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.
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.
Nikon D800 with 200-400mm f/4 lens