The Painted Buntings are easy to find at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, but are difficult for me to photograph. Most of the time I will see them on the road in front of my vehicle. They will even let me get close if I stay in my vehicle, but I can't photograph them if they are directly in front of my pickup. When they fly it seems like they will land in a spot that is thick with cover and I am not able to get a photo I like.
I have been taking hundreds of photos of these birds this summer and the photo below is the best I can do so far. I will keep trying and hopefully I will photograph one on a perch that I like.
Painted Bunting - 070217-9126Painted Bunting - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma
Painted Bunting Facts
- The bright plumage of the male only comes in the second year of life; in the first year they can only be distinguished from the female by close inspection.
- Its colors, dark blue head, green back, red rump, and underparts, make it extremely easy to identify, but it can still be difficult to spot since it often skulks in foliage even when it is singing.
- It is found in thickets, woodland edges with riparian thickets, shrubbery and brushy areas.
- It is often found along roadsides and in suburban areas, and in gardens with dense, shrubby vegetation.
- Painted Buntings are shy, secretive and often difficult to observe for the human eye, though can be fairly approachable where habituated to bird feeders.
- Painted buntings often feed by hopping along the ground, cautiously stopping every few moments to look around. (Wikipedia)