Song Sparrow

It is so nice to be serenaded by the Song Sparrows as Chester and I walk along the Red River.  Now that there are leaves on the trees, I can’t always find them, but this one decided that the top of the tree was the best place to be.  The river behind him makes a nice background to the pictures.

Since he was so co-operative by staying in his spot, I was able to try 3 different zoom levels to get these pictures.  He was a good distance away – but I don’t judge distances well, so I’m not even going to try to guess how far away he was.  I’ll show the pictures re-sized but not cropped and then cropped and re-sized.  I’m just looking at the quality issues when using the zoom to where it stops and then by pushing it a bit more until the full 2nd zoom is reached.

May 26 Song Sparrow 1R
May 26 Song Sparrow 1R

The first picture is exactly how it came out other than being re-sized to fit here.  Just below it has been cropped and re-sized to fit here.  The R at the end of the picture name indicates re-sized and the CR indicates cropped and re-sized.

May 26 Song Sparrow 1CR
May 26 Song Sparrow 1CR

On the first picture only, I also decided to crop it to match the size of the fully zoomed in one to see if the picture would be clearer than the others.  I may have to re-do this entire study using a tripod for the fully zoomed in pictures.  Even using the post to hold the camera steady I found some movement.

May 26 Song Sparrow 1CC
May 26 Song Sparrow 1CC
May 26 Song Sparrow 2R
May 26 Song Sparrow 2R

Zoomed in a little more.

May 26 Song Sparrow 2CR
May 26 Song Sparrow 2CR
May 26 Song Sparrow 3R
May 26 Song Sparrow 3R

Zoomed as far as it would go.

May 26 Song Sparrow 3CR
May 26 Song Sparrow 3CR
May 26 Song Sparrow 4R
May 26 Song Sparrow 4R
May 26 Song Sparrow 4CR
May 26 Song Sparrow 4CR

I was using my Nikon Coolpix with 36x zoom for all these pictures.  I think the first picture is using the 36x and the others are using digital zoom.  I do have a tripod, which should help with getting better pictures using the digital zoom, but I don’t normally take that with me when walking Chester.

So far on Africam today, we have seen Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, Elephant, Waterbuck, Nyala, African Harrier Hawk, Woolly-necked Stork, Zebra, Black Eagle, Impala, Spotted Hyaena and Side-striped Jackal.  It won’t be long now until we get to watch the Cheetah cubs again too.  I’m excited to be able to see them again soon.  Click here to see all the pictures from May 28th.