Green-tailed Towhee Singing In A Mountain Canyon

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Green-tailed Towhee on a flowering branch, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahGreen-tailed Towhee on a flowering branch – Nikon D500, f8, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I had fun yesterday morning photographing a male Green-tailed Towhee singing in a mountain canyon, this was a bird I heard before I spotted him perched on a flowering branch.  I had been photographing a pair of American Goldfinches eating dandelion seeds and when they flew off I started driving up the hill, saw this bird and hoped he’d stay on the branch long enough for me to take some photos of him.

Green-tailed Towhee singing on a flowering branch, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahGreen-tailed Towhee singing on a flowering branch – Nikon D500, f8, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The beautiful bird cooperated and I took a nice series of images of him singing away in a beautiful setting. His green tail sure showed up nicely!

Male Green-tailed Towhee singing on a May morning, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahMale Green-tailed Towhee singing on a May morning – Nikon D500, f8, 1/640, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The Green-tailed Towhee stuck so I drove my Jeep up the hill a little bit to get a slightly different angle of light and background. I do wish the out of focus branch at the top left was in the frame but I liked the bird’s pose in this frame and how the light seemed to make the towhee glow against the green background.

I’m delighted that I was able to show my Mom around this mountain canyon yesterday, we had so much fun. I have more photos to share from our last trip up to the mountains another day.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Pepe Forte June 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    God…I just love this series of pics. The muted green of the background richly contrasted by the Towee’s eyes, colors and the textures of the flowering branches. Wonderful. Thanks Mia.

  2. Elephants Child May 25, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    What a considerate stunner.

  3. Patty Chadwick May 25, 2018 at 9:15 am

    These are such joyous images…love them!!! Especially like the second…sounds like you’re having a great vidit with your lucky mom…

  4. Bob mcpherson May 25, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Beautiful photos Mia.

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