_RK_5943 purple martin subtle 2014 (1)

the purple and blue iridescence of the male purple martin is subtle to the point of being almost black when one is trying to photograph it

_RK_4196 imm GBH landing2014

Having chased off a territory rival, this immature great blue heron lands back at his favorite fishing site.

And waits for some other heron to challenge his position.