Like many birds, they are very challenging to photograph. Factors such as size of the bird, weather conditions, and the environment where they live. Plus the human factors such as: Is the lens cap off? Is the memory card in? Battery charge? ;)
The American redstart as defined by Sibley is a wood-warbler and Crossley takes a different approach defining it as a songbird.
They are very active and rarely stay still. Just as you bring the camera in position - they move. Bring the camera in position, and as the camera starts to focus - they move! Plus, they live in the leafy forest which cuts down on the light considerably. Challenging.
Needless to say, when I captured this redstart I was extremely thrilled.
I have to guess that this bird approached me out of curiosity, observed for a moment, just long enough the camera to be brought into position and focus, then flew away doing what redstarts do.
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