|Scarlet Tanager (photograph by ) John Daniel|
Some days birding can be hard - cold mornings, hot days, wading through water and mud while fighting mosquitoes the size of grasshoppers, crawling on all fours through tall grass... It calls for patience, stealth and a good sense of humour. Why a good sense of humour you may ask? This comes in handy when you endured the above and still did not get the bird, or it was flushed by one of your companions (not mentioning any names).
|photograph by John Daniel|
Scarlet Tanagers are 7” in size. Non-breeding males and females are both yellowish green in colour but when there is love in the air and chicks to be made the males take on a Reddish/Scarlet colour with black wings and tail to attract the females. This bird was on its way to North America after wintering in South America.
I needed to get a photograph of this bird but the other photographers were all unavailable so I called a close friend, who lived nearby, and he took the photographs I am sharing with you now, thanks John Daniel.