Yesterday afternoon I spent some time in the bird blind. It was my first chance to photograph from the blind since adding a new log as a prop. Boy did that thing work out! The birds were all over it. I had more opportunities to shoot than I could manage.
One thing that was super cool was getting to photograph this Yellow Variant House Finch.
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I had never seen one of these birds before so I had to call my resident bird nerd, David Akoubian from Bear Woods Photography. He said he thought it might be a Yellow Variant House Finch, and he was right. After a little Googling, I found out some information about these birds. Apparently the yellow variant is derived from diet. I guess if their diet does not contain a certain carotenoid pigment, it causes more yellow than red coloration. From what I read these birds are more common in Hawaii and the Southwestern US because many of the natural foods in that area lack the necessary carotenoids. I was certainly glad to see him at the feeders. Maybe he will hang around for a while.
Image made with my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens. Camera combo was mounted on a Sirui tripod and PH-20 Gimbal head.