Northern Cardinal

(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Indiana, USA – June 2020

The probably most striking bird in North America is the Northern Cardinal with its bright red plumage. The female is much simpler and more inconspicuously colored but quite attractive. When I photographed the two in our garden, they all had beaks full of work to raise the offspring.

Northern Cardinal ♂︎
Northern Cardinal ♀︎

Downy Woodpecker

(Dryobates pubescens)
Indiana, USA – May 2020

The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America and grows to about the size of a sparrow. It gets its name from the fluffy white downs on its back.

I was watching this male in the trees on a neighboring property and was trying to take a picture of him among all the branches, twigs and leaves when suddenly a young woodpecker appeared, fed by the adult bird.

The pictures with the young bird are unfortunately not as good as I would like them to be, but at least they have documentary value.

Downy Woodpecker
Male feeding fledgling
Fledgling

Common Eastern Bumblebee

(Bombus impatiens)
Indiana, USA – April 2020

After a rather cold night I had the opportunity for a small photo session with this somewhat hypothermic bumblebee. It was still stiff and dazed, but quite photogenic.

Common Eastern Bumblebee