A post to Sky Watch Friday, and Camera Critters.
|Reflections on the lower end.|
|Looking North with the sun in the background.|
|Single sun in the water.|
|Sun climbing over the ridge.|
Well with all that magic, let's look at this Purple Finch. All the information that I'm going to give you comes from www. birds. Cornell edu/. But any Google will give you numerous sites to check out, which I did. There are two conditions that relate to the genetic inability to distribute melanin normally. The first is Albinistic, commonly called an Albino. In this case the bird would be white with pink eyes.
The second is Leucism, a genetic defect which prevents melanin from being distributed normally.
The bird in the opposite photo has some colour, and I think has brown eyes. So it would be Leucistic. I think it is a female purple finch. I included some photos of males and females below.
A side view. The other purple finch treat this one normally, although they may be more vulnerable to predators because of a lack of camouflage.
|Normal Male Purple Finch turning red.|
|Side view same.|
|Female Purple Finch.|
|Hairy Woodpecker peeking at me.|
|A friendly Raven.|
|Canada Geese on the ground.|
|Canada Geese in flight.|
|Chestnut-sided Warbler- note the light brown stripes, a female or an immature.|
|Female Common Yellow Throat.|
|Now She's in a flutter.|
I took these shots on the west side of the River. I'm quite proud that I didn't spook this one.
|GBH on a beaver lodge.|
|Fireweed in seed.|