Perfect Shot: Prickly Perch

Photos by Rick Morris

For this lesser goldfinch, the bristling spines of a cactus are no deterrent. On a stakeout for hummingbirds at Stanford University’s Arizona Cactus Garden, Rick Morris was sidetracked when this bright yellow fellow came along. “I enjoy bird photography for many reasons. Being in nature is very relaxing and a very healthy thing to do. I also enjoy the ability to capture birds and their details that the naked eye just cannot see,” says the Menlo Park resident, who recently started offering birding tours for avian enthusiasts.

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