Northern Cardinals are popular in America, honored as the state bird in seven states. These photos were taken with a friend at the base of Tonto National Monument near Globe, AZ. We agreed they were the most uniquely colored Cardinals we had ever seen, different from the Cardinals in the Midwest. This male was photographed on a cloudy day. I’m guessing it has something to do with minerals absorbed into plants.
These adult Trumpeter Swans and cygnet were photographed at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in October of 2017.
Brown-headed Cowbirds sunning on a pasture fence somewhere in rural South Dakota.
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.
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.
A Snowy Egret goes shrimping in a marsh on Folly Island in South Carolina. This was one of those “hurry, park the car, grab the camera” photo shoots. The kind where you, well, don’t check the settings on the camera. Lets just say I really didn’t need ISO 3200…
The above young Double-crested Cormorants are with a parent. Soon the adolescent cormorants will join the small flock seen below, called a “creche.”