Painted Bunting – Juvenile
August 25, 2013
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Photographing migrants last spring someone said, “Painted Bunting.” That perked me up and I think I was the only one not taking pictures. Looking everywhere, I couldn’t imagine missing such a beautifully colored bird. After asking where, someone pointed. Ok, only one bird in that location. I must have been color blind but I was going to take some pictures anyway. That’s when I heard the word juvenile. I’ve learned the young males will remain green until the fall of their second year. You can’t miss them after they molt into their new colors. The following is a young juvenile male bathing after his long migrating flight.
Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 1600
As suggested from good friend Doug Haass I cloned out the two bright spots above the beak. Thanks Doug, much better. I also adjusted the horizon. That is one of the first things I check but this one slipped by. I need to slow down and get some rest. 🙂 A good lesson.