Red Breasted House Finch And His Mate
by Michelle Adkins
Male and Female House Finches
Our Sunday evening stroll through the park revealed surprising bird picture opportunity. I was enjoying my new camera taking pictures of the family on our evening stroll.
Then I noticed two birds on a wire. They appeared at first to be kissing. Their markings revealed it to be a male and a female.
The male was looking away when I aimed my camera in their direction. But just as I clicked the shutter he turned as if to show his best side.
A little research revealed these birds to be members of the House Finch family. At first I thought they were wrens because their shape is similar.
But according to pictures and information at The Cornell Lab of Ornethology, these birds are recent introductions from western into North America and Hawaii.
You can recognize the male by his shining red head and their long twittering song. Word has it they like bird feeders.
They are noted for making frequent visits to city parks, neighborhood back yards and forest edges among other places.
I took this bird picture with a Fugifilm, finepix s8630, 36 x zoom, 16m pixels camera.
I had a blast trying out my new camera and enjoyed capturing this couple on a wire.
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