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Lazuli bunting        Images © Mark A. Chappell

These male lazuli buntings were singing their territorial songs in scrubby spring vegetation in the Box Springs Mountains, near Riverside, California, and in upper Swall Meadows in Mono County, California.   They were difficult to photograph because they were wary and tended to remain in fairly thick cover, but eventually patience paid off.   The juvenile male was easier in the center of the page:   he was coming to a feeder in Green Valley, Arizona.   The female (overall gray-brown) was at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, southern California.   h More photos of this species are on another page.

  • bottom: Canon EOS1v, 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter, Elite Chrome Extra Color (2003)
  • others: Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2011, 2015)