I made the pilgrimage to Prospect Park a week ago to see the painted bunting, New York's biggest celebrity. Since then, I can't get him out of my mind, so I paid him another visit today. This time, there was a crowd of only five spectators and, at one point, I was even alone with the tiny superstar. This made for a more relaxed experience.
He appears to be eating his way through the park...
He spent a good deal of time munching on the dark seeds that are hanging below him.
So much for table manners!
This seed is almost as big as his eye.
Despite being a blazing rainbow, the bunting is surprisingly well-camouflaged in the foliage. I had a hard time spotting him even after people pointed him out to me.
The day-glo green patch on his back is, for me, the eye-catcher. As he moved around, that bright patch flashed like a fishing lure.
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For more images of this bird, check out the extraordinary photographs by Francois Portmann. They are absolutely stunning.