Purple Finch, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — There is a poem that goes with this.
I am here to celebrate my first good shots
of full male Purple Finch. It dropped by
the feeders in front of the blind this after-
noon while I was out waiting for the supper
chili to cook and watching for whatever
birds might favor me with their presence.
And such a presence! We have had two
females right along, and a first year male
just coming into its first blush of color these
last few days, but the male has been scarce…
two sightings in bad light on the deck feeders
and a few photos through the thermal glass,
but this male was right there, 10 feet in
front of me, at the feeder in its full royal
plumage…purple so rich it glows, almost
red when it perched higher in the pine in
the late day sun. Such a treat. And a great
relief. I had begun to think I would have
to wait for our first year male to purple up.
Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. I shifted the focus point to the upper third of the view to make sure the head was in focus at this close distance. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.