Friday, August 31, 2012

Pic of the Day

     Botteri’s Sparrow; Peucaca botterii – Madera Canyon, Arizona:  A bird of the Mexican grasslands, the Botteri’s sparrow barely crosses the border into the United States in Texas and Arizona.
In June, while photographing hummingbirds at the Santa Rita Lodge I drove out of the canyon to the Proctor Trailhead parking lot to photograph the sunset. 
     The shoot was a bust, because low lying smoke from nearby forest fires turned the horizon gray.  After the sun had set I packed up my gear and headed back to my car.   As I approached my van a woman who had pulled in the paring lot while I was shooting the sunset called out and asked, “are you taking photos of the Botteri’s,”  I promptly replied “no,”  and feeling ignorant I asked, “what’s a Botteri?”  She then told me about the Botteri’s Sparrow that is found there in the parking lot.  About that time a Botter’s began singing and within seconds I was seeing a Botteri’s in the evening twilight.  It was a lifer for me!  The evening was not a bust after all, though it was too dark for a photograph.
    The next morning I was at the parking lot before sunrise with camera in hand.   As the morning grew lighter the Botteri’s began singing and moving from perch to perch in a grassy area within the confines of the barking lot.  After watching the bird move from perch to perch I was able to find a spot to get the shot.  Not only did I get a lifer, but I got the photograph as well!

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/500 second @ f 5.6, Bean bag used for support

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