Rose-brested Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus; Male (top), Female (bottom):
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
I shot these beautiful Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in my backyard this after noon. Grosbeaks have been moving through my area in North Alabama for almost two weeks now. A few days ago the females began to arrive. The males are always the first to arrive, but I have dozens of male and females at my feeders today. I love it when these birds arrive, and I hate to see them go. I always look forward to fall when they return.
Top: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/50 second @ f/11
Bottom: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/100 second @ f/9