As stalwart readers of this blog are aware, I have been taking a series of bird portraits with the subjects facing the camera. While perhaps not the best photographs for identification purposes, they do present novel views of plumage patterns. A good example is on this Ovenbird, with the malar stripes continuing past the bill and bordering the orange crown; or this Yellow-rumped Warbler, glaring at me earlier this spring.
Banding has been extremely slow this spring. Although I observed several mixed flocks of migrating warblers, none were near my nets. I find myself already looking forward to the fall migration. In any event, both these photos were taken in Northfield, Minnesota, during May 2012.