Blue-Headed Vireo
Vireo solitarius
October 10, 2010

Although I didn't know it at the time, I had good luck for my first photo of the blue-headed vireo (Vireo solitarius). An identifying mark is the eye ring extending toward the bill (so it appears that the vireo is wearing eye glasses).
Blue-headed vireo
  I wasn't aware of the luck involved until afterward. While taking photos, I was frustrated by the vireo's hanging back in the shadows. However, little by little, the vireo demonstrated other ID marks, such as its wing bars.
Blue-headed vireo
  At one time, the blue-headed vireo was also known as the solitary vireo.
Blue-headed vireo
  In a sense all too typical, but the blue-headed vireo popped into the sunshine when I least expected it.
Rear view: blue-headed vireo
  A view of any bird's rear may not be ideal, but the overall colors are shown fairly well.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens. The photos were taken on October 8, 2010.

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