Where: Goode, VA
Equipment: Canon EOS D20 with 100-400mm Zoom L Series Lens with Image Stabilizer (off) • 2X converter • Manfroto Tripod • Two 33' shutter release cables
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/60 • Aperture = f 11.0 • Exposure Mode = Manual • Lens (Focal) Length = 300 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~8 Feet • Date Shot: 06-17-06
Notes: One of my favorite Sparrows, maybe because when they arrive in Virginia it means Spring is arriving too or perhaps because they too are" redheads"? I had wanted to find a nest to photograph but the others I found were too high up in the trees (15' to 40') almost always Red Cedars or evergreens). Then one day, driving up my neighbors driveway, I saw a small Sparrow exiting a small Cedar that was only 5" tall along the fence row. I immediately stopped and investigated. I found two tiny young in the tea cup sized nest that was lined in horse hair. I saw both adults feeding them an assortment of grasshoppers and spiders about every 5 to 10 minutes sometimes with both adults at the nest at the same time.
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