This little guy had been teasing me for over two years. He seems to live around the rock retaining wall near the trash cans. Of course I don't take my camera when I am taking out the trash and when I would go out with my camera he was never around. Finally, bird and camera were both in the same place.
If you enlarge this you can see the texture in the feathers. It was well worth the wait.
I see quail in my yard almost every day and have many images but this, I think is my best. I'm not sure it can be improved on
Not a common backyard visitor but on a recent rainy day I spotted this solitary turkey just beyond my yard. You might notice raindrops were falling on her head, mine too for that matter. She was a wet hen but didn't seem to be a mad one.
Turkeys are usually in flocks but this was the second time I've seen this one out by herself.
One of the most challanging things about photographing the tree swallow is its eyes. Those black eyes tend to disappear into the dark blue green of the feathers. I took dozens of images trying to get a highlight in the eye.
I had some better poses and backgrounds but they lacked the nice highlights of this image.
You can find more birds at World Bird Wednesday, hosted for us by Springman