|American Goldfinch, Carduelis tristis; Horse Cove, Alabama|
Back in March the American Goldfinches that wintered here in Horse Cove headed north on their spring migration. They were just molting into their breeding plumage when they left, so I missed their turn from olive green to yellow. Over the last week numerous goldfinches have shown up at my feeder in their brilliant yellow plumage and they are just beautiful. I caught this fellow as he landed on a branch before flying to one of my sunflower seed feeders. The light, the bird and the plumage were just perfect. Just the way I like it!
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/50 second @ f5, ISO 800