White-crowned Sparrow Attempting To Feed In The Wind

I photographed this adult White-crowned Sparrow near a campground at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge last month as it tried to feed on berries in a stiff breeze.

 

whitte-crowned sparrow 6544 Ron Dudley

 1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 500, Canon 7D, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4 tc, not baited, set up or called in

I include this shot to show you how the sparrow would lean from left to right as it tried to maintain stability on its wobbly perch.  If you look closely you can see the shiny, dark red berry that it has its eye on just beneath the birds left foot.

 

 

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  1/1250, f/8, ISO 500, Canon 7D, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4 tc, not baited, set up or called in

 At least twice when it attempted to pluck the berry (now partially hidden by a leaf) the sparrow lost its balance in the wind and needed to use its tail to stay on the perch.

 

 

white-crowned sparrow 6572 ron dudley

   1/1250, f/8, ISO 500, Canon 7D, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4 tc, not baited, set up or called in

 But attempt # 3…

 

 

white-crowned sparrow 6587 ron dudley

   1/1250, f/8, ISO 500, Canon 7D, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4 tc, not baited, set up or called in

was successful.  The sparrow displayed the berry for a quick moment before gulping it down.

Nothing momentous here, just another small challenge in the daily life of a wild bird.

Ron

 

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