Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass

Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass

Before I came to this area I knew nothing about these birds. They are actually part of the Cardinal family. This is the one small bird I do work to photograph.

These fairly common finches breed in the coastal Southeast and in the south-central U.S., where they often come to feeders. They are often caught and sold illegally as cage birds, particularly in Mexico and the Caribbean, a practice that puts pressure on their breeding populations.

Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass
Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass

After you have seen one male you always look around to see another. Stunning birds.

Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass
Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass

And as to be expected, they are shy.

The small bird photographers will wait by sunflower fields for them. That is a spectacular image. I have never photographed one on a sunflower.

Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass
Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass
Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass
Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass

12 thoughts on “Painted Bunting On The Marsh Grass”

    1. Thank you. They are common around here this time of year. I just never see them. People have them in their backyard. Me, I only see them in this marsh grass, 4 miles out into an old plantation rice field. Not my ‘white whale’ but close to it. πŸ™‚

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    1. Not to the mid-Atlantic, unfortunately. 😦 I’ve seen them in flight in SC and FL, but each time and every time I was caught off guard. The shots you and Ellen got are beautiful, with him sitting still so pretty!

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