This is one of my nemesis species. I’ve botched so many American Redstart photos that is isn’t funny. I was walking along a deep woods path to one of my favorite dragon locations. I could hear a Black-and-white Warbler in a nearby tangle. Then up popped this guy about 20 feet from me!
He grabbed a bug and headed out for the nest. While I was waiting for the B&W Warbler to come out, the Redstart came back! He flew right in my direction, about two feet away from my face as he went over to the other side of the path. I was able to get two half-decent shots out of about ten.
Later that day, I ran into my other nemesis. The Belted Kingfisher. I threw away about 80% of the pixels to get these pictures. Bear with me, sometimes I will post a shot like this just to change my luck with a species.