Weather October 16, 2016
The weather today is a bit unsettled, strong winds, some rain, some snow in the higher country with more bad weather to come and it made me think about winter arriving and photographing birds in the snow.
Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow perched on a mound of snow – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 320, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Last winter I photographed adult and juvenile White-crowned Sparrows in the snow in low light conditions and was pleased with the resulting photos. I didn’t get around to processing these two images until months after the day I photographed them on Antelope Island State Park so I thought I would share them today.
The juvenile White-crowned Sparrow is definitely small in the frame in this photo but I liked the great big mound of snow and how the young sparrow is peeking out of it with its body half covered plus the contrast of its brown plumage against the white snow.
Adult White-crowned Sparrow on a snowy perch – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 320, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
The adult White-crowned Sparrow perched higher on the snow so more of its body shows and even though it is also small in the frame I like the snowy environment this photo shows too along with the branches of the greasewood poking out.
White-crowned Sparrows are tough little birds and somehow even when the snow is deep on the ground here in northern Utah they find enough food to get them through the winter.
Life is good.