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Let’s face it: 2020 sucked. I thought that I’d kick off 2021 with something cheerful. This little Vermilion Flycatcher seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
I’ve been acquainted with this flycatcher for about three years. He patrols a territory adjacent to a pond in one of our local parks and is as reliable a photography subject as any I’ve encountered.
The park is popular with dog walkers. It has tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and walking paths. There is heavy human traffic in this park. The little flycatcher, obviously, has become inured to humans’ presence and doesn’t see people as a threat. Consequently, he is extremely approachable. He glows like a red jewel on a sunny morning.
I made all of these images one morning a few weeks ago. I simply strolled around the park, following the flycatcher as he made his rounds, photographing him as he perched in various settings.
The Vermilion Flycatcher, who I think of almost as a friend, and certainly as an acquaintance, knows nothing about pandemics or social isolation. He’s simply enjoying life. Here’s hoping that we can all return to that state very soon.
Images made with a Canon R5, Canon RF 100-500mm IS L zoom lens, M setting (auto ISO), ISOs and settings varied.