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Grasshopper sparrow        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Characteristic residents of grassy fields, grasshopper sparrows are sometimes hard to see, but their buzzing high-pitched insect-like song often reveals their presence.   They have a complex pattern on the back, a clear buffy breast, and a notably 'flat' head profile.  These were photographed at the Santa Rosa Plateau near Temecula, California, Manhattan, Kansas, Desert Center, California, the Pawnee Grassland in northern Colorado, and at Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana.

  • Canon 10D, 1D3, or 1D4; 500 mm IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm lens plus 1.4X converter (2004, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014)