Trying to photograph birds is like trying to get a formal portrait of a two-year old! It takes a lot of patience and some old-fashioned good luck. Temper that with a lot of skill, and we see the kinds of pictures being produced by our local birders.
They flew from deeply-shaded areas into bright sunny areas and back again! While conditions for birding this morning were nearly perfect, my pictures are certainly less than perfect.
When the Redstarts would land in an area where my settings might be acceptable, they would hide behind every obstacle in the bush.
No mercy! However, that didn't take anything from the experience. It was exciting to see these new arrivals back and looking so healthy and happy.
However, this little female was more cooperative. One more species of warbler has returned to spend the summer. It is amazing how spry they are considering how far they had to travel to get here. There was no sign of "jet lag."