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.
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.
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