White-crowned Sparrow perched in a red branched bush – Nikon D500, f7.1. 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
One year ago today I photographed this adult White-crowned Sparrow perched in a red branched bush at the gate to Farmington Bay WMA. I like the red branches, the pose of the sparrow, the eye contact I had with it, the light and the lovely feather details, what I didn’t like was that the rusty color in the background was created by shingles on a roof. The more I look at this image though the more I like it despite knowing that the color in the background is from those shingles.
Birds go where they want to go, they aren’t high paid models strutting on a catwalk in Paris, Milan or New York and just because this White-crowned Sparrow chose to perch in front of a house shouldn’t mean that I should ignore it or not even raise my camera for it.
The weather has kept me away from the field a lot lately, birds have been harder than normal to locate and photograph and I think that if I don’t get out and beyond my local pond pretty soon that I will be suffering from withdrawals or a severe case of cabin fever. The radar/satellite map looks bad again this morning but who knows of it is really accurate or not, the maps I check are just as often wrong as they are right at this time of the year. I do know one thing for certain… I am itching to get back out into the field. I do like knowing that the sun was actually shining one year ago today.
Life is good.