Bird altercations over food seems to be a theme lately at the Readers’ Wildlife Photography desk. This contribution comes from (surprise!) reader Stephen Barnard from Idaho. Here are his notes and photos (I’ve added the species names, click photos to enlarge):
The male is an American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) in prebreeding colors, and I think the female is a Goldfinch, too. Female finches of different species look similar. I took this photo from inside my house. There are dozens of birds at my feeders — Goldfinches, Chickadees, House Finches, Eurasian Collared Doves, and (increasingly) Red-winged Blackbirds.
For the technically minded: 500mm, ISO 2000, f/8, 1/8000 sec.
And as lagniappe, a nomming hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus), also from Stephen. Look at that beak and those toes—that’s a drilling machine!