Sunday, April 23, 2006

Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) - II

I thoroughly enjoy watching the Verdins who come into our backyard in the springtime. They arrive early in the year. I'd never heard of these sweet little birds until I came to Tucson. Sometimes they are quite yellow, sometimes more orange. I spent about twenty minutes one morning recently, trying to get some good shots of this little fellow as he flitted through a large mesquite tree.

I wrote about Verdins in a previous post. In that post, I photographed them with a 100 mm. prime lens (no image stabilization). These were photographed at 300 mm. with an image-stabilized zoom lens.

10 comments:

Jean said...

Ces oiseaux sont adorables !
Quelle simplicité !
J'aime beaucoup ses couleurs !

Jimmy said...

Just beautiful...great shots. I have never seen one of these before.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

Such a beautiful, colorful bird, Pam. Wonderful photographs.

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

How cute... :-)

Endment said...

I love verdins. We first saw them in Sonora, Mexico then in south Texas. Beautiful little birds Wish they visited up here.

Pam in Tucson said...

jean - I agree - they are adorable! I always enjoy spotting them in the trees.

jimmy, rd, cynthia - thanks!

endment - They are lovely. I was thrilled when they first came to our garden.

GrrlScientist said...

that. bird. is. so. cute.

i want a flock for my very own! :)

LauraHinNJ said...

I love the subtle coloration - what pretty little birds!

Cool to see what an IS lens can do.

chiefbiscuit said...

What an earnest-looking little bird - it has the expression of someone on the lookout for a bargain. Love the colours and the pointy beak; the sharp, attentive eyes.

Pam in Tucson said...

hedwig - I learned today from reading the University of Arizona article that it's a "charm" of finches. Do you think it's a flock of verdins?

laura - I do like the IS lens. I know a prime lens would be sharper, but the zoom is working out for me pretty well and I get a couple of extra stops out of the IS. Hope you're enjoying your new camera!

chiefbiscuit - " ... on the lookout for a bargain." That cracks me up! He was certainly working hard getting food while he was modelling for me.