Dickcissels (Spiza americana) are fairly common birds in brushy areas on the edges of open fields, but are very difficult to see, preferring to sing their distinctive songs from deep cover. This one took an interest in me as I sat still in an area where several were singing, and finally came out to pay an up-close visit and pose for some macro shots. The coloring on this male seems to be much more prominent, with more yellow on the chest and abdomen than in photographs I have seen in bird ID books, but it clearly has the overall markings of a dickcissel. To me, as I processed this, it looks like a cross between a sparrow and a meadowlark. I was truly honored to have made the acquaintance with this fellow. Taken near Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Bell County, Texas. ______________________________Gary Holmes, photographer: I am an opportunist photographer of nature, landscapes, abstract, and other found objects of interest. I prefer to capture the spontaneity of things and events as they are occurring, and rarely photograph staged subjects other than portraits. Although I have been a photographer for decades, I have only started posting them for others to see since about September 2012. Please see my largest collection of photographs posted at http://500px.com/holmesidepi. I had sufficient encouragement from posts on other sites to try putting some up for sale on Fine Art America (FAA), which offers a wide range of printing and mounting options not currently available on 500px. As a result, I have successfully sold some of my works. Unfortunately, photography is not my primary field, and I have limited time to expand my online presence, but I will continue to steadily post more of my best works on 500px and/or FAA every week. Please revisit my sites periodically. If you love, like, respect, admire, or even feel somewhat favorably inclined toward any of my works, please vote, vote+fave, and/or offer gently constructive criticism or suggestions. Votes and fa

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