Friday, December 07, 2007

White-Throated Sparrow



A sparrow is a sparrow is a sparrow, until you get up close and personal. Suddenly one begins to notice the nuances in color and markings that differentiate the different species.

Prior to my renewed interest in photography I seldom looked closely at song birds. I basically recognized two sparrows, English or House Sparrows and Song sparrows. It was into the song sparrow category that I lumped all of the other sparrows.

Perhaps it was a memory problem; that I could not remember all of the important distinguishing marks until I had the opportunity to look it up. With digital photography I can now “take my bird home” and research it at my convenience. Now I find that not only am I enjoying digital photography for photography’s sake but I am finding nature much more interesting than ever before.

7 comments:

Kerri said...

He is BEAUTIFUL Salty! I have these guys at my feeder all the time! I love the yellow "spots" near his eyes.

This is a FANTASTIC capture!

Meggie said...

I'm going to have to be more observant of the sparrows that come to my feeder. I, too, have been guilty of lumping them altogether into one category. This little guy is quite beautiful.

Tina Leigh said...

Something about the little markings around the head reminds me of a quail which inturn makes me hungry! I havent had any supper...just some peanut brittle Danny made tonight. When the birds start coming to my feeders again...I'm gonna take notice of the sparrows. They usually eat me out of house & home. Your MRS. SALTY left a sweet note on my blog but I was unable to pull her blog up. Tell her thank you & come back! Night!

oldmanlincoln said...

White-throated and White-crowned are both beautiful birds. I only see them here in the early spring. I nest somewhere else during the summer and their migration route south doesn't include us.

Your photo is very nice, Salty. I like it a lot.

imac said...

Nice work Salty, I always enjoy your blog.

Story ends and a question in my blog.

K M F said...

its beautifull

Mike said...

Very nice shot Salty! It is interesting how digital photography has changed our lives and perception of things.