This gallery contains 2 photos. Looking somewhat like an imperious and pompous mandarin with long black mustaches and golden silk robes, this male Bearded Reedling is thinking that there is no way I’m getting between him and his piece of cantaloupe (I’m half expecting him to start cussing me with some choice words in the language of fowl, should I dare).
why the extra “hair” on his face? apparently, they’re what the ladies want!
f/5.6, 1/250, 100mm macro lens, 100mm, ISO 1600
His lady is no shrinking violet — the females (at least, the females I met) are a lovely golden hue, and do not have to “shave”, either. 😉 The Bearded Reedling (also known by its other aliases of long-tailed tit, bearded parrotbill, and bearded tit) is a unique songbird, in a class all its own — with no close relatives.
I have no difficulty distinguishing this lady from her significant other.
f/5.6, 1/250, 70-300mm lens, 300mm, ISO 800