Lifer at Reifel: Harris’s Sparrow

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Today features the first of several photos taken on December 21, 2014, during the Christmas Bird Count at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC, Canada.

The photo above shows a first winter Harris’s Sparrow, a species I had never seen before, let alone photographed. Although it is not a great photo and had to be seriously cropped, I decided to publish it nonetheless, because I was glad to get any picture of this bird.

Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 1600, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/250). Not baited, called in or set up (but there were bird feeders nearby).

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