Buntings of the Concho Valley


I have spent these cold days at the computer, re-editing some older images that I had made several years ago.  Since my post-editing has improved with newer software, I thought that I would post some of those older photos again.  Of course, my favorite of the buntings here in west Texas has to be the Painted Bunting.  Truly, a bird that has colors, that on close examination, appears to be hand-painted by the Man upstairs himself.  There are even smeared spots that it looks like He got a bit “outside the lines”.

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting - singing from the highest treetops.

Painted Bunting – singing from the highest treetops.

Painted Bunting - bath time.

Painted Bunting – bath time.

Painted Bunting - female of the species.

Painted Bunting – female of the species.

Equally pretty, is the the Lazuli Bunting.  This one photographed at the Hummer House Bird Refuge at Christoval, Texas.

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Then we can’t forget the Indigo Bunting.  This one seems to be enjoying a shower under an artificial mister.  Photographed at the same location.

Indigo Bunting - bath time

Indigo Bunting – shower time

Below we have the Lark Bunting.  This specie is actually in the sparrow family, a Calamospiza, where the other buntings are Passerinas.  I have included it simply because of the name.  This is an adult winter male.  The summer adult male is black except for the white flashings on the wings.

Lark Bunting - adult winter male

Lark Bunting – adult winter male

Lark Bunting - adult winter male

Lark Bunting – adult winter male

There is another bunting in west Texas that I have yet to see or photograph, and that is the Varied Bunting.  I hope to get an image of it this year and you will be the first to know.  I hope you have enjoyed these.  Just click on any of them to see some nice enlargements.

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The Gorgeous Painted Buntings


I had the Lazuli Buntings yesterday in my post.  It got such great reviews I decided to do another post about my favorite of all, the Painted Bunting, (Passerina ciris).  This bird to me is the most beautiful thing I had ever seen here in west Texas.  For what reason, I do not know.  Maybe because it looks, and you will agree, like it was hand-painted.  You just need to look at the various colored feathers.

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting - female

Painted Bunting singing in tree top

Painted Bunting - bathing

I am not going to bother you with all of the EXIF data today.  Just sit back and enjoy the images.  I will say that all of them were captured at the Hummer House Nature Retreat at Christoval, Texas.  I had described the viewing area there in yesterdays post about the Lazuli Buntings.

I sincerely hope that all you do enjoy my photographs.  Click on any of the images to see an enlargement.