Monday, December 14, 2015

More of the painted bunting

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.

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

He appears to be eating his way through the park...

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

He spent a good deal of time munching on the dark seeds that are hanging below him.

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

So much for table manners!

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

This seed is almost as big as his eye.

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

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.

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

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.

Painted bunting in Prospect Park

See more photos here.

For more images of this bird, check out the extraordinary photographs by Francois Portmann.  They are absolutely stunning.

Previously.