Featured in Songbirds of North America June 10, 2011.
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Featured in The Woman Photographer December 24, 2009.

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This sweet little fluff ball, the White Throated Sparrow, sheltered the blizzard conditions we experienced in the Washington-Baltimore area on December 19th, 2009, in the river birch behind my deck (and not more than a hop and a skip from the full birdie-feeder).

Focal Distance 300mm.

Image taken with the Nikon D300 and the 70-300mm vr Nikon lens. Shutter 1/250, aperture f/9.0, exposure -.33, iso 1,000, spot metering. I used on-board fill flash .. which I almost never bother with … but was very pleased with the results. Very little post processing … cropping and a touch of dodging and burning to the eye to make it pop a little bit.

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  • bioman
    biomanalmost 5 years ago

    don’t you just want to cuddle him and warm him up! brilliant capture Lois!

  • Thanks so much, John!! And oh, how right you are … they’re amazing little creatures!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 5 years ago

    aw poor little mite – looks a bit chillly out..LOL

  • Oh, Maggie it WAS chilly!!!!!! Blizzards will do that!!!!! LOL!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • AnnieSnel
    AnnieSnelalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture Lois!! So sweet!! A fav. for me!

  • Hi Annie!!!! Thank you so much … for the visit and the fave!!!!! I so appreciate both!!!! Hugzz!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Fruitexplosion
    Fruitexplosionalmost 5 years ago

    Awwwwwww, he looks so cold, head between the shoulders and everything. Poor thing!!! Good to know he is really close to the feeder. Can’t you put up an outside heater for the little ones?? Just kidding Lois!! I know you would do all you can to help the feathered friends in the wild!!!

    The detail in the picture is really great. Well done!!

    Cheers, Marion

  • laughing at you!!! Marion, you are such a hoot!!!! Yes, a heated shelter WOULD be just the thing … I’m picturing it now … ooo … what fun!!!! Only thing is, in our area we generally slog thru the winter at about 40 degrees or so. We are usually pretty temperate … conditions like last Saturday come along once every 10 years or so, otherwise I’m sure my feathered buddies would move much farther south!!!! And thanks for noticing the detail … I was pleased with that too … I think the fill flash worked wonders on this one!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 5 years ago

    Lois – your work is soooooo great… and you always manage to outdo yourself!!! This is sooooo beautiful!!

  • Lori, you darling!!!!!! Thank you!!!!! I’ll tell you the secret … I was actually outside under the deck when I shot this one … I think the fill flash made the difference!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • robmac
    robmacalmost 5 years ago

    Very cute he looks so cold And I’m sure it wasn’t long before he got a feed

  • Thank you!!!! And yes, his fluffiness is partly due to the cold, but also due to a full tummy, I’m sure!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago

    awww, what a little cutie probably wondering if he was supposed to go south or something, or are you south already, lol. Whatever, it’s a great photo my dear,,,,,

  • Vickzzzzzzzzz!!!! Hello, hello darling!!!!! I LOVE your hat!!!! Aren’t you just THE festive one!!!!!!!! C’mere and give us a hug!!!!!!! Merry Christmas, sweetheart!!!!!!! And yes, my little buddy here probably was wondering what the heck was going on … we had a bit of a blizzard on Saturday. I’m south of you .. in the Washington DC metro area. 23 inches of the white stuff, by gum!!!!! Which may not sound like a lot to you, but when you’re in an area as crowded with folks as we are … and with as little snow equipment removal machinery as we have … it was quite the event!!! LOL!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayalmost 5 years ago

    Awwwwwwwww……………what a cutipie!!!! And what an amazing shot!!!!!!!
    Gosh, Lois…I was inspired by your earlier birdie (the cardinal) and sat at out the back porch in the cold wind with my telephoto lens and waited for some birds to show up. They’d been eating berries out in the back yard but I guess I spooked them They never came back. Maybe they all flew to your house? All I got was a shot of a tumbling leaf!
    WONDERFUL picture: instant fav!!!!!!!

  • Hey Robin!!!!!! Thank you, sweetie!!!!! This one did come out nicely. I was actually outside when I shot this one. The cardinal you mentioned was shot from inside the kitchen … where it was nice and warm (tho I did kill my knees sitting on the floor too long, rofl!!!). To get great birdie shots .. for heaven sakes … go out and get some bird feeders and fill ‘em with black oiler sunflower seeds … and get some suet cakes. Hang all this up near a window, pull up a chair (don’t sit on the floor, trust me!!) and snap away!!!!!!!! It’s GREAT fun!!!! OOO … and get a Peterson Field Guide for your area so you’ll know what you’re looking at!!! It’s a super hobby!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 5 years ago

    beautiful photo Lois. It’s great that you are keeping the snow in your area :-). I still can’t get over how clear your photos are with ISO 1000. I may have to get that D300s sooner than expected

  • Hey Dave!!! Oh, I’m sure you’ll be getting some of the white stuff before the shoutin’z over, too!!! And you’re sooo right about that crazy iso. It sooooo amazes me!!!! Yepper … start saving up your pennies!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Vicki Pelham
    Vicki Pelhamalmost 5 years ago

    An adorable wonderful capture here, nicely done!!!

  • thank you so much, Vicki!!!!! they are soooo cute!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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