Bird watching is an interesting thing! We have to wait patiently to get their pictures though! Capturing the little birds is harder as they keep moving and flapping.Last evening, I was in my backyard and saw three beautiful finches actively pecking on the mulberry branches. I got a shot of this golden finch that was feasting on ripe mulberries. Its beak looks hazy, smudged with berry juice. I used a zoom lens, but the movement of the birds and the swaying branches made it quite a task to capture it. The background is our neighbors roof. It was cloudy and the evening sun was hitting the right spots to boost those colors.
I thought it was a young grackle. My son pointed out that it has yellow beak and should be the European starling. I stand corrected now, it is an adult male Starling! Last year, I saw an adult pair of grackle in my yard and to my utter surprise the male bird went into a beautiful mating dance spreading out its wing. I could not take a shot of its peacock blue feather display because it was an unexpected sight!