Northern Red Bishop, Orange Bishop (Euplectes franciscanus)
It's time to read and vote for your favorite article in the 2013 Write-Off Contest! The four finalist's articles are featured in the May 13 newsletter and can be found through this link. Hurry! Voting ends May 18.
These Orange Bishop shots were photographed in my back yard, in the Spring Branch area of Houston, near the intersection of N. Gessner and Clay Road. There have been other sightings in Bear Creek, to name one. It was so similar to the resident House Sparrows that I almost missed the opportunity for a photo. They were in a group of 6 or 8 Orange Bishops. The yellow around the eyes and white underside is what caught my eye. They are very flighty and will not hold for a close up shot. I managed about 18 quick photos before they bolted and flew North. They like to perch on reeds and weave basket shaped nests. The male in breeding plumage is a startling red/orange and black combination. They can be found on several on-line sites.