Today’s featured subject is hot off the presses, but unlike the previous post on the Wood Duck, this one is hot off the “processing” press. The images were actually shot in South Dakota on our way to Yellowstone National Park back in May of 2013. I know, I know I’m running way behind. The good news is the birding competition between my brother Ron and I is accelerating my work in the digital darkroom (he’s cranking out new species in Chicago almost daily and even leaving his car to do it hehehe). In an effort to keep up I present to you the latest entry in my Birding Life List of North America:
Can you see it? The yellow is pretty much a dead giveaway if you happen to actually spot it moving in the branches. The shot above was left in because this was the photography conditions I was fighting just trying to get this specimen in the tin. It really didn’t want to leave the safety of the branches which were making the Beast focus walk all over the place trying to fight through the numerous focus opportunities. I’d shuffle to the left to get a clearer shot, it would move to the right, shuffle back to the right and drop down it would fly up and back left… this ridiculous ballet went on way to long but it looked unique enough of a bird at the time to continue the pursuit. Eventually this flighty bird moved into a less dense area revealing what it was.
Hit the jump to see a few more shots of this cute feathered specimen.