|Yellow-headed blackbird on a cattail perch.|
I was kayaking in a small pond and saw a flash of yellow. Although there are many birds in Canada that display significant amounts of yellow, few of them are associated with pond edges and commonly perch on the associated vegetation. Yellow and Wilson's warblers are often found in forested areas. American goldfinches are often found in fields, especially if thistles are present. I was hopeful that my glimpse would prove to be a yellow-head.
I continued paddling around the outside of the pond, keeping close to the reeds and on the watch for another sign. Sure enough, twenty minutes later I spotted one. The wind had picked up in the meantime. It took considerable maneuvering to get the boat in the right position for light and visual access. The reeds in front of it were thrashing back and forth vigorously; I had to take dozens of shots until everything finally lined up. I am quite pleased with the end result.
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