Savannah Sparrows on Teazle
This is one of five images I submitted to the Ridgefield NWR photo contest in 2009. Of the five images this one placed (final placement not known as this was uploaded).
The Savannah Sparrows at the reserve generally prefer the grassy areas over trees and shrubs and it's common to find them feeding at the edge of the grass or perched on teazle like they are in this image. Their distinctive mark is a yellow patch/streak above their eyes. I was chatting with another photographer as we stood outside of our vehicles on the auto tour route at the reserve when these two sparrows flew in close enough for me to quickly capture them as seen. They didn't stay long but long enough to get this shot, which turned out great (pleasing background blur and color, with good separation between background and subject, properly exposed, and shows their typical habitat).
A matted sample of this image is in the Framing/Matting Samples Gallery