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Savannah Sparrow on a Wooden Fence Rail

Savannah Sparrows seem to be fairly abundant this spring compared to past years. This one posed on a wooden fence rail as he looked for insects in a farmer's field near Lake Laberge. I'm not sure how much luck he had, as it was unusually cold and trying to snow, not exactly perfect conditions for finding insects.

 

I'm really liking my new D5100 camera, same incredible sensor as my D7000, but very small and light, perfect for getting about when doing wildlife photography. DXOMark rates image quality for this dx-format (crop) sensor about the same as the new Canon 5D Mark iii full-frame, a large "pro" camera that costs nearly 7 times as much. I cropped this about 50% and applied minimal sharpening. Check the fine feather detail and the dynamic range using large view. With my D60 and most other cameras, in a photo like this, the whites would be close to blown-out in the breast.

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Taken on May 4, 2012