The "Vehement Vireo"
This likely is a different bird, photographed a few months earlier within 1/2 mile of the above. What is "Vehement Vireo II" trying to say?
Can a bird have a "curious" look? Another of my photos was recently featured in an Audubon bird ID quiz. It shows a female Chestnut-sided Warbler looking quizzically at the camera. She did approach me quite closely, but did her facial expression change? Anthropomorphism at its worst?
Are these two catbirds engaged in an angry confrontation? (Actually, I am quite sure that this was a courtship interaction.)
Many raptors exhibit an eternally fierce countenance. Is this female Bald Eagle mad at the world?
Here she is tenderly feeding her young, not killing them.
Up close, this Red-tailed Hawk has fire in its eye. As it is with eagles, the pronounced bony supra-orbital ridge shades its eye, but also causes a permanent frown.
Instead of a pronounced bony brow, a dark area under his eyes reduces glare for this American Kestrel. He looks quite gentle, incapable of any evil intent to harm a little grasshopper or mouse.
A female House Finch is said to have a "blank" or "innocent" appearance, as her face is unadorned.
Contrast this with the "expressive" face of a female Purple Finch.
Of course, owls are said to look "wise," but this Long-eared Owl seems rather surprised to see me.
These young Great Horned Owls are hardly old enough to be "wise," but they already have that look.
Beyond wise, this Burrowing Owl appears to be omniscient.
The Horned Lark looks like a police inspector who means business.
This Yellow-crowned Night-Heron reminds me of a grumpy old man with bushy eyebrows and bearded jowls.
What about looking "fearful?" I know it is not possible, but to me this Whooping Crane expresses sheer terror.
The American Birding Association (ABA) used my Purple Swamphen photo to announce that this introduced species is now "countable" under their rules. It looks like a "Purple Gallinule on steroids," and has an aggressive style that matches its robust appearance.
Still not "countable," under the ABA rules of the game, the exotic and aggressive Egyptian Geese have spread rapidly up the Florida peninsula during the past five years. (See this video of an intense battle between Egyptian Geese, filmed by StuartDutchmanHQ of the Netherlands.) We just had the first pair on our lake, and the male viciously fought off a competitor, no holds barred! Like a masked gangster, the male (foreground) celebrates victory with his "gun moll."