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Painted Bunting loses some paint
Lens: Pentax 300mm F4 Camera: k1 Photo Location: Charleston SC ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/1250s Aperture: F6.3 
Posted By: spflycaster, 06-08-2018, 09:30 AM

I found this pretty painted bunting yesterday splish splashing in the bird bath. Looks like his paint is running But I am sure he does not mind. Its hot out. These birds spend their winters in South America and stay in parts of Florida all year, They come up here to south Carolina and few other southern states(Texas in on) to spend spring and summer for breeding, The male is gorgeous with watercolor feathers and the female is a pale lime green.

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What a fantastic color scheme this bird has . Are these plentiful in your area ? Thanks to you for sharing .
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What a fantastic color scheme this bird has . Are these plentiful in your area ? Thanks to you for sharing .
Yes they are if you know where to go to find them. it helps to know their song and their habitat
They are so pretty sitting on a tree or branch.
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Wonderfully colourful bird this is !
Those sure do not visit us up here !
Great images.

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Yes they are if you know where to go to find them. it helps to know their song and their habitat
They are so pretty sitting on a tree or branch.
They are in dense, shrubby habitats so they are hard to see, except early in the nesting season (May) when the males are singing from exposed perches for long periods of time. Or, if you have a bird bath that they have come to like.

The breeding range is the coastal plain from southern South Carolina to northeast Florida, plus all of Louisiana and Arkansas, parts of Mississippi, Missouri and Kansas, most of Oklahoma and Texas, and northeast Mexico.

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What a colorful bird, well captured, thanks for sharing.
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This is a really pretty coloured bird, thanks for sharing this magnificent photos!
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They are in dense, shrubby habitats so they are hard to see, except early in the nesting season (May) when the males are singing from exposed perches for long periods of time. Or, if you have a bird bath that they have come to like.

The breeding range is the coastal plain from southern South Carolina to northeast Florida, plus all of Louisiana and Arkansas, parts of Mississippi, Missouri and Kansas, most of Oklahoma and Texas, and northeast Mexico.
They also come to feeders with millet. I keep mine close to their favorite habitat, dense shrubs and trees. I have not had a hard time spotting them as long as they are singing close by. I have also noticed that they are easier to see when they are on the ground foraging for food for the nestlings and fledglings. Thank you for the breeding range and the info I neglected to offer. .

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A very good series.
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Great shots of a very colorful bird. Thanks for sharing the photos and info.
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Lovely subject and great shots!
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They also come to feeders with millet. I keep mine close to their favorite habitat, dense shrubs and trees. I have not had a hard time spotting them as long as they are singing close by. I have also noticed that they are easier to see when they are on the ground foraging for food for the nestlings and fledglings. Thank you for the breeding range and the info I neglected to offer. .
I didn`t know that Passerina buntings like millet, because I live in a place that is devoid of Passerina buntings, except for the odd. vagrant Indigo Bunting. I put out white millet to attract sparrows, so it`s useful to know that if a mega-rare Painted Bunting shows up, the millet will keep it coming to the feeder.
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QuoteOriginally posted by spflycaster Quote
I found this pretty painted bunting yesterday splish splashing in the bird bath. Looks like his paint is running But I am sure he does not mind. Its hot out. These birds spend their winters in South America and stay in parts of Florida all year, They come up here to south Carolina and few other southern states(Texas in on) to spend spring and summer for breeding, The male is gorgeous with watercolor feathers and the female is a pale lime green.
I like the way you caught flying drops of water in the first picture!

I wish we'd had a birdbath when we lived in Kansas.
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