A young Eastern Bluebird intently watches for movement on the ground at Glacier Ridge Metro Park in central Ohio.
In mid-August, a female American Goldfinch collects thistledown to build her next near a creek in central Ohio.
Goldfinches are among the last birds to raise a brood in the American midwest, largely because they rely on mildewed and thistle as nesting materials.
This young Song Sparrow is drying out from a morning bath.
Brown Pelicans fly in the famous “roller” formation off Folly Island, SC.
It can’t be easy, preening with a Great Blue Heron’s beak. Yet this Great Blue took a moment for a feather adjustment on the Little Pigeon River in Sevierville, TN.
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.