Male Yellow-faced Grassquit

On the way between our first and second lodges, we went through some ranching country and encountered a pair of these. I posted the Male as the main image, solely because his facial decorations are so cool. The female was collecting cow hairs from the barbed wire for her nest, which I thought was really neat behavior.

Specific Feedback Requested

Anything. The image of the female pulling hairs from the barbed wire is included as informational. It was taken through some weeds and her angle wasn’t good, but I wanted to include the behavior.

Technical Details

Sony A1, FE 200-600 + 1.4 TC @ 840 mm, handheld (it was on the other side of the car so I had to get out to shoot). F/9, 1/640, iso 1600, manual exposure. Processed in LR & PS CC. These were all pretty substantial crops, though there would be enough left to make an 8x10 at 300 dpi from any of them. Taken at 9:32 AM on April 18th.

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This is very cool. The head-on view is wonderful and your depth of field is perfect. I’m not so sure you don’t have a little bit of a green cast in the black plumage but this could be normal. The barbed works really well as a perch here.

I just love face on photos of birds, and this is really a treat! Those markings make him look like he is a bad dude. Gathering cow hair of the fence is a pretty good behavior to capture. All good images.

I like the first shot for the great stare he’s giving you, but prefer the background on your second shot. Interesting adaptive behavior.

Cool – very nice images showing the behavior.

Hi Dennis
That’s one bad on ombre, the head-on look, yellow x crossing, eye contact and bob-wire, assures us he is the top bird.

Dennis, the facial colorings of the head on view mimic the barbed wire quite nicely. Very cool shot. I like the color and pose of the first shot and the background of the second. Awesome.

Hi Dennis, great head on look especially with the yellow on the head accenting the stare. Nice sharpness too. Well done.

Nice series, the first image with the intent look beging my favourite ! Great work. Hans