Friday, April 3, 2009

Indigo and Painted Buntings

I was finally able to get a fairly good picture of one of the Indigo Buntings, that come to the feeder each day. They are a bit more skittish than the Painted Buntings. The feeders are just outside my computer room window, so any movement can be seen and they are usually gone by the time I get the camera. Today I set up a “blind” by hanging a sheet on the blinds to block my movement. I am also taking pictures thru a window screen so I have to have the lens almost touching it to force it to focus on the subject instead of the screen. I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the pictures.  I am using a Kodak Easy Share Z712 IS.  Not and expensive camera.

These are not of the same bird.  Look closely at the top of the head…The Indigo in the top picture has no brown on the top of his head.  I knew they were not the same bird, because one was feeding while I snapped a couple of pictures then the next one flew in, chasing the first away.

4.2.09 d 031c  4.2.09c 011c

4.2.09 d 033cWhen they get their full color they will be as beautiful as that patch of bright blue on his wing. Scroll to the bottom and you will see one sitting on a feeder with a male Painted Bunting and a Green. 

Each day the Painted Buntings get more beautiful…4.2.09a 006b You can see the differences in their colors on the backs.4.2.09a 019 c This green has a lot of yellow on the underside. 4.2.09 d 021c My camera has a long delay when you click the picture….and I ended up with this shot.4.2.09 d 016c But it shows how much yellow there is.


  1. Oh, what I wouldn't do to ever get a painted bunting! Lucky you!

  2. Hi, this is my first visit to your blog. Thanks for taking the time to post and share such lovely photos! I am envious- you have Painted Buntings- that is one (of many) birds that have eluded my life birding list. They are beautiful! Great capture!


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