This African Silverbill is a beautiful but uncooperative bird. She kept ducking behind limbs and was at least partially obscured most of the time. When she did land in the clear, she was always in shadows, but I was able to get this shot.
Peach-faced Yellow Lovebird
The lovebirds were challenging to photograph in the top of a dense canopy and just as hard to identify. The closest ID I could come up with is a young Peach-faced Yellow or an American Yellow Lovebird. Let me know if you can identify it.
Ahead I noticed this Zebra Dove but knew he would fly away as I advanced towards him. I feigned a lack of interest and faced away from him as I approached. When I thought I was in range, I turned and got this shot, surprised he was still there.
The markings and colors on this Gray Francolin are striking. I was thrilled to capture this one in an environment that shows how well it can be camouflaged but had to approach slowly and stop several times to get within camera range.
Male House Sparrow
Initially, I didn't understand why this male House Sparrow was leaning to one side, then I noticed he seems to have lost a leg. He appears to be compensating, but it's got to be difficult.
Non-breeding Adult Cattle Egret
Egrets seem to always be skittish around me, even in Hawaii, so I only got a distant shot of this non-breeding adult Cattle Egret. He kept his distance, and true to form, took off right after this photo.
This male Yellow-billed Cardinal is more related to tanagers than cardinals but is still beautiful with its red head and black throat. He was a super challenge to capture too as he moved from limb to limb quickly and then flew away.
Pacific Golden Plover
I was afraid I would scare off this Pacific Golden Plover as I had to move around a lot to catch it in the warm light. This bird is in non-breeding plumage and amazingly migrates from Hawaii to the Arctic Tundra each spring to breed.
Male Kalij Pheasant
On a hike, my wife mentioned we should look for the Kalij Pheasant. As if on cue, this male stepped onto the trail. I was in shock! I raised my camera, he quickened his step, and I barely got this in-motion photo.
Female Kalij Pheasant
Just as the male Kalij Pheasant disappeared, the female appeared. She wandered slowly looking for food. I approached her carefully and got fairly close. Suddenly she gave out an alarm call and scurried down the path, but it wasn't because of me.
This Mongoose is the culprit that scared off the female Kalij Pheasant. She took one look at him and was gone. The Mongoose didn't pursue her though and paused in dense foliage to check me out. That's when I got this photo, and he too disappeared into the forest.
Guess who was watching the whole scene play out with the pheasants and the mongoose? This little feral cat was just a few feet down the trail, perhaps wondering if he could score lunch.
Black-crowned Night Heron
This Black-crowned Night Heron was motionless in the water. I took this photo and then watched him for about 30 minutes. He caught a couple of tiny minnows, but not enough to keep a bird this size alive, so I can only assume he was snacking.
This Japanese White-eye was another challenging bird to capture. They are fast little acrobats that may be on the top of the limb one second and on the bottom the next as they search for food, usually insects.
Another introduced bird that gets mixed reviews are these Love Birds. While they were cuteness overload for me, some find them noisy, destructive of fruit crops, and buildings as they damage structures nesting under the eaves.
This Common Myna was the 1st bird I photographed in Hawaii. I followed him on frequent short flights, but he was usually in deep shade. I had to reposition myself several times to finally catch him in this midday light filtered through a thinner part of the canopy.
I tried to photograph this Yellow-rumped Warbler, but she was always facing away or too far away. I finally gave up and turned to other birds. I was on my way back to the car when I noticed her facing me, and I got this shot.
When I first saw this Red-shouldered Hawk her back was to me, and she was in dense foliage and poor light. Then she flew over me. I spun around and was stunned to see her land on an open branch and in lovely light.
This Barred Owl was initially facing the other way, so I moved slowly and quietly. However, he soon turned around and was watching me. I quickly got his photo and then moved along. When I looked back, he was still watching me, but never took off.
Carolina Wren Calling
Birds don't look their best when they are molting, but that didn't keep this guy from showing up loud and proud to belt out his song. There is dignity in his stance, and I just hope the other birds were paying attention. I was.
I see more Carolina Chickadees than I post. They seem to gravitate towards poor light, either perching in bright sunlight or deep shade. When this one seemed to be comfortable in this soft light of the interior canopy, I captured this photo.
This Yellow-throated Vireo showed up when I could use a little extra sunshine to brighten my day. I love the way the backlit canopy filters soft green light on the whole scene.
Female House Finch
This female House Finch was following her more colorful mate around. While he was my initial focus, I was impressed by the noble figure she struck, making it clear she was subservient to no one. I particularly like this confident pose.
I found this Spotted Towhee on the ground, but he was facing away from me. I was disappointed when he flew away without me getting a photo, but he soon returned and landed on this branch in the open with his ruby-red eye clearly visible.
Little Blue Heron
This Little Blue Heron landed in a small tree beside a narrow stream. It took him a bit to get a foothold on the tiny branches. When he turned back to check out the water I got this shot in the muted light of the larger canopy.
Male American Kestrel
Although I've seen many American Kestrels, most fly away if I get within 200 feet. But this one stayed rock-steady on the tiny perch, and I got a profile of him warmed in the soft colors of the setting sun with the reflected cool blue of the sky on his back.
During one of my bird walks in Florida, I ran across this pair of Banana Spiders, The female is the larger one and the largest spider in Florida. She can grow to 5" across including legs. You don't always see the small male because she may eat him after mating.
Blue Jay after bathing
I watched this Blue Jay bath in a creek but couldn't get a clear shot. Then he flew up in a tree facing me. He won't win any beauty contests like this, but I think he's cute anyway. I'm pretty sure he wasn't as happy to see me.
The Eastern Kingbird often has preferred perches to watch for intruders or fly out and catch insects in flight. It was almost sunset when I positioned myself near one of those perches and got this photo in the late soft light.
Red-tailed Hawk. Probably a female based on large size.
This large Red-tailed Hawk was perched on a tiny limb. It is probably a female based on her size. I caught her fine-tuning her precarious perch. She eventually abandoned this small limb for a larger branch.
Female Magnolia Warbler
I learned the hard way that migrating birds, like this female Magnolia Warbler, might not be there the next day as they disappeared into the night sky, on their way to the next waypoint of their journey. "I'll come back tomorrow" doesn't work with migrating birds.
Male Orchard Oriole
The female Orchard Oriole's mate was weaving in and out of branches as he fed on insects, but not coming into the clear for a photo. He finally popped out in bright sunlight which brought out his deep colors and fine feather detail in a way shade and shadow might not.
Female Orchard Oriole
Sometimes I see a lone female, but this Orchard Oriole was with her mate. l look around for a mate because it is interesting to see their differences and similarities, often indistinguishable, but sometimes starkly different.
This female Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, like so many other birds, completely ignored me while she was catching something to eat. I've noticed food sometimes trumps caution, often mating does as well.
This Red-headed Woodpecker was reacting to something behind him. As he started to turn back around, he paused to check me out, and I caught him in this fantastic light. It's probably a favored perch as indicated by the tiny scratches in the branch.
I was walking along a narrow ridge trail among small trees when I saw this Yellow-throated Warbler to one side on a lone branch. It may not seem so, but sometimes I struggle to explain the intense joy I feel at seeing something so beautiful, wild, and free.
Western Palm Warbler
This Western Palm Warbler was shy and preferred to hide behind foliage. I followed it along several limbs, and it was always partially obscured. I love the way it's framed between the branches and the light which reveals the warm feather detail.
I was photographing another bird when this White-breasted Nuthatch landed nearby and started foraging up and down the trees around me. He totally ignored me until I pointed the camera at him. Then he paused, gave me this look, and was gone.
I saw a family of Canadian Geese on the bank of a lake and got on the ground about 20 ft away. I inched my way towards the nearest Gosling, getting within 8 ft. When he cocked his head to one side, I was struck by his innocence and curiosity and took this shot.
This Red-tailed Hawk was facing the approaching sunset in an open field on the only post around. He was about 800 feet away when I started slowly towards him. I was mesmerized by the warm colors, his steady gaze, and the light wind rippling through the feathers on his back.
Great Horned Owl
I was coming back from a disappointing afternoon of birding when I saw this Great Horned Owl in a distant tree. I knew I would only get one shot. The light was gone so I used every trick in the photographer's book to get this shot. I was so excited because I see very few owls.
I was surprised to find this Tricolored Heron in cloudy water because there was an alligator nearby. The heron was in low light, but very still, as I photographed him. Later I noticed the surreal reflection of the surrounding vegetation.
I observed a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers fly between a small number of trees and positioned myself in camera-range of a favored perch. I had to wait longer than expected, but that position allowed me to capture both the red belly and red eye.
Male Eastern Bluebird
I saw this male Eastern Bluebird in dappled sunlight, but he was facing away from me, and I didn't want another butt shot. I waited hoping he would turn around and got this shot just as he turned. It wasn't until later I noticed the unusual ivory toenail on his right foot.
Immature Male Baltimore Oriole
As soon as I saw this bird, I started shooting but only got a few shots before he was gone. It is an immature male Baltimore Oriole. I love the colorful patchwork scheme as he comes into his first-year plumage.
The Red-eyed Vireo has been a challenge because he hangs out in the tops of trees. I was able to get this distant shot as he was in a shorter tree and a bit downhill. I love the way he leaned into the light when he sang.