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Colorful Painted Bunting at Eco Pond
Photographer: Fred Wasmer
Location: Everglades National Park, Florida
While on a trip to Everglades National Park, I came across this colorful male Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) feeding in a shrub patch bordering Eco Pond. On his beak, you can see bits of the flowers he's been eating. I like the way the out-of-focus vegetation in the foreground gives this photo a dream-like air. This bunting was flitting rapidly about in the dense vegetation, and the only way I could keep up with him was by hand-holding the heavy D800 and 200-400mm f/4 lens. My arms were sore for the next few days after that workout.
Digital Alterations: 
Only standard changes to tone, contrast, and color were performed. Note that no digital blurring or vignetting was used to obtain the soft cloud-like effect surrounding the bird; that effect was obtained by including out-of-focus foreground vegetation in the shot.
Camera Information: Nikon D800 with 200-400mm f/4 lens
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