Tufted Titmouse pair

Tufted Titmouse: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — this pair of Tufted Titmice have been with us for several years now, summer and winter, visiting our feeders many times a day. The male is harder to photograph as he spends less time around the feeders. It is not that he comes less often…it is that his raids are fast, and he does not perch anywhere in sight most of the time. I attribute some of his shyness to his unique coloration. It might be just that much harder for an atypical titmouse to survive. His partial melanism is, evidently, not hereditary, as they have raised several broods while we have watched, and all have been normal titmice. Taken from my backyard photo blind. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Both shots: ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

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