I knew he'd come back! I wonder if this is the same bird who visited last year? I'm surrounded by tall trees, he was way up there. I told you I need a long lens to get these distant bird-shots, but this will have to do.
It looks nearly like he has a mouthful of feathers, but I think that's just his collared ruff fluffed up a bit. It was pretty funny, I'd been outside for something else but had heard some interesting bird sounds and went inside to get my binocs. When I came back outside it was all quiet. Hmmmmmm... I looked high and for unusually big bumps in the silhouette of tree branches and sure enough, I spotted him.
He let me watch awhile, I went elsewhere in the yard and tried to find other birds…to no avail. Finally I went in and got my little camera and tried for some shots of the pretty guy. I have discovered it is best to NOT try for a digital zoom, but rather a high-quality and large-format shot that I can then crop. Even so, the camera struggled for a good photo in the declining light and distant subject.
Still, it’s always exciting to find such a grand bird. And he's my October bird Number 21.