plural noun: photobombs; noun: photo bomb; plural noun: photo bombs
  1. 1.
    a photograph that has been spoiled by the unexpected appearance of an unintended subject in the camera’s field of view as the picture was taken.

I keep them because they make me laugh.

Life is good.

Mia

7 Comments

  1. Molly February 18, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    hee hee

  2. Patty Chadwick February 18, 2016 at 9:19 am

    The first one is a beauty…the second suggests that the adult might have been better off taking a selfie…

    • Elephant's Child February 18, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      How right you are. Except that a big part of birds charm for me is that they dont play the selfie game. And are often entirely unselfconscious.

  3. Liz Cormack February 18, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Love it. I keep photos like that too for the same reason…..they make me laugh.

  4. Roger Burnard February 18, 2016 at 6:25 am

    LOVE THAT FIRST FRAME MIA… WELL COMPOSED, SHARP… VERY NICE.

    DID I EVER TELL YOU THAT MY DAUGHTER’S NAME IS “MAIA?” AS YOU
    CAN SEE, WE SPELLED IT DIFFERENTLY, BUT PRONOUNCED THE SAME. ;-)))

    • Mia McPherson February 18, 2016 at 7:11 am

      Thanks Roger.

      I didn’t know your daughter’s name was Maia, it is a lovely name 😉

  5. Bob McPherson February 18, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Great photos Mia. Laugh you should. Photobombing is usually pretty hilarious.

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