Henslow's Sparrow
Ammodramus henslowii
The Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) breeds in the eastern Midwest in brushy meadows and grassy fields. It is considered to be a species which is in decline due to habitat loss. It winters in the southeastern United States west to east Texas. The photo at right of a wintering bird was taken at Brazoria N.W.R., Brazoria Co., Texas in December, 1991 with a hand-held (on a BushHawk shoulder mount) Canon T-90 and a FD 400 mm F/4.5 lens with a 1.4X extender on Kodachrome 64. A Fresnel flash was also used. The middle photo, which shows another individual, was taken at Jones Creek, Brazoria Co., Texas in December 1990, with the same equipment, but on Kodachrome 200 with available light. Finally, the bottom two photos were digital captures at Peach Point W.M.A. in Brazoria Co., Texas in December, 2002. These two images were taken with a Canon D60 and EF 300 mm F/4 lens with a 1.4X extender.
The next 5 shots show late summer Henslow's Sparrows from the Woodbury Wildlife Area, Coshocton Co., Ohio, in July, 2009. The first of the 5 images shows a juvenile bird, while the next 4 shots show a scruffy looking adult well into its post-breeding moult. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 50D and an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.