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Savannah Sparrow 2/2

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 28 July 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Edwin B. Forsythe
National Wildlife Refuge | New Jersey

With more than 35 sparrow species in North America, the handsome Savannah Sparrow has one characteristic that makes identification easier-the yellow patch in front of the eye (lore). Widespread and abundant across most of the US and Canada: "Savannah Sparrows breed in open areas with low vegetation, including most of northern North America from tundra to grassland, marsh, and farmland. Even in winter, you’ll find Savannah Sparrows on the ground or in low vegetation in open areas; look for them along the edges of roads adjacent to farms."

I haven't been to that many, but I love to spend time at a national wildlife refuge. "The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge protects more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats which is actively managed for migratory birds." There are more than 555 refuges in the system: "The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat and represents the most comprehensive wildlife resource management program in the world. Units of the system stretch across the United States from northern Alaska to the Florida Keys, and include small islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific. The character of the refuges is as diverse as the nation itself."

In 2013 (October 6-12), I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.
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Devi from Chennai, India

He's a beauty !!! Fantastic image !

28 Jul 2015 5:56am

Mir from Verl, Germany

Very nice colors, the hot pink contrasts with the softly colored plumes very well

28 Jul 2015 6:41am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A sweet little sparrow . . I seldom see a sparrow in London these days.

28 Jul 2015 7:19am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

love it

28 Jul 2015 7:28am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Superb !

28 Jul 2015 9:25am

omid from mashhad, Iran

so cute! :)
very nice portrait
with beautiful focus, details, colors & lights!

28 Jul 2015 9:28am

Anita B from Redon, France


28 Jul 2015 11:36am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautifully taken image of this bird Julie wonderfully sharp

28 Jul 2015 1:39pm

Marcel Peltier from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

What one surprise !

28 Jul 2015 1:47pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

The red adds some nice color to this sweet shot.

28 Jul 2015 2:05pm

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Fantastique, quel gros plan avec tous les détails.

28 Jul 2015 2:48pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

SO crisp and clear - gorgeous close up

28 Jul 2015 5:01pm

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

Fantastic, Julie - for me a spotlight !

28 Jul 2015 6:15pm

@Sonja: You are so kind, Sonja.

♡ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Superbe !

28 Jul 2015 7:41pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Splendid clarity and light captured in this composition!! I really love the speckled breast of this sparrow.

29 Jul 2015 12:03am

@Steven: I like it too-it looks so crisp and clean. Thanks very much for your comment!

L'angevine from Angers, France


29 Jul 2015 7:51am

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