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Swamp sparrow        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Swamp sparrows are common inhabitants of swamps, marshes, and other wet places across much of North America.  One of these birds (on the cattail) was breeding in a marsh in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba; the others were wintering in southeastern Arizona or San Jacinto Wildlife Area in southern California.   Most were in thick brush and didn't permit close approach, but one was fairly acommodating.

  • Canon 10D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS + 1.4X converter or 800 mm IS + 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2006, 2011, 2014, 2017)
  • Canon EOS1v, 500 mm f4 IS + 2X converter, Elite Chrome Extra Color with electronic flash (2003)