Friends, I spent some time with the Painted Redstart in Culver City
Park last Saturday afternoon, Feb 3. (but I hate afterwards working
on the hundreds of photos on the computer). I want to add some
details about where I saw it in case it can help others.
As has been described, a target tree is the shaggy-looking palm in
back of the group of dumpsters; however when it was in the palm it
was usually on the back side, and hidden in the dead foliage. It did
however range widely along the trees south from there, all the way to
the south end of the parking lot. It rarely stopped long enough for
good photos; and even did acrobatics high above the parking lot,
almost hanging in the air.
However, there were a few long periods, up to 10 minutes, when it
stayed in one spot preening, and it was mostly in heavy shade there.
This was the closest I could get my camera to the bird. In this
we see the trunk of the large tree to the right of the palm tree,
with the Redstart preening in the twiggy area belonging to a branch
coming across from the right from a different tree [fairly low down,
10 feet up. While the bird is clearly visible, the exposure
compensates for the shade; it was not that easy to see by eye. So if
you don't see the bird flitting about, you might check this
particular spot. [I'd give a much wider angle view but I don't use a
Here's the cropped 'close-up' from that frame.
I'll sort through the rest eventually but wanted to put these up in
case it helps anyone locate this handsome bird.
10963 Citrus Drive
Moorpark, CA 93021 USA