While visiting the crawfish ponds near our home this week, we saw lots of small birds in the tall grass and bushes separating the gravel roads from the ponds. One species we observed was the Savannah Sparrow. Right after we parked near the one in the photo below, it gave me a stern look.
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO500)
Since it was obviously aware of both me and my long camera lens aimed at it, I thought it would immediately take flight. As it turned out, the sparrow did not seem bothered that much by our presence. It remained on this branch long enough for me to take several shots of it, a few of which were worth keeping. My favorite is the one below affording a nice view of the feathers on the backside of the sparrow.
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO320)
Although there are several species of sparrows native to our area, the Savannah Sparrow is here only in the winter. Its yellow eyebrows give it a touch of color that our ordinary sparrows do not have.
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