The Sometimes Skulking and Somewhat Sloppy Swamp Sparrow

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 4 May 2012

Before I started taking pictures of them I didn’t think much about swamp sparrows- usually they were just the ubiquitous, skulking, sloppily-attired teases who drowned out whatever it was I was straining to hear with their incessant, unmotivated trilling.

Swamp Sparrow

Skulking Swamp Sparrow, Brown Drive Marsh, Ryegate, Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 400

Brown Drive Marsh

Lately, though, I’ve spotted them up singing proudly above the marsh, and I’ve had the chance to admire their well-defined eye stripe and buffy flanks. ¬†They’re still not my favorite sparrow, but they’re a fun challenge to photograph and maybe not quite so slovenly as I thought.

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow, Shelburne Pond, Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/9, 1/200s, ISO 200

 

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow at Shelburne Pond, Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/9, 1/200s, ISO 200

Shelburne Pond Marsh

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