There are 2 migrations a year and they bring a lot of activity in the birding world.  This week's photo is of a Lincoln's Sparrow that I was fortunately to have perch about 3 meters from me.  I was walking around the Homeless Garden located on the west side of Santa Cruz looking for a Virginia Warbler.  No luck on that bird but I did get this close encounter with Lincoln.  I was set on my minimum settings of 1/640s and f/4.8 and there was enough light to bring the ISO to a very good 500 for the D800.  I was able to take 10 to 15 shots of the bird on the post and the lighting really brought out the colors.  I think the best lighting is when it is overcast because the sun becomes soft, there are very little shadows, and the color really comes out.

 
Photo of the Week 13: Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) EQ: D800 f/2.8 300mm with 1.7x TC    Taken: 10-09-14 9:20 Setting: 500mm, 1/640s, f/4.8, ISO500    Condition: Overcast

Photo of the Week 13: Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)

EQ: D800 f/2.8 300mm with 1.7x TC    Taken: 10-09-14 9:20

Setting: 500mm, 1/640s, f/4.8, ISO500    Condition: Overcast

 

Other more common sparrows in the area were the Golden and White-crowned Sparrows.  Although not a sparrow, a very pleasant surprise was an uncommon Palm Warbler.  The Palm like the Lincoln landed within the focus range of my lens.  I sat down when I saw the guy and it continued to fly catch around me when I was able to capture a very good image of the bird.

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 500mm, 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO900 10-09-14 10:38 Overcast

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)

500mm, 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO900

10-09-14 10:38 Overcast

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 500mm, 1/640, f/4.8, ISO180 10-09-14 9:30 Overcast

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

500mm, 1/640, f/4.8, ISO180

10-09-14 9:30 Overcast

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 500mm, 1/640, f/4.8, ISO450 10-09-14 9:56 Overcast

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)

500mm, 1/640, f/4.8, ISO450

10-09-14 9:56 Overcast

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