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"Songbird" (Song Sparrow, Adult Eastern Form, Melospiza melodia) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/250s, ISO 200

This adorable Song Sparrow seemed quite pleased with itself after a quick dip in the birdbath! πŸ™‚


  1. Beautiful Shot !!!

  2. Wow, this is such a sharp beautiful photo of a bird. There’s one great equipment you have there! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Babs!

      Yeah, sometimes I feel really guilty and think the watermark should simply say “Nikon D300” instead of Milkay Photography… πŸ˜‰

  3. Awe another cute picture, beautiful

  4. You’re really great with these wildlife shots…and you include the Latin name…smiles here.

    • Thank you, Bob! I try…sometimes I forget to. I really just want to (one day) see the latin name listed under the “terms people searched to find your blog”… πŸ˜‰

  5. Awww such a pretty lil’ thing. I love the over the shoulder glance and the blueish-grey bits of color in it’s plumage.

    • Thank you, Amber! You guess it! It was that ‘come hither’ look that won the blog spot! Hmmm, so that probably means it’s a girl sparrow! πŸ™‚

  6. See… Now THAT’S why I need your spare 400mm… Yanno, the one that’s just propping up the coffee table gathering dust… lol… Gimme gimme gimme… πŸ˜‰

    Definitely puts mine to shame though.. Methinks I’ll stick to landscapes… Superb shot Tracy… πŸ™‚

    • LOL! It’s nothing like that! When hubby and I are both out shooting wildlife, one of us uses the 400 and the other uses the 600. We just haven’t done that in a long time (Someone has to have a job that actually earns money and he lost the coin toss). But now that you’ve drawn my attention to it’s lack of use, I will definitely give it some camera time! πŸ™‚

      Your bird shots were wonderful! So, don’t sell yourself short. And you do landscapes waaaaaay better than me. We all have our talents!

      Thanks, Brian! πŸ™‚

        • Jim
        • Posted April 30, 2010 at 9:29 am
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        I think you had a two headed coin…..

      • Damn, you found me out!

      • Is that a no then !?!?… lol… It’s a very nice skateboard… πŸ˜‰

  7. Great colors. Cute bird.

    • Thanks, babe! Not as cute as you… πŸ™‚

        • Jim
        • Posted April 30, 2010 at 9:28 am
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        Well let’s not get carried away.

  8. Great shot!

  9. Such a great photo, and the colors are very fine. Is it sitting at a bamboo stick? You canΒ΄t hide your love for these small critters, it makes the photo even better.

    • Thank you, Birgitte! The bird is actually sitting on the far edge of a painted birdbath – but yes, I see with the reflection it does look like bamboo! Sigh…yes I do love them so! Thank you for your kind words! πŸ™‚

  10. So incredibly sharp and well composed. The tones and bokeh bring it home. The bird is pretty cute too. πŸ™‚

  11. Wish my Nikon 80-400VR could be used with a teleconverter. I could use the added reach at times.

    Handsome chap.

    • Yeah, I have a few lenses the teleconverters don’t work with as well as a couple that it does, but not to a great extent. I’m prety lazy. It pretty much stays on the 600mm at this point! Thanks much, Scott! πŸ™‚

  12. That really is a great catch, Tracy. I know it’s roughly 1000mm zoom, but how far away is that in miles. πŸ™‚

    Tell me something: Do you set up the camera and big lens on your tripod and just sit and wait? I have to guess that these great photos are the results of a lot of time and patience, no? How long did you wait to catch this little fella?

    Also, were you into birdwatching before you got into photography? I mean, you seem to know so much about birds. My bird knowledge is limited to mild, medium or hot with blue cheese dip on the side. Oh, and the rest of them smart enough to fly away before being caught by the chef. One last tidbit: Regardless of what it says on the Swanson’s package, chickens in fact do NOT have fingers. πŸ˜‰

    • Hey, thanks Dave!

      I do set up the camera and wait. And wait. Having a bunch of feeders in the yard helps tremendously as the critters are creatures of habit. The lens is on a tripod that swivels easily so, although I have my eye on a particular spot, I can keep watch on others. I wasn’t specifically looking for this particulr bird but when s/he showed up at the birdbath, I knew s/hed be there for a bit so I zeroed in. I probably spend about 2-4 hours at a stretch shooting wildlife. Yes, it takes patience and sometimes you end up with nothing. But others, you get a good shot and it was all worth it. πŸ™‚ If nothing else, I get to spend time observing nature and it gives me more info for the next time.

      Nope, not much into birds at all before photography. Like the flowers I shoot, I am really interested in knowing what the heck I am shooting and will spend hours researching if I don’t know. After awhile, some of it starts to stick! I just think it is a disservice to either not identify something or wrongly identify something because you took a guess. That’s not to say I haven’t photographed something I don’t know. If I can’t figure it out, I leave it as ‘unknown’.

      Not too far off from what you do with your photos. You take the time to tell us where and when you took a particular location and I’m sure that is a big help to folks who may want to do the same shot.

      LOL! You are too funny. I like me some wings as well. HAVE to be on the mild side, tho, as I am a bit of a baby when it comes to spicy foods. You’re wrong, Dave….the fingers are the tastiest part! πŸ˜€

      • Thanks Tracy. I’ll have to try some nature photography at some point. Maybe I’ll get me a 1000mm lens too, so I can watch them in your birdfeeder from here. πŸ™‚

      • Just to clarify, it is a 600mm lens with a 1.7x teleconverter! And, technically (Scott will be proud of me here) with the D300 which has a 1.5 factor to deal with, it is really 1500mm. I don’t bother with all the math and just take what comes out of the Exif data!

  13. very nice image! your patience certainly paid off.

    • Thank you, Stephen! Patience is definitely a pre-req for critter photography! πŸ™‚

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