For several weeks I repeatedly saw and heard a Vesper Sparrow in a canyon in the Wasatch Mountains and early in July I was able to take some decent images of it as it sang on a metal post.
Vesper Sparrow singing in the Wasatch Mountains – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I’d just finished photographing a male American Goldfinch feeding on Musk Thistles and had started to drive slowly up the canyon in my Jeep when I heard the song of the Vesper Sparrow where I had seen one of the sparrows on several previous trips into the canyon so I slowed down even more and started to look for it then I spotted the sparrow close to the edge of the road on an old metal post singing its little heart out. I hoped it wouldn’t fly off before I was able to stop, focus on it and take images of it.
Vesper Sparrow singing on a metal post – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
The sparrow cooperated and I was able to take a nice series of images of it before a jogger went by and flushed the bird. It didn’t fly too far away so I sat there in my Jeep hoping it would come closer again, after a few minutes it appeared that the sparrow wasn’t going to come closer so I watched it sing on top of the bush it had flown too. I tried to take a video of the Vesper Sparrow singing but I didn’t have the camera locked onto a tripod so the video made me a bit dizzy. Okay, it made me more than a bit dizzy. I wish I had brought my tripod along that day but I’d left it at home.
The past few times I have been up into that canyon the Vesper Sparrow has been absent or I just couldn’t see it. Perhaps it found a mate and they are raising little sparrows now, I’d like to think that they are.
Life is good.