American Redstart, male, with a Loblolly Bay tree. Continuing
the planned series of watercolors based on photos
I took of birds in my backyard. I have a dozen types of
warblers that I plan to paint first, moving on to woodpeckers,
flycatcher, hawks, wrens, etc. The warblers passed through on
spring migration about 3 years back. The flight path moves
around with weather and we got lucky one year and it lasted for
several weeks. I took a lot of pictures, and some are pretty
decent but a lot aren't because they're very difficult to shoot.
They're small, always moving, and hunting for insects invariably in
the shadows of trees. What's fascinating about them is each
type has its own distinct behavior. The redstart flares its
colorful tail. The ovenbird unpretentiously walks (not hops)
around the forest ground. The black and white creeps around on
the bark of trees.