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painted bunting
Male (naturally, gets the bold colours) painted bunting, the only bird with red underparts and a blue head. Found in southeastern U.S. as well as central US and eastern half of Mexico. Numbers are thought to be diminishing because of habitat loss and the practice of capturing,( in Mexico,) and caging the brilliant bird for sale abroad. This male was photographed in north central Texas using an Olympus 510 DSLR with 400 mm lens. Photo take by Joyce Baxter. July 2009.


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KaneNice find


Voted 10/10

These guys are tough to find. On that note I give you 10, however the Digital Noise in the image is killing me.

Posted Jul 11, 2009 10:54 pm

slowbutsteadyRe: Nice find


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Thanks for the vote, I had to use ISO 800 to keep shutter speed high. Other than sharpening and "smart image fix" in Corel Painter I did not alter anything. The Oly 510 is a 10 MP camera , but the (4/3rd sized) smaller sensor probably shows more noise at 800 ISO than an APS or full framed sensor. If those birds would just hold still I could use a lower ISO! I always enjoy your image contributions. They are some of the very best on SP. Best regards....Charles( and Joyce Baxter )
Posted Jul 12, 2009 1:00 pm

rdmcOne of the most...


Voted 10/10

...beautiful little birds that I have ever seen. I once had one hit my window when I was living in Missouri.... the only time I have ever seen one.

Very nice capture!
Posted Jul 12, 2009 11:14 am

TimBThe colors!


Voted 10/10

Never seen that species before. What a beaut!
Why is it you guys back East get all the colorful birds??
Posted Dec 21, 2010 5:49 pm

slowbutsteadyThanks for vote...


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We did not see this bird this past summer so we were fortunate to have viewed this species at least once. Best regards...
Posted Dec 21, 2010 7:52 pm

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slowbutsteadySubmitted by slowbutsteady
on Jul 11, 2009 10:22 pm

Image ID: 528713
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Object Title: painted bunting

Image Type(s): Wildlife