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Addicted to my Painted Buntings

Another weekend morning, another chance to hang out with my Painted Buntings.  It’s addictive.  This time I placed the feeder to try for flight shots.  I’m still perfecting the technique, but it was so much fun!

Painted Bunting Squabble
Painted Bunting Squabble

I’ll leave it to the reader to imagine the look on my face when I spotted this image on the back of my camera! :)

The birds used a perch near the feeder as a staging area.  Both the greenies and the males seemed to realize they were photogenic..

Painted Bunting Greenie
Painted Bunting Greenie
Painted Bunting (Male)
Painted Bunting (Male)

But the most fun shots were the flight shots.  You prefocus on the feeder and wait for the bird to start flying in.  Luckily the birds don’t mind when I clip their wings…

Incoming Greenie
Incoming Greenie
Painted Bunting in Flight
Painted Bunting in Flight

The greenies also liked a perch of wild grass.  It was covered in seeds, a yummy prospect for a Painted Bunting.

Painted Bunting on Grass
Painted Bunting on Grass

The Painted Buntings were not the only customers at my feeders that morning.  The little Palm Warblers flew in and out, happily calling chip-chip.  One stopped on my perch to show off.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

I had to laugh when the Gray Catbird flew in.  You see, I have a camera pointed at the bird feeders, so that my mom can enjoy my birds as well as her own.  We’re used to peeking at the view from the camera.  Here’s the other view – when the feeder becomes a perch!

Gray Catbird on Camera
Gray Catbird on Camera

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