American Tree Sparrow, Mississippi River, Hawkeye Marina, Mud Lake, Iowa ---------

I know, I know, I had a photo of an American Tree Sparrow in my blog less than two weeks ago! But how could I resist? It was very windy and cold today, the air was “crisp” and clear and as a result we had great light, at least in my books. Down at the Mississippi River I counted 8 different species of ducks, Hooded and Common Mergansers, lots of American Coots, and a number of Pied-billed Grebes. But it was just before the sun disappeared behind the rocky bluffs that border the river valley, when the great light turned into “killer light”. At that time I focussed on a grove of American Tree Sparrows who searched for food between the driftwood and seemed to enjoy the last rays of sun for the day.

Nikon D750, Sigma 150-600mm / f5-6.3 DG OS HSM S, @ 600 mm (DX mode), 1/800 s, f/6.3, ISO200