Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

Hiking in the Kishwaukee Forest Preserve, I heard an unfamiliar bird call, that sounded at first like a Robin, but I knew wasn't.  I spotted the bird high in a tree close to the hiking trail, but until I zoomed in on it and focussed it in my viewfinder, I wasn't sure what it was. As soon as I spotted the red triangle on the breast, I knew it was a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak - below (5/15/10).

A week later I thought I'd try finding it again, and sure enough I was lucky enough to photograph both the female (top below - 5/22/10) and the male (bottom). I was able to get sharper photographs this time round.


Sherrie said...

Hi John,
I've come over from Val's place to look at your birds. You have some awesome shots! This is a very colorful bird. Have a great day!


Chesney said...

Pure luck to get both a female and male - and what sharp images! That male is a beauty!