Le Conte's Sparrow
Ammodramus leconteii
The Le Conte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii) breeds in wet grassy meadows and fields across a large portion of the northern Great Plains. It winters in the southeastern United States west to east Texas. The first two photos at right of a wintering bird were taken at Brazoria N.W.R., Brazoria Co., Texas in December, 1991, with a hand-held Canon T-90 and a FD 400 mm F 4.5 lens with a 1.4X extender (mounted on a BushHawk shoulder mount) on Kodachrome 64. A Fresnel flash was also used. It was a cloudy, overcast day and the flash only illuminated the bird, so the background is quite dark. This attractive sparrow can be a very common wintering species in parts of coastal and east Texas, but it can be hard to get a good look at.
This photo was taken in November, 1996, along the edge of Lake Bob Sandlin in Titus Co., Texas with a tripod-mounted Canon T-90 and Sigma 500mm F 4.5 lens with a 1.4X extender on Kodachrome 64 with available light. The bright orange face of this species is quite evident in this shot.
The next two Le Conte's Sparrow images were taken near Eagle Lake, Colorado Co., Texas, in December, 2006, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.