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Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (Tyrannus forficatus) - Arkansas
These two males were busy scouting the field for bugs. The one on the left is returning with a moth, while the other turned his head, seeming a bit annoyed by the others success!

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Painted Bunting (Male) - Arkansas
I headed out this morning to determine whether or not a bird I photographed yesterday was a female Painted Bunting. After a few minutes, I saw the bird I was looking for and following right behind was her boyfriend! No mistaking the male and now I know for sure that the bird in question is the female!

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Northern Bobwhite (Male) - Arkansas
An uncommon  behavior for this common North American bird! I was pleasantly surprised by this guy's willingness to pose for the camera, especially out in the open. They usually stay in the tall grass, venturing along the edge of the grass line when foraging for food. At the first sign of danger, they take to flight or run for cover.

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EDIT:FEMALE PAINTED BUNTING
Went back this morning and found her... with her boyfriend!
Indigo OR Painted Bunting??? - Arkansas   
I'm not sure if this is a juvenile or a molting female? It looks like a juvenile to me. I can still see part of the yellow coloring at the corner of the bill and the area around the head and neck looks like its still missing some feathers. But, there's a feather about to fall off (above the tail) which seems odd for a juvenile.  I wasn't sure which Bunting... the green color on the wings and yellow on the head made me say Painted but the beak looks like an Indigo!
So, thoughts???


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Eastern Towhee - Arkansas

I wish the bird would have perched in the open but sometimes you just have to take what you can get... and with this species, this is the best I've been able to get!

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Orchard Oriole (Juvenile, Male) - Arkansas

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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Arkansas
I watched this beautiful male for over an hour as he caught a variety of insects. In this shot, he has a bee in his beak.

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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Arkansas

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American Robin - Arkansas
What to do when the bird is so close that it won't fit in the frame? Crop in for a close-up!

I really like the starburst catchlight in the eye and the fact that it is singing, too. Both add some interest to the image and personality to the bird.

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Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) - Arkansas

Brown-headed Cowbirds are smallish blackbirds, with a shorter tail and thicker head than most other blackbirds. Male Brown-headed Cowbirds have glossy black plumage and a rich brown head that often looks black in poor lighting or at distance. Female Brown-headed Cowbirds are plain brown birds, lightest on the head and underparts, with fine streaking on the belly and a dark eye.

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