A Special Summer Bird

After a week and a half on the road, for art shows and some nature photography, I’m now back home. I’ve got some interesting images to post, so today I’ll start with a beautifully-colored bird.

While in the Wichita Mountains the other day, I stopped by one of the picnic areas for a quick lunch. While enjoying a snack, a male Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) flew directly overhead, on a low branch of the tree I was sitting under. Of course, my camera was still in the truck! But since this little beauty seemed to not really care that I was nearby, I walked out to the truck and grabbed my camera. Still being quite cooperative, I was able to grab quite a few images, including one with his lunch!

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

The Summer Tanager is within it’s normal summer range at home, but it is extremely rare for me to see one. One of the reasons is that this bird usually hangs out towards the top of the tree canopy, except when flying out to grab an insect on the fly. So I was quite happy to have this little guy hang around for a while.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6, IS lens, shot at 390-400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. to 1/400 sec.



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  • Scott

    Wow. Fantastic bird. Nice of him to stick around so you could get some great shots.

  • Thanks, Scott, and yes, it was very gracious of this beauty to let me grab some closeup images! :o)