Ring-necked Pheasants (5 Photos)

I realize it’s common for male and female birds of the same species often have different colors, but Ring-necked Pheasants take this to an extreme. A transplant from Asia, the males have an amazing diversity of colors. I think the understated beauty of the hens is highly underrated. Photos taken in April of 2017.DSC_5127DSC_5139

 

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Orchard Orioles (7 Photos)

On a trip to Folly Island, SC I had to get 30 feet off the ground for decent photographs of Orchard Orioles. Once elevated, the yellow and olive female was easy to photograph. She preferred to preen and sun on exposed branches. In the lower right photo, she shows off her specialized tongue, useful in gathering nectar.

The chestnut colored male spent almost all his time hiding in the canopy. When he did finally come into the open, he was so far away the quality of photos suffered. Still, a beautiful bird.

Golden-crowned Kinglet (2 Photos)

golden-crowned-kinglet-2golden-crowned-kinglet-1In the winter Golden-crowned Kinglets are scattered across most of the United States. Seriously. This rather serious looking little monarch is found from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Yet it’s still a truly rare treat to see one, since the kinglets are small and spend a great deal of time amongst tree branches. The above Kinglet was photographed at Magee Marsh along Lake Erie in Ohio.