Welcome to day 243 of 365 photos…this Painted Bunting is NOT a photo that I took today. I actually took it earlier this summer and didn’t post it on the site although I did post it on Facebook. It is one of my most favorite photos and I thought I would share it again. Sorry, if you have already seen it. As you may have already figured out, I did not take a photo today. I just had one of those days!
I had never seen a Painted Bunting before this summer and they are a sight to behold. This guy was on a feeder in the park at Cedar Point Tideland Trail. He was looking at this bolt on the feeder bracket like he was saying “What the heck is that”?Camera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm
Focal Length: 360mm – Aperture: f/8 – Shutter Speed: 1/800 second – ISO: 1600
So what does a Painted Bunting eat? From allaboutbirds.org: “Painted Buntings eat seeds for most of the year, switching to mostly insects in the breeding season. They forage on the ground for seeds of bristle grass, pigweed, wood sorrel, spurge, panic grass, St. John’s wort, sedge, dock, pine, rose, wheat, or fig. They may fly up to grab a plant stem and drag it to the ground, holding it in place with one foot while eating the seeds. During the breeding season they catch grasshoppers, weevils and other beetles, caterpillars, bugs, spiders, snails, wasps, and flies. In addition to ground foraging, in the breeding season they also forage in marshes and in trees, sometimes over 30 feet off the ground. The buntings may pull invertebrates from spiderwebs, or even dive straight through a web to steal a spider’s prey“.
I’m not sure if these guys are still around or if they have already migrated. It has been WAY to hot for me to walk lately.
Just to let you know that I wasn’t entirely on break with my photo a day project. Last night there was a full moon. At this time of year, the full moon is called a Harvest Moon. The photo turned out pretty good especially when I added a sepia tone to it but when you look at the photos of the moon that other folks have taken with planes, birds, trees and buildings silhouetted, well, mine looks pretty blah! Just to show that I am not totally a slacker, here is my moon photo. I am kind of proud that I hand-held the camera to take this.Camera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm – Manual Mode
Focal Length: 400mm – Aperture: f/5.6 – Shutter Speed: 1/100 second – ISO: 100
Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.
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