Perfect Shot: Bird on a Wire

As an avid birder and amateur wildlife conservation photographer, San Mateo’s Michael Pagano can frequently be found exploring the Peninsula’s natural wonders. While walking Crystal Springs Regional Trail (the section that borders the reservoir and Cañada Road), he spotted a small Savannah sparrow flitting between dry flower heads in an open meadow. “When the sparrow flew off to settle on the barbed wire fence, this is when we had a stare down, as if the bird was saying, ‘Are you looking at me?’” relays Michael, who is always camera-ready. “The ‘Perfect Shot’ presented itself,” he adds. “Snap and gotcha!”

Image by Michael Pagano / @paganografx

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