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