David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Painted Bunting – Juvenile

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.


8 responses to “Painted Bunting – Juvenile

  1. Doug Haass August 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Okay, this is one sweet shot David. I like everything about it; with a minor exception. I would consider burning in, cloning out or using the patch tool in Photoshop to eliminate the two bright spots above the beak and head. I think it would make this shot perfect.

  2. Doug Haass August 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Yeah, I think that makes all the difference. All I see now is the sharp detail, texture and color on the bird and then all the other elements of the photo. I was so tuned in on the bright spots that I missed the horizon. Great job.

  3. lylekrahn August 26, 2013 at 1:39 am

    All freshened up in the water. Beautiful.

  4. Doug Haass August 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    The other thing I forgot to mention: most people have photos of adult Painted Buntings, I’ve seen very few photos of the juveniles. I think it’s a great catch.

  5. Tim Timmis August 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    That’s a very cool shot David. Not sure that I’ve ever seen a juvenile. Good work. Agree with Doug’s suggestions. The updated shot looks better.

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