2022—Tiny Bird

It felt like I was back at Magee Marsh, trying to photograph tiny birds hidden in the dense foliage. Instead, I was in my own backyard, trying to photograph tiny birds hidden in the dense foliage. The Bushtits, tiny, gregarious, constantly twittering songbirds that move in flocks are among my favorite garden birds. They almost always tolerate my presence as they swoop in once or twice a day to bathe on the millstone fountain. Although they leave if I move toward them, if I sit very still, I can see the branches move slightly and soon, one by one, they return to the top of the millstone. It is rare, however, that I manage to photograph them in the surrounding branches because they move so quickly. Maybe my recent practice at Magee Marsh paid off. This male Bushtit (the eyes of the males are dark while the female’s eyes have a yellow cornea) is waiting to return to the fountain. He’s drenched from a previous splash.