Archive for July 14th, 2010



Song Sparrow

Great light. Evening sun, after a day of rain and fog. Parson’s Beach. I walked out behind the dunes along the river, with my digiscoping rig over my shoulder, to see what I could see. And this Song Sparrow popped up on a little dead branch in the grass to reach the higher seeds just I as passed. Tripod down, scope up, camera to side, focus, camera in, camera on, zoom, and let the shutter run. Sometimes it all just comes together. (And, of course, the harder you work at it, the more time you spend in the field, the more often it all comes together. Smile )


This Sparrow fed along the length of the branch, fairly oblivious to me, for several moments before disappearing down deeper into the grasses. I got several keepers.

Canon SD4000IS behind the eyepiece of the ZEISS DiaScope 65FL for an equivalent focal length of about 1700mm @ f5 @ 1/200th @ ISO 400. Programmed auto. Second one at something more like 2000mm @ f5 @ 1/160th @ ISO 125.

A touch of Fill Light and Blackpoint right a good amount, added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen narrow edges preset. Auto White Balance.

I continued on around the point looking for gulls. When I returned, with the sun even lower now, I caught another sparrow just after his or her bath, while still preening wet feathers. I got a few stills, but the sparrow was in among a tangle of dead branches and never still… hard to focus on. I decided to try from some video just as the sparrow finally hopped out on the tip of a branch in the open.

Song Sparrow Preening after Bath

Sometimes it all comes together.